All-New X-Men #5 was written by Brian Michael Bendis, drawn by Stuart Immonen, inked by Wade Von Grawbadger and Craig Yeung, colored by Marte Gracia and Jason Keith and lettered by Cory Petit. This issue introduces a few more elements to an already good story. One of those is Beast’s health issue resulting in a new physical mutation. Another is the manifestation of Jean Grey’s telepathy much sooner than it originally had. We also see the chasm developing between her and Scott. Present-day Scott continues in his role which is something akin to an NCAA football coach recruiting talent around the country. In the place of top talent are young mutants who’ve just discovered their powers. There’s some interaction between young Scott and Logan that’ll make you think about their relationship over the years and from here on out.
The young X-Men have voted and decided to stay in the future to solve their situation. The Icemen have a moment that’ll leave you saying “yeah, that’s Iceman.” Left in the dust is poor Angel who, unlike the rest of the team, has yet to encounter his future self.
Stuart Immonen is doing the best work of his career on this title. With Wade Von Grawbadger and Marte Gracia doing the inking and coloring, respectively, they’ve been publishing a beautiful comic. Two artists assist in this issue: Craig Yeung on inks and Jason Keith on colors. The best visual is a two-page spread with young Jean Grey in the center of images she pulls from Beast’s mind showing some of her finest and not so finest, moments with the team. The art team makes the effort to distinguish between the two time periods in the borders as well as in a lighter shade of colors. Good touches on both counts.
All-New X-Men is a great and easily recommendable book. You have Bendis' writing, which is on point. Combine that with the visuals led by Immonen's pencils and you have one of the best Marvel NOW! books on the shelf.
I purchased this comic book with my own funds.