Posted on May 24, 2013 AT 07:39pm
Cyclops and his crew are getting a bit more than they bargained for in the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men. With the team in Limbo, the rest of the world is looking at finding a way to stop Cyclops’ revolutionary mutant squad, and figure out what it is they really want. With the small group of new mutants, Magneto, Magik, Emma Frost, Young Angel and the Stepford Cuckoos at his side, the Uncanny leader is busy dealing with the demon Dormammu and the demon king Mephisto as Magik fights against her supernatural abilities with the help of her teammates. This isn’t going so well, especially with most of the powers of the big guns being pretty busted after their trials in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Also: S.H.I.E.L.D. is enlisting some familiar help to try to gain some insight on the team.
Brian Bendis is letting his wild side loose a bit is this series, looking unafraid to check out some of the more supernatural elements of the Marvel universe. He’s unleashing Cyclops and what his optic blast can do and really ramping up the energy and action of the series. Things are getting fun for the reader in this series, with the clan of broken revolutionaries learning, re-learning and exploring not only their powers, but themselves as this title moves on. Brian Bendis really shines in this area, doing a great job exploring characters though he seems to have a scattered focus on which to explore from issue to issue. He also does well taking risks, bringing in a familiar character to shake things up a bit. This issue is really solid, with the plot moving along very well, rising to a high point in this arc.
No offense meant to the skills of former series artist Chris Bachalo here, but this series has improved by leaps since the arrival of new artist Frazier Irving. Bachalo’s skills never really seemed to fit the series, while Irving’s really gives the title a new look and new feel. Cyclops has especially benefited from this change, looking like his former self instead of an optic-blast shooting Gumby knockoff with a giant X on his face. Irving’s work is clean, defined and looks like his heroic/rebellious self again, and the other members of the Uncanny team has felt the same benefit.
Summary: Demons, new agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., some major outbursts and a lot of instability make up this series, and that instability is what seems to make it so fun. With the team trapped in Limbo until Magik can get them out, things are getting a bit crazy for the mutants who already live a pretty insane life. With the chips down, look to this team to make some major plays and take some massive risks. With Bendis and Irving at the controls, that should be quite a bit of fun. This still doesn’t have the appeal of its sister series, All New X-Men, but it’s gaining some ground.
Pros: Strong Artwork, Fun Writing
Cons: Character Development Is Scattered
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