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Uncanny X-Men #9 [Marvel Comics] Review

Posted on August 1, 2013 AT 08:32pm

Agent Dazzler’s first mission with S.H.I.E.L.D. is now underway, and her first target is the Uncanny team. Sent by Maria Hill and the government organization, Allison Blaire is ready to go as the mutant agent sent after members of Cyclops’ mutant revolution. With the team already under some major duress, it looks as though things are only going to get worse as Dazzler, S.H.I.E.L.D. and a surprise adversary make their way into the fold against Cyclops and his team.

This was one of the better reads of the series thus far, with conflict galore, as well as some great character development. While the pacing is far too fast (the intensity of the read makes things move much faster than they should), there is action and exploration galore, and the reveal of another kink in the collective plans of Cyclops, Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost only serves to further complicate the shattered team of mutants. While there is a lot left to be desired (much of which is just the resolution of further conflicts down the line), this was a fun issue from the Uncanny team.

Brian Bendis is one of the best writers to ever grace the pages of comics, and his skill is shown in every page. He’s always been a bit dialog heavy, and this is the case here, with so much conversation going throughout the pages that it’s hard to keep up with what feels like a breakneck pace. The development of the plot is spot on, but slowing things down a bit in the story might help with retention and comprehension of the issues at hand for this very complicated team.

Chris Bachalo and his team of inkers (Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Al Vet and Jaime Mendoza) improve on the art style a bit here, but it’s been said throughout this series that Bachalo’s style doesn’t fit well with the premise and plot of the book. That remains as some of the characters look ridiculous (Emma, Gumbyclops), and some (Magneto) look awesome. The coloring style is the most disappointing, as Bachalo’s penchant for coloring outside the lines makes for a displeasing aesthetic.

Summary: While the story is superb, the lackluster artwork continues to keep this book down. While there is a bit too much talking going on in this issue, it remains to be an entertaining read, as long as the reader doesn’t focus on the visuals for too long. With a great finish and an interesting roster, this is still a great book that X fans should check out.

Pros: Strong Story

Cons: Improper Pacing, Ill-Fitting Artwork

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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