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Uncanny X-Men #14 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on November 22, 2013 AT 05:49pm

The aftermath of “Battle Of The Atom” has arrived for the Uncanny team, with this issue focusing not only on the fact that the All-New X-Men are now living in the Uncanny compound, but that there are still several kids to train in terms of the new mutants that were already with them. The latest installment takes a focus on Benjamin, one of the newest X-Men with a passive power that has yet to be really identified. This leads to a few revelations, some hardship and some very interesting turns in what is a much calmer issue than the insanity that was “Battle Of The Atom”.

This is a very sweet issue, especially for Benjamin, who has had a rough time with figuring out his powers. With Emma Frost taking an interest in figuring out how they work, Emma, Magik and Benjamin go on a small adventure to figure out the extent of his abilities. This also features an incredibly well-done scene that reveals that Benjamin is gay. The scene plays out with his orientation being just a part of who he is and not anything that is seen as abnormal, something that is understandable given their lives, but in the real world, something that should be done more often. The creative team should be commended for their presentation of one of the few openly gay characters in the Marvel Universe).

Brian Bendis does a great job in this issue, as he takes the intensity of the latest cross-over and turns the heat way down. This is a very calm, relaxing issue that is very sweet, and though there isn’t a whole lot of conflict, what there is gets handled quite nicely. The focus on one of the lesser known X-Men is also very commendable, as that can be quite tough, given the large roster in the X-Universe.

Chris Bachalo comes back to the title after a brief absence due to the big crossover event, and unfortunately, the brief interruption was a welcome change. Doing the pencils as well as being the colorist, Bachalo makes some odd decisions, though his style is something that is not for everyone. The shapes are very odd, thin, and simplistic in a way that doesn’t seem visually stimulating, and the color work is very monochromatic in a way that doesn’t lend to the way the characters look. There is especially an issue with some of the female characters, as most of them are thin, pretty blondes. With Bachalo’s style, there is a lot of difficulty in trying to find out who is who during scenes in which women are in the same panel. This is a tough issue with the colors as well, which features several pages with a lot of orange.

Summary: With the new normal presenting itself after “Battle Of The Atom”, Uncanny X-Men becomes a book that is full of new and interesting characters, and full of very sweet stories within this new group. Putting an emphasis on new characters is great, and the reveal of a new openly gay character was wonderful, especially with how it was handled. The artwork was something that didn’t seem to fit, but as it’s the standard artist for this series, it’s something that is at least common, though not welcomed.

Pros: Great Story, Well-Done Handling Of Social Issues

Cons: Artwork Doesn’t Fit With The Story.

Grade: B+

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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