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Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley take another version of the world’s most famous mutant’s in All-New X-Men #1.  This is the same original group of X-Men that Hank McCoy pulled from the past in the recent volume of All-New X-Men, minus the young Jean Grey, who is flying under the radar and possibly working with the Extraordinary X-Men.  In this series, the X-Men are trying to find the young Scott Summers, who has been quietly tracking a group of mutant criminals on his own.

Hopeless writes a solid story here, not breaking it up too much between multiple different characters in different locations.  He keeps the narrative nice and tight to prevent confusion, while building some character depth in the process.  Some additions to the roster, like the new Wolverine, haven’t really been fleshed out and explained all that well just yet, but it’s still early.  Hopeless also makes the character of Scott Summers more interesting and sympathetic than he has been in quite a while.  It’s a refreshing change of pace for a character who had become exceedingly darker over the years.

Bagley’s artwork is good, not great, but good.  I’ve essentially been a fan of his since the early days of his work on Ultimate Spider-Man, so I’ve grown accustomed to his style over the years.  However, I will say what I’ve said before when it comes to his art, I feel like he’d better served with a smaller cast of characters, as all the faces start to look the same after a while.  That being said, he does an admirable job on this first issue, and I hope the rest continue to look this good.

Overall this book is solid, and I definitely like it a lot more than Extraordinary X-Men.  In the end, I’ll probably end up sticking with this one, while I’ve already contemplated dropping Extraordinary.  There’s a little bit more backstory required for All-New X-Men, but if you take the few minutes to acquaint yourself with it, I think it will end up being the better X-book.

The Verdict for All-New X-Men #1:
5 out of 5

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Wolverine is back!  Well… sort of.  In All-New Wolverine #1 the mutant clone, Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, takes up the role of Wolverine that Logan (SPOILER ALERT!) left empty when he died last year.  This issue has Laura jumping right into action as she goes after a sniper in the middle of Paris.  She quickly finds out that carrying the Wolverine name comes with a lot of punishment.  However, with some help from fellow X-Man, Angel, she might just make it out alive and find out that the threat could hit a lot closer to home than she originally thought possible.

Writer Tom Taylor gives Laura a deeply personal first story while also remembering to include plenty of action.  He makes it clear that Laura revered and deeply respected the original Wolverine and doesn’t take her new role lightly.  Logan was a very important mentor to her, and that’s shown via a flashback in this issue.  I suspect that we may see more of these in future issues to establish character depth for Laura as she grows out of her role as a pure killing machine.  There’s also a quick comedic moment with Angel here that humanizes and endears both characters.  Taylor definitely put up a solid first issue to build upon and I eagerly anticipate getting to know Laura better and finding out where the story will go from here.

David Lopez and David Navarrot share the art responsibilities for this issue and they do a respectable job.  They create a style that isn’t super detailed.  There are a lot of rough lines that leave a little for the reader’s imagination to fill in, particularly in the backgrounds.  It’s a style that really causes the main characters to stand out, which is actually kind of interesting to see.  You know there are people milling around behind the heroes, but your eyes don’t really focus on them at all, they blend in and actually become part of the background.

I really enjoyed this issue, and look forward to what else Taylor and Lopez/Navarrot bring to the table in the future.  Laura/X-23 is not a character that I’m super familiar with, but I think if anyone had to fill in Wolverine’s shoes, she is probably the best choice Marvel could have made.  As long as this series keeps the action and emotion going, I’ll be back every month to read it, and if you’re a Wolverine fan (like I am), then I think you’ll be happy with it as well.

The Verdict for All-New Wolverine #1:
5 out of 5

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And one more of the Secret Wars tie-ins comes to a close with Old Man Logan #5.  In this issue Logan finds himself in an alternate version of New York City, meeting people that couldn’t possibly exist in his world.  Some of whom want to use his battle experience to lead an uprising to try and take down a god.  I think I can honestly say that of all the tie-in series, this one probably disappointed me the most.  I was really looking forward to a great follow-up to one of the best Wolverine stories in recent years, but was given nothing more than a set-up for the Old Man Logan ongoing series which starts in January.  The issue ends in a relatively confusing fashion, and we’re going to have to wait about three months to figure out what exactly happened.  I definitely would have preferred a single, self-contained story, rather than a prologue to a future series.  Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork has been the consistent bright spot throughout this series and that continues here in the final issue.

The Verdict for Old Man Logan #5:
3 out of 5

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Alright, so one of the more nostalgic Secret Wars tie-ins is back for issue #2.  Here we find the team under the control of the Shadow Queen in what she refers to as The Mind Field.  She drags the members of the team through their worst fears, in the hopes that they will ultimately bend to her will to make the domain of Westchester a more family friendly place in the often violent and chaotic landscape of Battleworld.

Chris Sims and Chad Bowers split the writing again in this issue and they both do quite well.  The opening segment with Wolverine fighting all his major foes, who suddenly change into something far more sinister is done very well and is at times even emotional.  It’s far better than the Wolverine story from Battleworld #3.  Storm’s tale here is tense, if just slightly forgettable, but the real shining moment of the issue is the interaction between Rogue and Gambit.  The romantic tension is there only briefly, but it brings back all the warm fuzzies from their glory days.  Also, I think I’m starting to understand what’s going on with the strange edits and proofreading notations in this series.  Even if it’s not what I think it is, it certainly adds an interesting and curious dimension to the story.

Scott Koblish handles the art here.  It’s not quite perfect, but it is very good.  There are some seriously mind bending segments in this issue that are done really well.  I would have liked some of the character models to be a little closer to the original versions, but that’s really the only complaint that I have, and really, it’s a pretty small one.

Overall, this has been a really fun series so far.  It’s definitely not the best of the tie-ins, but it’s still very enjoyable to read, and it has a solid creative team.  If you’re an X-Men fan, you should be reading this one.

The Verdict for X-Men ’92 #2:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Squarriors #3
Ultimate End #4 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Civil War #2 (Secret Wars Tie-In)
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)