Posted on March 18, 2013 AT 07:48pm
Cyclops and his new team have been causing quite a stir since the events of Avengers Vs. X-Men, and considering what happened, it makes sense that everyone has been on watch. In the last issue of All-New X-Men, the Avengers visited the old/new X-team, letting Beast know that they’re on the radar. Captain America was a bit less cordial with Cyclops in this issue, bringing the Avengers into another X-book, to very surprising results. This issue shows off the incredible power that this new Uncanny team wields, and their increasingly militant and aggressive style, which includes a surprise visit somewhere that will likely yield some interested results later on.
Cyclops, Emma, Magik and the rest of the new Uncanny team get a surprise visit from the waiting “A” team of the Avengers, featuring the Hulk, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Cap, among others. With the Avengers coming in to arrest Scott Summers for the murder of Charles Xavier during his time as one of the Phoenix Five, the teams face off to a surprising conclusion. The Uncanny team also goes on a field trip without the new recruits to a location that is likely to cause a lot of chaos later in the series. The characters are the biggest bright spot in the series, however, with characters such as Magik providing both the comic relief and the scare factor. Their development is integral to the story, and so far, they’re right on track.
This issue holds many of the trademarks of a Brian Michael Bendis series. It’s intense, hilarious, and action packed at all the right moments with the story progressing in near perfect time. The sub-plot of Magneto blends into the main story, the character arcs of some of the new recruits begin to take shape, and the journey of Cyclops on his mission to save the mutant race looks to be primed for an incredible turn. Bendis is spectacular in this issue, driving a breathtaking story that was a joy to read. While Bendis has always been a spectacular writer, he seems to really be grabbing this series by the horns as of now.
Artist Chris Bachalo and the team of inkers working on this project also do their part to make this an engaging story. While not a personal fan of Bachalo’s work, this series has its own unique quality when it comes to visual styles. Cyclops’ costume is still tacky and odd. Emma still looks closer to sixteen than her actual adult age that is equivalent of the very mature-looking Cyclops. While some of the pages look a bit lacking, the artwork is something of an acquired taste, with Bachalo’s work not being for everyone. It doesn’t draw away from the stellar plot, however.
Summary: Holy hell was this issue good. While the artwork isn’t too impressive, the story itself is a powerhouse. The Uncanny team is primed and ready to start a revolution, and considering how the team handled the crisis in this issue, they can likely do just that. The new recruits look pretty powerful, especially Eva, who can create time bubbles. With a powerful story, great characters and an art style that will please some but not all, this issue was an incredible surprise, in the best possible way.
Pros: Terrific story, great characters, perfect plot development.
Cons: The art style isn’t all that impressive.
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