Posted on August 19, 2013 AT 07:28pm
The Mutant Revolution is taking another step forward in this issue of Uncanny X-Men, with the Uncanny team making its presence known and gaining quite a following after some of the biggest stories about this new movement begins to take hold in popular culture. With Cyclops, Emma, Magneto and the gang all training the new recruits, some other fun stuff breaks out, allowing for the true nature of this revolutionary movement to show it’s face. Taking a turn towards the political and giving signs of the true fall of Scott Summers from young outcast to team leader to mutant messiah, this book is moving down a very complex path that is going to be a wild ride as time passes.
This issue really puts an emphasis on how far Cyclops has truly fallen from the idealistic student of Xavier to nearly the epitome of what he always used to stand against. Putting mutants first in all of his efforts, Summers is walking truly dangerous ground, a path in which even an older, wiser Magneto is hesitant about, given his prior relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D., aiding them in their efforts against the very team he seems to fight for. When Magneto thinks you’re going off the handle, that is a very bad sign. Despite the diabolical turn of this group, they are admittedly fun to read, as the pompous and righteous movement takes hold, fueling the flames of Cyclops’ vision of the mutant future. Summers, himself, is truly entertaining, giving off a confidence and focus that makes him a villain in just the right way; he’s determined, charismatic and truly believes he’s doing the right thing, despite the costs.
Brian Bendis is taking a major turn in this book. At the beginning, it focused on Scott and his team, but now expands to the larger efforts of the group and their search for equality, a turn reminiscent of the true reason for Stan Lee’s creation of this team. While these efforts will likely do more harm than good, Bendis is taking readers on a surprising journey that will likely only get more complex as things continue. The writing in here is stellar. Bendis is proving that he is more than capable of handling this franchise and really seems to get the personality of the Uncanny team’s leader, Cyclops.
The major letdown in this series has always been the artwork, and while it’s a bit better with the return of Frazier Irving, this is still an odd look for a book of this nature. The painted colors are a nice touch, especially during one of the more symbolic pages of the issue, but the unrefined forms of the characters and the odd lighting choices make this a bit harder to digest. This is a style that’s become consistent with the book, however, and all major complaints have already been filed in triplicate, at very least.
Summary: This book is getting pretty intense, and with the major shifts in tone, it’s getting a lot more interesting. The art is as off-putting as ever, and with the density of the story, it’s not fitting at all. Cyclops is really moving into major villain mode, and while he’s not a genocidal maniac like most, he’s still one of the most dangerous villains to emerge in some time.
Pros: Stellar Writing, Great Character Development
Cons: Artwork. Again.
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