All-New X-Men #3

All-New X-Men #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 5, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 8
7.6Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The flagship X-Book marches on! The original 5 X-Men are back, but that's not all that's happening. What happened to the Phoenix 5 from AVENGERS VS. X-MEN?

  • 10
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Dec 9, 2012

    First things first I gotta mention the art, it was pretty damn great. Stuart Immoment did a great job and he drew a stunningly beautiful Emma Frost, as well as capturing the subtle emotions of Cyclops, Emma and everyone else throughout this issue. I loved the reveal that there are some problems with powers, except for Magik, which is sure to get a little spite her way from the rest of the team. I really enjoyed the scene with Emma and Cyclops, as well as the one with Cyclops and Magneto. Add that with the fact we know for a fact Cyclops and Cyclops meet, and he's there with MAGNETO.... and Jean's the next issue, I couldn't be more excited. I enjoyed everything about this issue though, especially Scott playing the victim, and not being believed by Emma (she's even greater now that she's anti-Scott) or Magneto, since they've both been the bad guy. So, that said, there's nothing to stop me from giving this issue a perfect score. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Alexander Jones Dec 12, 2012

    In spite of that fact this issue is simply great. Emma Frost arguing with Cyclops about her stance on the state of things in the Marvel Universe is enchanting. Magneto finding the true intentions within a lying Cyclops is also a deep introspective and engaging character moment. Another incredibly smart idea is enhancing the mutations for all of the X-Men in general. Even though an X-Men may not believe this, it is an inherent fact that a power or mutation would be an extent of an individuals personality. During an interview Bendis stated that regardless of what people think when going through a drastic change in your life your appearance changes along with you. Knowing the costumes of the Cyclops team of X-Men will soon change seems incredibly appropriate. The present and future are finally looking bright for readers of X-Men this title is every bit as exciting as we could have hoped for. Although for the X-Men themselves dark times lie ahead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Dec 6, 2012

    Bendis, Immonen, Von Grawbadger and Gracia are crafting a masterpiece with this series, and watching the title progress from issue to issue is wonderful to behold. While there are still a few kinks to be worked out, this book is moving along incredibly well, making it likely the best new addition to the Marvel Universe yet. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Ben Silverio Dec 11, 2012

    Business is about to pick up in this series and I'm very much looking forward to the next issue to see it unfold. Cyclops vs. Cyclops? I'm game. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Dec 6, 2012

    Bendis did a great job in showing Scott's internal struggle, as he considers his friends' words. Artist Stuart Immonen perfectly captures the action and pathos of the characters, striking the perfect balance of both the epic and personal. With the X-Men of the past due to confront their future selves, it should be interesting to see how they act towards one another. Especially Cyclops. Bring on issue #4 as fast you can, Marvel! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Dec 10, 2012

    This one gets a 4 out of 5. What holds it back is that there really should have been more X-Men in there. If you're not reading this, shame on you. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Dec 4, 2012

    ALL NEW X-MEN 3 is fantastic comic. It's a bit different than the first two issues of the series, and the focus is on other people, but overall, on its own, it's incredibly good. Bendis does a great job here, especially with dialogue, when Magneto and Cyclops have a little talk with each other. while Stuart Immonen's art is amazing, I found myself really drawn to Marte Gracia's colors. This book is extremely pretty looking.While I haven't read all of the Marvel Now books yet, this is my favorite of the new lot. It's a great book for new X-readers, and it's just a ton of fun. I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Dec 4, 2012

    So far, All-New X-Men looks to be earning its place as the flasghip title of Marvel NOW!'s X-Men line. This issue ends with a crucial moment that will undoubtedly set the tone for the rest of the series. It's a make or break moment in a book that has been full of make or break moments in only three issues. While this issue isn't a complete success - Emma Frost really doesn't work under Bendis's pen right now - there's so much to love about the way All-New X-Men has blended the ongoing mutant soap opera with an implausibly entertaining premise that, if Bendis can continue to stick the landing, he may have a definitive X-Men run on his hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 5, 2012

    Stuart Immonen's art is good, for the most part. There a few scenes where the action becomes a bit muddled, but the characters look great throughout the issue. It is a little weird when Emma Frost shows up in the middle of a field carrying an iPad, but maybe that's what Bendis wrote in the script? Either way, it's a somewhat odd moment. Still, Cyclops looks awesome, his powers look insane, and I swear Immonen draws the coolest-looking Magneto ever. He's like an evil, magnet wizard who's always drenched in shadow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Dec 8, 2012

    All-New X-Men has been firing on all cylinders since the start. I'm excited to see where this series goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 10, 2012

    While All-New X-Men #3 had a few minor faults this was by far the best issue of the series so far. This is saying something because there has been very little to complain about these first three issues of All-New X-Men. This third issue was able to final let us get into the perspective of Cyclops group. Each character has their own motivation for joining Cyclops cause and how these purposes will mesh and conflict will be fun to see. Just the possibility of seeing past and present day Cyclops fighting in the next issue, with past Jean Grey there, is enough to have me eagerly anticipating the release of the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Dec 10, 2012

    Bendis and Immonen (and everyone involved with the book) have now made me a reader of X-Men. This title appeals to a new reader like me, and is not bogged down by years of history and characters. I'm hooked and really can't wait to see more interactions between past and current X-Men. This issue provides a little more drama than the previous ones and promises what looks to be a big payoff at the end. It's a high profile book and should be the go to read for new and old X-Men fans alike. That's if you can deal with the wonky time periods. All New X-Men #3 gets 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 8, 2012

    I liked that the issue focused on Cyclops, doing a great job of fleshing out his position in this new status quo. It's not as clear as I'd like, but I still think Cyclops is in a good place. Yes, everybody is mad at him and everybody hates him, but he still knows what he did and did not do when under control of the Phoenix – though I'm fairly certain Bendis is trying to establish that Cyclops is in denial. But c'mon, no part of anything I've read indicates that Cyclops really wanted to kill Professor X. Nor was Cyclops reshaping the world in his own image. He was using the Phoenix to create farmland and water pipelines. But I'm not going to get into that old argument again. Cyclops is not a super-villain, and I'm glad that Bendis is continuing the depth and complexity of Cyclops' new life. Though I think this faulty powers angle is kind of pointless, and I hope in future issues Cyclops can better explain why he thinks he's fighting a revolution. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 9, 2012

    I'm here more for the art than anything else - which is surprising for a book written by Brian Bendis. But there's still plenty of time for him to make this work - but so far, I'm struggling to get on board. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Dec 24, 2012

    A great issue and although not as good as the previous still an amazing issue. I would highly recommend both this issue as well as the series so far, but will warn anyone who's only interested in the confrontation between the younger X-Men and Cyclops' X-Men that this doesn't happen until next issue, which I'm looking forward to. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Dec 6, 2012

    While Issue #3 may not feel as important or as revelatory as the 2 that preceded it, it is a fine comic in its own right. Issue #3 feels like a bridge between the stellar introductory issues that set the table and the spinning out of events that will inevitably come from the occurrence on the issue's final pages. Sometimes a comic book just doesn't feel the need to shatter the Earth or blow up all the heroes this month, but that doesn't mean it can be called a misstep. This issue does its job and it's part of a greater work. If you haven't gotten on board yet, go back and grab these 3 issues. Bendis and Immonen have something very important going on here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Dec 5, 2012

    In closing, this issue fails to live up to the previous two,but it does have it's moments. The interaction between Scott and Magneto though, as he tells Scott to man up and take responsibility for his actions. The inclusion of a new mutant and a nice reminder from Bendis that not everyone in the Marvel universe hates mutants. Hopefully Bendis finds his way again, with All New X-Men #4. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Dec 5, 2012

    All-New X-Men might have stumbled with this issue, but it was only slightly, and I've no doubt that Bendis will regain his footing next issue. Themomentousevent is almost upon us, and I'm sure everyone who bought this series has been waiting for what will happen next. Expect sparks to fly and tears to run, Bendis and Immonen are definitely crafting a hit with this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Dec 7, 2012

    While not as interesting or action-packed as the last two issues, this week's All-New X-Men serves as both a filler story and a platform to set up the confrontation between the two Cyclopses in the next installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Dec 8, 2012

    If you are a big fan of Cyclops, thenAll-New X-Menreally isnt a book for you. It showcases the exact problems that people have with Cyclops slowly becoming more and more evil over the past few years. Having said that, I really am looking forward to the next issue, because the way this left us off is a gigantic cliffhanger. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Dec 10, 2012

    With Scott's position in All New X-Men more thoroughly explored, and a bit more light shone on Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost's positions in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the stage is now set for the much anticipated showdown between the X-Men of the past and the present. It's a stepping-stone issue, sure, but the pay-off would have to fall ridiculously short of expectations to de-rail the momentum Bendis has built up to this point. So far, so good; this title remains an essential part of the Marvel NOW relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Dec 6, 2012

    All in all, theres definitely more to love here than not. I do have some problems with Bendis writing in this issue, particularly after the first two were so strong. Although I have faith in him to lead us in the right direction, judging this issue on its own merits, I have to say like I felt it was a little weaker than I would have liked. Still, its definitely worth a read, and I have high hopes that this series will be back on form with #4. The last splash page certainly left me wanting more, and if an issue can do that despite its flaws, then someone, somewhere is doing something right. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - JohnP Dec 7, 2012

    The art team continues their excellent job here, even though they aren't given too much to work with. Still loving Immonen's renderings of both the old and new X-Men. I don't know if it's the fact that this title has shipped like 3 times in a month, but I'm perfectly happy to wait a couple weeks if the quality of the first two issues is kept up. I'm still curious to learn more of what's going on with Hank and to see how having the original X-team running amok in present day pans out. It seems likely that this issue is a small bump on the road for a series that has great things in store for it. I have faith that Bendis will be back on track two weeks from now in #4. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Dec 5, 2012

    All New X-Men is a good book, and while the issue does have a nice ending, the rest of the issue suffers from misrepresentation of certain characters and sometimes confusing art and dialogue. This title can do better as evident by the 1st 2 issues, but the end of this issue looks to put things back in friendly territory. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 8, 2012

    The All New X-Men looks to turn in a better issue based on the cliffhanger here. I liked the character interaction and the long term potential for the power reduction of the mutants. I couldn't find the characters voices to be in-line with how I think of them, which was a major turn off. Overall the book was good but not nearly as good as the previous two issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Dec 5, 2012

    So, with its third outing All New X-Men misses the mark the previous issues hit. The potential Cyclops seemed to have in the first issue is hindered here as Bendis manages to slip up on the characterisations. Add to this some heavy handed exposition delivered by an unrecognisable Emma Frost, an idea forced into the book to help with future conflicts and a jarring change of pace and this issue fails to deliver. It isn't a disaster as there are moments that work, the art is well executed and the overall plot is still moving forward which gives the book a distinct direction, but it is a step down from the previous two week. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Dec 4, 2012

    The pacing and construction of "All-New X-Men" #3 feels clumsy, too, and an interlude scene with a separate cast of mostly humans is just a cardboard setup for the ending double-page spread, which is sapped of dramatic power by all the filler that preceded it. Bendis' narrative requires that the entire cast will inevitably converge, and when that happens, I hope that "All-New X-Men" finds its sweet spot again. Read Full Review

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