Thursday, February 12, 2015

All-New X-Men #35 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

OK, I haven't really enjoyed this arc, but this issue is fun, mainly because the kids in it actually have fun.  The problem with this cross-over event is that it has covered the same ground that this series usually covers:  displacement (in space and not time, this time).  The challenges that the characters face aren't really all that unique.  Sure, this issue gave us a little more insight into Laura, displaced for the first time and distraught over the fact that she's always confronted by realities that cause her to lose hope, not gain it.  But, Bobby, Henry, and Jean are traveling on a familiar road by this point.  But, Bendis makes the right call in no longer drawing out the team members' search for one another.  He finally just throws everyone together and lets them be teenagers and have fun.  I mean, they're all still damaged teenagers, so it's not like they decide to ditch saving Hank and go to the mall.  But, in the process of saving Hank, they have fun, like, "New Mutants" fun.  In letting them have fun, Bendis finally lets us have some, too.

*** (three of five stars)

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