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Uncanny X-Men #8 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on July 13, 2013 AT 09:06pm

Now that the Uncanny team is out of Limbo and ready to being training, the dynamic of the team is beginning to settle back in once again. Though, that dynamic consists of veteran mutants who are hated by most of the world, new mutants who know nothing about their powers and former enemies turned friends reverting back to their old ways. That’s just the beginning of their issues, too. Now that the team has gotten through their trip to Limbo, the path to fixing their broken powers has begun, with Magneto and Cyclops taking the lead on that, first and foremost.

With their powers and their team broken, the Uncanny X-Men are really in a bad way. With Fabio (code name: Goldballs, unfortunately) leaving the team and far too many things going wrong, the team is in need of a major fix that they may not get, especially with special agent Allison Blaire (the former X-Man Dazzler) and S.H.I.E.L.D. breathing down their necks. This is only going to complicate an already complex story, but it’s something that’s being pulled off with an apparent ease.


Brian Bendis is showing off his skill on what could likely be a long run on the X-Men titles. He’s bringing forth a pretty intense story on not only this title but on the other, and with this issue, he’s finally beginning to get into the depth of this story. As the plot continues, it looks like there will be a lot of crossing over from book to book, but as a standalone, this book has an interesting story that has more elements to it than the usual mutant issues.

Chris Bachalo has returned to the book as the artist, with Tim Townsend on inks. The return of Bachalo means the return of Gumbyclops, and a distinct drop in the realistic qualities of the artwork. So far, this has not been a book  that has not had much of a realistic aesthetic, and this has been a major drawback. The quality of the artwork is good in it’s own way, but nothing like the quality in other X titles.

Summary: With the original art team back on board, the book has changed dramatically once again. With a terrific story and the not-so-terrific artwork, this is an X book to be on the lookout for, as long as you can deal with the style.

Pros: Engrossing Story

Cons:Displeasing Art Style

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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