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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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Review: Venom Adventures

With Venom soon in theaters, Marvel has been releasing numerous trades and comics starring the character for fans to devour. We’re going over some of what you can get including Venom Adventures!

The pocket sized digest collects Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #21, #24, and #35, and Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man #16 and #19 by Fred Van Lente, Michael O’Hare, Cory Hamscher, Guru-eFX, Terry Pallot, Dave Sharpe, and Joe Caramagna.

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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3 The Burning Seas

Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy good storytelling? Comics? Then Marvel‘s Darth Vader comics are for you! Volume 3 of the series, The Burning Seas features three stories covering issues #13-18 and Annual #2.

Darth Vader Vol. 3 The Burning Seas features Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel Java Tartaglia, Guru-eFX, Joe Caramagna, Elia Bonetti, Chuck Wendig, Leonard Kirk, Walden Wong, Scott Hanna, and Nolan Woodard.

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Review: Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends

THE HUNT IS OVER.
The hunt for Wolverine is over… Now the time has come to put the pieces together and see what was learned. Kitty Pryde, Daredevil, Tony Stark and Sabretooth may have found what they were looking for…but it wasn’t what they expected. Where has Wolverine been? What has he been doing?

Wolverine is coming back. We’ve known that for quite some time and Marvel has been teasing up the how and why through four miniseries leading up to… the Return of Wolverine. Writer Charles Soule has been weaving a story that’s both been interesting and frustrating.

A lot has happened in the four miniseries and in that way things have been impressive in what initially seemed to be cash-ins. The death of a character, a classic character again looking like her classic self, there’s events and changes that will have reverberations for years to come in the X comics. But, when it comes to finding Wolverine… things are a little short. But, is that really a shock with a title that’s “Dead Ends”?

What Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends does is not answer the real question as to what has happened but instead brings the various plot threads together into one clear picture. What it also does is give us a comic you can read and catch up before moving on to the next chapter. In a way the comic acts as an epilogue and a prequel. It’s kind of impressive.

Where the issue will be key is the introduction of the new bad in the X-Men’s lives, and maybe Tony Stark and Daredevil’s too. I don’t want to spoil things but this is solid aspects of so many different existing villains coming together into something that does feel a bit terrifying. What’s presented has massive implications in so many ways, we’ll see where the impact in the Marvel Universe ends.

The art by Ramon Rosansas with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Sabino is good. There are some aspects that fall a little short in the detail or some of the character design, the comic itself has some fantastic action moments. There’s one particular scene featuring Iron Man, Storm, and Firestar where the art really delivers the tense nature of it all.

And that’s where the comic really succeeds. What on paper feels like a cash-in has moments that really stand out. There’s some awe inspiring moments that remind you how amazing the X-Men can be. There’s also plenty of humor between the trio of Tony, Kitty, and Matt Murdock that wants to see these worlds come together more often. The introduction of a new villain too feels ominous and something that’s actually important. By comics’ end, my jaded self going into it felt like a kid again reading the X-Men for the first time.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Ramon Rosanas
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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