All-New X-Men #4

All-New X-Men #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Stuart Immonen Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 19, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 8
8.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

The Original 5 X-Men come face to face with their counterparts…and it isn’t a peaceful meeting!

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Mar 2, 2013

    Going forward, All-New X-Men has proven to be a consistent and steady title with taut storylines and immense potential. The back and forth is maneuvered with precision, and the creative elements work together to build a storyline that has repercussions in store for the future. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Dec 20, 2012

    Bendis does an expert job at balancing the conflict, drama, and humor around the emotional storm brewing from both sides. The issue also contains his trademark snappy dialogue, as well as large doses of humor to counter the serious goings-on. Artist Stuart Immonen's art is, quite simply, jaw-dropping. He perfectly captures the emotion and drama of this issue, as well as the uncertainty in the faces of all involved. Some interesting juxtapositions of classic X-Men with today's X-Men in certain panels and pages also serves the story well. In short, this is my new favorite Marvel NOW! title, with enough innovation to make it fresh, but retaining enough of the old Marvel flavor to make it appealing to longtime fans. 10/10 Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 17, 2012

    Bendis and Immonen are on a roll. Having the series come out twice a month may have been a little hard on the wallet but it's great because having to wait a full month for the next issue would be unbearable. This may not be the X-Men we're used to reading but Bendis is mapping out an incredible ride that is taking the X-Men in a new direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Alexander Jones Dec 20, 2012

    Once again the gorgeous visuals that Immonen renders only turns the comic into a truer work of art. All New X-Men is a can't miss title for any fan of the current Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Dec 19, 2012

    Through some innovative paneling, an explosive action sequence, and a ton of expressive characters, Stuart Immonen steals the show from writing partner Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis does however; deliver some fantastic dialogue that makes up for the narration-heavy first pages. All-New X-Men is an ambitious series, I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but I've been pleasantly surprised with the result so far. This is easily one of the best title to come out of Marvel since the NOW! initiative began. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Dec 20, 2012

    FINALLY! We got to see Cyclops run into the Original Five, AND he had Magneto with him! I loved all of this, Cyclops thinking it was a telepath or a shifter messing with him, then being entranced by Jean, and her being basically disgusted at the sight of him. I also loved the fact that both her and Magneto suspected Emma may be involved, but the best thing was Emma's pure disdain at Jean Grey being back, Emma is quickly becoming my favorite character of this series. I'm also curious as to if past Scott picked up how out of control present Scott is with his powers and if anything will come of that. All in all, this was another strong issue, we got the first confrontation, we got some info on the New Mutants, and a cliffhanger with Beast that I doubt will amount to anything in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Dec 21, 2012

    Four issues in and already there is a ton going on. McCoy is in a bad way, Cyclops (both of them) is having a total meltdown, and the original five are in no way happy with how things have turned out in their future. While a bit short, it looks brilliant, reads well, and is a very fun book. Bendis, Immonen, Von Grawbadger and Gracia are holding nothing back in this one, and they're seeing it pay off in spades. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 22, 2012

    The true impact of the teen X-Men is finally felt in this issue, with some great reactions by Cyclops, Emma and especially Magneto. I also like how quickly Scott figures out what's really happening. Bendis is writing a pretty good Cyclops. Not as good as AvX: Consequences, but still pretty darn good. His character growth is definitely fun to read. Bendis' Magneto is a bit iffy though. One character that definitely suffers from Bendis' typical banter-speak is Magneto. That is not a character who should banter too much. But otherwise, I think Bendis is doing a great job with the ramifications of the time travel. Not all the characters are on board with it, and I like how it's played off more as a fever-addled fantasy that Beast had, as opposed to being his greatest idea ever. Bendis is getting some great mileage out of all his characters and stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Therapy - MrComicBook Dec 22, 2012

    It's hard to decide book is the flagship title for the X-books. Wolverine & the X-Men might be the leader for now, but All-New X-Men is giving Wolverine & the X-Men a run for it's money. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Dec 20, 2012

    As stated earlier, this issue does give me some hope. There are personally emotional parts, and the artwork was stunning, and despite my hesitation to continue reading due to my lack of fondness towards a certain red-head, there’s a seamless weaving of narrative that does focus on other characters and is nicely giving us a glimpse of new characters that may come in with the sudden surge of new mutants appearing. There’s clearly going to be some huge developments of character occurring (especially with Beast and Cyclops) and I certainly wouldn’t stop anyone from picking up this issue or the next couple. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Dec 19, 2012

    So, ideally Id like to see the momentum pick up on this book going forward, but this is an improvement on last issue, which I felt was a little bit of a misstep for the series. I like my stories told properly, not necessarily quickly, but this is a little slow even for my tastes. Hopefully my faith in Bendis will be rewarded despite his relaxed pace, and as long as Immonen is rendering it, Ill be on board. I just wish we were getting a little more for our money with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Dec 25, 2012

    The book continues to showcase Stuart Immonen's strong art, set against Bendis's usual talking heads jibber-jabber. It makes me want to read the old issues of Ultimate Spider-Man or New Avengers with Bendis and Immonen just to see how this book holds up against their older collaborations. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Ben Silverio Dec 25, 2012

    There's certainly a good amount of drama being built up in ‘All-New X-Men' and I can't get enough of it. Bendis is certainly in good form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 17, 2012

    Yet you don't watch fireworks for the story, and I think that All-New X-Men #4 follows the same concept. When you describe the actual story beats, not too much happens here, but because Bendis lets Immonen run wild with the action beats, you get more energy than this book has seen in awhile. Now that the opening salvo has been fired, Bendis does have to loop back and get to the real emotional meat of this story " namely, what happens when you see for a fact that your future did not come out the way you fought so hard to make it " or these fireworks are just going to be fleeting sparks for a sputtering X-Men franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 18, 2012

    While I could lose countless hours looking at the fantastic art in "All-New X-Men" #4, Bendis doesn't let the story stay still for very long. He naturally plays to Immonen's considerable talent, with a wide range of expressions and settings, but takes Immonen's best and delivers a story that is filled with excitement, adventure and promise. While the premise and delivery are totally different, the original X-Men, reunited in a book driven by the search for new mutants has the energy and excitement fourteen-year-old me found in the early issues of "X-Factor" written by Bob Layton and drawn by Jackson Guice. An interesting blend of old and new, tribute and trial makes "All-New X-Men" one of my favorite books of the Marvel NOW! relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Jul 15, 2013

    This was a very good issue, but slightly disappoint to what I'd hoped for. I would however still recommend it as it is a good issue, and the series has been very interesting. I would also recommend the rest of the series, and am looking forward to the next issue, Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Dec 19, 2012

    Stuart Immonen does his usual awesome stuff with these pages. His layouts are fantastic. Few artists handle the Bendis double-page spread as well as Immonen. You never get lost or confused. The characters look superb and the action looks even better. Immonen is a welcome addition to the X-Men universe, and hopefully the insane shipping schedule doesn't force him to duck out early. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Dec 19, 2012

    So, All New X-Men #4 is a visual treat that shows off just how important art is in delivering an engaging and emotional book. Immonen's art makes this title a blockbuster and although Bendis has issues with characterisation and dialogue, he still delivers a fast paced narrative. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jan 2, 2013

    Stuart Immonen gives yet another beautiful display here with the Cyclops double optic blast ranked as a personal favourite. It's amazing how easily it seems that he is able to capture so many different moments within the same fight with different characters and none of them feel jarring in the slightest. I don't know how long he will be pencilling the series but the combination of artist and writer isdefiantlyone of the best things it has going for it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 24, 2012

    All-New X-Men is still a top-notch book with great art. I just hope Bendis doesn’t crush his new creation under the unbearable load of time travel. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Dec 24, 2012

    All-New X-Men #4 contains a lot enjoyment with the big confrontation of the original X-Men and the present day Cyclops. It leads us to some interesting friction between each faction of the X-Men in the story. Unfortunately the fact remains that after four issues the story should have moved further along. Whether its weekly, bi-monthly or monthly I want to know that when I pay $3.99 I am getting more out of a comic. So far the characters are more or less in the same position they were in the second issue. The pace needs to be picked up or else the interest in this title will die down much like it did during Bendis Avengers run. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Dec 25, 2012

    All New X-Men continues to be the best X-book out right now. The story concept and ideas are great and it's well written. Unfortunately, Bendis is stretching out a tale that could be told in fewer issues, something he often falls victim to. There's nothing wrong with this issue, it was just disappointing. We didn't get some big confrontation that was alluded to, and the plot was barely moved forward. The art continues to be wonderful and makes this book a buy alone. I'm still in, but at a $3.99 price tag, I expect more. All New X-Men #4, with a lot of help from the art, gets 3.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

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