I admit to not knowing or getting the comic book-mechanics of Kitty's space-suit and permanent intangibility, but would she really have the mass and weight in the suit for Colossus to throw her as a "fastball special"? While I'm wondering, who is the snarky giant space dildo Agent Brand lives with on her purple space station?
Between this issue and the current X-Force book, the mutanty Marvel comics are almost showing signs of being slightly readable again, although I think it's too soon to do back-flips over Uncanny just yet. It's definitely a refreshing change from the Fraction issues which were far too Austen-esque, in particular the dialogue and pacing show major improvement here. Hopefully after a full story arc or two, plot can be added to the list of list of things Kieron Gillen is doing better with the flagship X-Men book in the future. Meanwhile I still kind of hate the Utopia island and the unresolved problem of the lack of mutants (yes I know there are a handful of icky new ones somewhere).
In fact, the last run I was a dedicated reader of was the Whedon run so heavily referenced in Uncanny #535, so it's familiar territory. I didn't care for Whedon's long-delayed resolution to the Breakworld story either, so I'm open to going back to it and resolving it on a different note. It's always nice to see Scott Summers written as a confident and humorous leader but Gillen feels a little less comfortable writing Emma Frost, who complains about her wardrobe but otherwise stands around looking sleepy for most of the rest of the issue. Maybe Cyclops shouldn't be so confident--the X-Men grouped here represent an amazingly powerful array of mutant talents, if there is a reason why Emma couldn't detect the thoughts of the Breakworld refugees before boarding I'd like it to be told to me in-story. Likewise, couldn't the master of metal and magnetism perhaps help craft a better way of boarding the alien ship than a big crash?
The art here is mediocre, relying far too often on graduated computer tints in the background instead of any detail, a couple panels look unfinished with an odd choice of stark white background behind the figures. A couple pages look washed out, like the dark tones on the figures in the foreground were intentionally faded for some reason, but then the next pages are thick with black shadows. It's very inconsistent and I think I know why. A better colorist could make this look good, but instead Justin Ponsor's digital inks make things look flat and sort of like a cheap TV cartoon where an animation studio in Korea or somewhere is doing things on the cheap to save money. Or like an entry-level graphic design job.
I guess it's probably to much to ask that the colorist will be replaced before the next issue, but I do hope this is the beginning of a better era for the Uncanny X-Men if Gillen stays on the writing end for a bit.
Not convinced to buy monthly yet.
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