What might be the funniest comic of the week, All-New X-Men is relentless in its exploration of the X-Men characters but it isn’t all one-liners and making fun of others behind their back. Bendis throws yet another pile of kindling onto the fire with this issue as a previously hinted conflict is resolved in a troubling way. Here’s a hint: it involves Jean Grey. I shall say no more.
David Marquez has been stellar on this series since coming on to relieve Stuart Immonen and he has provided the much-needed artistic stability that this oft-released comic sorely needed in order to survive. If an artist of lesser caliber had taken over, this series might have floundered into a quagmire for several valuable issues, but instead Marquez spreads his wings as he sets his sights on Angel. This high-flying X-Man provides the fodder for one of the most pleasing visual installments of this series.
Bendis has spent a decent amount of time examining every member of the original X-Men except for Angel – until now and the wait was worth it. In Warren he has crafted a doubly interesting character as both the young and older versions of the character become a compelling piece of the overall narrative.
The humour in this series has been consistent from the start, but this issue is on another level. The comment Thor makes when the Avengers show up made me smirk with amusement. But when Kitty Pryde and the modern version of Iceman carry out a mock conversation imitating Cap and Beast, I couldn’t help but chuckle. It was damn funny. And perhaps the best part about it is that the mock conversation turns out to hit the nail on the head and cover basically the same material as the actual one.
All-New X-Men is a title that has many plot threads and a ton of potential and Bendis is proving up to the task. His excitement about these characters is palpable when you read the book, and despite the burden it is on my wallet, I must say that I don’t find myself complaining about the accelerated released schedule of this series. Every time a new issue is released I devour it and want more, and All-New X-Men #8 is no exception. Another fantastic entry into one of Marvel’s best series.