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A long time ago when the Ultimate Universe was created, Marvel stated that they would not cross over the two universes. They violated that rule first in the “Spider-Men” series and then again at the end of “Age of Ultron” series. Now they’re not to do it again with “All-New X-Men.”

Published: August 27, 2014
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

The issue starts in the Ultimate Universe. Tony Stark and Kids Dr. Cho have created a portal to the multi-verse. Thanks to a power surge the portal shutdown and all the work of Tony and Cho have gone to waste.

Meanwhile back in the 616 universe, the Uncanny X-Men teachers have gone to the Gene Gray School of Learning for the reading of Charles Xavier’s last will and testament. Angel continues to make his moves in X-23 trying to prove that he is a man worthy of her. Beast, on the other hand, is making unauthorized modifications to Cerebro. Using Cerebro, Beast has located a powerful new mutant. Her name is Carmen and she is able to create portals into the multi-verse.

When the police arrived, Carmen inadvertently sends each member of the all new X-Men two different universes. As you would suspect, one of the All-New X-Men will find himself/herself in the Ultimate Universe.

“All-New X-Men” 31 continues Brian Michael Bendis’ take on the X-Men. With artist Stuart Immonen moving on to “Captain America,” he is replaced by new artists Mahmud Asrar. His style is a little more simplistic than Immonen but passable. This issue is also the start of a new storyline. As the All New X-Men are thrust into Ultimate Universe.

The Verdict


The Bad: Let down in Asrar’s artwork. No one can match the beauty of Stuart Immonen

Beast Kelsey GrammerIn an interview with Collider, where Kelsey Grammer is promoting his appearance in “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Grammer discusses his brief cameo in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“I hope to do another,” he said. “I hope they find some way to come up with a new story that involves Beast in my timeline.”

In fact, he revealed it was he who actually took the initiative to call director Bryan Singer and get the ball rolling on his part in “Days of Future Past.”

“Actually I called Bryan,” he said. “I bumped into Hugh Jackman and he said, ‘Oh you’re gonna be in another X-Men, mate!’ and I said, ‘No I’m not, I don’t know anything about it.’ So I made a couple of inquiries, got a hold of the script, found out that it’s primarily dealing with the past and that timeline I don’t have a place in, but I saw that at the end there was this coda where he made an appearance. I said, ‘Listen, I really want to be involved,’ so Bryan arranged for it and I had a lovely time.”

Grammer first appeared as Beast in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and showed up alongside many of the original cast in “Days of Future Past.”

wolverine-x-men-days-of-future-past-bone-clawsX-Men: Days of Future Past” is another chapter in X-Men franchise. Right off the bat what is so great about this movie is that it ties all of the movies together and finally corrals them in, so future films can have a fresh start. But let’s talk about “Days of Future Past” specifically.

In the beginning, we find our heroes in a dystopian future. The earth is ruled by mutant-hunting robots, called “sentinels.” The sentinels have not only slaughtered and imprisoned mutants, but they have done the same to human sympathizers. There are only a handful of free mutants attempting merely to survive. One group is lead by Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and she is joined by Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Blink (Bingbing Fan), Bishop (Omar Sy), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Warpath (BooBoo Stewart). Anytime this group is attacked and defeated by sentinels, Kitty Pryde is able to send Bishop’s consciousness back in time to warn the group where the next sentinel attack will take place.

x-men-days-future-past-kitty-pryde-icemanSo Pryde and gang are met up with a few members of the original movie X-Men including Storm (Halle Berry), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen). They decide to use Kitty’s power to send Wolverine back in time to change time and undue the war. A war that started when Mystique (Jennifer Page) murders the creator of the sentinels, Boliver Trask (Peter Dinkledge) and starts the mutant war.

Wolverine arrives in the early 70’s, just 10 years after the events of “X-Men: First Class.” Magneto’s gang is murdered and dissected by Trask; Magneto is in prison and Mystique is left own her own to murder Trask. Wolverine’s task is simple get Professor X to use Cerebro to find Mystique, get Magneto to talk her out of her plans and save the world. As with any good story things are never easy. Professor X has lost hope in himself. Magneto switches from hero to sociopath in a blink and Wolverine is constantly having to convince everyone that he’s from the future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past” succeeds where “X-Men: The Last Stand” failed. Both movies have a lot of mutants, which you could tell by the summary above, and we didn’t even talk about the amazing Quicksilver (Evan Peters), who steals the show in just one scene when they have to break Magneto (Michael Fassbender) out of prison. Having a large number of mutants in “The Last Stand” became overwhelming, and making it difficult to follow characters and their powers. With such a large cast, “Days of Future Past” played it smart and grouped our mutant factions into small groups, this made it easy to identify the character and their powers. Simplicity is helpful in any fight sequences.

The fighting in the future was easy to follow and fun to watch because director Bryan Singer, did not overcomplicate the action. Simple, Sunspot can turn into fire and shoot it from his arms. He then lights up Bishop and we see that he is able to absorb and use energy cast his way. Blink creates teleportation fields, or doorways from one location to another and Colossus turns into steel and is strong. You get the idea.

Hugh Jackman, as Wolverine, is the focal point of the movie. He’s the through-line to follow. When he arrives at the former Xavier School, he’s confronted by Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and young Professor X (James McAvoy). It’s Wolverine’s job to inspire Charles Xavier to be the man he’s destined to be. It’s Hugh Jackman‘s job to stop playing action hero and really act, which he manages to pull off. At times, I fear I’m going to grow tired of seeing Jackman playing Wolverine again, but then he wins me over when he hits the screen.

There is that line where James McAvoy walks quite well, where he can easily slip into a melodramatic “I’m-Not-Good-Enough-Boo-Hoo-Me.” Some how playing off Jackman and the solid script of Simon Kinberg makes the entire story work. Even Fassbender‘s Magneto and Lawrence’s Mystique and moments where their character’s integrity is put to the test, and it is these moments that make the movie great.

X-Men: Days of Future Past” is by no means a perfect movie. There are a handful of plot holes, such as where did Wolverine get his adamantium claws, then they were taken away in the last Wolverine movie. The other holes are so small, they’re not worth mentioning.

Just a warning, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a movie for X-Men film and comic book fans. I can’t imagine someone who is not familiar with the franchise getting, let alone liking, the movie at all. There are a few homages to the comic book as well. Although, Stan Lee does not make a cameo, there are cameos by longtime X-Men writer, Chris Claremont and Wolverine-creator Len Wein. There is also an image of one of Wolverine’s most gruesome encounters with Magneto, and if you’re a fan of the comic book, you know what I mean.

Finally (this might be a little spoilery), but as a fan of the X-Men comics and movies, it was exciting to see everyone comeback from the original X-Men movies, and I mean everyone. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, Bryan Singer manages in “Days of Future Past” to corral all of the X-Men and Wolverine movies in a way that the franchise can move forward. Move forward they will, starting with the next X-Men movie, “Age of Apocolypse“, a new Wolverine movie and whatever spinoffs Fox Studios wants to attempt. Marvel Studios and Disney is not going to be getting the X-Men back anytime soon.

The Verdict


The Good: Hugh Jackman’s Performance | Corralling the Film Series | Seeing everyone in this movie

The Bad: A few plot hole not worth mentioning

X-Men-10In what is sure to be one of the most elaborate movie premieres in history, 20th Century Fox teamed up with Samantha Sackler Productions to produce an experience like none other for the global premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past. From the custom-built theater with a state of the art sound system overlooking the Hudson River to one of the tallest step and repeat backdrops, this was an incredible experience for all attendees.

The event took place at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City on Saturday, May 10th. The event included a 1,300 person theater built especially for the occasion, a 3-Dimensional holographic stage using Musion 3D hologram technology, and a 184’ wide by 20’ tall step and repeat wall. The cutting edge technology weaved throughout the event brought the audience an inside look into the world of X-Men. At over 18 feet tall the hologram stage projected X-Men characters and sneak peeks of the movie throughout the night as a Yahoo live stream featured cast interviews.

To enhance the fan experience, the first 500 fans in attendance received special placement right on the X-Men carpet arrivals and the chance to see the film at a nearby theater. Another 1,000 fans were watching the live feed on a jumbotron.

“It was an honor to work with the team at 20th Century Fox to create this truly amazing experience for the fans. The fans were incredible and the talent spent time signing autographs and participated in selfies. This movie is bigger and more amazing than anything we had seen before and we thought that the premiere should do it justice,” said Samantha Sackler Owner, Samantha Sackler Productions.
This event was truly a night to remember and a fitting tribute to one of the most anticipated summer releases.

It’s the start of a new story arc and in classic Marvel style, you get a chance to breathe and then the action comes quickly. X-23 freaks out a leaves the Uncanny X-Men only later to return attacked and bloodied.

Published: April 30, 2014
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Stuart Immonen

All-New X-Men #26 has some great moments. First, a discussion between present day Scott and young Jean Grey. The discussion is sweet and creepy at the same time. Young Angel chases after X-23 after she decides to leave. Kitty Pryde shows she’s the only sane one in the bunch.

In fear of becoming a broken record, Bendis, Immonen, VonGrawbadger (Inker) and Gracia (Colors) make the best comic books in both story and art today.

The Verdict


The Good: The Art…art…art | Present Day Scott talking to young Jean Grey – sweet and creepy | The conflicted X-23

Fox is banking it’s money on X-Men: Days of Future Past. So much so that they are taking its stars around the world for global promotion in what is being dubbed as X-Men: X-Perience.

After the New York premiere, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McEvoy will be joined by castmembers Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Fan Bingbing, Omar Sy and Nicholas Hoult for tour stops including London, Moscow, Singapore, Melbourne, Beijing and Sao Paulo — though who will wind up where is still a secret.

Fox has always globetrotted talent in an effort to raise a film’s profile and maximize moolah. X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens day and date worldwide May 25.

All-New X-Men has reached 25 issues. Arguably, the best series Marvel has going right now. Brian Michael Bendis has been killing it with All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men and Stuart Immonen’s art is absolutely gorgeous.

Published: April 09, 2014
Rating: Rated T
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

When a comic reaches a landmark issue such as 25, then it’s time to do something special. It all cases, it means a double issue…check. Then Marvel either puts out a specialty issue or a game changer issue. For All-New X-Men, they go with the specialty issue.

Marvel has enlisted the help of 25 artist to contributed to this landmark issue. The roster features: Bruce Timm & Laura Martin, Arthur Adams & Justin Ponsor, David Mack, Skottie Young & Jason Keith, Robbi Rodriguez, Lee Bermejo & Marte Gracia, Kent Williams, JG Jones, Ronnie Del Carmen, J. Scott Cambell & Nei Ruffino, Maris Wicks, Jason Shiga, Dan Hipp, Max Wittert, Jake Parker & Matthew Willson, Jill Thompson, Paul Smith & Bob Wiacek and Jordie Bellaire.

Sounds awesome, but I’m familiar with only a small handful of this roster. For example, I still have my X-Men featuring Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek. I’m also picking up Skottie Young Variant covers. I recently found David Mack on Facebook. And then there’s Art Adams with his Saturday Evening Post style of art. The problem is since I’m not familiar with the rest, I’m reading a comic that changes artist and I don’t know who I’m reading. I remember seeing the music video, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” featuring the top British talent. One by one, all I could say to myself is “Who is this guy?” and “I think that’s…” I know something special is going on, I’m just not clued in.

How do you wrangle so many artist and tell a story? All-New X-Men #25 focuses on Beast (Hank McCoy). He was the one who brought the original X-Men to the present and now he can’t send them back. Hank is having problems sleeping and is visited by a bald, shadowy figure, who slowly begins to reveal the damage Hank has done because of his actions.

Each artist takes a shot at various vignettes of the past, present and future, such as Scott and Logan growing old together or what ultimately happens to Jean Grey. You get the idea.

By the end of the double-size issue, the identity of the bald figure is revealed and this person leaves some ominous news for Hank McCoy. I like specialty issues, but I don’t love them and from a collectibility standpoint these issues rarely hold any value.

The best part of this issue is the discourse between Beast and the shadowy figure.

The Verdict


The Good: The interaction with Beast and the mysterious figure at the beginning and end of the comic.

The Bad: Who are these artist exactly? I don’t recognize them all.

All-New-Doop-1Living in the margins of the X-Men, Doop has freaked out X-Men and readers alike. However, when he gets deeply involved in X-Men business (and in the personal life of Kitty Pryde!), Doop will be thrust into the spotlight. This adventure will prove that Doop is, in fact, the most powerful X-Man!

Published: April 09, 2014
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: David Lafuente

I’m not sure what Marvel is doing with their All-New series of comics. It appears that they are taking down off the shelf and plethora of C-List stars and giving them their own titles: Iron Fist, She-Hulk, Ghost Rider and now Doop.

That’s right Doop, the little green guy who works at the Jean Grey school.

The premise is simple. Doop appears to have the ability to appear at the right time in the events of Wolverine and the X-Men and insert himself into situations to benefit the X-Men. Not only that, he has a secret crush on Kitty Pryde.

Writer Peter Milligan and artist David Lafuente bring a level lightness and levity to the events of Battle of the Atom, but that hardly makes this groundbreaking storytelling that is worth the full $3.99.

When it’s all said and done, after reading All-New Doop, it will take its rightful place next to Obnoxio the Clown and Irving Forbush. I’d wait to read All-New Doop when it appears in Marvel Unlimited.

The Verdict


The Good: Cute story

The Bad: Just not worth the full price of $3.99.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is an upcoming 2014 American superhero film, based on the fictional X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics and on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Director: Bryan Singer
Prequel: X-Men: The Last Stand
Sequel: X-Men: Apocalypse
Characters: Wolverine, Mystique, Magneto, Bolivar Trask, Storm, More
Release date: May 23, 2014 (USA)