ALL-NEW X-MEN #11
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Stuart Immonen
Release Date: May 1, 2013
It’s safe to say based on that sentence, I liked issue #11. Bendis grows more comfortable with these characters by the page and the dialogue in this comic is fantastic. In this issue one of the original five leaves to join the Uncanny X-Men and Bendis does a great job of bringing tensions to palpable level. Bendis does a great job of playing both sides, and his writing of both titles gives him an in-depth understanding of what is driving each faction. There are some fantastic moments with Jean Grey exploring just how confused she is with all the knowledge she has of her future. We get glimpses of what some of the other original five are thinking when it comes to returning to their slice of time, if that is even a possibility anymore. Above and beyond the conflict amongst mutants, Bendis gives us an update on the machinations of Mystique and, for the second issue in a row, we are left with a fantastic final page hinting at a big issue #12.
The art is, quite simply, fantastic. Immonen is dealing with another massive cast in this issue and he gives every single character a unique look and pencils them well. From big action and interesting layouts to quiet character moments, Immonen delivers from front to back. He has done a fantastic job of penciling an air of confusion around the original five, an uncertainty in their eyes that no other characters can understand, no matter how hard they try. This is an extremely difficult thing to convey through art and Immonen makes it look easy.
This is one of the best comics in the industry, month after month. Issue #11 continues the streak of great issues and is a must read for any Marvel/X-Men fans.