All-New X-Men #6 (Marvel)

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CREDIT: Marvel

Rating: 3.5/5 – “Nothing’s Moved the Blob” for Three Issues.
By ComicSpectrum senior Reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

The All-New X-Men is composed of the young X-Men that the older Hank McCoy brought back from the past and into the present during Brian Michael Bendis’ extended run, and a group of mutants who’ve seen their popularity rise in recent years like X-23 and the young Kid Apocalypse. Although Bagley’s pencils have been perfect for a book like this with all of the teenage characters, the writing of the teenage drama by Dennis Hopeless unfortunately hasn’t connected with me. Although this particular issue is enjoyable for the most part, I’m finding myself less intrigued with this series as more issues are released.

This issue could be considered the third part of a drawn out battle with the Blob. That may sound a bit off if you haven’t been reading the X-Men for a while, but the Blob has been “powered up” and is able to take on the entire X-Team on his own. While seeing the Blob become more powerful is exciting, seeing him battle the X-Men for three straight issues…well, isn’t. At least not for me.  Hopeless does a nice job of utilizing the fight to dive into each of the X-Men’s personality, having each X-Men’s internal monologue running while their particular conflict with the Blob takes place, but despite liking this approach to the storytelling, I was ready for the story to move forward.

Bagley’s art is exactly what you’d expect with a cast like this. I was brought back to his lengthy and fantastic Ultimate Spider-Man run, and he makes handling the large cast of characters here look easy. The colors Nolan Woodard uses are bright, but he’s still able to make the Blob and some violent scenes involving him look gruesome. The ending of this issue will tie back to the series before Secret Wars so fans jumping on board with this new team may not feel the last page impact, but it did enough to bring me back for at least another issue before I decide if I want to keep reading about this teenage X-Team.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
(shawn@comicspectrum.com
)
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