I do not think that there can ever be enough books about anything and I say that knowing that some of them are going to be about Pilates.The more knowledge the better seems like a solid rule of thumb, even though I have watched enough science fiction films to accept that humanity’s unchecked pursuit of learning will end with robots taking over the world.-Sarah Vowell

Friday, June 2, 2017

All New X-Men: Yesterday's X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis (Writer), Stuart Immonen (Penciler), Wade Von Grawbadger (Inker), Marie Gracia (Colorest), and V C Corey Petit (Letterer)

In this X-Men's series, Scarlet Witch took away the powers of 99% of all mutants on earth.  The Phoenix decided to get involved and possessed and corrupted Cyclops, the leader of the X-Men who then struck down Professor Xavier. It took all of the Avengers and the X-Men to bring him down.  The Phoenix Force was dispersed across earth creating new mutants.

Cyclops, with Emma Frost, has joined forces to start recruiting mutants for the new Charles Xavier School for Mutants.  At the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Kitty Pride, Beast, Iceman, and Storm are concerned about this as no one has ever trusted Magneto and now they aren't sure about Scott after what happened to the Professor.  They would, of course, rather have these mutants under their roof learning.  It goes without saying that in this world the law and others like them want to lock up mutants.

Beast, however, has another plan to try to change things.  He finds a way to go back in time to when he and Scott were just starting out as X-Men in order to bring back the past Scott to see his future self in order to prevent him from becoming that.  Like a Christmas Carol in a weird, yet cool way.  Only it all goes awry when all of the X-Men insist on coming too. Back then Jean didn't have her telepathic abilities yet and more importantly, she's still alive.  Neither side knows what to make of the other when they arrive back in the present.  Jean's psychic powers become suddenly activated and she has to figure out how to use them herself on the fly.  Beast is ill from traveling back in time and his changing genome so Kitty and the other Beast are working on him.

Nothing, of course, goes according to plan when the two Cyclops's meet.  This is a great read with a really cool storyline that is inventive.  The paneling in this book is particularly clever. At one point Jean looks into Beast's mind and sees something and the paneling depicts that in the shape of an eye with segments that has Jean in the bottom corner on her knees, exhausted from the mind read.  The drawings are really good and the colors really pop, especially when Cyclops uses his ray.  I plan on reading more from this series of X-Men books as I hope to find out what happens next.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/All-New-X-Men-Vol-Yesterdays-ebook/dp/B00CF4HG1K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496419111&sr=8-1&keywords=all+new+xmen+yesterday%27s+xmen

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