X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #15

by Alan Rapp on April 10, 2019

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Uncanny X-Men #15 comic reviewUncanny X-Men #15 is most notable for a single change to one of the brand’s oldest characters, but we’ll get to that in a second. The comic also features an impromptu pow-wow between Cyclops and Captain America when the Avenger offers his off-the-books help in dealing with the prisoners Scott Summers’ rag-tag band of X-Men has been accumulating. The comic also shows us just what the Dark Beast has been up to while the X-Men have had their focus elsewhere. And… yes, there’s Hope shooting her grandfather in the head (and Logan shish-kabobing the young woman).

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Uncanny X-Men #12

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2019

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Uncanny X-Men #12 comic reviewThe X-Men are gone. Long live the X-Men. It doesn’t take Cyclops and Wolverine long to put together the core of a new team as Scott follows Logan’s plan to break into a O.N.E. government facility and extract the mutants being held prisoner and experimented on (including being used to power a new form of Sentinel).

Uncanny X-Men #12 provides some solid action and some humor between the comic’s two lead characters as any grudges between Cyclops and Wolverine appear to have been forgotten (or at least forgiven) given the current state of things. While O.N.E. isn’t presented as much of a threat here, they do provide an enemy to fight and hold friends to be rescued.

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Uncanny X-Men #11

by Alan Rapp on February 7, 2019

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Uncanny X-Men #11 comic reviewThe future of the X-Men, as bleak as it looks, begins here. Uncanny X-Men #11 is a bit over-stuffed, telling the same story (Scott Summers‘ return from the grave and search for the missing X-Men) from three different perspectives. Cyclops gets the majority of the focus here, with Wolverine and Blind Ruth also getting several pages of back-up stories. In the end, the issue delivers what you want with Cyclops standing up the Avengers (who seem more concerned with protecting a hate rally than preventing genocide) and the two most famous X-Men coming together to lay waste to large group of human canon fodder.

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Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

by Alan Rapp on January 28, 2019

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Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 comic reviewWelcome back Scott Summers. I’ve made no secret of the fact that my interest in all things X-Men has waned considerably since the death of Cyclops. With the help of the “new and improved” younger version of Cable, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 puts things right by returning Scott Summers to the land of the living. As with Green Lantern: Rebrith (the Geoff Johns standard for resurrected and redeeming a fallen hero), things get a little tricky and a bit convoluted in explaining how the hero is resurrected. However, at least for now, I’m happy that Marvel long ago abandoned their original mandate of when someone dies in the Marvel Universe they stay dead.

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X-Force #1

by Alan Rapp on January 1, 2019

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X-Force #1 comic reviewAs has become Marvel Comics’ custom, X-Force is the latest team title where a new group of familiar faces (and a few new ones) is thrown together under the rebrand of a popular preexisting title. X-Force #1 opens with Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom, and Warpath on the trail of the mysterious Teen Cable. With the help of an anti-mutant terrorist group, the team is able to finally catch up to Cable when he rescues Deathlok and escapes a secret Transian facility filled with weapons that shouldn’t exist for at least another 2,000 years.

The issue does its job in introducing the core characters of the title while also setting the stage for the opening arc in which the mutants are framed by the local government of Transia for the death of its leader by the mutant-hating general who has turned the advanced weapons on the mutants given refuge in the country and the X-Force team.

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