Rating: 4.5/5 – Short stories showcasing a lot of great artists.
by guest reviewer Kevyn Knox.
From the gorgeous cover to the beautiful pages inside, this so-called anniversary issue of All-New X-Men is a sequential art lovers delight. Putting aside the simple fact that this series is already one of the best and most consistent books being put out by Marvel these days, this issue #25 (a number not many Marvel titles reach any more, before being canceled and re-launched with a new #1) is a veritable cornucopia of spectacular artwork. From Art Adams to Bruce Timm to Scottie Young to J. Scott Campbell to David Mack, this double-sized issue is what one would call a “keeper”. It was especially enjoyable to see Bruce Timm, more noted for his work at DC, taking on Jean Grey.
Written by some unknown novice named Brian Michael Bendis (of course, I kid – is this guy running Marvel yet?) this issue really has no story, per se, instead opting for one or two page what if scenarios, bookended by a rather Dickensian, David Marquez-penciled few pages of the present day Beast being visited by a mysterious visitor in the night, telling him of his possible futures. What this issue is is a showcase for the aforementioned array of artists. Marvel states (and right there on the cover even!) that this issue features “the greatest artist roster ever assembled.” Now this may be a bit of an overstatement – pure hyperbole, if you will – but the art that is in here is a lot of fun. Ranging from beautifully detailed splash pages to comic strip style “funny pages,” the art, and sometimes the laughs, more than make up for there being no real story.
All-New X-Men #25 with its impressive array of artistic talent would be a good jumping on point for new readers. The issue explains, albeit briefly, why these five teenage X-Men are stuck here in the present day Marvel Universe. Along the way we get a lot of great artistic renderings of these iconic characters – and not just of the first class crew, but of Colossus and Kitty, Magik and Emma, and Wolverine too. If you’ve managed to skip this series so far, this would be a good issue to give a try.
Reviewed by: Kevyn Knox