To some, Scott Summers is a terrorist.Ã‚Â To others, he is a revolutionary. And he is being seen more as the latter by the public at large when newly discovered mutants are being beaten down by the police for just being mutants. Take the situation in San Diego. As he’s being robbed, the mutant abilities of Fabio Medina suddenly manifest. Only the police attack him instead of help him. That’s where Cyclops and his X-Men enter. As do an army of Sentinels. But Cyclops is a broken man, spiritually and physically. And one of his own is going to help S.H.I.E.L.D. reveal that to the world.
Right from the start, Uncanny X-Men is not going to be like All New X-Men. Whereas All New X-Men is about the time-displaced original five trying to cope and deal with a future far worse than they could have ever imagined, Uncanny X-Men is an examination of the human-mutant relationship. Brian Michael Bendis is clearly putting on a different hat when writing this book, challenging readers to question whether Cyclops is to be viewed as a hero or a villain. He offers a new spin to the franchise that is engaging and thrilling, leaving readers like myself salivating for more. Folks continue to knock him for his dialogue and for their perception of him not being consistent with the continuity of certain characters. But I am a firm believer that after the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, the key players involved would surely not be the same and I think Bendis is doing right by playing to that.
Illustrating the opening story arc is Chris Bachalo. I was a fan of Generation X when it launched roughly twenty years ago with Chris drawing the book. At first, he drew in a style that seemed to mimic Jim Lee or Adam and Andy Kubert. During and after Age of Apocalypse, he started to change the way he drew and has been doing so ever since. He brings the kind of rigged, dirty look that fits wonderfully with the tone of the book. Furthermore, it adds to the appeal that nothing is what it once was, be it the new costumes the charactes wear or the overall look and feel of the world they inhabit. Chris also colors the book and he does a masterful job with it, using it to further enhance the storytelling. A fine example is the difference in tone from when the traitor is meeting with S.H.I.E.L.D. to his describing the events in San Diego.
Uncanny X-Men kicks off with a bang. The kind of bang that makes it known that this is not the book one remembers from the last fifty years. Brian Michael Bendis brings a new vision to the title, daring readers to pick a side in what will surely be a war of social ideals that have political ramifications. Chris Bachalo enhances the storytelling with artwork that is bold and magnificent, showing a world that has truly changed in the wake of Avengers vs. X-Men. Uncanny X-Men is quite different from All New X-Men in virtually every way, but it is no less exciting and fun. This is a book I highly recommend to readers.
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