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Review: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol. 1 Secrets and Rumors

Spider-Man swings in to a brand new series that keeps things a bit more grounded and local. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol. 1 Secrets and Rumors collects issues #1-6 of the series.

Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Juann Cabal, Yildiray Cinar, Marcelo Ferreira
Color: Nolan Woodard, Federico Blee, Jim Campbell
Ink: Douglas Franchin, Roberto Poggi
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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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: Uncanny X-Men #6

Uncanny X-Men #6

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 rollercoaster ride of a return continues in Uncanny X-Men #6 which has the team confronting X-Man and his Horsemen of Salvation multiple times. It’s clear the X-Men are overwhelmed as writers Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, and Kelly Thompson deliver an issue that has them stumbling for their next move, questioning their present ones, and rushing in fighting (their usual).

There’s not much thought here but the issue has some heart and interesting ramifications as Archangel has been released and he’s pissed by that fact. Is he friend? Is he foe? Is he somewhere in between? This issue gives us sort of answers and a whole lot of questions to this and more.

We also get a better idea of what X-Man is doing what he’s doing and what his vision is which again emphasizes this concept of whether his attempts to bring peace are truly villainous. Does he have the right idea but the wrong method? We’ll see but it’s an interesting concept that echoes Thanos’ ideas in Infinity War.

We also continue to see the divide in generations here and it’s hopefully something that has lasting ramifications. To me, that’s the most interesting aspect of the series so far and something that’s long overdue and welcome.

The art by Yildiray Cinar, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and lettering by Joe Caramagna is solid. There’s a lot covered here and the team has a style that feels serene in a religious way despite the action. The visual tone has an “all will be well” aspect to it matching X-Man’s attitude. It’s interesting how the visuals are setting that as this could easily be darker and ominous like the recent Extermination. The stark difference between the two stories is fascinating.

This is another solid chapter of the epic event and one that has twists and turns and an ending that really is going to shake things up. Between this event and Extermination we’re given two events that are setting the X-Men in a new course correcting direction that harkens back to the classics and delivering something new and exciting.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson
Art: Yildiray Cinar Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.99 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #6

Uncanny X-Men #6

(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA)
Elizabeth Torque
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 19, 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!

Uncanny X-Men #6

Review: Uncanny X-Men #3

The third part of “X-Men Disassembled” makes things a bit clearer as a villain is revealed and some of what has been teased in the future begins to play out.

A force out there has been manipulating Multiple Man leading to him rambling in a horde of dupes looking for various individuals who have been captured and taken off of the board.

That who is revealed and some of the why as well… if you pay attention to upcoming solicits.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson, Uncanny X-Men #3 begins to tease what’s to come and calls back to what was. When this event kicked off it felt like the story was a throwback in many ways. It hearkened back to the 90s in many ways and that’s not by mistake. It’s clear this trio is giving us a twist on something that came before, “Age of Apocalypse.”

We know after this weekly event wraps up, we’ll enter the “Age of X-Man” which seems to be the mirror image of the “Age of Apocalypse.” Instead of Apocalypse ruling the world, it’s X-Man and that begins with this issue as we are introduced to his Horsemen and we find out who is controlling Multiple Man. It’s an interesting twist as it seems that instead of focusing on preventing an apocalypse, the X-Men might be forced to make a decision as to whether or not to stop a utopia from emerging. That feels new and different and if I’m right, original.

Yildiray Cinar takes on art duties with Rachelle Rosenberg on color and Joe Caramagna on lettering. The art is good with this issue but we’ve seen better. The team does do a great job balancing so many characters (and that includes a sea of Maddrox). But, compared to the previous two issues, it’s a small step back for the art. It’s solid though delivering the the non-stop action.

The issue is a pretty key one with the debut of four new versions of characters and if this is going where it seems it’s all going, like “Age of Apocalypse” lead ups, this one will be a key issue that many will look to get. It’s clear we’re in the beginning stages of the next classic X-event and Disassembled is going to live up to the hype and then some.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson Art: Yildiray Cinar
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Uncanny X-Men #3

Uncanny X-Men #3

(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK!
New ongoing series kicking off with a 10-part weekly epic, the flagship X-Men series that started it all is back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be…their final adventure?! X-Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson (EXTERMINATION), Matthew Rosenberg (PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and Kelly Thompson (MR. & MRS. X) and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar (X-MEN RED), R.B. Silva (X-MEN BLUE), Yildiray Cinar (WEAPON X) and Pere Pérez (ROGUE AND GAMBIT) join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED?!

Uncanny X-Men #1 Gets a Digital Director’s Cut

THE CHILDREN OF THE ATOM ARE BACK! Marvel’s mutants return with a new ongoing series, a 10-part weekly epic with X-Men: Disassembled! Pick up #1 of Uncanny X-Men…back and better than ever! Starting with a mysterious and tragic disappearance, the X-Men are drawn into what might be their final adventure! Fan favorite writers Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson and all-star artists Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Pérez join forces to bring you…X-MEN DISASSEMBLED! Available wherever Marvel comics are sold!

For a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes peek at this can’t-miss 10-part epic…by purchasing #1! Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men #1 or subscribed to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 12/4, 11:59  PM ET, will receive the DIRECTOR’S CUT edition of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1!*

This exclusive content will feature: a draft of #1’s script (including a script to #1’s back-up bonus story!), pencil pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery, never-before-seen character designs and MORE! Preview an all-new chapter for the strangest heroes of them all…who are about to challenge a new status quo! Limited time offer, act now!

Offer Details

* Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 or subscribe to the series via the Digital Comics Shop or Marvel Comics App before 11:59 p.m. (ET) December 4th, 2018 to be eligible to receive a copy of Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #1 Director’s Cut. Offer is limited to one per account. The offer expires on 12/5/18. ComiXology reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Preview: Weapon X #23

Weapon X #23

(W) Fred Van Lente (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

GUEST-STARRING DEADPOOL!
• When a secret clan of Satanists wants hell on Earth for mutants…
• Weapon X-Force is the only team standing in their way! You won’t believe who’s moving heaven and hell to end mutantkind this time!

Preview: Weapon X #22

Weapon X #22

(W) Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A FRESH START FOR WEAPON X!
They were hunters who became the hunted… They were enemies forced to become allies… They were a ticking time bomb that had no choice but to fall apart… Out of the ashes of Team Weapon X, a new crew is borne! Sabretooth is putting together a team that is willing to do what other X-Men won’t, willing to wade into blood and filth to protect mutantkind! But who will make the cut? Don’t miss the debut of WEAPON X-FORCE!

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