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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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Review: Uncanny X-Men #10

X-Men Disassembled” ends here! The 10-part weekly event wraps up in this issue in an unexpected way!

Uncanny X-Men #10 is by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Pere Perez, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops on January 16! 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 #9

In Uncanny X-Men #9, things are getting crazier as the X-Men attempt to battle Nate Grey, aka X-Man, who has taken over Legion’s body. Legion had trapped Grey and some of the younger X-Men in a version of the Age of Apocalypse in his mind. With the young X-Men freed that left Grey pissed and in a strong position.

The concept of X-Man taking over Legion’s body is an interesting one, creating an Omega level mutant squared. Writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson have delivered a cool concept in this issue. But, that concept also falls apart when you think about it.

Grey is pissed. The X-Men were willing to sacrifice kids to stop him. He sees them as rejecting the paradise he’s creating. This is not a bad thing and gives him some solid rage but, with so much power his attack is rather lame. Legion can rewrite reality. Nate is one of the most, if not the most, powerful telepaths on the planet. The combo should be able to rewrite existence in a second but he chooses not to. One can only conclude it’s either Legion fighting back or an attempt to ratchet up the action and drama.

And it’s most likely the latter as a lot of reinforcements are called in. There’s a one page spread of a hell of a lot of characters both known and some less known. This is setting up the ultimate showdown leading to whatever is next.

With so much action and so many characters thrown in, I wish I could say the art makes this a must have but overall, it’s just so-so. There’s nothing particularly bad about the art, it’s just not quite the quality we’ve seen from others on this series. The weekly timeline has hurt things when it comes to that. Yildiray Cinar handles the art with Rachelle Rosenberg on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering and it’s ok. There are some great moments, an example is Armor using her power in a new and interesting way. Visually it’s great. But, you can see where things get ho-hum in that last page spread of the reinforcements. The framing of the panel with so much space is questioning and there’s just an outright lack of details in some ways.

This issue has me excited to see what happens next but also has me trying not to think about it too much. There’s some summer movie popcorn moments delivered but it’s essentially one giant fight scene with little else. My teenage self would have loved that but the adult me wants a bit more from my reading. The ok visuals don’t help matters either. While it’s not a bad issue at all, a fine addition to the overall story, it also isn’t one that you’ll likely feel satisfied with on its own. It’s a piece of the larger puzzle in which case it passes but on its own, that’s a debatable grade.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Yildiray Cinar Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.85 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Captain Marvel (2019) #1

Carol is back on Earth and takes off in her own series that has her reconnecting with old friends and then… yeah, that ending has us excited.

Captain Marvel #1 is by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and Clayton Cowles.

Get your copy in comic shops January 9th! 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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Preview: Captain Marvel #1

Captain Marvel #1

(W) Kelly Thompson (A) Carmen Nunez Carnero (CA) Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

ALL THE STARS ALIGN AS KELLY THOMPSON AND CARMEN CARNERO TAKE ON MARVEL’S PREMIER FEMALE SUPER HERO!

As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it’s time for Earth’s mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the unexpected, and Carol is about to hit a whole lot of unexpected. It’s a fresh start and an oversized, star-studded welcome home for a hero who’s been punching the glass ceiling since the 1970s – and just in time for the first female-led film from Marvel Studios! The next 50 years of Captain Marvel starts here!

Captain Marvel #1

Review: Uncanny X-Men #8

Uncanny X-Men #8

From the Age of Apocalypse to the end of the X-Men…and the dawn of the AGE OF X-MAN???

After the last issue detour which took us to the Age of Apocalypse, things are explained a bit better in Uncanny X-Men #8. The previous issue was a bit disjointed missing some key information and it’s this issue that lays things out a bit better putting the previous into better context. It’s an example where comics need to be judged by single issues as well as complete arcs.

Writers Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson return us to Earth Prime where the debate that raged last issue continues with the rest of the X-Men. With the younger X-Men trapped with X-Man, is it worth sacrificing them to stop the greater threat? It’s an interesting debate, just like last issue and it’s a bit surprising who does what to resolve the issue.

The issue is a good mix of that moral debate along with the crazy you can expect in an X-Men comic, along with action… like a battle with Apocalypse!? Yeah, things are ramped up this issue leading us closer to the coming Age of X-Man. It’s a bit clearer by the end of this issue how that might come about.

The art too is improved. R.B. Silva delivers the pencils with Adriano Di Benedetto on ink, Rachelle Rosenberg on color, and Joe Caramagna handling the lettering. Silva, and the team’s, style really fits the issue and the action within. There’s a lot packed in with a lot to cover and different concepts and it all works really well. Apocalypse looks fantastic and Bishop too stands out as just looking like his old bad-ass self.

The issue is an improvement over last issue’s side quest and it gets the event back on track. Again, this is a prime example of having to judge the individual issue as well as the arc it’s a part of of. It lifts the previous issue and itself stands out as an action focused chapter of the event. Uncanny X-Men #8 feels like old-school X-Men and ups the excitement for what comes next.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: R.B. Silva Ink: Andriano Di Benedetto

Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #7

UNCANNY X-MEN #7

X-Man (aka Nate Grey) is dying and he’s determined to make the world a better place and bring about peace. The main X-Men have opposed him and were quickly subdued by Grey. All that was left was the teenage X-Men of Armor, Glob, Rockslide, and Pixie. Instead of using brute force, they attempted to appeal to X-Man but Legion did what he does and banished all of them to the Age of Apocalypse.

Uncanny X-Men #7 focuses completely on the X-kids in the Age of Apocalypse with months passed since they’ve been banished. How are they to get home? That’s their mission.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson, this issue is an interesting one in this X-event. It feels a bit disconnected from the previous issue where they were banished but also is a rather vital one. It’s vital in that Rosenberg, Thompson, and Brisson use it to explore what it means to be a hero. The kids are trying to get home but are also split in how to deal with X-Man. If they kill him here, they save the world and might sacrifice their only hope in getting home. If they use him to get home, they may be dooming their world. It’s an interesting debate and drives home some of the philosophical differences between them and even their older teachers.

The art by Pere Pérez with color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Joe Caramagna is decent but it’s really about the new designs of these characters. It’s never quite explained why they’ve changed, we just go with it, but it’s an edgier version that fits this new world. It’d make a bit more sense if this was the end result of their months of battling and surviving but the last issue showed that’s not the case. Still, it’ll be interesting to see if these designs carry over when they eventually return to the main world.

The issue is a little disjointed in that it just throws you into the chaos and you need to really put the pieces together but by the issue’s end it winds up being one that really focuses on the direction and morals of the younger X-Men and how those differ from their older members. There’s a stark difference here and one that may be experience and age as is presented. It’s an interesting direction to take and hopefully one that’s explored more in the coming months and years.

Story Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Pere Pérez Color: Rachelle Rosenberg

Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Preview: Uncanny X-Men #7

Uncanny X-Men #7

(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Pere Perez (CA) Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

X-MEN DISASSEMBLED CONTINUES!
Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the AGE OF APOCALYPSE? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!

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