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Review: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen The Complete Collection Vol. 1

Kieron Gillen steers the X-Men through Fear Itself, Schism, and Regenesis! Plus, Beast and Abigail Brand must save S.W.O.R.D. when Peter Gyrich stages a coup!

Collecting S.W.O.R.D. #1-5, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #534.1 and #535-544, X-MEN: REGENESIS and UNCANNY X-MEN (2011) #1-3.

Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Steve Sanders, Billy Tan, Carlos Pacheco, Terry Dodson, Jorge Molina, Rodney Buchemi, Ibraim Roverson, Paco Diaz, Greg Land, Jamie McKelvie
Ink: Craig Yeung, Cam Smith, Dan Green, Nathan Lee, Rachel Dodson, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong, Jorge Molina, Paco Diaz, Jay Leisten
Color: Matthew Wilson, Andres Mossa, Frank D’Armata, Justin Ponsor, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jim Charalampidis, Jorge Molina, Dommo, Rex Lokus
Letterer: Dave Lanphear, Rob Steen, Joe Caramagna

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 Friends and Foes

Spider-Man has a new roommate in Boomerang, a new relationship with MJ, and needs to find a job, deal with the Thieves Guild, and not get killed by a bunch of villains.

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 Friends and Foes features issues #6-10 by Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, Steve Lieber, Michele Bandini, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Erick Arciniega.

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #12

Uncanny X-Men #12

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.

Things aren’t looking good for the remaining X-Men. It’s Cylcops and Wolverine together again attempting to figure out what to do in a world with no X-Men. The answer? Find some members and Wolverine has an idea.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg focuses his team on a mission. And boy, is it a mission. Rosenberg delivers an issue that’s unexpected and full of action with a style about it that’s just all about ass whooping. What’s revealed, who’s revealed is surprising and it’s an issue full of awesome for long time X fans.

There’s shocking moments. There’s moments that will anger fans. But, getting emotion out of fans, in anyway, is a success.

The art by Salvador Larroca with color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Joe Caramagna is solid. The tone of the story is really driven by the art which has a style that channels the anger and action well. It’s hard to describe but it’s a combination of art and story that works and does so really well. There’s also small details which stand out like the height differential between Cylcops and Wolverine and what’s eventually discovered. Much like the story, the art has a lot of surprises.

The issue is a solid one picking up from the last one’s setup and delivering an action packed story that is a new take on building a team. What’s revealed, and where it potentially goes, is exciting and for long time X fans, to see this direction feels like a new take on the classic gathering of a new X team (something that’s happened many times before). The team has taken this series in an interesting and solid direction delivering excitement into Uncanny X-Men that’s been missing for some time.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #11

UNCANNY X-MEN #11 COMIC REVIEW – My Glasses!

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!

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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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.

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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: Tony Stark: Iron Man Vol. 1 Self-Made Man

Tony Stark is back from the dead and back in charge of Stark Unlimited. But, like the Iron Man armor, Tony, and his ideas are always evolving.

Tony Stark: Iron Man Vol. 1 Self-Made Man collects issues #1-5 by Dan Slott, Valerio Schiti, Max Dunbar, Gang Hyuk Lim, Edgar Delagado, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

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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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