cover of Marvel's ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 written by Brian Michael Bendis

ALL-NEW X-MEN is the Refreshing Change the X-Men Needed

When I first heard the original five X-Men were returning to present day Marvel continuity, I thought it was a stupid idea. Like many people, I wondered what could possibly be amiss that was preventing The Powers That Be at Marvel from creating original characters with depth and soul. The story of the original X-Men had been told — over decades, and the original run of X-MEN starring this cast lead to low circulation numbers and even temporary cancellation. The book didn’t become a part of pop culture until Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus were introduced to the X-Men in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 rendering a decision like bringing the original five X-Men back into the fold as teenagers risky at best and disastrous at worst. What I didn’t realize at the time was one of my favorite writers was leading the charge — Brian Michael Bendis. Luckily, he proved me wrong — very wrong and instead of disaster, the transport of the original five teenage X-Men to our time is surprisingly refreshing and fills a much-needed void in creativity that has been lacking from the X-Men family of comic books for some time now.