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Review: Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16 continues to rollercoaster ride writer Matthew Rosenberg has put together. Last issue had teammates cleared of infection with horrifying results (that isn’t addressed here), Cyclops was shot in the head, and some classic team members were captured. Uncanny X-Men #16 rockets along addressing some of that, dropping other bits (hopefully to be addressed later).

The issue really revolves around Cyclops’ leadership and direction and if it’s the right one. Cutting deals with Captain America, saying that Xavier’s dream is dead, this is a new Cyclops with a new attitude and it’s not going over well with everyone. So decisions are made by the team as to how it should be lead and it should be interesting. The leadership shake-up already creates some interesting shifts and dynamics and from there the action really takes off.

Magneto and his Brotherhood are back (with some new members) but how is Magneto here and in the Age of X-Man!? That is all explained and it’s the biggest issue with this particular part of the story. There’s so much packed in, things feel like they’re just thrown in there without a lot of explanation. From Magneto we get the return of another character, spoiler she’s on the cover, and a result that’s shocking. Then there’s a revelation at the end of the issue as well that has to be a headfake. So, as more is added to the story there’s still a lot left hanging too.

The art by Salvador Larroca, with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is solid. The characters look great and battles fun to follow. There’s some classic characters present and Larroca’s style just brings back the nostalgia. There’s also a good use of the panels so that the shocking moments make you really do a double take or have you linger on the page and panel (or both).

The issue could have used some extra length or a weekly release. There’s a lot packed in this issue and not all of it is fleshed out but then again that feels like a tradition of X-Men comics. There’s a moment you just roll with it. This might be it and hopefully Rosenberg slows things down a little because there’s a lot of great ideas packed in to this issue and the last that with a little more focus would make this run really stand out in the long history of X-Men comics.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1

(W) Marc Guggenheim, Jonathan Adams, Si Spurrier (A) Jonathan Adams, Caspar Wijngaard, Andrea Broccardo (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Guru eFX
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $4.99

A ONE-SHOT SPECIAL FEATURING YOUR FAVORITE (AND UNEXPECTED) CHARACTERS FROM THE ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY!
• Move over, Boba Fett. The most dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy isn’t who you think. The cold, calculating assassin droid IG-88 had a deadly reputation. Wanted criminals should tremble in fear because IG-88 will stop at nothing to get the job done. But where did it come from? What does it want? Perfection might be a good place to start. SI SPURRIER (DOCTOR APHRA) and CASPAR WIJNGAARD (DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL) bring the terrifying droid to life!
• The destruction of the Order, the death of his friends, exile – no matter what he has endured, YODA will always be a Jedi. Even in hiding on the isolated planet of Dagobah, far from the evil Empire’s reach, a Jedi’s work is never done. Marc Guggenheim (X-MEN GOLD) and ANDREA BROCCARDO (STAR WARS) will pay the wise, old master a visit!
• The freedom-fighting REBEL ALLIANCE has more than its fair share of heroes – like ace pilots BIGGS DARKLIGHTER and JEK PORKINS. But they’ve been fighting the evil Galactic Empire for a long time and sometimes, even noble warriors like Biggs and Porkins need a little rest and relaxation. Is anywhere truly free from the trials of the galactic conflict? Writer and illustrator JON ADAMS (the New Yorker, LOVE ROMANCES) has the answer!

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special #1

Preview: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

(W) Seanan McGurie (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Guru eFX
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99′

IN THE CLUTCHES OF TEMPTATION!
• As Hollywood’s leading man and mascot of the X-Men, Nightcrawler has it all! What more could this American idol still yearn for?
• Whatever it is, he’ll find it in a hedonistic underground masquerade club!

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

Review: Uncanny X-Men #15

Uncanny X-Men #15

Cyclops and the X-Men have set out to save mutantkind…but the Mutant Liberation Front isn’t going to just wait for it to happen! Led by one of the X-Men’s own, the MLF is willing to do whatever it takes to stop mutant oppression…even kill any mutant who stands in their way…

Writer Matthew Rosenberg continues his take on the X-Men in this issue which is full of shocking twists and turns as Cyclops and the team confront Hope and the MLF.

While we get a tease of Hope’s motivations much is left for later issues. There’s also one hell of a statement by Wolverine concerning the situation. Instead, the focus here is shaking things up further with an injury to a character that will surely shake things up in the future. There’s also a focus on Dark Beast who does some good!? Yeah, multiple characters have their status shaken up with an end that’s shocking and horrific at the same time.

What’s really interesting though is Rosenberg’s focus outside of the X-Universe. Captain America pays a visit and after AvX, this is a pretty big deal as far as a meeting between Cap and Cyclops. While there isn’t an admission of him being wrong, there’s a lot of interesting moments that set up the X-Men’s status for the future in the greater Marvel Universe.

The art by Salvador Larroca, with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is excellent. There’s some fantastic spreads and really interesting use of panels when things really ramp up. The action is solid, the characters look great, the comic just nails it in the visuals, especially the brutality of some of the moments and injuries sustained.

Rosenberg has been mashing together some of the best of various eras of X-Men to deliver a story that’s action packed and entertaining. He’s putting his stamp on the X-Men status quo and history and brought the series back the excellence of what was.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #14

Uncanny X-Men #14

Cyclops and Wolverine have drawn together a new team of X-Men from the ashes of “X-Men Disassembled,” and now they turn their eyes to setting their agenda. Cyclops has a list…a list of things the X-Men have to take care of…if it’s the last thing they ever do.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg continues his excellent run on Uncanny X-Men delivering an issue, and series, that blends so much of what has worked in the past and forging something new at the same time.

Uncanny X-Men #14 has the team going on the offensive but also thinking bigger as Cyclops continues to put together his new vision of this new iteration of X-Men. That includes the return of a classic character to cut a deal as well as their focus on dealing with Hope and the Mutant Liberation Front. There’s also some solid action as the team continues their quest to eliminate threats.

But, what surprises me about this comic is how it shows how much Cyclops has changed. He’s a blend between the more optimistic version of himself and the more militaristic version of himself. He wants to take action but also not burn everything down while doing some pretty questionable things. We see more what his X-Men team is doing with prisoners and it’s… different.

The art by Salvador Larroca with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna is solid as always. The style just exudes the desperation and balance of hope that the comic is able to juggle. There’s something that just clicks for it all and the X-Men haven’t looked this good in quite some time.

The team has been killing it with recent issues and this is an example of that. The X-Men are back to desperation and feel like they’re fighting an uphill battle, like they should. They’re no longer over powered to the point they have a mutant for every solution and now have a vision as to where they should be going with clear goals and something of a plan. This is the beginning of something that feels great and after a long time with some detours, the X-Men are back to greatness.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #13

Uncanny X-Men #13

Cyclops and Wolverine have drawn together a new team of X-Men from the ashes of “X-Men Disassembled,” and now they turn their eyes to setting their agenda. Cyclops has a list…a list of things the X-Men have to take care of…if it’s the last thing they ever do.

The X-Men are back and Cyclops has to figure out what their first act of business is. Uncanny X-Men #13 is the start of Cyclops’ mission to leave the world in a better place as things aren’t looking good for the X-Men and mutants as a whole. They’re again outlaws in a world that hates them and they don’t care, they’ve got a mission. Writer Matthew Rosenberg delivers a hell of an issue full of action and focus. This is the issue we get a true sense as to where this series is going and what we can expect.

There’s something fresh about this take but at the same time it feels like a throwback in many ways. The team is once again outlaws and things just aren’t looking good. And the team dynamic? It’s great. With a mix of X-Men and New Mutants (with a twist) the team is not quite dysfunctional but one that is full of attitude. It just makes it all a bit more fun an entertaining.

The art by Salvador Larroca is top notch with color from Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The action is fierce and there’s a solid amount of detail to help tell the story. A look on a face, a nod of a head, they’re there to really help sell the moment. There’s great action and beyond a panel or two where I couldn’t quite tell what was going on, it’s just full of action and energy.

The X-Men have stumbled for quite some time and they’re getting back to the awesome we’ve wanted. This is a great mix of some of the classic team situations we’ve had in the past but with an update that feels new and exciting. Where it felt like a chore to read X-Men comics in recent years (with some bright spots) I’m now looking forward to each issue of Uncanny X-Men and can’t wait to see where it all goes.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Infinity Wars

It’s the latest chapter of the Infinity Stones as they come to Earth and a new war for them takes place. Who wants to control them and why? Find out in Infinity Wars!

Infinity Wars collects Infinity Wars #1-6, Fallen Guardian #1, Infinity #1, and material from Thanos Legacy #1 by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato, Jr., Frank Martin, Andy MacDonald, Chris O’Halloran, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, Guru-eFX, Cory Smith, and Ruth Redmond.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on February 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Infinity Wars: Infinity

Infinity Wars: Infinity

What comes AFTER infinity?

So what’s next for the Infinity Stones? With Infinity Wars over, the stones are now sentient in a way and are choosing their path. Writer Gerry Duggan gives us the first follow up to his newest take on Marvel’s cosmic baubles and it’s very much a stinger like you’d find at the end of a film.

Infinity Wars: Infinity is a fine comic though doesn’t really answer much except where one stone winds up. Beyond that, it focuses those who still are players on the board and on a mission to get a hold of the stones.

The comic is both an epilogue for the previous story and a prologue for what comes next as has been a standard Marvel thing for some time after events.

The art by Mark Bagley, with ink by Andrew Hennesy, color by Guru-eFX, and lettering by Cory Petit is hit and miss. There’s some panels and pages that look fantastic. It’s full of energy and great choices in framing and perspective. Then, there’s panels that the art just feels very average as well.

The issue is really for those invested in the story and Marvel’s cosmic side of things. There’s nothing that’s a must here and I’m sure what’s presented will be summed up in some way in what comes next. Infinity Wars: Infinity feels like a way to close out the last chapter while working to get folks excited for what comes next.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Mark Bagley
Ink: Andrew Hennesy Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Star Wars Vol. 9 Hope Dies

A secret rebel base. A secret rebel fleet. A chance of victory… but now, Darth Vader has found it. There is no escape.

Star Wars Vol. 9 Hope Dies features issues #50-55 and Star Wars Annual #4 by Kieron Gillen, Cullen Bunn, Salvador Larroca, Ario Anindito, Roland Boschi, Marc Laming, Guru-eFX, Jordan Boyd, and Andres Mossa.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men is back and kicks off “X-Men Disassembled,” a ten part weekly event! This is a must for X-Men fans.

Uncanny X-Men #1 is by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Mahmud Asrar, Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, Mirko Colak, Ibraim Roberson, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, and Guru-eFX.

Get your copy in comic shops Wednesday November 14. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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