After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Morning Comics 25 I 2014 - All-New X-Men, Vol 1: Yesterday's X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Stuart Immonen

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Title: All-New X-Men, Vol 1: Yesterday's X-Men
Series: X-Men
Authors: Brian Michael Bendis, art by Stuart Immonen
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9780785168201
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Twitter: @Marvel
Format: Hardcover
Available: April 9, 2013
Rating: 4/5 stars

  • Beast
  • Storm
  • Tempus
  • Cyclops
  • Emma Frost
  • Magneto
  • Iceman
  • Kitty Pryde
  • Triage
  • Magik
  • Beast [1]
  • Iceman [1]
  • Cyclops [1]
  • Angel [1]
  • Marvel Girl [1]
  • Wolverine
  • Benjamin Deeds

In one of the more interesting story lines to come out of AvX, Beast decides that the only way for Cyclops to see what damage he is doing by trying to bring about a mutant revolution is to go back in time and bring the original five teenage X-Men (Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, and Angel) to the present, to either shock the current Cyclops into realizing what he has become, or to make sure that the teenage Cyclops does all that he can to not become like his current self.

Honestly, there isn't a lot that goes on in this story arc, which isn't a bad thing. The teenage X-Men need time to understand what exactly is happening in their future, and if they were to throw everyone into a wild adventure right off, it would have felt out of place. Not that there isn't adventuring to be had. The teenage X-Men are able to confront Cyclops and Magneto while they are trying to rescue/recruit another new mutant to their new Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters (the former location of Weapon X), and since this is a comic, of course this meeting can't go down without a fight. But really, this volume is about coming to terms: current Cyclops and crew coming to terms with what he did during the Phoenix Event; teenage X-Men coming to terms with what their future has in store for them; everybody else coming to terms with the fact that current Beast did what he did by bringing them to the teenage X-Men to the present. Of all the characters, it's young Jean Grey who seems to mature the most rapidly, and I'm excited to see what is in store for her character. Jean Grey has always been my favorite character (in any and all of her identities), so to have her back in the X-Universe in any sort of fashion is exciting for me.

Bendis does an admirable job of holding everything together nicely with this story. I think his big, sprawling crossovers always end up a little too big and sprawling, but he can handle a single issue story line and character development quite nicely. Stuart Immonen's art is very clean and fresh, and I like seeing his take on the original X-Men.

While not a lot happens, I'm anxious to see where this story line is going to go, and see how the teenage X-Men deal with learning even more about what has happened over the years to get them to this point.

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