Review: ALL-NEW X-MEN #32

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mahmud Asrar
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 17, 2014

The time-displaced X-Men are pulled to a new universe as Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar send the young X-Men from the 616 to the Ultimate Universe.

Brian Michael Bendis does a great job with this issue of throwing each character into an interesting situation in the Ultimate Universe. Splitting the team up provides some nice moments of singular focus on each member, and allows Bendis to explore more regions of the Ultimate U with this 616 team. Jean Grey is the primary focus of the issue and her interactions with Miles Morales are great. These young heroes out of their depth are what Bendis does best, and pulling in Miles Morales to this storyline was a stroke of brilliance. The focus isn’t solely on Jean and Miles, and the stories of Hank, X-23 and Angel give readers a solid tour of the state of the Ultimate Universe if they haven’t been reading in the past. Bendis does this in a natural way without relying on too much info-dumping, and the story flows very nicely through this issue. Bendis has developed these All-New X-Men into some of my favourite X-Men in comics and I’m very curious to see where he goes with this storyline.

Mahmud Asrar matches Bendis’ strong writing punch for punch with very strong artwork. His splash pages are fantastic and his layouts are superb. Asrar handles the huge cast very well and gives readers a glimpse of an absolutely ferocious Mole Man, who I will admit has never looked as dangerous as he currently does. This is a top flight book and Asrar has proven he is up to the challenge and this creative team has immediately found a great chemistry, to the benefit of readers.

The newest chapter of All-New X-Men is another winner and Brian Michael Bendis and Mahmud Asrar are building a really fun story here. These displaced heroes in the Ultimate Universe is a dynamic situation to explore and both creators are on fire in this one. X-Men fans who have been wanting the series to really take a look at the original crew are getting what they want here, with some good ol’ fashioned dimension hopping fun that has been a part of the X-Men for so long. Month after month, All-New X-Men impresses and issue #32 is no different.

The Verdict: 8.5/10


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