I never thought that I would find myself complaining that a bi-monthly title took a month off but damn I'm glad that All-New X-Men is back. It's still odd to me that I am enjoying both Bendis written X-Men books but these books have been incredible since he took over.
If you were to go by the cover of this issue, upon opening this book you would suspect to see the young, time-displaced Cyclops get into some type of misunderstanding with his older
younger brother Havok. Instead, what we were given in one of the most heart warming scenes in recent Marvel Comics memory. Not only does young Scott realize that his brother Alex is still alive but he also gets to see him as leader of the Avengers while Alex gets to see the younger, idealized version of his brother that he has missed over the years. Bendis and Immonen do a spectacular job delivering this moment between brothers and it makes what is currently happening with the older Scott all the more tragic.
Speaking of the older Scott, the Avengers continue to do their fair share of dragging his name through the mud but of all people, Jean Grey herself innocently points out the hypocrisy behind their judgement. While the other X-Men are confused why a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is standing with the Avengers, Jean barely probes the surface of the Scarlet Witch's mind, causing her to violently lash out when she discovers the truth of the House of M. Wanda attempted to kill the entire mutant race. Rushing to her defense, the Avengers are quick to point out that Wanda was not in her right mind when she caused the decimation of the mutant race...but there in lies the problem. Wanda was not in her right mind but what about Scott? Wanda literally recreates reality twice, killing an untold amount of people in the process, and all she gets is a slap on the wrist. Scott was possessed by a cosmic entity that is worshiped by some alien races as a cosmic deity, turns the world into paradise for everyone except for the people trying to stop him, and kills one man. Now he is a fugitive and a mutant terrorist? It just doesn't add up to me.
Meanwhile, Mystique, Sabretooth, and Mastermind continue their global crime spree while Sabretoth and Mastermind discuss Mystique's motivations behind it. The question is asked whether Mystique is doing this because she just wants to money or if she has some larger, more grand scheme in mind. It's all very intriguing and now I really want to know exactly what is Mystique up to. However, the more pressing concern is that the trio continue to masquerade their crimes by making people believe that the original 5 X-Men and Wolverine are behind the crimes (in this issue they also use Fin Fang Foom!). So while the Avengers order Wolverine and Kitty to turn around and take the original X-Men back to the X-Mansion, Wolverine decides to take matters into his own hands and take the fight directly to Mystique. Is that really the best course of action? Mystique and Mastermind may hesitate to kill one of the original 5 but Sabretooth will murder the hell out of them without giving it a second thought.
In any case, I am glad that we won't have to wait another month to find out what happens next.