All-New X-Men #31

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 10
7.3Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

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  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Aug 27, 2014

    Minor artistic flubs aside, this is a book that effectively threads fun with drama. Its more than just teenagers bouncing off each other, but it has a certain delight in being that as well. Im honestly completely in the dark on what will happen next in this book, but it could go a number of ways, some of which would be incredibly novel. Bendis has always been a writer whos been great at capitalizing on what makes a character great and, whether using well-establshed ones, or establishing new ones for himself, hes always done it well. I have confidence hell choose whatevers best for the story he wants to tell and well all benefit from it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Aug 29, 2014

    A crossover between the All-New X-Men and Ultimate Spider-Man sounds like a pretty weird premise from the outset. But considering Bendis writes both books, and that they're both two of his very best, I have no doubt he's got a lot of fun in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Aug 29, 2014

    When "All-New X-Men" hits its mark, even a slightly quieter issue not filled with a world in peril, it really sings. Bendis and Asrar turn in lovely work that renews my love for these characters and belief in the potential of this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Book Herald - Big Phil Aug 28, 2014

    All things considered this was another great issue of All-New X-Men. It's no secret that the X-Men are my favorite superhero team and Bendis has done well by me so far. If you've been enjoying the book so far or even if you fell off along the way this is a good issue to pick up. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Ty Duggan Sep 4, 2014

    All-New X-Men #31 is a classic example of what makes Bendis such a powerhouse at Marvel publishers. Spider-Fans beware, Miles does not appear until the end but with strong characterizations, collaborative art, and distinctly unique look at the original five X-Men, this issue is a safe purchase for any X-Fans. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 31, 2014

    While this isn't the first Marvel issue to do this kind of crossover, this one's going to be a challenge to sort out. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Aug 28, 2014

    Overall, All-New X-Men #31 is a promising start for a promising crossover event. The issue can be quite slow from time to time, but the character interactions are great. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 27, 2014

    Mahmud Asrar makes the jump from Wolverine and the X-Men to illustrate this arc. It's a bit of a thankless job considering the impossibly high standard artists like Stuart Immonen and Sara Pichelli have set. Asrar's art isn't on that level in terms of energy or refinement, but he does a respectable job of maintaining the series' aesthetic. Some pages look great and feature bold action, while others suffer from loose details or reused panels. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Aug 27, 2014

    All-New X-Men #31 serves to kick off the next storyline and it does that well. It isn't the most explosive issue of this series, by any means, but it performs it's task. There is, arguably, a lot of dialogue that is superfluous in this one, and that detracts from the story and makes some pages feel purely like filler. The brightest points of the issue are the things it sets up for down the road, and the introduction of Mahmud Asrar to the title. He brings a lot of energy to the book and keeps the quality high and I look forward to seeing what the creative team has in store for readers with issue #32. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Aug 29, 2014

    With appearances from Tony Stark, SHEILD, and other neighborhood heroes, this feels less like "All New X-Men" and more like the best issue of "A+X" ever made. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Stuart Conover Aug 30, 2014

    While not a perfect issue, I'm looking forward to seeing the All-New X-Men interact with the Ultimate Universe. It'll be interesting if they get to see the Ultimate versions of themselves, well those that are alive which aren't going to be that many when you think about it. Still, it is a tradition for the X-Men to universe hop so you could almost take this as an unofficial coming of age story and I can't wait to see it play out on page. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Sep 9, 2014

    Although I think it's very possible for these characters and this comic specifically to get time/space dimension fatigue beginning so quickly after wrapping up a storyline involving villains from the future, Brian Michael Bendis' choice to bring Jean Grey into a universe he knows so well (he did help create it after all) does open the door for some intriguing possibilities as long as the arc doesn't overstay its welcome (a problem the title has had issues with in the past). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Aug 27, 2014

    While the writing was very good and very funny, the art takes a dip from where it usually is. Bendis continues to impress on this title with his witty banter and character development. Mahmud Asrars work needs to improve to up the overall quality of the book. He has a lot of great artists to live up to on this book, but seems capable of it. All-New X-Men continues to be a must read for fans of the band of merry mutants. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 28, 2014

    The addition of Miles Morales is something to get excited about " I just wish the entire issue had that sort of gravity to it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Nerds Unchained - Michael Bowie Aug 31, 2014

    I know, I was pretty harsh here, and maybe I went in looking for problems because as I said, this isnt a story I want, but a lot of it comes from me just really loving this series and wanting it to be great. At the end of the day, this isnt really a bad issue, it just isnt a good issue. Pick it up because you love the series, because you love Bendis dialogue, because you need the Ultimate Universe exposition or just because you really need to see that super-important last page cameo. Otherwise, Im not kidding when I say Ive already you most everything you need to know about this issue, you can probably skip it without missing that much. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 27, 2014

    All-New X-Men #31 plays more like filler than anything else. In an age where marketing and PR has completely robbed us of any surprises, storytelling decompression has only served to annoy readers rather than enhance their experience. I think Bendis presents us with a fairly classic "X-Men go find a new mutant" story (complete with another "survive the experience" reference to X-Men #139) in order to reacquaint readers with these characters before thrusting them into a new situation. But it only serves to delay the inevitable and it makes the final splash completely predictable. Asrar doesn't really get much to draw in this issue either. Without any action to anchor the book, the lack of detail almost comes across as disdain for having to draw so many talking heads. Maybe this journey into the Ultimate universe is what's needed to reinvigorate this book - ya know, if they survive the experience. Read Full Review

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