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Comic Review: All-New X-Men #31


Hormones are raging and the All-New X-Men go off on a field trip. After Cyclops and all the teachers go off to the Jean Grey school to hear Charles Xavier’s last will and testament, the students are left to fend for themselves. If it were up to the Stepford sisters it would be for them to start procreating and reinhabiting the mutant world. See, raging hormones.

Warren finds himself with Hank as he is in awe over Cerebro. Bells are sounded and whistles are blown alerting the emergence of a new mutant. Moments later we meet Carmen and discover her power serves as a gate/portal between worlds, realms, and Universes. Just think of the whole scene from Thor: The Dark World when all of the planets aligned, or from Treasure Planet (yes, I’m referencing a B Disney movie but I loved it) when they have the portal to all the different parts of the galaxy. Carmen ends up getting just a little bit upset and at least two of the X-Men end up sent away from Austin. Bobby goes underground and Jean ultimately ends up back in New York.

Mr. Bendis handles the X-Men very well and I think they are where he thrives. Little quips from Bobby, intimate talks between X-23 and Jean, and civilians having “Mutant Sighting Emergency Procedures” are perfect examples. 

Mahmud Asrar does a decent job filling the pencil duties after the joy of Stuart Immonen and Sara Pichelli, by far my favorite pencilers right now. I enjoyed his work in the Jason Latour’s Wolverine and the X-Men so they work with the kid/teen element here. The inks are heavy though sometimes but the overall compositions are still well done.