(Belated) Comic Review: All-New X-Men #35-36

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Artist: Mahmud Asrar; Colors: Marte Gracia

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Mr. Bendis brings the All-New X-Men back from the Ultimate universe and down a path towards redemption. 

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The Jeans interact very well without just being a gimmick. They understand each other on a deep level, and not just because they are the “same” person. They like each other, are genuine, and want to help the other X-Men team succeed. They also understand their powers differently, and know how to work their two skillsets together. There’s a great dialogue in issue #36 between them as they fight Dr. Doom. ANXM Jean: “I can do it myself.” Ult. Jean: “But isn’t it cool that for once you don’t have to…?” Nail hit on head.

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The two “X” teams fight against Doctor Doom’s armies like an army of their own. They were in sync with each other like they’d been working with each other for years. Another example, ANXM Iceman is stuck in downtown Hotlanta and there is no moisture because it’s a gazillion degrees. All of a sudden, precipitation in the air and then the Iceman cometh. Something small but Storm knew what the situation was and helped this X-man from another universe.

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This whole arc has been amazing. It’s a different approach seeing the ANXM helping a mutant who is new to her powers when they were plucked away from their time not so long after learning about their own. They know they are on a mission and they are set on changing the world. 

It’s a small thing in issue #35, but when Miles refers to Rogue as “Rock” I had a nice chuckle. When I first came across her name I had never come across the word. So, of course, I pronounced it phonetically “Raw-Gew.” I thought it was a weird name. I’m not sure when I made the correction but this panel on page 4 was a hilarious call back. 

I have yet to discuss Mahmud Asrar and his pencil work. He and Marte have an artistic dynamic that is young, fresh, and saturated. The eyes have feeling, the backgrounds are spectacular and even if there is no great detailed scenery, gradient is not overly used. There is a mix of scene setting and then the characters are able to drive the panels with great dialogue. Love it. Check it out. 

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