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The Spinrack: Retro Reviews #19

Written by GLX on Saturday, June 11 2011 and posted in Reviews

GLX reviews a trio of X-Men comics including Uncanny X-Men #130!

Uncanny X-Men #130 (1979)

Dazzler makes her first appearance, while the Hellfire Club is up to no good. Despite taking place in the middle of a story that's already in progress, Chris Claremont and John Byrne do a good job of making new readers feel at home with the comic's backstory. Considering that I've mostly read Claremont's modern work, I'm surprised that I enjoyed the writing than I expected; I'm sure that Byrne's contributions to the writing helped. Speaking of Byrne, his work with Terry Austin feels right. This could be attributed to the X-Men comics of this era being seen as a special part of their history, in more ways than one. While it's nice to read one of the older X-Men tales, the comic's age shows in the writing.

6* out of 10*

X-Men #70 (1997)

Joe Kelly and Carlos Pacheco tell a tale about the X-Men's attempt to save Cyclops from a bomb that's inside his body. Pacheco's art is nice, but it lacks polish at times. The main problem that I have with Kelly's writing is that some of the drama exists for the sake of having drama. It doesn't feel natural and not only works to serve as filler, but as a way to make the X-Men's situation more bleak.

5.1* out of 10*

X-Treme X-Men #24 (2003)

In this issue, Cannonball is trying to rescue people from an incident in the Channel Tunnel. Chris Claremont's writing drags on for most of the issue. The captions and the dialogue just don't cut it. I will say that things improve near the end of the issue. Salvador Larroca's pencils are alright, while LIQUID!'s colors look great at times.

5.3* out of 10*

Written or Contributed by: GLX

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