All-New X-Men #5

All-New X-Men #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 2, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 7
8.2Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

The first story of a new era comes to its conclusion. One of the original X-Men will be forever changed!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 2, 2013

    Man, this series has been nothing but awesome since issue one. I love the fact that there are two clear sides to the mutant world, and it's almost like the Brotherhood of Mutants has returned, but with Cyclops as their leader. Now that this first arc is over, I cannot wait to see how this story progresses. Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen make a perfect team for this series.On the downside, the panels were a bit hard to follow in the opening of the issue, but other than that, there are no real problems with this issue.Overall, this is my pick of the week and a must buy! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Jan 3, 2013

    While it's anyone's guess where this comic is headed, you can be sure there will be lots of drama in store, as emotions run high for all involved, past and present. The last panel is particularly telling, as it appears Jean has probably been affected most of all by the knowledge of her future. One can't help but feel sorry for young Cyclops, as she gives him the cold shoulder. For the high drama and pathos alone, this issue gets a well-earned 10/10. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Feb 19, 2013

    This gets a 5/5 because I think it'll be remembered for a while. Beast, both of him, may be the reason this is remembered several years (if not decades) down the road. I have faith in that. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 4, 2013

    There are lots of reasons to like this comic, but I'm especially grateful that is brings Jean Grey back to us (and like the Beast, I was always a fan of the green costume, too). Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jan 4, 2013

    There is very little to say in a negative light of this series, and of this issue. The artwork is clean, with splash pages being especially terrific, the writing is great, and the plot is progressing in an entertaining and fun, with lots of twists and turns along the way. In another two weeks things are likely slated to be getting even more intense, with the Merry Mutants in for even more time-travel shenanigans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Jan 7, 2012

    Jean Grey makes the stand; they'll stay and fix the present. They'll do what Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops and Charles Xavier weren't able to do and they'll create a better future. Of course, thanks to the Beast, she sees her own future as well " the one where she dies and is reborn as Phoenix; the one where she destroys an inhabited solar system just because she's hungry; the one where her husband has an affair with an enemy who one time tried to destroy her. Bendis shows Jean Grey a future where she is not exactly as innocent as she wants to be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jan 2, 2013

    But like I said, the story succeeds despite that, and a big part of the success can be owed to Immonen's spectacular pencils. The aforementioned mind-scenes channel the classic X-Men looks perfectly, while the large group scenes that take up the latter half are handled well by not losing focus of what's going on. If I had to pick at one thing, it would again be Beast. More than any other X-character, Beast has seen dramatic redesigns based purely on who is drawing him. We've seen lion-Beast and ape-Beast and everything in between, so Beast's new form only looks new in regards to how Immonen drew him a few pages earlier. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Jan 3, 2013

    So, although there are elements here that don't quite work the overall issue is a great read. It moves the book forward in a new and exciting direction that will allow it to stand out from the other titles nicely. The focus on Jean has been a boon for the book as she is re-established for a modern audience and Bendis is really hitting his stride with this title now. It helps to have Immonen on board as his artwork makes the book a compelling read. With this one issue the book has defined and earned the title All New X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jan 4, 2013

    "All-New X-Men" is Bendis and Immonen at their best, which is always a great thing to behold. For me, as a reader, it's been the first big surprise of Marvel NOW! A book I didn't expect much of, despite the creative team, has turned out to be a total joy to read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Jan 4, 2013

    Stuart Immonen seemed to be having trouble with the increased shipping schedule in #4. But #5 is back to the strong pencils of the first three issues. While some characters have similar facial features, they all have something that sets them apart from the other characters. The new look for Beast isn't that big of a change. He looks a little like Swamp Thing to me. The double splash page of Jean experiencing her entire life is amazingly detailed. The panel structure is quite complicated, but the reader never has a problem following the panel flow. It rivals Yanick Paquette's panel work on Swamp Thing. Wade Von Grawbadger gets some help this month from Craig Yeung, and a reader can't tell where the change in inkers took place. The same can be said with Marte Carcia and Jason Keith on colors. The double page spread is masterfully colored. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Mark Brassington Jan 2, 2013

    If you've been sitting on the fence on this one, I couldn't recommend this one strongly enough as required reading. This is clearly the central book for the X-Men and likeScott Snyder'sBatmanwhich in two major story lines (Night of the Owl and Death of the Family) has had ripples across the rest of the Bat related titles, this title is sure to be one of those books that will make ripples if not tidal waves across the X-Men line and quite possibly the rest of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 2, 2013

    All-New X-Men is quickly becoming a must-read. It's smart, funny, powerful and original. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jul 17, 2013

    This was a brilliant issue, but not quite as good as I'd hoped. I would however highly recommend it, as well as the previous issues in the series, and am looking forward to the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 3, 2013

    For a book that has the potential to be mired in paradox, the narrative is clear and linear, and (so far) everything makes sense. The future looks bright for All-New X-Men, even if the present remains dark and uncertain for the players. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Jan 6, 2013

    This has officially reached the top 3 of Marvel NOW for me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Jan 3, 2013

    All New X-Men continues to roll on in a good way. More plot points are set up and more characters are being fleshed out and explored, and some we can see will drastically change as the events play out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Jan 2, 2013

    My main complaint about All-New X-Men so far has been the lack of action, especially in this issue. However, I believe that Bendis is merely biding his time, making sure that when the punches are thrown, there is a reason behind it, and that's the best reason to withhold an action scene. So I will patiently await the return of Immonen to the series and will continue to be in awe of Bendis' treatment of these long-time characters, making them fresh and vibrant after years of being stagnant. If you were waiting to see if this series is worth your time, it is now a safe bet that it is. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Jan 4, 2013

    This series might not be perfect and has had a fewmisstepsso far, but right now there is no better X-Men book on the shelves and if you are a fan or have been a fan of the X-Men, then All New X-Men is a no-brainer to be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Ben Silverio Jan 5, 2013

    Overall, this series has managed to keep it's quality consistent and I'm looking forward to the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Jan 2, 2013

    Stuart Immonen's art makes up for the spots of Bendis' less-than-spectacular writing. His Jean Grey splash page, for example, is really amazing. But some of the panels in the book are hard to follow. I'm not exactly sold on Beast's new look either, but Immonen's personal sketches look more promising. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 5, 2013

    I definitely want to see where Bendis goes with all of this. But again, if this is his big play to break up Cyclops and Jean Grey and have her hook up with Wolverine, then to hell with him. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jan 3, 2013

    We almost made it through the issue without Jean Grey drama. It just had to finish with Scott and Jean tensions, which I find unexplainable as to why she's so pissed. Here's hoping following issues follow what this issue did, and focus minutely on Jean and then go to everyone else. I'm dying for some attention on Warren; they've been keeping mum on him for too long. Some of us have had years of Scott/Jean tensions, it's time to move on guys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jan 4, 2013

    Bendis and Stuart Immonen have a very good thing going here and it's just poised to get better. Kitty Pride decides to be the team's supervisior, Wolverine seemingly doesn't want anything to do with the younger X-Men, Angel has yet to learn what's become of his adult self, the Beasts and the Icemen start going through the motions of existing side by side with one another, all while Jean Grey has to come to terms with all the pain and suffering associated with her older self. All-New X-Men #5 concludes this opening arc extremely well while also moving pieces around on the board in preparation for the future of the series.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jan 4, 2013

    This series continues to be awesome, and this was another big step in character development. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 5, 2013

    To sum it up in one sentence: Not the best, but still pretty good.There are problems, but it shouldn't be bothersome enough to reallyaffect the reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Jan 5, 2013

    The fact that the original X-Men are now in the present presents a number of issues that could cause the story to fall apart at any time but for now writer Brian Michael Bendis deals with them effectively enough. This series could turn out to be a great series of stories that radically shape the Marvel Universe or they could dissolve into time traveling head scratchers and I have no idea what will happen. Hopefully Bendis has a long-term goal in mind with the story and if he does then this really could turn out to be one hell of a series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jan 4, 2013

    All-New X-Men #5 packed a lot of drama for the X-Men. Some heavy decisions were made by a few characters that will have ramifications felt by the entire X-Men Universe. Brian Bendis has been able to find his home with the X-Men as he is able to nail the large cast of characters really well. There are issues with the pacing of the story but the drama provided by this issue is able to provide enough excitement for the future of this series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Jan 2, 2013

    I really hated Beasts new mutation as if he didnt look weird enough. I also didnt like Jean Greys complete cockiness and her quick emergence into her telepathic abilities. I just do not understand how Jean was able to come into her own so quickly. I know she is an omega level mutant but come on just because you know about your future doesnt mean you can all of a sudden tap into abilities you didnt even know you had. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jan 3, 2013

    As an end to the first arc, this issue is satisfying but a little underwhelming. The energy from the first issues seems to have decreased and the major change to Beast is something we've seen before. I enjoyed this arc and everything is set up for what could be a truly awesome story. The art continues to be fantastic helping an average story be a satisfying read. It's still worth buying, and one of the best Marvel books on the stands. I'm hoping for something huge though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Jan 3, 2013

    Though this book hasn't terrible, its actually been pretty good, I was starting to find the lack of action and definition of the story to be grueling. Now that things with Beast seem to be resolved and the characters have committed themselves to an idea I am hoping that everything will be ratcheted up moving forward. As much as I love Bendis' work, I know that he can do so much more with one of the most inspiring premises to come out of MarvelNOW! Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jan 7, 2013

    Stuart Immonen, whose art I usually adore, is off his game in this issue as well. All the art feels rushed, as if the deadlines got the best of him. Part of it isn’t Immonen’s fault. Bendis has crammed so much exposition in this issue that the artist has entirely too much to draw for one issue. Still, the visceral excitement and strong characters are lacking here. All in all, All-New X-Men #5 is a misstep for Bendis’ new series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DarioV Feb 5, 2015

    Another issue where Immonen's talent is put to show: between the old-style Beast's memories, Jean's sudden understanding of her past/future, and even that masterpiece of a cover, this guy has demonstrated he deserves all the acclaim he's got in the past years. The story was very well focused on two original X-Men (after last issue's Cyclops, now is the time of Jean and Beast) and it was an emotional dive into the past (which I guess is the whole point of the series). At first Brian Bendis looked so strange on a mutant book, but he's already a master at writing it.

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