|All-New X-Men #38 cover |
by Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo
As we pick up the story from the last issue, things were progressing, albeit slowly, among the vast cast of characters involved in this sprawling crossover event. It needed a slight injection, a little top up, to boost the reading experience.
Prepare to be dazzled as this chapter, in All-New X-Men, delivers just what this story needed.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis hits his stride here, providing a much better experience than his first part of the crossover in Guardians of the Galaxy #24. This is superbly enhanced by the art in the issue, but some more on that in a bit. Bendis makes way for his artistic compatriots in this issue with good reason; their art needs to tell the story much more than his usual dialogue-heavy scripts can do. Don't get me wrong: the presence of Bendis's wit still shines through, and the rapport between characters has been restored, most notably Kitty Pryde and Peter Quill, but the focus isn't as much as what is spoken as what is seen.
The art combination of Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo is utterly breathtaking. I realize this is a comic book, but the art inside this issue was so very good, I struggled not to rip the pages out and hang them on my wall. Having been stunned by the work of Sorrentino on the All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men annuals late last year, it was so pleasing to see him back in an X-book again. The panels are spot-on for pacing; we are sped through the story, gripped by the panel to panel and page to page transitions. Bendis and Sorrentino are both at the top of their game with this issue.
|Beast, Gamora and Angel cosmically enhanced by The Black Vortex|
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