Review: Uncanny X-Men #3

The third part of “X-Men Disassembled” makes things a bit clearer as a villain is revealed and some of what has been teased in the future begins to play out.

A force out there has been manipulating Multiple Man leading to him rambling in a horde of dupes looking for various individuals who have been captured and taken off of the board.

That who is revealed and some of the why as well… if you pay attention to upcoming solicits.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson, Uncanny X-Men #3 begins to tease what’s to come and calls back to what was. When this event kicked off it felt like the story was a throwback in many ways. It hearkened back to the 90s in many ways and that’s not by mistake. It’s clear this trio is giving us a twist on something that came before, “Age of Apocalypse.”

We know after this weekly event wraps up, we’ll enter the “Age of X-Man” which seems to be the mirror image of the “Age of Apocalypse.” Instead of Apocalypse ruling the world, it’s X-Man and that begins with this issue as we are introduced to his Horsemen and we find out who is controlling Multiple Man. It’s an interesting twist as it seems that instead of focusing on preventing an apocalypse, the X-Men might be forced to make a decision as to whether or not to stop a utopia from emerging. That feels new and different and if I’m right, original.

Yildiray Cinar takes on art duties with Rachelle Rosenberg on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering. The art is good with this issue but we’ve seen better. The team does do a great job balancing so many characters (and that includes a sea of Maddrox). But, compared to the previous two issues, it’s a small step back for the art. It’s solid though delivering the the non-stop action.

The issue is a pretty key one with the debut of four new versions of characters and if this is going where it seems it’s all going, like “Age of Apocalypse” lead ups, this one will be a key issue that many will look to get. It’s clear we’re in the beginning stages of the next classic X-event and Disassembled is going to live up to the hype and then some.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson Art: Yildiray Cinar
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review