Review: Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

Cyclops!

The X-Men have been disassembled and we still have so many mysteries to go from here! One of the top ones… how did Cyclops come back!? We get our answers here in Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson.

While we won’t spoil the how here, the end results are a bit muddled and rather odd. It involves Kid Cable, we knew that, and an unknown Chapter in Cyclops’ life. It works as a “how” but in a way that you could only get away with in an X-Men comic.

What’s more interesting about the issue is some shots as to what came before. The reader could easily dive in a layer and read some of the comic as meta commentary about some story choices. There’s direct criticism in how Cyclops died. There’s direct criticism in turning Cyclops evil. There’s just outright shots fired in the past and a line drawn in the sand in a way as to how these three creators see the character. And it does that without falling into the “this is your life” trope that was expected.

The art by Pére Perez, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Joe Caramagna is fantastic. There’s a “retro” part of the comic of earlier years of Cyclops and the style of the comic shifts to be a modern take on that classic style. Also mixed with a modern style it makes for a striking issue that’s just beautiful, and really cool, to look at. There isn’t a ton of action for the team to go over the top and the few dynamic moments don’t take full advantage but the switch between the two styles makes the art stand out.

The issue does what it’s supposed to, answer the question as to how Cyclops came back from the dead. The reason delivered is a shrug and a little convoluted but some of the meta discussion makes it all rather interesting. If you’re itching to know how it all goes down, then this issue is a must but beyond that, this isn’t an issue that really excites.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Pére Perez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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