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Review: Uncanny X-Men #7

UNCANNY X-MEN #7

X-Man (aka Nate Grey) is dying and he’s determined to make the world a better place and bring about peace. The main X-Men have opposed him and were quickly subdued by Grey. All that was left was the teenage X-Men of Armor, Glob, Rockslide, and Pixie. Instead of using brute force, they attempted to appeal to X-Man but Legion did what he does and banished all of them to the Age of Apocalypse.

Uncanny X-Men #7 focuses completely on the X-kids in the Age of Apocalypse with months passed since they’ve been banished. How are they to get home? That’s their mission.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson, this issue is an interesting one in this X-event. It feels a bit disconnected from the previous issue where they were banished but also is a rather vital one. It’s vital in that Rosenberg, Thompson, and Brisson use it to explore what it means to be a hero. The kids are trying to get home but are also split in how to deal with X-Man. If they kill him here, they save the world and might sacrifice their only hope in getting home. If they use him to get home, they may be dooming their world. It’s an interesting debate and drives home some of the philosophical differences between them and even their older teachers.

The art by Pere Pérez with color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Joe Caramagna is decent but it’s really about the new designs of these characters. It’s never quite explained why they’ve changed, we just go with it, but it’s an edgier version that fits this new world. It’d make a bit more sense if this was the end result of their months of battling and surviving but the last issue showed that’s not the case. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if these designs carry over when they eventually return to the main world.

The issue is a little disjointed in that it just throws you into the chaos and you need to really put the pieces together but by the issue’s end it winds up being one that really focuses on the direction and morals of the younger X-Men and how those differ from their older members. There’s a stark difference here and one that may be experience and age as is presented. It’s an interesting direction to take and hopefully one that’s explored more in the coming months and years.

Story Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Pere Pérez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read