All-New X-Men #18
By Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger
The Battle of the Atom crossover has ended and this issue deals with the fall out of those events. Kitty Pryde has switched sides and she’s taken the All-New X-Men with her. This can only lead to problems, Magneto is an active member for crying out loud.
In this issue we see the original 5 try to get used to swapping sides. Kitty gets to see some of her oldest friends again. O5 Bobby Drake try to relate to Eva, and a bit of a verbal smack down between Jean and one of the stepford sisters.
For as serious as an issue as this may have been, Bendis injected a lot of humor into this one. The confrontation between Jean and Phoebe was necessary and cool. It’s kind of like and Emma vs. Jean 2.0. Bendis really shines writing Kitty and her interactions with the new team. From Joking with Cyclops, to chatting it up with Magik, she stole the issue. Brian also does a very good job of writing obvious scenarios, like Beast being awkward around Magneto or the argument he has with Jean about her running off with Scott in Battle of the Atom. This is a very important issue and Bendis handles it just right.
Stuart Immonen is on art duties for this one as usual and he does his usual excellent job. There are some very funny panels that Immonen excels at, such as Scott being the only one to show up for Kitty’s training session, or Magik going through Kitty as she tries to hug her; Immonen’s art helped these panels out with his expert skills. As the book finishes, his art doesn’t seem to lose quality, which has been known to happen with some artists. Even panels that are from a distance, he manages to draw well, which can be a tough task. He is a very integral part of this book and it may not be as enjoyable without him drawing it.
The first issue after the major cross over was a huge success, and it will be interesting to see where Bendis and Immonen take this. There is a lot of tension built up this issue, and it should lead to good story telling. Bendis and Immonen score again.