• Jean Grey vs. Mastermind!

• Years ago, one run in with this famous Brotherhood of Evil Mutants member was the beginning of the end of Jean Grey.

• Will history repeat itself?

Story by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen
Cover by Stuart Immonen

Price: $3.99
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Avg Rating: 4.3
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  1. I shall continue to purchase this comic book.

    I’m down to like six titles total now.

  2. Man these issues are just flying by.

  3. It’s weird, I enjoy the shit out of this series, but we’re at issue 14 and I don’t think much has happened at all.

    • Yeah, there’s almost zero plot, but tons of character work. Somehow, I’m still digging it a bunch!

    • Absolutely agree…. nothing has happened and I’m still loving it. Maybe thats how its supposed to be, maybe its like “Seinfeld” and its a comic about nothing. 🙂

  4. This is going to be an amazing comic!

    • bendis is the master of his domain when it comes to character work.

      i thought i was alone on the no plot thing opinion. but its been awesome either way

  5. Character work is probably the most important thing in superhero comics. Without good character work, they generally suck. I think that is why this comic is so good despite its lack of much plot.

  6. Great cover.

    Looking forward to this as always.

  7. I think a lot of things have happened… but little of it has AMOUNTED to anything. Like others have said, though, the character work is great here. Not trying to start a debate, but I would contrast this to much of his Avengers work, where again “not much happened”, yet there the character work didn’t really feel as substantial or “on-point” as it does to me in All-New X-Men.

  8. I love how quiet this book has been.

  9. I agree that not much (ok a lot) has happened in 14 issues, but I am REALLY enjoying this book. I just wish so much BMB’s Uncanny X-men was better or half as good as this book.

    • I disagree as I actually enjoy Uncanny X-men better of the two to be honest.
      It’s got a much darker feel overall and I really dig Bachalo over Immonen (however slightly since both are incredible) when it comes to art duties. There’s more of a feeling of conflict and drama within Uncanny that I feel ALL NEW is missing a bit. Plus, personally I’m more interested in the newer emerging mutants and seeing how they develop with the conflict around them than I am with the fish out of water story involving the 60’s era original X-men. Surprisingly, my favorite part of ALL NEW has been the gags between the modern and past Bobby Drake/Iceman. Hilarious!

    • I understand that there’s an easy comparison to make, and I also prefer All New to Uncanny right now, but I don’t think Uncanny is a lesser book at all. It’s cool if it’s not your thing, but I think it’s doing a good job handling a very different function in the X-universe right now.

      The characters in All-New X-Men are clearly the good guys, but the roster in Uncanny is a bit more ambiguous — they have good intentions, but between the characters’ past actions, their present agenda, and lingering effects of the Phoenix Force, no one (including themselves) knows what to make of them just yet. Add in the new mutants (besides Shark Girl, Eye Boy and Sprite in WATXM, is Uncanny the only book to actually feature new mutants?), and I think this book is doing a great job of capturing the “being a mutant can kind of suck” side of situation.

      And that’s the thing that makes this long-time X-fan so happy right now — all of these books are bringing different, but complementary tones to the table right now.

    • I love both books, and I do like All-New more, but Uncanny has been great. That last arc with Dormammu was awesome and I love Frazer Irving. Having Doctor Strange make an appearance was great as well. But both books have been so, so good.

    • I’m in the Uncanny camp. I like the tone, the plot line and setting is far more interesting, the stakes are much higher and the art is mind blowing. I feel like Uncanny is the only X book right now that captures the real life parallels between mutants and oppressed minority populations. Also while the art on both books is fantastic I like the way Uncanny has taken more of an abstract approach. I just find it a lot more interesting overall.

    • I’m enjoying both books. Both are well-written, and the differences in tone make each series compliment the other. The titles remind me of the feel I got from Uncanny X-Force and Wolverine and the X-Men before Marvel: Now.

    • I’m actually really impressed with how different the tone is in each book. Really for all X-Men books considering pre-marvel now when everything felt really similar outside of Wolvie and the X-Men and Uncanny X-Force

    • This book has fallen off for me, while Uncanny is getting better. I said early on that it was unfair to compare the books because of the new vs established characters, and I still feel that way, but I’m tired of the dialogue in this book the past few issues, the plot is almost non-existant (its more of a Jean Grey character study), and I’ve seen enough of Shield and the Avengers. Don’t get me wrong, I like it All-New, but I agree with @phess1, Uncanny is the only true mutant book. It feels like Days of Future Past is just around the corner when I read that book, and there’s tons of drama.

    • I have the same problem with All-New that I have with a lot of Bendis books. Everybody talks the same, the leaps in logic for story progression can be criminal and often times they are used to get to an emotional point that is unearned. With that said I won’t discount that a) he is still a very good comic book writer that at times can be outright amazing b)He is still very good at doing books with a darker tone ala Uncanny, DD End of Days, Moon Knight ect c) this book is still pretty solid and occasionally really inspired. It helps that the art is fantastic but I do think his voice works for someone like Kitty Pryde and Ice Man even though that’s part of a handful of voices that he uses on everyone. Comparing to other X Books I def like Uncanny, Wolvie+XMen and what little we have seen of Wood’s book better but this still has merit. I think the other problem I may have with Bendis and by extension this particular comic is that even though his writing is much better with darker material he doesn’t do it all that much. He’s like a guy that wants to write West Wing or The Newsroom even though he is better suited for The Wire or Boardwalk Empire. I feel like I write this every week and I don’t want to but I didn’t really read a lot of Bendis books for a few months leading up to his X-Men work and now that he is writing characters that I’ve spent the majority of my life reading, much more so then say a lot of the Avengers characters, his stock dialogue is so jarring to me.

    • I haven’t read much Bendis…the first 14 or so of his Avengers, the first few issues of his latest Moon Knight. I’m looking forward to End of Days when the collection drops, but basically if it wasn’t X-Men I probably wouldn’t be reading it due to the juvenile dialogue. The first arc was REALLY good, and its had its moments since (I loved Jean’s reaction to the Scarlet Witch), but I’m just not enjoying these last few issues as much. Maybe its Immonen’s action scenes, because I’ve found the slow, “emotional” parts of this title to be the most enjoyable. Those moments and Jean Grey are what keep me reading (plus I really like the kids’ perspectives on the current state of human/ mutant affairs-ie Cyclops).

    • Dude the dialogue can be so frustrating some times. I’m not one to stick with a comic because it’s X-Men especially right now with all the good X books. I have kept reading because it does have it’s merits but man sometimes when I read the discussions I just want throw my phone through the wall. Like the whole “Do Summers Brother’s High Five?” C’mon man, what kind of bullshit is that. Nobody talks like that in real life and non of the X-Men ever talked like that either, especially Cyclops no matter how young he was.

  10. I may drop this soon if the X-books are going to start criss crossing. I dont read any other X-men titles so I think if they crossover a lot, I’ll start getting lost.

    • Your loss as All New/Uncanny/adjectiveless X-men are all amazing right now!

    • right now I’m only not reading Uncanny x-men so I’ll only be missing out on that. I don’t blame you for not wanting to buy four more 3.99 titles for two months.

    • filippod filippod (@filippodee) says: Then you’ll love this 😉

      X-Men: Battle of the Atom (September/October 2013)

      Part 1: X-Men Battle of the Atom #1
      Part 2: All-New X-Men #16
      Part 3: X-Men #5
      Part 4: Uncanny X-Men #12
      Part 5: Wolverine & The X-Men #36
      Part 6: All-New X-Men #17
      Part 7: X-Men # 6
      Part 8: Uncanny X-Men #13
      Part 9: Wolverine & The X-Men #37
      Part 10: X-Men: Battle of The Atom #2

      I don’t usually like crossovers but luckily (?) I’m already reading them all. They are still robbing me with the bookend mini though 🙂

    • @livinglegend
      I feel ya. This is also my only x-book, cuz the other ones aren’t as amazing as some would have you believe. Yeah, there’s a recap page, but it’s not worth it if there’s 3 to 4 issues of content being summarized just so I can wander aimlessly through the book like a zombie and not understanding the references and inside jokes. I’ll drop for at least a couple of issues just to avoid another criss crossed mess of an event. 🙁

    • I think you have the right idea sitara119.

    • Spoke too soon. I’ll probably jump off after the next issue, then.

  11. Digging it. I’m kinda glad the original X-men didn’t get new uniforms, because most of the modern X-Men look like crap. I can’t even tell the difference between Lady Mastermind and Emma Frost. And if Illyana wasn’t so short, she’d be in the same predicament.

  12. “You’re an odd little frost giant”

    Haha, that exchange between Iceman and Thor was rich. Good stuff overall.

  13. Didn’t like this because it was so hard to tell who was doing what

  14. That high five between the Summer brothers better make it as a panel of the week. It was so utterly perfect.

  15. I was tripping when i saw the prof… damn you bendis.
    the books are crossing over? damn im not buying any other x book.
    guess ill have to deal with confusing plots for a while

    • I think you’ll only have to read two issues of all-new x-men before the crossover is done. Iirc there are ten parts to the crossover, 2 parts in each x- book and 2 parts in “x-men battle of the atom” or whatever it’s called.

    • And there’s always the recaps on page one!

    • I would argue that all the books this is crossing over with are better then this one.

  16. And then in October you get another crossover called ‘Arms of Octopus’……

  17. The conflict wrapped up a bit too nicely for me. And while the pencils and panel work in this were gorgeous as usual, a few times it was hard to tell which quips were coming from which character. But that could also be because Bendis writes everyone with a similar voice. I felt kinda cheated by the Phoenix fake out, so by the time the Xavier fake out occurred, I was rolling my eyes.

    Still, this book always delivers. Even the weaker issues sport some stunning artwork and one or two laugh out loud moments. At the very least, it’s a fun read.

  18. Did I miss Mastermind, or was this absolutely stunning cover a little misleading?

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