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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 September 2013
I only read this a couple of days ago but I drew a blank when I tried to recall what happened in this book and, upon flicking through it again, rediscovered that not a whole lot does. This isn't by itself a terribly bad thing as the book is eminently readable and more or less entertaining but it is a book where not only does very little happen, but it feels like a lot of stuff from the first book is repeated and the whole pointlessness of the situation is underlined more firmly in this book.

For those who don't know the setup, Beast went back in time and brought back the original X-Men to the present day, ostensibly to try and show present-day Scott Summers aka Cyclops just how much he's changed and to turn him off of the current path he's on, ie. war-mongering fugitive. This clearly doesn't work in the first book but rather than send the kids back and avoid some weird space-time conundrums, the kids are bizarrely "here to stay".

The Avengers find out what Beast did and are rightly annoyed at his reckless behaviour. I mean, Wolverine's latest time travel adventure basically ripped the very fabric of the space time continuum (see Age of Ultron) so Beast just nonchalantly changing the past on a whim is rightly something to be angry about. What is it about the X-Men that they think they can just do whatever the hell they want?

As for what happens in this book, young Scott, Jean, Hank, Bobby and Warren are getting used to the present day, reconciling what they'll do in the future, and what it means. Scott especially is conflicted about the person he will become while present-day Scott decides to start up his own rival school to Logan's with a different philosophy. Mystique on the other hand just decides the hell with it, let's just get rich and start robbing banks, and assembles her own gang of mutants to do just that.

As someone who's now reading the Battle of the Atom series, I can see why Bendis kept the past X-Men around, so from my perspective this volume feels like the characters are sitting around twiddling their thumbs in anticipation of that Event, further making this book seem intentionally like filler. And, once more, why no one is insisting the kids go back in time before they completely destroy the present/future remains a mystery to me. They just seem wilfully unwilling to for the sake of the future plot of Battle of the Atom, making Here to Stay all the more contrived.

That said, there's something compelling about seeing the present day X-Men and the past X-Men interacting that keeps me reading even though at the end of the book I wondered what the point of it all was. And, in keeping with the aim of Marvel NOW!, All-New X-Men does feel accessible for new readers and the fish-out-of-water angle is a well known trope to work for anyone picking up this book to understand. Here to Stay feels meaningless and ultimately it probably will be, more so than usual, but it's at least readable even if I really hate Bendis overusing time travel as a plot device. I think it's just me overthinking the setup that stops me from enjoying the story for what it is.
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This is the second instalment of the All New original X-Men storyline, running through issues #6-10 of the All New X-Men and collected as All-New X-Men: Here To Stay. Having been brought to their future, and out present, in All-New X-Men: Here Comes Yesterday, the original X-Men have decided to stay and fix their future, so that most of them didn't/won't have died in vain.

The new old team are having a few settling-in problems, and we see them meeting up with various future selves (those that have them... such as the Angel), old friends and enemies (Mystique) and finding more secrets from their future/past, such as an invitation to Scott and Jean's wedding... and getting a visit from Captain America, who has just discovered what has happened when two Angels save Avengers Tower from a Hydra attack. We even get to fight Sentinels in the Danger Room!

This is an excellently-written story, which runs through "All New X-Men" issues #6-10, with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour, despite the bleak situation.

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

The new old team are having a few settling-in problems, and in issue #6, Scott goes out on the town, giving Wolverine a run for his money (literally), and coming to the attention of Mystique along the way; Warren meets his current self; and Jean, Storm and Professor `K' do some bonding.

Issue #7 sees Scott going to visit `his' safety-deposit box to see what he can dig up on his past, finding that some humans at least are more understanding than in his day, and bumping into Mystique who gives him a long pep talk on putting things to right, like shutting down the school and his older self... Wolverine eventually catches up with him and returns him to the school -
Storm: "thank you for not killing him."
Scott has found a wedding invitation, which he hands to Jean..

Issue #8 has the two Angels bonding, before running into a Hydra assault on Avengers Tower - "The Avengers live in Avengers mansion!"
Madame Hydra is not happy at the result - "I have to start screening better."
Eventually the Avengers show up for the finale -
Hawkeye: "You know there's two of you, right""
Captain America: "Why are there two of you?"
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Professor Kitty :"Uh-oh."
Wolvie: "Yup"
The Good Captain: "Henry, may I speak to you a moment?"
Eventually, the young Scott Summers has a word and calms things down.
Cap: please tell me you have this under control"
McCoy; "I don't have any of it under control"

Afterwards, they find Warren trying to use the time machine to go home. Jean zaps him.
"Everything is fine. I can read your minds. Stop worrying. I'm in total control"

Issue #9 has a Danger Room session with Sentinels!
Bobby: "Why does your Danger Room hurt so much!"
Meanwhile, Mystique is recruiting a new group of Evil Mutants from the Raft., and Scott Summers and friends come to visit the school...

Issue #10 opens with the X-Men staging a bank robbery - though we know it was Mystique's little band all along. Meanwhile, back at the school, Cyclops declares his new Xavier School is taking new students, and has come on a recruiting drive. The Cuckoos volunteer, of course, but so does a surprise candidate..
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This is the second instalment of the All New original X-Men storyline, running through issues #6-10 of the All New X-Men and collected as All-New X-Men: Here To Stay. Having been brought to their future, and out present, in All-New X-Men: Here Comes Yesterday, the original X-Men have decided to stay and fix their future, so that most of them didn’t/won’t have died in vain.

The new old team are having a few settling-in problems, and we see them meeting up with various future selves (those that have them… such as the Angel), old friends and enemies (Mystique) and finding more secrets from their future/past, such as an invitation to Scott and Jean’s wedding… and getting a visit from Captain America, who has just discovered what has happened when two Angels save Avengers Tower from a Hydra attack. We even get to fight Sentinels in the Danger Room!

This is an excellently-written story, which runs through “All New X-Men” issues #6-10, with excellent artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, as well as humour, despite the bleak situation.

THE SPOILER ZONE
For a detailed breakdown of the individual issues collected here, see All-New X-Men: Here To Stay.
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on 4 July 2013
Interesting story and great drawings. As always a great Marvel comic with all the actions it requires, I Loved it.
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on 26 April 2014
Didn't really understand the concept when I first saw these books, but on giving them a try I am really enjoying them.
Good to see the original five portrayed as the teenagers they were when first recruited by Professor X, and the modern-day Beast's part in this can not be understated.
I will be buying Volume 3 today !
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on 29 January 2014
The story has been set up and there are questions to be asked . . . . . . promises to be interesting and it is. Not too much Logan and a good deal of Kitty makes the balance work well. A good investment if your a Marvel/X-men fan.
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VINE VOICEon 13 June 2013
Normally I am not one to pounce on a Marvel TPB as soon as it surfaces, I tend to stooge checking markets and reviews. However since I was very much taken up with the previous `Here Comes Yesterday, I took a great leap of faith and nabbed a copy as soon as possible to catch up and was not disappointed.
Firstly Continuity; so strong are its links with the AVX series it manages to strengthen those in retrospect by appearing almost as precursors to this arc; I don't know if this was the intention but it certainly gives the effect as one long and turbulent saga.
Secondly to summarise the main protagonists in this volume. There's the Jean Grey School establishment trying throughout most of the book to hold things together; Kitty Pryde is one tough lady and Wolverine is as close to `A Suit' as you'll see him. Ice-Man in both incarnations is still comic, but for fans Storm is not very prevalent in this issue. Then there are the `Young' X-Men; confused, distressed and fragmented, also portrayed as troubled teenagers; the very good touches are Young Scott storming out a lot, Jean Grey pouting and sulking when being told off by Kitty Pryde and Warren reduced to tears of anguish at the situation they are in. Later on appears `today's' Scott Summer who is now in old Magneto mode along with a strangely almost complaint Magneto himself a very background Emma Frost and Magik who is still appearing to have a lot of fun.
There are villains and thank you Brian Michael Bendis we have a break from the bombastic `I'm gonna rule the world and you can't stop me (grin-grin) because I have felled you veterans in one go with my conveniently special powers or technical gizzmo' tedium of which there have been way too many of late. These are old favourites; Mystique, Sabertooth and Mastermind (she's dropped the `Lady' on Mystique's advice as being sexist) and at the moment they taking advantage of circumstances and are currently just on a plain ol' robbery with extreme violence spree.
Also to add to the fun; The Avengers have turned up to say `We Got Our Eyes On You' and Maria Hill is not a bit amused at Mystique impersonating her to spring Mastermind from Ryker's Island.
No more on the plot, let's leave out spoilers. Suffice it to say it ends on a cliff-hanger. But after you've read this you might think `but what sort of cliff-hanger??'
Worth a mention for adding to this such a great read:
The illustration of Jean's suffering at being fully telepathic, she is surrounded by speech balloons, the contents of which are not entirely legible and great at conveying the confusion and distraction she is suffering. (They are very distracting too)
Kitty Pryde in full Training Sergeant mode with the Young X-men, if you thought Wolverine was tough...
The two Warrens together in flight.
Mystique being very oblique to both characters and the reader.
The homage to Kingpin; playing someone for your own devious purpose is referred to as `A Fisk'.
There have been some very wayward arcs of late across the Marvelverse; this one is just so compelling; let us just hope the Continuity stays; I think it just might with Mr Bendis at the helm.
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on 16 May 2016
Bought this for the artwork by Stuart Immomen, which is ground breaking.
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on 14 September 2014
Excellent story, and art work. Great delivery time from seller.
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