All New X-Men 7 is yet another great issue in Brian Michael Bendis’ X-Men run. As the cover suggests, Mystique is taking her shot at the original X-Men. The largest portion of this comic is an extended conversation between her and young Cyclops. It’s a great scene that highlights exactly how manipulative Mystique can be, while simultaneously exploring young Cyclops and how he’s reacting to his future.
The rest of the comic is also good. Kitty Pryde’s training scene is amusing, and there’s a wordless interaction between Cyclops and Jean Grey that works very well. Kitty Pryde’s characterization here is spot on, and Wolverine’s characterization is better than the first few issues in ANXM. My only real complaint is that young Ice Man is still little more than comic relief; he’s been stuck like that for the whole series so far.
The art is also good. Even with his eyes completely covered, Cyclops’ emotions are perfectly drawn. Mystique is well drawn as well; even in her multiple forms, she’s still recognizable. There’s rarely a panel without at least some sort of background work, and while there isn’t always a lot of detail, it’s still a very clean looking book.
All New X-Men is still getting better with each issue. While this one isn’t quite as enjoyable as the last few, it’s full of deep characterization and bits of story development that could lead to some very interesting directions in the near future. If you’re an X-men fan, or you’re curious about the franchise, this issue is definitely worth checking out.