Since joining Cosmic Book News, I have, on and off, been a reviewer of the Avengers line of Marvel Comics. But, unless you have been under a rock, you know that in April our Assembling Heroes will be battling those merry mutants from Utopia, the Uncanny X-Men.
So, for the first time since the beginning of my 10-year hiatus from comics in 1995 (caused by too many, too expensive X-books), I have jumped back into the gene pool and tried to pick up the threads of the newly relaunched Uncanny X-Men, Issue #7.
I am glad to say I like what I see!
Kieron Gillen is a fine storyteller, and I really dig the mix of powerful (wow, Mags AND Subby?) mutants on this no-nonsense team. Obviously, things have changed vis-Ã -vis Cyclops and his philosophies (thus the split with Team Wolverine and the reestablishment of the school by Logan).
What I really liked about this issue – and granted, here comes me from the 1990s right into the middle of a 21st century storyline – was not only did it have a cosmic air (I assume the “celestial energies” were indeed energies from THE Celestials?) but some damn fine writing and theories utilizing evolution and the rules or non-rules society(ies) should have about the phenomenon. Shades of the concept X-Men was founded on!
It was kinda fun to see the “Bad Apex” actually improve its metallic armament so that Magneto could not affect its weapons. And the melding of the “Good Apex”/”Unwife” with Danger (whom I had to Google since it was my first intro to the character) was simply wild. What a great concept, dating back to New Mutants Doug and Warlock.
Nice to see some of the “All-New, All-Different” mainstays (Storm, Colossus) are still in the main book. Also nice to have Emma Frost and Magik along. (Cannot wait to see them in action.)
Of course, a good story is nothing without good art, and the team of Greg Land and Jay Leisten did this adventure proud! The alien culture appeared Kirby-awesome, the necessary talking heads were never boring because of the shadowing and great facial expressions, and the action was off the chart – even though Unwife got more attention than Team Cyclops.
So here is to my return to the Uncanny X-Men. And all you faithful readers with no hiatus? I think you will enjoy this mag too!