Warning: The issue deals with grief, loss, pain, and suicide
After the devastating events of “X-Men Disassembled,” it falls to Cyclops to rebuild the X-Men in the face of overwhelming hatred. Thankfully, he’s not the only X-Man to have just returned from oblivion. Scott and Logan are together again, and they are mutantkind’s only hope.
Split into three stories, Uncanny X-Men #11 is an oversized issue marking the return of the X-Men. It’s a new beginning that admits it’s much like the old ways. Things look grim. The odds are against them. The world hates them. Mutants are threatened. We’ve seen this time and time again but there’s a sense of desperation here that emanates from the page.
Writer Matthew Rosenberg flies solo on the X-Men delivering an issue with stories that weaves in and out of each other and comes together for a story that gives us mystery, desperation, hope, and just enough “hell yeah” moments to build excitement for what’s next.
Things are bad for mutants and Rosenberg emphasizes that with what each perspective brings, especially Blindfold’s. Everything isn’t clear but it’s not meant to be. This is a mystery playing out from the survivor’s perspective.
The issue does have a bit of a flaw in that one scene in particular (Cyclops at a rally) doesn’t play out in a way that makes sense. Lets be honest, the last time Cyclops was seen he was a terrorist but apparently he’s able to walk out of the situation. It doesn’t make complete sense but it is what it is and most likely foreshadows a reckoning between the X-Men and Avengers down the road.
The art is solid with Salvador Larroca‘s work on the main story standing out. John McCrea brings a distinct style to the Wolverine perspective and Juanan Ramírez‘s art for the Blindfold story stands out, especially one double page spread in particular. The color from Rachelle Rosenberg and Mike Spicer and lettering from Joe Caramagna, it all combines to a comic that comes together in story but each part has a distinct personality about it.
As a long time X-Men reader, this is a hell of a start which feels both familiar and new. The “X-Men are dead” story has been done before but the way this is presented brings a real feel of desperation and loss we haven’t seen for quite some time. This is a group getting ready to fight. You can feel the tension building waiting for a spark to set it off and luckily it’s Cyclops and Wolverine that look like they’ll be doing exactly that.
Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Art: John McCrea Color: Mike Spicer
The Last Blindfold Story
Art: Juanan Ramírez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
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