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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #18

GLX takes a look at three issues from Chuck Austen's infamous run on Uncanny X-Men.





Uncanny X-Men #425 (2003)

In this issue, Chuck Austen and Philip Tan detail the events leading up to Havok and Polaris' wedding. Austen's writing made me ask a lot of questions. Why does Havok tell the nurse that cared for him that he wanted to come out of his coma and love her? Why is Iceman at the adult club that's tailored for man lovers? How did Iceman NOT know that Northstar is gay? When did Polaris become a prick and how can she change the color of various metal objects? While Philip Tan and Avalon Studios ain't the best, it's competent.

1.5* out of 10*

Uncanny X-Men #426 (2003)

In this issue, Polaris goes crazy. Is it as bad as the last issue? Nope. Does that mean that it's actually good? Hell no. Chuck Austen details how Havok and Annie fell in love and the explanation is...convenient. The dialogue during the explanation is sappy, to say the least. Philip Tan's work is flawed, but it's definitely better than the writing.

Polaris: "You think those pathetic little STICKS are going to HELP you?!"
Havok: "I don't know!"

2.5* out of 10*

Uncanny X-Men #427 (2003)

Warren heals people and a conflict over a mutant's grave go down in this issue by Chuck Austen and Steve Kim. Well, I can safely say that Austen's writing still leaves a lot to be desired. On her relationship with Warren and his recent treatment of her, Husk says, "Idiot. I don't want space. I want to get naked with him." Jubilee responds, "I wish I could be naked with Angelo." Keep in mind that Angelo is the dead mutant whose grave is the center of this issue's conflict. Also, I'm actually surprised that a doctor is questioning Warren's status a mutant. Besides the fact that he's a popular figure in the Marvel Universe, Warren's wings were flapping around in the hospital. Like Philip Tan's work, Kim's art is flawed. The difference is that Tan's art has a style that stands out.

3* out of 10*

Written or Contributed by: GLX
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About the Author - GLX


For years, GLX has been writing on-and-off for The Outhousers covering comics, video games and comics - among other things. He currently resides in The South. Yes, that's capitalized, and, no, that doesn't mean it's a place full of sunshine and butterflies.

 

 

 


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