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Review: Uncanny X-Men #11

Warning: The issue deals with grief, loss, pain, and suicide

Uncanny X-Men #11

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
Wolverine Returns
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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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #11

Uncanny X-Men #11

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) John McCrea, Juanan Ramirez (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $7.99

SPECIAL OVER-SIZED ISSUE!

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. Writer Matthew Rosenberg and returning superstar X-Artist Salvador Larroca lead the X-Men into their darkest hour…and beyond!

Uncanny X-Men #11

Review: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it?

Extermination is over and done and spinning out of it, as shouldn’t be a surprise, is a new X-Force. Except, the new X-Force is a lot like the old X-Force. Yes, this is mostly the OG team that spun out of New Mutants, so rather appropriate this spins out of something as well.

Writer Ed Brisson delivers a first issue that nails the characters with a solid mix of smart-ass humor and intimidation. They’re on a mission and they need to talk to Kid Cable. That means they’ll do whatever it takes to find him, including hurting whomever they need to. And with that there’s some tropes but it’s really entertaining and great to see.

Then, we have Kid Cable’s aspect to all of this and of course there’s more than we’re initially lead to believe. It’s not unexpected and we also know that X-Force and Kid Cable will team up and Kid Cable will clash with Domino (and pretty much everyone). That aspect though is interesting and something that I hope is explored more in this series and elsewhere. It’s kid some nice echoes of past X stories but in today’s world also feels fresh.

All of this is helped by Dylan Burnett‘s art and Jesus Aburtov‘s coloring as the combo delivers a style that reminds me a bit of Umbrella Academy. It also adds to the humor and action with a style that takes it from a rather serious tone to something else. It has a flair about it that gets you to laugh, and Brisson’s writing helps in that department.

But, there’s a second story!

Boom Boom missed out on the main story, so where is she? Brisson gives us a back-up story with art by Juanan Ramírez and color by Brian Reber. It feels a bit like films where two storylines eventually converge and it completely works. It too delivers a solid mix of action and humor though the art style is a bit more traditional and what’s expected. Nothing wrong with that and it fits Boom Boom in a way.

The artwork is a bit unexpected in the main story but this debut issue is solid in every aspect. It has the action, the violence, the humor, and the right attitude. It all comes together in a way that is a welcome return to the classic misfit team from the 90s and me excited to read more of their adventures.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramírez
Color: Jesus Aburtov, Brian Reber Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: X-Force #1

X-Force #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Dylan Burnett, Juanan Ramirez (CA) Pepe Larraz
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $4.99

FROM THE ASHES OF EXTERMINATION!
Cable is dead…and now, the original X-Force team of Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath must hunt down the murderer of their former leader! The mutant militia are hot for blood…but when their target is the time-traveling younger version of their fallen mentor, is there a line they absolutely cannot cross? And what does Deathlok have to do with all of it? From Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION, OLD MAN LOGAN) and Dylan Burnett (COSMIC GHOST RIDER), comes an all-new, high-octane mutant adventure! A reckoning will come!

X-Force #1

Preview: What If? Peter Parker Became the Punisher

What If? Peter Parker Became the Punisher

(W) Carl Potts (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Chris Stevens
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

WITH GREAT POWER…
When Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben is ruthlessly killed by a burglar Peter let escape, he vows to never let the same fate befall another innocent bystander. From then on, he stands as a figure of cold retribution. Criminals beware – the guilty caught in this spider’s web will be PUNISHED.

But will Parker stand triumphant…or shattered by this twist of fate?

The friendly neighborhood takes a different turn in this WHAT IF? adventure, positing a very different sense of responsibility for the man who will be known as THE PUNISHER, as his battles against villains like the GREEN GOBLIN take a new path!

Preview: Web of Venom: Ve’Nam #1

Web of Venom: Ve’Nam #1

(W) Donny Cates (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $4.99

SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF VENOM!
As the United States of America struggled through the Vietnam War, Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed a secret weapon – and when an ancient creature was discovered at an archaeological dig site, he was sure he’d found it. In reality, the discovery was an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes…and would become a waking nightmare for a platoon of American soldiers!

Review: Secret Warriors Vol. 2 If Trouble Must Come

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the Secret Warriors!

Secret Warriors Vol. 2 If Trouble Must Come collects issues #6-12 by Matthew Rosenberg, Juanan Ramirez, Will Robson, and Javi Garron.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores March 6. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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comiXology and Marvel Announce Avengers: Back to Basics, a Six Issue Original Series

Marvel and comiXology have announced the next exclusive comiXology Originals digital comic series with the debut of Avengers: Back to Basics, a 6-issue bi-weekly series written by Peter David with art by art by Brian Level on issues #1-2 and #5-6, Juanan Ramirez on issues #3-4, and covers by Nick Roche and Chris O’Halloran.

Avengers: Back to Basics arrives March 7, 2018 for $2.99 on comiXology and Kindle as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content and will be available to current subscribers of the popular comiXology Unlimited service. New subscribers to comiXology Unlimited can also enjoy it for free as part of their 30-day free trial.  Avengers: Back to Basics joins Black Panther: Long Live The KingThe Immortal Iron Fists and Thor Vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe, with more exclusive Marvel series to be announced.

Avengers: Back to Basics features a terrifying tale of Ragnarok as told by legendary writer Peter David! A solar eclipse is about to hit North America – but this is no scientific phenomenon. The Avengers uncover that a new Darkness is coming, and with it, a terrible and ancient danger. Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes avert Ragnarok, or will its servants of death prove triumphant?

 

Preview: Secret Warriors #7

Secret Warriors #7

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Tradd Moore, Matthew Wilson
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

QUAKE COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH HER MENTOR’S KILLER: DEADPOOL!
•  Finally, Quake’s revenge is at hand! And with her team in shambles, there’s no one to stop her from taking it all the way. Right?
•  Wrong! SECRET EMPIRE devastated the Warriors, but the world still needs them. And when a dark enemy threatens Inferno’s family, he’ll have nowhere else to turn.
•  But can he convince the band to get back together in time – or will Quake’s revenge stand in the way again?

Preview: Secret Warriors #6

Secret Warriors #6

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Tradd Moore, Matthew Wilson
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE SECRET EMPIRE HAS FALLEN – AND NOW IT’S DEADPOOL’S TURN.
• During the Hydra takeover, Deadpool killed Agent Phil Coulson, Quake’s mentor and close friend.
• So now Quake is going to kill Deadpool.
• But not if the rest of the Secret Warriors have anything to say about it!
• (I mean, Devil Dinosaur could kinda go either way.
• Also he can’t speak.

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