|All-New X-Men #40 cover|
by Sorrentino and Beredo
With issue #40 of All-New X-Men, we get to see the team of time-displaced original X-Men back to together on Earth. They are curious about what has happened while they have been away, but that is not a focus of this issue. It is nice to see Cyclops back among the team, and this issue aims to quickly move forward the development of the main characters.
The story came across has heartfelt, with endearing moments throughout. Any criticism of Bendis regarding the outing of Bobby Drake, a.k.a Iceman, is ridiculous. As far as fictional characters go that was a tender moment, well executed and sure to have lasting consequences. This mirrored the pages dealing with Angel and his newfound lease on life. The honesty from the story as the young time-displaced X-Men feel the need to assert not only control but also meaning over their lives has a genuineness that is rare to feel in comics.
The issue is full of twists and turns. It was a great read start to finish. The usual humor, with little quips among the team coming in a free-flowing manner, was ever present. Although Bendis brings the characters' usual voices to the piece, controversy has arisen as some fans feel that Iceman is being forced to come out. Despite this, the ultimate judge of character rests on one individual: you, dear reader. If you don't like something, don't buy it.
|Surely this is a good idea...|
Moving to the end of the issue, we begin to see a group of mutants still residing on the former island refuge of Utopia. They quickly dispatch any potential threat to their home and safety, though it is clear as we end the issue that there is much more story to be told about this group. Reflecting on the cover, the art by Andrea Sorrentino and Rain Beredo is wonderful. The color is dazzling, making the whole image feel special.
|The Utopians mean business.|
|The gang are back together!|
As we near the end of the series, we want to know what you think about All-New X-Men #40 or the series at large. Did you like Bendis's approach to Iceman and Angel in this issue? What do you hope to see in the final issues? What are your thoughts about the Utopians? Tell us below or head over to the Fanboys Anonymous Facebook or Twitter and leave a comment.