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Uncanny X-Men #4 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on April 10, 2013 AT 07:06pm

The Uncanny team is recruiting, and in this issue of Uncanny X-Men, the conclusion of the events of All-New X-Men #10 are revealed. With the knowledge of the Stepford Cuckoo’s joining the Uncanny squad, this issue shows the mystery member of the original X-Men team that joined as well. The new recruits also have some time to get to know each other and explore the brand new Charles Xavier school while the teachers are away.

The instructors are away, and the new recruits for the Uncanny team look to play. The new team is very inexperienced, and take a trip to the Danger Room to prove that very fact. Meanwhile, the recruiting drive over at the Jean Grey School goes pretty well, considering, with the Cuckoo’s and Warren Worthington III, the Angel, joining the team. The resulting acquisition of the original Angel is a surprise that will likely be felt throughout the X-universe, as this is something that is by no means supposed to happen. The subtraction of Angel from the original team could cause some major changes in the past of the X-Men. While the story basically told nothing new until the last few pages, it did a good job focusing on Emma and showing something for the future with Magik, who had not really been heard from yet.

Brian Bendis has done a wonderful job with this and with All-New X-Men thus far, adding a lot of drama and complexity to the X-Men universe. The new wrinkles he’s presenting into the continuity of the franchise will likely be felt for a long time to come, and the new roster changes will likely yield some interesting results in the coming future. This issue has it’s fair share of perspective shifts, and while seeing the inexperience of the Uncanny team seemed pointless, it’ll likely have some sort of impact later on.

Chris Bachalo is doing some good work with the series, though his art style leaves something to be desired. The detail work is a bit better than it had been in the last three issues, but the odd, almost cartoon-like style of his work is something that isn’t always preferred in a comic book. Despite that, the work of Bachalo and the team of inkers that work on this title show off their talents, making this awkward art style work, despite not being something commonly seen in Marvel style comics.

Summary: Jumping between two different series cannot be easy for Brian Michael Bendis, and while it’s beginning to show with the major crossing plots between both titles, he’s still doing a great job with both books. Cracks in the armor aside, this book is still very fun, and the events here hold a lot of weight for future stories within the universe. With the addition of a member of the original five now on the roster, the Uncanny team looks to be growing, and it’ll be interesting to see how that plays out.

Pros:Strong Writing, Intense Plot

Cons: Odd Artwork, Lack Of Cross-Title Plot Progression

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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