So, decent sized week for me. Six issues! Let's get on with it... All New X-Men #1 - I've been listening to the slamming people are giving this book before it even comes out, for months now. I've been keeping up hope that Bendis is going to do something good here, and I could just assume that Immonen would be fantastic as always. All the crap puking and whining that people do about Bendis gets old and I was just really hoping to enjoy the issue. Fortunately, I loved it. It's basically just setting up what we already know but I'm glad to find that Bendis seems to have everyone's voice down. Beast is apparently going through another mutation and he fears it will kill him. Looking at the world as Cyclops is making it, he takes a note from Bobby (who didn't realize Hank would take him literally) and goes in the past to recruit a young Scott Summers to, in essence, talk current Cyke out of committing mutant genocide. Yes, there's questions regarding the time-stream and all that but I'll wait to see what Bendis has to say on it in future issues. I don't need everything spoonfed to me at once. On the Cyclops side of things, alongside Magik, Magneto, and Emma... he is going around the world rescuing new mutants with hopes of them joining him so he might redeam himself. Bendis handles this very well and introduces two new mutants who seem interesting. All in all, Bendis did a fantastic job with the issue and I find myself anticipating the next issue. Good job, Bendis Eat that haters! X-Men Legacy #1 - The other new X-Men launch this week. Unlike pretty much everyone on the hype, I was eagerly anticipating this issue! I've loved Legion since Legion Quest in the 90s and loved the arc of Legacy that Carey wrote focusing on him. I feel that there's a lot of potential there and I was eager to see how a series focusing on him played out. It sucked. The first, most noticable thing, that turned me off was the art. I've heard of Tan Eng Huat. I know I've read other things by him and wasn't impressed but this was just bad. It took me out of the story from the very beginning. The next thing was the scripting. I don't mind reading a lot of text but at least make it interesting. Spurrier wrote an issue so chalk full of words that just hit me in the forehead and bounced off that I was just eagerly anticipating the issue to end... and it took forever to get there. Third... the plot. I didn't care about anything happening. The whole thing was basically Legion in some community where a guru helps broken people. We see inside his head and how the Guru is helping him destroy some of the personalities in his head. Some of the personalities aren't happy about it. Due to a tremor of Xavier's death Legion accidentally kills everyone in the community and is alone. It wasn't a bad plot but it was tedious to read. The good thing though is that from here he's sorta on the run and I'm hoping that the plot and script improve. The art's gonna suck no matter what I'm assuming but I can deal with that. I figure I'm going to give this book another 2 or 3 issues and if it doesn't improve then I'm gone. Having been relaunched, I no longer feel an attachment to the title. Wolverine & the X-Men 20 - To be honest... I sorta didn't care for this issue. Aaron's title is usually good but I think I just sorta don't give a crap about Angel. I don't like what he's become and I wish he would have just died in Uncanny X-Force. Also, I hate sharks. They freak me out. So this new mutant girl turning into a shark wasn't very "cool" for me. It gave me chills when she went all evil shark-mode. Also, Mystique showing up here in the midsts of what she's doing over in Uncanny X-Force was just awkward. The lobster kid was just silly-looking and the group that Kilgore (I think that's his name) was pulling together is wierd. It looks like it's Wendigo, Sauron, a female Mojo, and other people. I don't know, I just wasn't feeling this issue. It wasn't bad really, just alright. I think Angel being the focus hurt it for me. New Avengers 33 - The second to last issue and MAN did Oeming's art hurt the book! I just don't like his art and it does NOT fit this title or this story. It hurts me to even look at it. Oh, and the cover has nothing to do with the interior. Jessica all bloody on the ground... she's barely even in it, and she's fine. I mean, the issue is alright, besides Spider-Man being written a bit wierd, but any enjoyment I could have gotten from the plot was rendered void. The art just killed me. This issue, due to that, will be a blemish in my New Avengers collection. Batman & Robin 14 - This title in on the drop-bubble for me. I was going to drop it but after looking through some comics I realized that I've actually enjoyed this book more than Batwoman, so I'm switching it up and Batwoman is dropped and B&R is being given a bit more time to wow me again, like it did in the first arc. The issue was decent, though the 2-issue arc was pretty plain. The next should be good though, as it ties into the Death of the Family story. I will say this though, Tomasi writes a good Robin and that's why I stay with the title. In my opinion, he does a better job than Morrison even. And I love Gleason's art. He shared duties here but ever since Green Lantern Corps I've just loved Gleason's vision. I'd love to see him do some Marvel, primarilly some Iron Fist or X-Men. Batman 14 - Death of the Family part 2 and it's just as good as the first. Batman goes after Joker after Jarvis goes missing and Gordon nearly dies. They have a confrontation and Joker reveals that he's discovered who Bruce and all those connected to him really are... and he's going after them with the help of some sort of book of Bruce's that he's discovered (Xavier Protocols perhaps? ). The main story was great but I found I didn't care for the back up. It felt useless, much like the Harley one last issue and the Alfred ones during the Night of Owls issues. I wish DC would just drop them and make the title $2.99. That'd make me so much happier. The story was very good and Capullo's art was great as always. This, following the Court of Owls, is making for an astounding run by Scott Snyder. I hope he's on the book for the long haul. I can't wait to hear what he has planned next. Also, I hate di-cut covers. I hated that issue 13 had no alternative to it, but then I saw a new edition today that was normal. I don't usually go for second printings or variants but this one didn't say either of those things on the cover... I just don't know if I want to spend another $4 on a comic I already have. Plus, I sorta have to have first prints or it bugs me. Should I or shouldn't I buy it? I'll have to ponder this. Best and Worst of the Week Best: All New X-Men 1 - This honestly was no contest. Most of the week was disappointing save for Batman and I enjoyed ANX a tad more than that. I think Bendis is off to a great start. He has a better voice for the X-Characters than he did for the Avengers Characters. There were no "Bendisisms" as people call them. It was just a good, straight-forward comic, and it got me eager for the next issue. Good job Worst: X-Men Legacy 1 - I am so disappointed with this issue and am really hoping that it picks up, a lot. It was just so tedious and boring. To make matters worse, Spurrier's mentioned wanting to use Chamber soon and I feel almost obligated to follow the book for HIM. 2 to 3 issues though, that's all I'm giving it, if that.