All-New X-Men 11 review

ANXMEN2015011-DC11-31bb3With this issue out, the first of the Apocalypse Wars tie-ins (and ironically the last to begin) ends. Young Beast and Evan (Apocalypse’s heroic clone) are trapped in ancient Egypt. While Beast is captive by those working for Apocalypse’s father, Evan is hanging out with Apocalypse as a child, who is much more innocent than he eventually becomes. It’s a great look at Apocalypse’s very early years, but unless you enjoy Beats and Evan, this issue won’t be for you.

Written by Dennis Hopeless, All-New X-Men 11 begins with Apocalypse rushing to save Beast from Mystic, who’s working for Apocalypse’s father, Baal. Surprising pretty much no one, it ends up being a trap, where Mystic warps Apocalypse away to begin some sort of spell. It seems to be the true beginning of En Sabah Nur’s transformation to the Apocalypse he will eventually become. For Evan, this is a great character study that will likely challenge his view of himself, when he started this story arc conflicted. It also drives a conflict between himself and Beats that could potentially shake up the team dynamic. Although Beast is still far more ethical than his older self, it shows the potential for him to start going down the same dark past.

Mark Bagley’s art is good. Evan and young Apocalypse look very similar, but different save for Evan’s hair and the makeup on En Sabah Nur’s face. They even make the same facial expression when they see Beast tied up at the ambush point, a nice touch. Facial expression do a good job at conveying emotion, while also showing Beast’s fatigue when they first rescue him. Not every panel has much of a background, but when there is, it’s well detailed, whether it’s the mountains in the distance or Mystic’s tent full of pots, maps and messy tables. The fight scene between Evan and Baal makes good use of Evan’s powers and it flows well. Nolan Woodard’s colouring is also good. Even though the entire comic takes place at night, there’s a good variety of colours, and the purple tint helps the sinister mood of this issue.

The writing in this comic is good, but how much you enjoy it depends on how much you like Evan and Beast, or how interested you are in learning more about Apocalypse’s past. It probably would have been better to bring more of the All-New X-Men into the past to experience this adventure, especially when so many issues lately have focused on one or two characters, leaving the rest in the background. Still, this story is a decent road trip arc, which hopefully means that All-New X-Men is getting back on track.

7.5/10

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4 Responses to All-New X-Men 11 review

  1. Paul Bowler says:

    All New X-Men #11 was a good issue, still not quite as good as it used to be, but it feels like a step up from recent issues. Its also been the best of the Apocalypse Wars tie-ins as well. Fingers crossed this will be an upward trend for the title, they need to keep this series fresh, or having the original team in this timeline will soon run out of steam.

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    • healed1337 says:

      I still think the whole road trip concept has a lot of potential for this team, and the opening arc showed a lot of promise. Hopefully Dennis Hopeless can pick this up soon because it doesn’t look like Extraordinary X-Men will pick up its pace so long as Jeff Lemire is writing it. He should probably stick with solo comics – that’s what he’s good at.

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    I though this wasn’t quite as good as the previous two issues, but was still a strong finale to the arc. Hopeless has made me care about Evan. This arc was tragic, and does an interesting job exploring identity and predestination. And Bagley’s art is fantastic. He’s one of the best artists in comics. Also, one of the fastest – he’s pretty much always ahead of deadlines, and able to take extra jobs here and there.

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