I was initially sceptical when I saw that Frazer Irving would be drawing an arc of Uncanny. I love Irving’s art, but I doubted whether it would be a good fit for such mainstream characters. Luckily, Bendis seems to have realised this and has given Irving a story to draw that takes place in his kind of milieu, Limbo. I was very impressed by the art in this issue, it really worked.
The main focus here is of course, Magik, a character I don’t really know that much about. I guess I missed the story where she came back from the dead, but ever since then, she’s been kind of hard to like, and almost a villain really. In this issue Bendis goes some way towards making her sympathetic again, whilst at the same time reminding us of just how dangerous she is. Magik is not just a mutant, she’s also heavily involved in, well, magic, and it makes her a unique, powerful character. The scenes where she flips and takes out Dormammu were fantastic, and the way Irving’s art depicted the hellfire was something else.
As we’ve come to expect from Bendis’ X-Men titles, he makes room in amongst the crazy, big stuff that’s going on for some humorous and telling character moments like the Stepford Cuckoos reacting badly to flirting or Tempus getting a crush on Cyclops. I also liked OG Angel’s tentative conversation with Magneto, where he’s surprised by how less crazy Mags is these days. Both of Bendis’ X-books continue to be just brilliant, I can’t separate them, can anyone else? Which is better, All-New or Uncanny?