Another excellent issue of Uncanny X-Men, and this one does a good job of setting up what the future of this book is going to be post-Battle Of The Atom with the introduction of a mysterious villain, who, of all things, appears to be that weird dude from a New Avengers variant cover that everyone thought was an unused design for Ronin. Who the hell is he really? I have no idea, but I’m excited to find out.
This issue was interesting, in that it was narrated by Cyclops. Bendis doesn’t often use interior-narration, so when he does, it’s intriguing, and doubly so here as we’re getting a look into Cyclops’ mind, and lately, Cyclops has been hard to read. What was surprising to me was just how angry Cyke was here, but also at the same time, how proud he was of his new team. Cyclops is one of superhero comics’ most complex characters, so it’s fitting that his thought process was complicated too.
Most of this issue involved the X-Men taking on the weird new Sentinel and getting their butts whooped. I really appreciated that this fight allowed us to see each of the new X-Men in action, we saw Hijack and Tempus use their powers in battle, and a great moment where Goldballs unleashed his balls to great effect. We even saw that healer dude do something useful. The only one we didn’t see in action was that guy who can shape-shift, but then it makes sense that he was useless. Since these characters are just about to be thrust into the madness that is an X-Crossover, it was cool to see them demonstrate just what they can do in a combat setting.
Frazer Irving once again impressed me with his art, especially since this was an action-heavy issue, and his style is not really your traditional superhero action style, but this fight was well done.
Kris Anka fills in on a few pages that show what Dazzler/Mystique is up to, and not only were they nicely drawn, but I’m very interested in what Mystique is up to, it seems like her plan to take over Madripoor has not been abandoned quite yet. She’s a real wildcard in the ongoing Mutant wars, and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out, plus, I think it’s great that Bendis is setting up subplots in one X-Book and carrying them on in the other, these books are really well connected.
So, up next is Battle Of The Atom, and I’m pretty damn excited, all of the X-Men books (except Brian Wood’s, but even that’s decent) have been on the top of their game lately, I can’t wait to see things on another level, it’s EVENT TIME MOTHER-HUBBARDS.