All-New X-Men #16
By Brian Michael Bandis, Stuart Immonen, and Wade von Grawbadger
All New X-Men #16 is the second part of the Battle of the Atom arc, which came out the same day as the first part. It feels like it has been a while since the X-Men had a solid line-wide cross over event, and with Bendis at the helm, expectations are high.
Some X-men from the future have come back to the past to make sure the original 5 go back to where they came from to save the world. Sound crazy? All New X-Men #16 picks up where the Battle of the Atom one-shot left off. The future X-Men, who are all pretty recognizable except for a couple, have come to plead their case to Wolverine’s group to send the O5 back. Introductions are made, Scott and Jean run, and fighting ensues.
Brian Michael Bendis has worked his way up the ranks at Marvel. He is their go-to writer to make a series or team popular. We need look no further than what he did with the Avengers. He has continually written the original 5 extremely well, and this issue is no exception. Jean has shined throughout his entire run, and that continues to be the case in this one. His knack for writing the original 5 is what makes the series so interesting. His Wolverine is also really well written this issue, not too overexposed, and other characters get to have some spotlight. His surprise ending will have fans talking for weeks.
Stuart Immonen is on this issues art duties. Immonen’s art has seemed to improved over the past year or so, and he does a bang-up job with this one. He has a nice splash page where the future mutants appear, and the reveal of who is behind the Xorn mask is gorgeous. While it may not be that big of a deal, the last page was very well drawn and helps the reader see what a powerhouse artist Immonen can be.
Battle of the Atom hit readers with the first two issues this week, and they were both great. Readers will be wanting two issues every week if Bendis and Immonen keep the punches and cliffhangers rolling like they have so far, This is a series that every X-Men fan should be reading.