Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art and Cover by STUART IMMONEN
I had to pull myself away from this comic a few times, because I wasn’t sure if I was reading All New X-Men #3 or an issue of Uncanny X-Men #21. This issue focuses more on the fallout of AVX and what happened to the Phoenix Five.
The Phoenix Four (Cyclops, Magneto, Magik, Emma Frost) powers seem to be all over the scale and uncontrollable. Cyclops isn’t able to focus his optic blasts (shown in the art by its chaotic style) Magneto’s power to control metal seems to have diminished greatly, and Emma can’t read minds or so she says. The only one that doesn’t seem to have been affected is Magik, whose powers might have actually gotten stronger. This is probably the most interesting part of this issue, why have the X-Men’s powers weakened? Is it because of the Phoenix Force? Or is something more sinister going on here? This is what all of those post AVX stories should have focused on, and Bendis executes this storyline well.
Hey, if you like Cyclops or Magneto this is the issue for you. I really liked what Bendis was doing with the original X-Men and was just wondering why he would switch gears so quickly, and badly to give us this story. The story could have been told in half an issue and instead takes a full book. I don’t get Magik, not a real big fan of hers and the fact that her powers have gotten stronger just irritates me.
While this issue isn’t as strong as the previous, All New X-Men #3 still has some interesting things going on.
3 out of 5.
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Posted on January 21st, 2013
Category: REVIEWS, THE BURRITO BANDITO
Tags: All New X-Men, All-New X-Men #3 Review, brian michael bendis, Burrito Bandito, Comic Reviews, Cyclops, marvel comics, Mutants, Ruben Mendoza, Stuart Immonen, Wolverine, X-Men