Sunday, December 21, 2014

All-New X-Men #34

   We know that Brian Michael Bendis is the master of decompressed stories (in other words, taking a story and stretching it over numerous issues), and the current story certainly qualifies.

   It seems to be taking forever to make any progress on the story - but that's because each issue has to cover each member of the team. The original X-Men team members (and X-23) have been separated (mostly) and sent into the Ultimate universe, where they discover a world that's very different - but with some amazing similarities.

   It's fun to see each hero - Iceman, the Beast, Marvel Girl, the Angel and X-23 - fight for their lives, face deadly foes and discover unexpected allies.

   It's true, the story is moving at a snail's pace - but it is a lot of fun to see the team deal with this strange new world.

   The art by Mahmud Asrar is excellent, with an intense double-page splash driving home the alien nature of this new world.

   The question is, how long can this story continue? At the rate it's moving, it could be six months before the team gets back together. Of course, as long as each issue is as much fun as this one, you won't find many readers who'll complain.

Grade: A-


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