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Yesterday's X-Men continue to adjust to a present day that's simultaneously more awe-inspiring and more disturbing than any future the young heroes had ever imagined for themselves. And things get even more dangerous when the shape-changing terrorist Mystique targets our young time-travelers...starting with Cyclops! David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) joins the art Yesterday's X-Men continue to adjust to a present day that's simultaneously more awe-inspiring and more disturbing than any future the young heroes had ever imagined for themselves. And things get even more dangerous when the shape-changing terrorist Mystique targets our young time-travelers...starting with Cyclops! David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) joins the artistic family as acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis further defines the future of the X-Men! Collecting: All-New X-Men 6-10


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Yesterday's X-Men continue to adjust to a present day that's simultaneously more awe-inspiring and more disturbing than any future the young heroes had ever imagined for themselves. And things get even more dangerous when the shape-changing terrorist Mystique targets our young time-travelers...starting with Cyclops! David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) joins the art Yesterday's X-Men continue to adjust to a present day that's simultaneously more awe-inspiring and more disturbing than any future the young heroes had ever imagined for themselves. And things get even more dangerous when the shape-changing terrorist Mystique targets our young time-travelers...starting with Cyclops! David Marquez (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) joins the artistic family as acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis further defines the future of the X-Men! Collecting: All-New X-Men 6-10

30 review for All-New X-Men, Volume 2: Here to Stay

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Fun stuff! Sweet Baby Cyclops is trying to figure out how he eventually becomes Old Cranky Cyclops. And if maybe Cranky Cyclops is right? Jean is trying to figure out how to control her new found telepathy, with the help of Kitty. It's going as well as can be expected, under the circumstances. But then Warren has a freak out after spending too much time with the other Angel, and Jean goes a bit too far to calm him down... Ok, not that far, but far enough to make everyone a bit nervous. Everyone is o Fun stuff! Sweet Baby Cyclops is trying to figure out how he eventually becomes Old Cranky Cyclops. And if maybe Cranky Cyclops is right? Jean is trying to figure out how to control her new found telepathy, with the help of Kitty. It's going as well as can be expected, under the circumstances. But then Warren has a freak out after spending too much time with the other Angel, and Jean goes a bit too far to calm him down... Ok, not that far, but far enough to make everyone a bit nervous. Everyone is on edge, so when Mystique decides to stick her nose in things everything goes from bad to worse. How much worse? Well, it looks like the New X-men aren't all going to be playing for the same team anymore. Someone is joining Cranky Cyclops' Revolution! Good story, nice art, and just enough humor to make this a really fun read! Recommended!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kemper

    These comic books actually accomplished something heroic and nearly impossible: They’ve made Scott Summers interesting. Granted, it takes the idea of the present day Scott going all dark side as the younger version of Scott is horrified at what he becomes while resenting the reactions of everyone around him blaming him for something he hasn't done yet so it took a couple of incarnations plus some timey-wimey stuff to get this done. Still, this is the first time that I was ever rooting for Scott t These comic books actually accomplished something heroic and nearly impossible: They’ve made Scott Summers interesting. Granted, it takes the idea of the present day Scott going all dark side as the younger version of Scott is horrified at what he becomes while resenting the reactions of everyone around him blaming him for something he hasn't done yet so it took a couple of incarnations plus some timey-wimey stuff to get this done. Still, this is the first time that I was ever rooting for Scott to win in a fight with Wolverine so give this book the credit it deserves. I also liked the idea that Kitty Pryde has assumed the mentor role for the original X-Men and is now training them. The Angel story didn’t do a lot for me because it’s probably too much to ask that they managed to make both Angel and Cyclops interesting at the same time, but it did lead to a funny Avengers cameo as well as an action taken by the Not-Dead-Yet! version of Jean Grey that is unethical and borderline creepy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Will M.

    I read vol.1 about a year ago and I can't remember anything about it anymore. I'm too lazy to reread it so I went ahead and read this anyway. X-Men has been one of my favorites ever since I was young. I've seen every movie and most of the tv series. I only started reading the comics recently because I just watched X-Men Days of Future Past for the third time. I was in the X-Men mood so I decided to pick this one up. The story was not that bad, but a bit dragging. There were more talking that actua I read vol.1 about a year ago and I can't remember anything about it anymore. I'm too lazy to reread it so I went ahead and read this anyway. X-Men has been one of my favorites ever since I was young. I've seen every movie and most of the tv series. I only started reading the comics recently because I just watched X-Men Days of Future Past for the third time. I was in the X-Men mood so I decided to pick this one up. The story was not that bad, but a bit dragging. There were more talking that actual action, but the plot development was good. It ended with a cliffhanger, so I will be reading the next volume pretty soon. What I hated most would be the artwork. Almost all of the characters were done poorly, and the most notable garbage was Wolverine. You see, Wolverine is my favortie superhero of all time, so don't expect me to be nice when you present him that way. He looked nothing like the Wolverine I grew up with, excluding the movies. The wolveine from the tv series also looked badass, but this guy was just plain old disgusting. I might not like the series overall if the artwork won't improve. 3/5 stars. Aside from the not so bad plot, I'm still annoyed with the awful artwork.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    The original X-Men have decided to stay in the present in order to learn if living their lives the way they were was worth it. Here to Stay demonstrates clearly that Beast didn't have much of a plan. He just brought the original X-Men to the future without realizing how much that might change them. This has the standard time travel stuff like Cyclops not understanding why magazines are so expensive. The most unexpected and unplanned aspect of Beast bringing the original X-Men to the future is what The original X-Men have decided to stay in the present in order to learn if living their lives the way they were was worth it. Here to Stay demonstrates clearly that Beast didn't have much of a plan. He just brought the original X-Men to the future without realizing how much that might change them. This has the standard time travel stuff like Cyclops not understanding why magazines are so expensive. The most unexpected and unplanned aspect of Beast bringing the original X-Men to the future is what it would do to Jean Grey. All the other members of the original team may not like what their future looks like, but at least they all still have one. Jean is changing quickly. The All-New X-Men isn't as bad as I expected it to be, but something is keeping me from really enjoying it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frank Eldritch

    It should be no secret by now that I'm heavily invested in the series right from the very start. Everything about this review is bound to be specifically biased, leaning towards the avid fanatic even, so if you have a more objective and different opinion than mine, then please, feel free to NEVER SPEAK ABOUT IT in my presence as long as we both shall live, ESPECIALLY if you have no amount of love to share concerning Brian Michael Bendis' All-New X-Men. If you bash it, I will ignore your existenc It should be no secret by now that I'm heavily invested in the series right from the very start. Everything about this review is bound to be specifically biased, leaning towards the avid fanatic even, so if you have a more objective and different opinion than mine, then please, feel free to NEVER SPEAK ABOUT IT in my presence as long as we both shall live, ESPECIALLY if you have no amount of love to share concerning Brian Michael Bendis' All-New X-Men. If you bash it, I will ignore your existence. Besides, there's little to no reason to hate this quirky and surprisingly engrossing X-Men title, generally speaking. Bendis has outdone himself with such a kooky concept, and artist Stuart Immonen simply brought the stunning characters to life with his engaging visual work. I will even go as far as to say that this is my new Tomasi/Gleason's Batman and Robin, a title that eternally remains close to my soul. Much like New 52's B&R, it took characters like the Original Core Five of the Stan Lee X-Men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Angel, and Iceman) and turned them into very dimensional people whose sentimentalities, frustrations, triumphs and insecurities are worth looking forward to and reading. Consider Jeff Parker (writer of X-Men: First Class) to be this team's version of Grant Morrison to his writing for Damian Wayne during his own Batman and Robin run; they both established the playing fields for their respective titles until their successors (Tomasi and Bendis) came along and even surpassed their original visions of these characters by placing them in more realistic, humorous and emotionally meaningful scenarios that make you appreciate the content of the stories even more. This comparison is adequate and the highest compliment I could give AXNM. This second volume collects issues #6-10 and the first three issues were more of a slow-burn type of narrative when it came to the pacing and delivery, choosing to focus on individual character moments about the teenage Scott, Jean and Warren. The build-up was worth it, though, because the last two issues (#9 and #10) rewarded us with scintillating confrontations among the X-Men and Cyclops' radical extremists group composed of Magneto, Emma Frost and Magik. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's first talk about the early issues. Now issues #6 and 7 were illustrated by guest artist David Marquez and I enjoyed the composition of his characters' facial expressions, considering the emotional high-point moments these issues touched upon. For issue #6, Jean struggles to overcome her telepathic powers and to properly utilize them with the help of Kitty Pryde, while Scott decided to run off for a while and steal Logan's bike as he wandered aimlessly around the city. Elsewhere, perched in one of the skyscrapers was young Warren, calmly having his spotlight to inner-monologue when he gets humorously interrupted by Scott driving off in Logan's stolen bike, and the ground forming a face and burping (Krakoa?). Then, he meets the Warren of that timeline, all metal-winged, Legolas-blond-toting who was far too accepting of him which made Warren readily suspicious, but he followed him anyway as they fly off to spend some time together. It's a simplistic issue with a dash of humor in between which I appreciated. Logan babysitting a young Scott is funny as hell. Issue #7 was unforgettable because of how it somewhat absolved young Scott's predicament. Desolated, unaccepted and extremely on edge, Scott only wanted to talk to somebody about what he is going through and the only adult who tried to have an honest conversation with him is no other than Mystique. Disguised as Wolverine at first, Mystique picked up young Scott from the bank and then they had a heart-to-heart talk in a park where she tried to explain and contextualize things to him properly. Everyone in this timeline were so busy and caught up in the present-Scott being such an absolute jerk that no one took the time to give this young Scott a chance to hear this side of things and how this affects him greatly. And the villainess Mystique noticed this and helped him, even if she has less than noble reasons to talk to him. Her insights were on-the-mark, though. She argued that the reason none of the X-Men ever tried to kill present-Scott is because they still respected him and all that he has accomplished back when he was their leader. She also assured him that when present-Scott murdered Charles Xavier, a cosmic force took over and compelled him to so she said that he and the Scott of the present, if they were in their right state of mind, will never kill their mentor and father figure like that. She also asserted that even though she had been a bad person for a good fraction of her lifetime, she had great respect for Xavier because the professor had cared about her even whens she's an asshole, and that is why she felt like she wanted to get involved and tell him that he should claim back his leadership status again and prove to the others that he will stop his present self from causing anymore chaos. That's what Xavier would have wanted, she reasoned out. And, for once, young Scott listened and took her advice. When Wolverine found him again, he willingly went back with him. We also got a nice, touching scene between Scott and Jean later Issue #8, however, which featured the Avengers. was probably my lowest rated issue yet. For one thing, I feel rather stupid asking this here but what happened to Angel in the current Marvel Now! timeline anyway? I struggled trying to make sense of the vague dialogue exchanges provided by the older Warren. From what I can gather, he's...not exactly a person anymore? He mentioned something about young Warren being an "older model"...what the fuck does that even mean? Is Angel an android now? I'm very, very confused. All I know about Angel are two things: First, he ultimately didn't want to get involved in battles so he created some sort of utopia haven for other mutants who also don't want to have anything to do with the bloodshed and politics. Second, he was operated or experimented on at one point and had his wings chopped off from his back and that was such a depressing turn of events. Later on, Apocalypse provided him with metal wings and from then on he struggled to define what exactly his allegiance to the mutant cause is, as well as his relationship with friends, and his constant search for a singular purpose for existing. That's pretty much what I know about Warren/Angel. Of all the OCF, he always struck me as unknowable and I definitely want to get to know him better. I was hoping this issue would enlighten me but the evasive way the writing dealt with whatever happened to the current Warren boggles the mind instead of clarifying it. I just didn't like that. I did feel bad, however, for the young Warren himself who is scared shitless, reflecting my own confusion over the events. The only good thing to say about issue #8 is that it's the first time Jean Grey displayed manipulation via telepathy which is pretty scary, and her reckless mental probing and controlling will be visited again in the upcoming issues which were pretty exciting! The last two issues were revealing. Kitty Pryde, who has taken over the mentor role to help the OCF, trained them in combat inside the Danger Room and the OCF sucked. Jean went inside Scott's head and found out about Mystique. Angel, completely apathetic by now, decided to talk to Beast so he can assess whether or not he should still give a damn about this 'mutant apocalypse' he is beginning to distrust as an exaggeration. Issue #9 ended with Scott and his team of radicals dropping in unexpected in the mansion to recruit anybody who is willing to join his revolution. And this is when things get tricky and suspenseful. >All I can say is that the issue #10 ended with an agonizing cliffhanger and it will definitely make you read the next one, shaking in anticipation, just so you can find out what happens next. I certainly did, and the clusterfuck is just about to begin in an entire new playing field. So, in a nutshell, this second volume of All-New X-Men was more grounded that the first five installments from Volume 1: Yesterday's X-Men, but the last issue in this collection is really a punch in the gut! In other words: RECOMMENDED: 8/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    Yesterday, I read The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy. Today, this. Am I making a habit of Marvel books turning a dud of a concept into something that isn't just readable, but also compelling? I can deal with that. The concept is where the first volume fell flat for me. It is (like Superior Spider-Man, actually) a concept that seems like it was created more for sales than for storytelling, one that has an obvious and imminent endgame from the first issue. Probably, both titles wi Yesterday, I read The Superior Spider-Man, Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy. Today, this. Am I making a habit of Marvel books turning a dud of a concept into something that isn't just readable, but also compelling? I can deal with that. The concept is where the first volume fell flat for me. It is (like Superior Spider-Man, actually) a concept that seems like it was created more for sales than for storytelling, one that has an obvious and imminent endgame from the first issue. Probably, both titles will eventually sag under their own weights, as the inevitable gets put off in the name of sales. But actually, right now... Right now, this is good stuff. Sure, there isn't terribly much action in this book. I'm ok with that. The characters themselves are interesting enough for me. Shockingly enough, because I wasn't terribly interested in the original X-Men as their teen selves. But Warren being confronted with a future that's too terrible (and convoluted, yes) for anyone to face explaining to him, that I can read. Scott trying to come to terms with being hated and feared for something he hasn't done yet, Jean using her powers in iffy ways, the Avengers rightfully getting angry at Beast for messing around with time travel again, all great scenes. Bendis has a knack for making superheroes read like real people, and he's in fine form here. The characters' reactions, conversations, and actions all feel very real. I don't question their motivations, because it makes sense. The dialog feels natural. I love the way Scott and Wolverine are interacting, with Wolverine as the relatively mature and responsible one. I love the jolt that the appearance older Cyclops and his band of mutant revolutionaries gives to the book, and to the characters. And I absolutely love that the official Marvel position on how much control Cyclops had when he killed Xavier seems to be "It's complicated." I still don't like this premise. It has to end someday, surely, or be dragged out until it's no longer interesting, entertaining, insightful, or relevant. But right? Right now, it's way better than it has any right to be.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    I only read this a couple of days ago but I drew a blank when I tried to recall what happened in this book and, upon flicking through it again, rediscovered that not a whole lot does. This isn’t by itself a terribly bad thing as the book is eminently readable and more or less entertaining but it is a book where not only does very little happen, but it feels like a lot of stuff from the first book is repeated and the whole pointlessness of the situation is underlined more firmly in this book. For I only read this a couple of days ago but I drew a blank when I tried to recall what happened in this book and, upon flicking through it again, rediscovered that not a whole lot does. This isn’t by itself a terribly bad thing as the book is eminently readable and more or less entertaining but it is a book where not only does very little happen, but it feels like a lot of stuff from the first book is repeated and the whole pointlessness of the situation is underlined more firmly in this book. For those who don’t know the setup, Beast went back in time and brought back the original X-Men to the present day, ostensibly to try and show present-day Scott Summers aka Cyclops just how much he’s changed and to turn him off of the current path he’s on, ie. war-mongering fugitive. This clearly doesn’t work in the first book but rather than send the kids back and avoid some weird space-time conundrums, the kids are bizarrely “here to stay”. The Avengers find out what Beast did and are rightly annoyed at his reckless behaviour. I mean, Wolverine’s latest time travel adventure basically ripped the very fabric of the space time continuum (see Age of Ultron) so Beast just nonchalantly changing the past on a whim is rightly something to be angry about. What is it about the X-Men that they think they can just do whatever the hell they want? As for what happens in this book, young Scott, Jean, Hank, Bobby and Warren are getting used to the present day, reconciling what they’ll do in the future, and what it means. Scott especially is conflicted about the person he will become while present-day Scott decides to start up his own rival school to Logan’s with a different philosophy. Mystique on the other hand just decides the hell with it, let’s just get rich and start robbing banks, and assembles her own gang of mutants to do just that. As someone who’s now reading the Battle of the Atom series, I can see why Bendis kept the past X-Men around, so from my perspective this volume feels like the characters are sitting around twiddling their thumbs in anticipation of that Event, further making this book seem intentionally like filler. And, once more, why no one is insisting the kids go back in time before they completely destroy the present/future remains a mystery to me. They just seem wilfully unwilling to for the sake of the future plot of Battle of the Atom, making Here to Stay all the more contrived. That said, there’s something compelling about seeing the present day X-Men and the past X-Men interacting that keeps me reading even though at the end of the book I wondered what the point of it all was. And, in keeping with the aim of Marvel NOW!, All-New X-Men does feel accessible for new readers and the fish-out-of-water angle is a well known trope to work for anyone picking up this book to understand. Here to Stay feels meaningless and ultimately it probably will be, more so than usual, but it’s at least readable even if I really hate Bendis overusing time travel as a plot device. I think it’s just me overthinking the setup that stops me from enjoying the story for what it is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck! Much like volume 1, this collection of the All-New X-Men (Marvel NOW!) is kinda fun to read. It's nice seeing the original X-Men in action again, and seeing how they bump up against the current timeline. More than anything, its nice seeing Scott Summers not be an asshole again. Highlights for this volume are the exchange between the "current" Iceman and Kitty Pryde where they imagine the dialog between Beast and Captain America, a This week's theme for the Shallow Comic Readers is, well, pot luck! Much like volume 1, this collection of the All-New X-Men (Marvel NOW!) is kinda fun to read. It's nice seeing the original X-Men in action again, and seeing how they bump up against the current timeline. More than anything, its nice seeing Scott Summers not be an asshole again. Highlights for this volume are the exchange between the "current" Iceman and Kitty Pryde where they imagine the dialog between Beast and Captain America, and the early interactions between Jean Grey and Kitty Pryde over Jean's newly amplified psychic powers. Having been a steady X-Men reader when Kitty was introduced, and not liking her all that much, I think it's great she has become a very strong younger woman who is a source of inspiration and trepidation to the younger X-Men. Absolutely love that. There's less yakking going on here than in Uncanny X-Men, and even though not a lot happens, everything seems to be setting things up for future events. The book moves at a nice clip and doesn't get bogged down in one of Bendis's boring dialogues. Is anyone else getting the impression that these younger X-Men aren't really from the past but from an alternate timeline/dimension?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Bendis keeps me entertained *and* intrigued to keep finding out where he's going with this storyline. The original young X-Men in the present is a greatly disruptive influence - to today's civilians, to the team dynamics of the X-Men, and to other related heroes and villains. It's the most interesting take on these guys I've seen in years. The way each character really *reacts* to the insanity of their situation is refreshing - like they're real people too, not just hero ciphers. I'm super-glad t Bendis keeps me entertained *and* intrigued to keep finding out where he's going with this storyline. The original young X-Men in the present is a greatly disruptive influence - to today's civilians, to the team dynamics of the X-Men, and to other related heroes and villains. It's the most interesting take on these guys I've seen in years. The way each character really *reacts* to the insanity of their situation is refreshing - like they're real people too, not just hero ciphers. I'm super-glad that Bendis has focused on the fish-out-of-water effect on the original X-Men, and not any sort of speech impediment/dialogue implosion by making them talk like 60's comics. I love the Wolverine-young Scott dynamic, and I super-love that Bendis picked up the Bonby-Kitty dynamic that Jason Aaron laid down in Wolverine & the X-Men. I love how Mastermind conjures up a silly Marvel thing as "I can do scary." I'm on the edge of my seat, not sure how much I should hate the older Scott Summers for how he's acting now, rather than the complete asshole he was before. Marquez on art is really good - I'm especially impressed by how he represents Jean's powers going out of control, and how they get reined in. Then the next step she takes is awesome, and promises to pay off big in the future. Immomen's art just gets better. I still absolutely love the sheer insane glee in his work in Nextwave: Agents of Hate, but he's gotten a little more rounded and complex here, with still a lot of style.

  10. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    Ahhhh, COMICS. I'm a huge Marvel fan but I've never really gotten into the comics because WHERE THE HECK DO I START? So I randomly reserved this one from my library. They didn't have Vol 1 (so, so annoying) so I'm basically thrown into the action. But it was sooo freakishly good. It's like the movies! The drawings look sooo much like the actual real-live cast. It just makes me happy. And plus this was a combo of the X-Men movies and the Avengers movies. Who appeared? - Agent Maria Hill (omg, I lov Ahhhh, COMICS. I'm a huge Marvel fan but I've never really gotten into the comics because WHERE THE HECK DO I START? So I randomly reserved this one from my library. They didn't have Vol 1 (so, so annoying) so I'm basically thrown into the action. But it was sooo freakishly good. It's like the movies! The drawings look sooo much like the actual real-live cast. It just makes me happy. And plus this was a combo of the X-Men movies and the Avengers movies. Who appeared? - Agent Maria Hill (omg, I love her. She's acting Director in this one, so I have no idea where Fury is) - Captain America (not a really big part, but he still makes an appearance to tell Wolverine to shape up...lol) - Mystique (totally impersonating people which is super confusing and cool) - Cyclops (apparently he killed Professor X so they've gone forward [or back??] in time to fix it) - Kitty Pryde (she's running the school! o.O) - Angel (he seems rather ditzy) - Bobby, Ice Man (he's hilarious and kind of stupid, but I love him) - WOLVERINE (only my favourite X-Men eeeever and he's awesome) - Jean Grey (who's young, so maybe this is the past? I have no idea) I'm like 87% confused because I haven't read volume 1. But that doesn't stop me from enjoying my socks off with his one!! I loved that the girls played super strong parts. It was really focused on Jean and Kitty, as well as Wolverine and Cyclops. Niiiice. And there were a few comments about not being sexist, which was awesome too (since Marvel is a bit notorious for being sexist). The X-Men girls uniforms ROCKED. Although Magneto's crew's didn't. Ugh. And there were HEAPS of funny lines! I'm basically a comic newbie, but I've read a few (I grew up on Tintin) and I really had to put down the comic and giggle a few times. I love that. But you know what would be freaking cool?! IF THIS WAS A MOVIE WITH AVENGERS AND XMEN. Can we have some X-Men appreciation gifs?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wren (fablesandwren)

    Pre-Cyclops is having identity problems. Current-Cyclops is making all these horrible choices but he has to be making them for a good reason because he is himself, right? Actually, all the original X-Men and their current counterparts are really straining to keep everything together because it's weird that their former selves are right in front of them. Jean Grey is getting used to all her developed powers. But she goes a little too far, which makes all the current X-Men a little touchy since we Pre-Cyclops is having identity problems. Current-Cyclops is making all these horrible choices but he has to be making them for a good reason because he is himself, right? Actually, all the original X-Men and their current counterparts are really straining to keep everything together because it's weird that their former selves are right in front of them. Jean Grey is getting used to all her developed powers. But she goes a little too far, which makes all the current X-Men a little touchy since we all know what Jean Grey turns into.. and why she isn't still alive with everyone else. To help the confusion, Mystique decides she needs to get involved and quite frankly, someone feels they may need to get on Current-Cyclops' side... the original team is now splitting up. Who and why? and What's next?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt Tandy

    While the first volume was a fun ride, Here To Stay gets bogged down with the insecurities of Scott and Jean. Though they're supposed to be teenagers, the amount of introspection here doesn't ring true to the original characterization from the Stan Lee writing. That said, the plotting of Mystique is always interesting, and the continued hate-hate relationship between Wolverine and Cyclops is fun to read. Kitty Pryde has also come into her own as a character, a leader by simply being herself, con While the first volume was a fun ride, Here To Stay gets bogged down with the insecurities of Scott and Jean. Though they're supposed to be teenagers, the amount of introspection here doesn't ring true to the original characterization from the Stan Lee writing. That said, the plotting of Mystique is always interesting, and the continued hate-hate relationship between Wolverine and Cyclops is fun to read. Kitty Pryde has also come into her own as a character, a leader by simply being herself, confronting the issues with dignity and some well needed humor.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This is good. Seriously, really good. Why haven't I read this run sooner? This guy is my favorite... This is good. Seriously, really good. Why haven't I read this run sooner? This guy is my favorite...

  14. 5 out of 5

    David

    Well, finally, a new X-Men volume that was actually good and felt like reading something from the good old days. Not surprisingly, it's because these are old school X-Men from the good old days. I ended up with volume 2 in the series, but it's pretty easy to catch up. Apparently the premise this time around is that the classic X-Men -- Beast, Iceman, Angel, Marvel Girl, and Cyclops -- have been brought forward to the future (our present) by modern-day Beast (the blue-furred version) to avert a mu Well, finally, a new X-Men volume that was actually good and felt like reading something from the good old days. Not surprisingly, it's because these are old school X-Men from the good old days. I ended up with volume 2 in the series, but it's pretty easy to catch up. Apparently the premise this time around is that the classic X-Men -- Beast, Iceman, Angel, Marvel Girl, and Cyclops -- have been brought forward to the future (our present) by modern-day Beast (the blue-furred version) to avert a mutant genocide. So it's a major culture/personality clash between the old X-Men and the new. Kitty Pryde is the Headmistress of Xavier Academy now, but Storm and Wolverine are still around, as well as Beast, Angel, and Iceman, new versions. So, let's see, modern-day Jean Grey is still Dark Phoenixed and dead, while modern-day Cyclops killed Professor Xavier and is now the Big Bad, preaching revolution with Magneto and Magick. (Speaking of her, whatever happened to Colossus?) There are some side plots with the Avengers, Hydra, and Shield, but mostly this volume is a bunch of very confused, very distraught kids from the 60s coming to terms with a 21st century in which their grown-up future selves have turned hard and bitter in a world that, from their perspective, has turned to shit, with Charles Xavier's dream as dead as he is. There is humor in this volume, but it's rather dark. And while everyone is in character, consistent with their previous versions, you can already see how being yanked into the future is changing the personalities of the classic X-Men. The more they are exposed to a world different from the one they grew up in, the more they are going to deviate from their old selves. Angel is freaking out, but it's Jean Grey who is already starting to become scary. Without Professor Xavier around to instill his strict ethics, she's already abusing her newly-discovered telepathic powers. I liked David Marquez's sharp penciling and the lush coloring, which looks contemporary but still evokes the style of the original X-Men. I still wish there weren't so many mutants to keep track of, and given that this is a collection of monthly issues, the story wanders a bit from chapter to chapter (there'd be no need for random appearances by Hydra or cameos by the Avengers in a single-volume story). But this is an X-Men line I'd actually like to follow. It has the same sense of fun and drama, while telling a serious story that is actually going somewhere, that some of the better classic X-Men arcs had. Obviously, if superheroes are not your thing, this book isn't going to interest you, but it's something deliberately written to appeal to new and old X-Men fans alike, and I think it succeeds.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Following up on the fantastic Volume 1, this volume finds the Original X-Men still in the present (future for them). This has created all sorts of interesting situations, including having them mentored/supervised by Kitty (and to a lesser extent, Wolverine and Storm). There's some great stuff of character development between the Angels (Young Warren and his present self bonding is priceless). Obviously, it would seem, the longer the past selves stay in the future and are exposed to their older se Following up on the fantastic Volume 1, this volume finds the Original X-Men still in the present (future for them). This has created all sorts of interesting situations, including having them mentored/supervised by Kitty (and to a lesser extent, Wolverine and Storm). There's some great stuff of character development between the Angels (Young Warren and his present self bonding is priceless). Obviously, it would seem, the longer the past selves stay in the future and are exposed to their older selves (with the exception of Jean) the more it's going to warp the timeline if they ever go back. As young Scott says to Wolverine at one point, why not just kill me now and the present me who's starting a revolution will cease to exist? To which Logan replies that he's still considering it. The new costume/uniform they give Cyclops is awesome I have to say, the only time he's looked badass for a long while. The dynamic developing between young Cyclops and Wolverine is something else, almost as though Wolverine is going to be super tough on him, yet understands somewhere that the kid in front of him is the best version of Slim he'll ever know. Not so much on Beast/Hank here, but there was a lot in Volume 1 so maybe they're going to refocus for Vol 3. There's a very interesting run in with the Avengers, and then a rather funny scene of Bobby and Kitty mocking the conversation between Cap and Beast, and getting it right almost to a T. There's so much to love here, including someone intervening to try and manipulate young Scott and point him in the direction they'd most like him to go...but for some reason, Bendis has me convinced that this teenaged Scott is somehow brighter than we'd given him credit for. Jean's powers manifest even more strongly in the future than they did in the past, and she has to come to terms with it; there's a nice scene with her and Kitty which makes you love Kitty even more. However, there's also a scene where Jean makes it clear she's going to use her powers however she sees fit. All in all this a very solid follow up to Volume 1, and has be itching to read the Volume 3 TPB after the cliffhanger involving present day Cyclops...I strongly recommend this whole series from the first page.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sylwia

    I liked this one even better than the first part. Looking forward to read the next one, but I don't think it's going to be released in Poland any time soon. :( I liked this one even better than the first part. Looking forward to read the next one, but I don't think it's going to be released in Poland any time soon. :(

  17. 5 out of 5

    Monsour

    Oh wow this book is so easy to follow. This is fully recommended for new guys whose new to X-Men stuff. [Review later]

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    I feel like in this series, so far, Scott Summers is the epitome of the saying 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'. I feel like in this series, so far, Scott Summers is the epitome of the saying 'The road to hell is paved with good intentions'.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    A very solid continuation of the story that began with the Original X-Men being moved forward in time, with some trademark Bendis repartée and absolutely gorgeous Immonen art.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zack! Empire

    I would say this if my favorite of the X-Men titles going right now. It's got a story line that really interest me. I've become more and more into the characters relationships than anything else, so the story of the original five X-Men meeting their future selves is pretty neat. The book is slow, but I don't really mind. It doesn't feel like it's trying to bulk up a storyline to make a nice trade. It just seems like it's a story that will take some time to tell. The X-Men have a huge universe al I would say this if my favorite of the X-Men titles going right now. It's got a story line that really interest me. I've become more and more into the characters relationships than anything else, so the story of the original five X-Men meeting their future selves is pretty neat. The book is slow, but I don't really mind. It doesn't feel like it's trying to bulk up a storyline to make a nice trade. It just seems like it's a story that will take some time to tell. The X-Men have a huge universe all their own, with tons of characters and sides. It will take awhile to show how people are reacting to a younger Cyclops, and Jean Grey alive (again). If you are looking for a fast paced action thriller, this book might not be for you. If you want a real character driven drama, this book is for you. My favorite part has to be the two Cyclops's. We have the old Scott who is trying his best to do what he thinks is right for mutants, even though it's caused nearly all his friends to hate him, or want to kill him. Then we have young Scott, having to live a world where everyone thinks of him as the man who killed Charles Xavier. It doesn't matter that it was not him who did: he grows up to be the man who will, so they judge him anyway. It's a really enjoyable read. You get to see how different the ideologies of someone can be a different stages of their life. Being a man in his 30's, I have to wonder if I would even like who I was at 15. It's weird to think about. the art in this book is crazy good. I was not a big fan of Cyclops new costume, but in this book it looks really good. The way the colorist shades the eyes really sells it. There's a page in the middle where Cyclops shows up with his X-Men outside the Jean Grey School that just looks amazing. The thing that keeps this from getting a five star rating is that it ends on a cliffhanger. That seems to be a trend in these marvel collections. they just collect 5 or six issues, and then they end regardless of what happens in the story. It really pisses me off. And while I don't mind the story being slow, not much happens in this collection. Their is a difference between taking your time to tell a good story, and just having nothing happen. This book is really walking the line. This series is really exciting and enjoyable. I'm an X-Men guy and I'm glad to see them getting such quality treatment.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Vol 2 of All-New X-men collects issues 6-10. It is the continuation of the story of the original X-men are brought into present day to confront Scott Summer's goals of Mutant Revolution. Now it seems that Scott is going to start his own more militant version of the X-men and a more militant version of Xavier's school. Along with Scott are magneto, Ilyana Rasputin and Emma Frost. More than that I will not say as that would be spoilers. There is quite a bit going on here, especially when seen thro Vol 2 of All-New X-men collects issues 6-10. It is the continuation of the story of the original X-men are brought into present day to confront Scott Summer's goals of Mutant Revolution. Now it seems that Scott is going to start his own more militant version of the X-men and a more militant version of Xavier's school. Along with Scott are magneto, Ilyana Rasputin and Emma Frost. More than that I will not say as that would be spoilers. There is quite a bit going on here, especially when seen through the eyes of the teen-age original X-men. Bendis subtly shows the grimness and darkness of the modern world as opposed to the somewhat cheesy and basic world the original X-men come from. The writing in this series is superb. Some of the dialogue actually made me laugh and there is a scene where young Angel is standing next to present day Angel and the Hulk is counting to two on his fingers while looking extremely confused. It's truly priceless. Hats off to Bendis' continuing great run. A must read for any X-men fan, or anyone who likes well written comics. The art work is quite good as well.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donovan

    I am loving this series. This has a spectacular futuristic story that reminds me of 80s titles, but Bendis keeps the exposition tight and crisp while balancing the characters with heart and humor. And the artwork continues to stun. I hope this is collected in a nice hardcover edition soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Eh. Its ok. Not in love with it or anything but decent enough.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Izza

    4.25 stars | Mystique and Maria Hill joined the party! <3

  25. 4 out of 5

    C. Varn

    Mixed Bendis tried to navigate the resurrection of the classic X-team into the 2013 mutant universe. The angst and plot just don't seem to know what to do with moral complications of Cyclops' rougher X-men. The art is dynamic but somewhat limited to Marvel House style. Mixed Bendis tried to navigate the resurrection of the classic X-team into the 2013 mutant universe. The angst and plot just don't seem to know what to do with moral complications of Cyclops' rougher X-men. The art is dynamic but somewhat limited to Marvel House style.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Robert Wright

    Damn, this book is good! I had little but for disdain for much of what Bendis did to the Avengers books. Which was sad, considering how much I loved Powers and his other indy work and even found Ultimate Spider-Man enjoyable. But then he comes along with this X-Men book. With rare exceptions, the X-books (far, far too many) and their convoluted storylines (that not even a flowchart could untangle) have been boring and uninteresting to me for going on 20 years. (Whedon's and Morrison's runs are not Damn, this book is good! I had little but for disdain for much of what Bendis did to the Avengers books. Which was sad, considering how much I loved Powers and his other indy work and even found Ultimate Spider-Man enjoyable. But then he comes along with this X-Men book. With rare exceptions, the X-books (far, far too many) and their convoluted storylines (that not even a flowchart could untangle) have been boring and uninteresting to me for going on 20 years. (Whedon's and Morrison's runs are notable exceptions.) Bendis is on track to creating one of those exceptional runs. Bendis is writing a book that manages to capture the freshness I loved in the early X-Men without ignoring recent developments, yet somehow being accessible and not feeling weighed down by continuity. It's an impressive balancing act. It's hard to imagine how this will eventually play out and the "young" team will get back to their proper era. But till then, this is proving highly entertaining---something I haven't said about a regular X-book in a very long time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Wow...I liked this as much as the first if not more. So we get further into the kids dealing with their future selves. I really enjoyed a bunch of moments here. One of my favorite is Scott meeting Mystique. That evil blue bitch is always a great trickster, and love how she's playing him. I also really enjoyed all the moments with Kitty and training. They feel fresh, and love seeing kitty as a leader. I'm also a sucker for kids trying to figure out their place and watching them deal with their fu Wow...I liked this as much as the first if not more. So we get further into the kids dealing with their future selves. I really enjoyed a bunch of moments here. One of my favorite is Scott meeting Mystique. That evil blue bitch is always a great trickster, and love how she's playing him. I also really enjoyed all the moments with Kitty and training. They feel fresh, and love seeing kitty as a leader. I'm also a sucker for kids trying to figure out their place and watching them deal with their future and change it is very interesting. Sure, some of the dialog is still bad (some of wolverines lines make me cringe) but overall it's highly entertaining stuff and can't wait to get into volume 3. Who knew I'd enjoy a X-Men series again, especially Bendis's X-men. A 3.5/5

  28. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    ******second read****** Yep, still love this run. Can’t wait to keep going. It’s totally a page turner! ********first read******** It’s an interesting story. The character interactions are the most interesting aspect. Jean Grey is the star. She’s very likable and intriguing. I love Immonen’s artwork. It’s bright and exciting. One annoying thing; usually, comics are read page to page, where you finish the left page, and then you read the right page. This has a lot of those pages where you read top pane ******second read****** Yep, still love this run. Can’t wait to keep going. It’s totally a page turner! ********first read******** It’s an interesting story. The character interactions are the most interesting aspect. Jean Grey is the star. She’s very likable and intriguing. I love Immonen’s artwork. It’s bright and exciting. One annoying thing; usually, comics are read page to page, where you finish the left page, and then you read the right page. This has a lot of those pages where you read top panel left, top panel right and THEN you read bottom panel left. I keep screwing that up and reading it the normal way before I realize I’m out of sequence. Kind of irritating. Other than that, this is a good entry. I sure hope the payoff of this story arc is significant

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Now THIS is a great follow-up to volume 1. There was a noticeable and welcome increase in action, plot development, humor (the Kitty Pryde and Iceman 'decoding' of a Beast and Captain America conversation = hilarity) and even a cameo from the Avengers. A few more words of praise about Kitty - calm, caring and competent; although obviously this is very much an ensemble piece her tough-but-tender presence was, I think, a significant asset in this edition. Hey, am I the only here getting an uneasy fe Now THIS is a great follow-up to volume 1. There was a noticeable and welcome increase in action, plot development, humor (the Kitty Pryde and Iceman 'decoding' of a Beast and Captain America conversation = hilarity) and even a cameo from the Avengers. A few more words of praise about Kitty - calm, caring and competent; although obviously this is very much an ensemble piece her tough-but-tender presence was, I think, a significant asset in this edition. Hey, am I the only here getting an uneasy feeling about Marvel Girl? *hollow laugh* And then Mystique shows up . . .

  30. 5 out of 5

    Keith

    Now I need to go over and read Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1: Revolution, but I'm cool with that. I'm cool with everything. Now I need to go over and read Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 1: Revolution, but I'm cool with that. I'm cool with everything.

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