All-New X-Men #1

All-New X-Men #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 14, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 41 User Reviews: 10
8.1Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

Marvel Now! The five original X-Men have been plucked from yesteryear and sent to the present. How will they deal with the current state of Xavier’s dream, and how will today’s X-Men cope with facing their former selves?

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Wesley Messer May 10, 2013

    I'm impressed by how much I enjoyed All New X-Men #1, I knew this was going to be a different take on the team, but it seems Bendis is literally taking the X-Men back to their roots. There's many great moments in this comic that are too numerous to mention. I'm not kidding, if you're an X-Men fan or even a lapsed one, give All New X-Men a chance, a real chance, you will be as surprised as I was. Welcome to the Age of Bendis on X-Men, it's off to a good start and I wouldn't recommend missing a single second of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Nov 16, 2012

    .I give this issue a 5/5 partly because it doesn't start with the Back to the Future moment. It presents a story, rather than giving us an instant shock and relying on sensationalism. It gives us a reason to read the entire issue, which I implore you to do. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Ben Silverio Nov 18, 2012

    Overall, this is an excellent start to what I feel like will be a story to remember. It may be bias because I was a fan of Bendis' work on the Avengers, but I honestly feel like he's got a few things up his sleeve for the X-Men that will be legendary. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Nov 15, 2012

    This book started off as an interesting but somewhat-ridiculous concept, and turned into an extremely interesting and exciting ride that keeps the reader wanting more. The story is well written and looks terrific, combining some of the best in the Marvel Comics stable and teaming them together for a fresh look at the original Children of the Atom, as well as putting them into contrast with the war-torn mutants they eventually become. The dynamic had ever the opportunity to fall flat on its face, but barely even stumbled as it went along the beginnings of what looks to be a roller-coaster journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Nov 19, 2012

    Issue #1 of All New X-Men is a good set up for whats to come next in future issues though, so if you're looking for a jumping on point, this is definitely the book new readers can pick up. The first issue is definitely a page turner and you get to see all your favourite characters in this issue as they are cope with the situation that Bendis has presented in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Walt Kneeland Nov 16, 2012

    My core, primary, in-the-face problem with this issue is the price point. $3.99 is--without grumbling and self-rationalization/concession--far too much for what is only a 20-page chunk of what I assume will be a 120-page story in the end. I was hooked by the premise, talked myself into this, and barring something totally driving me away in frustration, I'm hooked for this arc--but if you're not chomping at the bit for this story, of seeing the classic X-Men interacting with the present-day and reacting to their older selves/fates...I'd encourage waiting a few months for the inevitable collected volume which will present the full story in one place, uninterrupted by ads and 14-day waits between chapters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Nov 14, 2012

    All-New X-Men #1 is an interesting start, and it has the potential to be absolutely fascinating if it doesn't get too schticky or smugly glib with self-satisfaction. That shoe may indeed drop, but for now, the first one's hit the ground running. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Nov 14, 2012

    As an issue one the book works. It sets up the world, the characters and the narrative nicely thanks to Bendis' solid script. His dialogue may have problems, but it never detracts from the whole issue. It has a great pace to it, which is helped by Immonen's lively art. The book feels fresh, but also continues on from recent events. New fans will find an solid story with fun moments and old fans will find an exciting new direction for Marvel's mutants. For now it looks like the X-Men are in safe hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Nov 14, 2012

    All-New X-Men is definitely going to be a must-read series. Bendis has really done an excellent job and I know firmly believe thathe not onlycan write this series, but that heshould as well. This is going to be a ground-breaking X-Men story and is a title many “X” fans have been waiting for. Stuart Immonen's art may have been a little subdued in this issue, but great inking and colouring can be found within the pages. And don't expect the calm diatribes to continue for much longer, because once the original X-Men are convinced to travel to the future, you can expect the crap to hit the fan. In a good way. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Nov 16, 2012

    I really didnt like the fact everyone was crying because of Cyclops new views. If they have such a problem with him why dont they try to find him and talk to him? I mean I know it wont change his beliefs but its worth a try. I honestly cant understand how no one on the X-Men can see where Cyclops is coming from. All any of the X-Men have to do is look on the TV and see how Mutants are being treated to see why Scott is doing what he does. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Nov 14, 2012

    One of my criticisms regarding the first NOW! release of Uncanny Avengers were the pacing issues, thankfully All New X-Men doesn't suffer from that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 15, 2012

    But with this issue - for this series, at least - I'm back on the X-Men side of the fence. We'll see if Bendis and Immonen can keep this momentum going. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Joey Esposito Nov 13, 2012

    One downside is that Immonen's penchant for action sequences isn't really put to use here, save for a few explosive panels. Those few panels, though, are truly outrageously rad. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Alexander Jones Nov 14, 2012

    Cyclops escaping from prison so soon is a jarring transition, but if he indeed is serving as the antagonist for the book then Bendis indeed has a lot to play with. The two new mutants introduced are also endearing. The ending of the comic, which features the original X-Men being sucked out of time makes for an interesting dynamic between characters. Fortunately we need only wait a few weeks for the continuation of the story. Overall this is an incredibly solid issue even if it offers little in the way of surprise. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Nov 15, 2012

    Suffice it to say, “All-New X-Men” is quite a refreshing and exciting new chapter into the X-World. It does move us backwards in terms of the direction of the franchise, but it also pushes things valiantly forward in terms of possibility. Really, anything is possible at this point, and that's kind of exciting in and of it's own right — and honestly, that's all you need to spark interest in new readers, or to catch lapsed ones. While the overall premise isn't fleshed out too much, it will certainly be interesting to see the book evolve over a few more issues, but as far as Marvel NOW! debuts go this is definitely a surprise hit. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 15, 2012

    Immonen does a great job of capturing the essence of each character, especially the original five X-Men in their earliest days. Im a bit confused as to how far back into the past Beast had to go to recruit Xaviers first class, but given how much fan outrage bubbles up whenever a hard date is inserted into the narrative, Im willing to forgo that knowledge. Nevertheless, Immonen captures small details in the original X-Men that implicate a simpler time from the slight flip in Jeans above-the-shoulder hair to Scotts handwriting a love letter to the girl of his dreams (Im almost certain kids no longer do that). While this issue loses a bit of its intensity from the early previews of the issues climatic scenes, biweekly shipping and a strong political premise should keep this title moving swiftly and at the top of my read pile every month. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Nov 15, 2012

    Whatever baggage you may be tempted to bring with you into All New X-Men #1, it's important to accept this comic (hell, every comic) at face value, and with that said I think this is a pretty terrific read. The storytelling on offer, from script to art to lettering, is operating at a highly refined level, with Bendis moving various pieces into position that could easily see this story spiral out in any one of several different directions. Whichever path is taken, I get the feeling that this could just turn out to be something special " there seems to be heartbreak and hurt (built on good old-fashioned character work) on the horizon, and if Bendis can accomplish that in spite of all the time travel and controversy he'll have achieved a real coup. From the characters' perspective the future might not be looking too bright, but for All New X-Men it's looking reassuringly positive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 3, 2013

    "All-New X-Men Special" #1 is a delightful throwback comic book that delivers a succinct story, embedded in current continuity without having that continuity weigh it down. There is no mistaking the current predicaments of the characters involved, but Costa doesn't bludgeon the reader with unnecessary exposition. Instead, Costa settles into the story, sets the action in motion and delivers a comic book worthy of what Marvel Annuals used to deliver: an extra-sized story with connections to other books. The story begun in this comic may continue elsewhere, but "All-New X-Men Special" #1 is a satisfying read all by itself. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Nov 16, 2012

    Overall this was a good way to kick off the series. My mind is still swimming with possibilities, and I know that after reading Spider-Men, if anyone can deliver its Bendis. If you're an X fan, than this book will be a must. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Nov 15, 2012

    While the story is a bit familiar, it is a still a welcome one. With nods to the oldies, but also having a nice set-up for future issues of the series. Bendis succeeds in giving us enough meat to keep us satisfied but also teases us enough where we come back for next issue. The set up looks ripe for that gut punch that REALLY makes this story worth reading. Recommend. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dylan Tano Nov 19, 2012

    There is an undercurrent to this story that I can't mention for the sake of spoilers, lets just say that Hank isn't motivated lightly to mess with the time space continuum. You know something big is going down for Hank act so drastically. Immonen does a great job of contrasting heroes old and heroes present. It's a great set up to what will hopefully be a fun run through the eyes of an idealistic, young X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Nov 15, 2012

    As with many #1 issues, this one suffers from being nothing more than a setup for the title. Now that we know the deal behind it, #2 should give us a better idea of what to expect from this series. As it is, the premise is intriguing enough to follow. It also helps that the very capable Stuart Immonen is handling the artwork. While this issue doesn't really have a chance to showcase Immonen's signature action sequences he's best known for, his pencils are still very pleasing to the eye. With the talent behind this concept, I expect great things. This is a promising start to a promising series. 8/10 Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Nov 19, 2012

    All-New X-Men #1 is the biggest surprise coming out of MarvelNow. Brian Bendis floored me with how well written this new X-Men title was. The conflict and characters are all quickly established with choices being made by certain characters can lead to some interesting ramifications. Stuart Immomen is able to help make the issue be even better by giving all of the talking head scenes a sense of urgency through his artwork. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Dec 2, 2012

    Bendis story line is definitely an interesting one because something is going to give in a major way! How will old Angel take in what has happened to him when he meets the current Angel? and what about young Hank possibly seeing his older self die? I am willing to bet when young Scott Summers meets his older self he wont be able to maintain his cool. Jean's couple of crossings with Wolverine were great for a few laughs as was seeing both Icemen meeting each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Nov 15, 2012

    It is also wonderful to see the classic X-Men line up of Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Ice Man, The Beast and Angel without all the baggage that they have been burdened with over the years. Stuart Immonen does a great job drawing the action and the difference between the classic versions of the character and the modern day equivalents are striking. Add in the fact the Wolverine does not appear at all in the issue and you are left with a fresh take on the X-Men and the first X-Men series in years that I am actually looking forward to reading the next issue of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 13, 2012

    In terms of actual high concept, I'll admit that Bendis and Immonen haven't quite convinced me on the merits of All-New X-Men " at least, not yet. But in terms of actually taking over the X-Men universe, this actually looks like a subtle but intriguing start. Now that the exposition is over, Bendis and company have room to tear the roof off of the Jean Grey School, and that's cause for celebration. That all said, however, fun execution, small tweaks and my own love of the current direction of X-Men aside, it is still a little disappointing that All-New X-Men is anything but. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboy Buzz - MQuannBoyd Nov 15, 2012

    Although I'm not a huge fan of time travel stories X-Men or otherwise, I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. There are quite a few moving parts within this issue, from what will be the reaction of the original five when they step foot into their future, to the fate of present-day Beast as he deals with physical change, there's enough within these pages to keep readers salivating at the month as they wait for the second issue. It's early in the comic's shelf life, but Bendis and Immonen All New X-Men is a book that definitely has the attention of both adult and prepubescence fanboy me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 13, 2012

    We're off to a good start. This has been a title I've been deeply curious about. Unfortunately the wait of what the original X-Men from the past think about the future isn't fully explored here. That's not a major problem as this issue does set up the situation and moves Cyclops story forward from last week. It's also a good place for new readers to jump in. They may have missed recent events but there is enough set up here to explain things without simply repeating everything for older readers. It feels we're on the verge of some crazy things happening in the X-Men Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Conor Kilpatrick Nov 13, 2012

    While All-New X-Men #1 didn't blow my doors off like I was hoping it would–it's entirely possible that my expectations were too high–it's a very solid start and I can't wait for the story to really kick off in the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Max M. Nov 14, 2012

    The issue was a very strong issue 1 though, and I feel like there are going to be some very powerful moments in the series you do not want to miss. If you have been keeping up with the Mutant side of Marvel, then Idefinitelyrecommend this goes onto your pull list ASAP. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 17, 2012

    There are a lot of X-Men books out there and it's tough to tell which ones are worth picking up. This one has the time travel aspect to it, which may not sound appealing, but the delivery is what makes the book special for this particular issue. We will have to see if the premise has enough story to keep the book interesting, but the initial issue is worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Nov 21, 2012

    All-New X-Men is off to a slow start, sure, but from the looks of it, it's going to be a smooth ride. Come for the premise, stay for the art, and look forward to getting to the destination without having to spend 40 minutes exchanging monosyllabic responses and repeated sentences about why Cyclops is being a jerk and Wolverine is being a hypocrite. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Nov 17, 2012

    So, I really enjoyed this issue. I thought It was a nice introduction, especially for anyone who's kinda new to the X-Men like I am, having started reading X-Books when Schism started. I thought this did a nice job of setting up the storyline, building questions about Beast, and introducing a few new interesting mutants to Cyclops' fold. I did think Cyclops actually didn't come off as a bad guy here, which was interesting, I mean sure he was fighting people when he could've avoided it, especially in Eva's case, but meh, he still didn't seem like a full-fledged villain, all and all I'm pretty excited for this series, especially when the Original Five come to the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Nov 14, 2012

    Bendis knows a thing or two about these characters and he is really at his best writing their interactions over combat sequences. This comic squeezes a lot of stuff into one issue and does the opposite you'd think by spending more time on plot points we've seen before and glossing over the new story threads, which might make your head spin. I'm sure by the end of this arc we'll have a fantastic story inside All New X-Men, but as far as the first issue goes it leaves some elements to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Nov 14, 2012

    All-New X-Men #1 isn't the smash hit that Marvel was no doubt hoping for, but it does show potential. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 13, 2012

    "All-New X-Men" #1 is a nice enough start, even as it ends up being a bit too familiar. Still, there's certainly a lot of set-up here for the main push of the series, and with the second issue on sale in just two weeks it will help with the pacing a bit. Still, "All-New X-Men" #1 could benefit from a little more energy and new ideas in the issues to come. How that pans out, only time will tell. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Nov 14, 2012

    All-New X-Men #1 is a double-edged sword. On one hand, I'm completely taken by Brian Michael Bendis' stellar writing and potential for this series, but on the other hand, I'm largely disappointed in how this issue was structured and executed. There must have been a more gracious, elegant way to introduce all the plot that's stuffed into this issue, but Bendis and Marvel managed to publish one of the least straightforward versions of that plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Nov 14, 2012

    Bendis's decompressed storytelling is back here, as the characters spin their wheels. We don't get a glimpse of the Silver Age X-Men (who are splayed all over the various covers for this debut issue) until the very end of the issue, and even then, they're out of costume. This entire issue could've been condensed down to five or six pages, conveying the same information and advancing the story in a much more exciting way while fulfilling the promise of all of the teasers we've seen over the past few weeks. It doesn't deliver on what it promises, and while I'm sure it will in subsequent issues, that doesn't temper my disappointment with this opening chapter. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 17, 2012

    I'm glad Bendis' established that Beast is dying and is very tired, because otherwise how else could he have come up with such a ridiculous plan? Really? That's the big reason for the original X-Men coming to the present? It's even worse than I thought. And it makes for a silly premise. Rather than have the actual characters deal with this problem (not that I see it as a problem), Bendis is relying on a gimmick to sell his comic. I would rather see the modern day X-Men deal with Cyclops than mess around with the young X-Men. Bendis has a good handle on the modern team, even if he has them viewing Cyclops as some kind of radical. I want to read a comic starring the dueling ideologies between Cyclops and the other X-Men. At least Cyclops isn't being written as a villain…though some bits are questionable. And the art by Immonen is as amazing as usual. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Kevin Mak Nov 18, 2012

    After reading All New X-Men, it seems the mutant dilemma is exactly where it was when the original X-Men were formed. With Wolverine taking on Charles Xavier beliefs of peaceful coexistence and Cyclops following Magneto's viewpoint of dominance, the philosophical question is imposed on a new generation of mutants. There is still the question of what role the original X-Men play in this comic and for how long. Later issues will probably explore more reactions to the team's grim future. I wonder if the X-Men ever return to the past, will they retain their future knowledge? Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Addicts - Akshay Dhar Dec 4, 2012

    Poorly handled and an ill-conceived storyline in my opinion, I think I'm going to put this on the trash pile and not read any further issues. I've got the fantastic X-Factor, Brian Woods' stellar X-Men, the alternate reality X-Treme X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men for my X-cravings and even though I already miss Uncanny X-Force and New Mutants, I'll stick with what I've got and ignore this new title, thank you very much. Read Full Review

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