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2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea, 18 Feb 2014
This review is from: All-New X-Men Volume 1: Yesterday's X-Men (Marvel Now) (Paperback)
All-New X-Men Vol 1 'Yesterday's X-Men' ( also confusingly titled 'Here Comes Yesterday' in some versions.)
I purchased this alongside Marvel Masterworks original X-men vol 1 and 'Children of the Atom' - (an origin of the original X-men sent in contemporary times.) Those other purchases were far better than this one.

One reviewer, somewhere, said that this comic-book contained' 'plenty of humour', but I failed to see any myself.

The art - found this confusing, with panels all over the place - the story sometimes double-paged sequenced and at other times sequenced across one; the art on double=page sequences often squashed by centrefold binding. Emma Frost and Magick looked indistinguishable (- apart from differences in clothing and the fact that Magick had a fringe cut into her hair, but Emma Frost didn't.)

The writing - found this dull and shallow. I've previously read Bendis's Jessica Jones run in 'Alias' and his entire 'Daredevil' run, (with superb art by Alex Maleev.) Both those series were engaging and entertaining - (and are highly recommended, if you can still get hold of them) - but I've been disappointed with everything else I've read written by Bendis since, this X-Men comic-book included.

The plot - The modern day Beast journeys back in time and arrives during a scene taken from original Xmen issue 8 (Nov 1964). The original Beast is about to walk out of the X-men, Professor X is away in the Balkans and Scott Summers has recently been made leader. These originals are brought to the future (our present), where they end up confronting the modern day Scott and also save modern day (blue-furry) Beast's life.

I thought the idea was potentially interesting. I wanted to see the reactions of late 20th century X-men, plucked straight from the Cold War years and suddenly brought to a post 9-11 world in which we all own hand-held IT technology-communications devices etc, but nothing to do with social or technological change was even vaguely touched upon ( - apart from a lame line by original iceman that 'TV sets are much nicer in the future'.) I also thought this story had the potential to bring new readers up to date through potted history intros of various latter day X-men, but this potential was also missed. The modern-day X-men consist of Beast, Iceman, Kitty Pryde, Storm and Wolverine, each appearing only fleetingly and superficially, (with the exception of the Beast.) Another rival team consists of Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto and Magick. Both teams are dull as dishwater.

The original X-men scarcely react when a blue-furred Beast suddenly transports into their secret X-mansion.
Scott's reaction : 'Um, can we help you?'
Jean's reaction : 'Uh, what's going on?'
This typifies the atrocious levels of dialogue and one-dimensional characterisation throughout.
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