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Review: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 Wolverine and Cyclops

Extermination has ended. The X-Men have disassembled. All that remains is a handful of mutants. It’s up to Cyclops and Wolverine to assemble a new team of X-Men.

Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1 Wolverine and Cyclops collects issues #11-16.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Salvador Larroca, John McCrea, Juanan Ramirez
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Guru-eFX, Mike Spicer
Letters: Joe Caramanga

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #20

Uncanny X-Men #20

Uncanny X-Men #20 works really well as a part of the bigger puzzle. Pieces come together to form the bigger picture. Key players begin to realize what’s been going on as more is revealed to them and us the reader.

The issue should make long-time readers both excited and frustrated as Matthew Rosenberg has key characters act out of character but also provides reasoning as to why. That’s a key thing with Rosenberg’s run. There are moments, many of them, that might not quite make sense but as things are revealed down the line fall into perfect place. This isn’t a run where you can pick up a single issue. This is a comic run whose entire arc needs to be ingested to enjoy.

This issue focuses on the X-Gene cure with the team turning to Dark Beast to combat it. There’s also a return of the Externals and Nasty Boys for an issues that’s as much a “this is your life” greatest enemies tour as it is wrapping up dangling plotlines. And that’s what Rosenberg’s run is like. It’s both a “celebration” of the past of the X-Men as it is dealing with recent plotlines that remain unsettled.

Rosenberg also keeps the metaphors flowing. There’s much debate about “choice” and allowing individuals to grow into what they naturally are. The groups this can be applied to are many and continues to show the X-Men are a comic creation that can fill in for so many marginalized groups and “tell” their story.

The art by Salvador Larroca is solid. Joined by Guru-eFX on color and Joe Caramagna on the lettering the art continues to look fantastic though never quite over the top. Larroca delivers great action moments but his art run can be defined by the lack of over the top splash pages. Instead, moments are compacted to a page or a few panels. Much like the story, the art feels focused and compacted with a very specific goal in mind. It forgoes the over the top visuals that take up pages without dialogue. The art continues to drive the dialogue and narrative packing in a lot in what it has to work with.

Uncanny X-Men #20 isn’t a comic to just dive in to. The reveals and story are really only going to be enjoyed by those who have followed Rosenberg’s run. It continues recent issue reveals bringing the bigger picture together and making the entire arc that much more enjoyable.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16 continues to rollercoaster ride writer Matthew Rosenberg has put together. Last issue had teammates cleared of infection with horrifying results (that isn’t addressed here), Cyclops was shot in the head, and some classic team members were captured. Uncanny X-Men #16 rockets along addressing some of that, dropping other bits (hopefully to be addressed later).

The issue really revolves around Cyclops’ leadership and direction and if it’s the right one. Cutting deals with Captain America, saying that Xavier’s dream is dead, this is a new Cyclops with a new attitude and it’s not going over well with everyone. So decisions are made by the team as to how it should be lead and it should be interesting. The leadership shake-up already creates some interesting shifts and dynamics and from there the action really takes off.

Magneto and his Brotherhood are back (with some new members) but how is Magneto here and in the Age of X-Man!? That is all explained and it’s the biggest issue with this particular part of the story. There’s so much packed in, things feel like they’re just thrown in there without a lot of explanation. From Magneto we get the return of another character, spoiler she’s on the cover, and a result that’s shocking. Then there’s a revelation at the end of the issue as well that has to be a headfake. So, as more is added to the story there’s still a lot left hanging too.

The art by Salvador Larroca, with color by Guru-eFX and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is solid. The characters look great and battles fun to follow. There’s some classic characters present and Larroca’s style just brings back the nostalgia. There’s also a good use of the panels so that the shocking moments make you really do a double take or have you linger on the page and panel (or both).

The issue could have used some extra length or a weekly release. There’s a lot packed in this issue and not all of it is fleshed out but then again that feels like a tradition of X-Men comics. There’s a moment you just roll with it. This might be it and hopefully Rosenberg slows things down a little because there’s a lot of great ideas packed in to this issue and the last that with a little more focus would make this run really stand out in the long history of X-Men comics.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #16

Uncanny X-Men #16

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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…

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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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #15

Uncanny X-Men #15

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 03, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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…

Uncanny X-Men #15

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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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #14

Uncanny X-Men #14

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

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.

Uncanny X-Men #14

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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