Sunday, April 14, 2013

Uncanny X-Men #4

On the one hand, I appreciate that writer Brian Michael Bendis is managing to weave the Uncanny X-Men comic in so well with the All-New X-Men title. (Mostly.)

But this issue feels like a bit of overkill as it includes the same scenes and the same dialogue (though from a different perspective) as the last issue of All-New.

The team led by Cyclops is recruiting at the Wolverine-led school for young mutants - and you can imagine how well that goes over.

It's a fast-paced and breezy tale with some humor, an interesting conversation between Emma Frost and her "apprentices," and some interesting developments for Magik.

As always, it features great dialogue and a fair dollop of humor.

The art by Chris Bachalo and a small army of inkers is quite good, with some outstanding page layouts and character reactions.

The only complaint is the final page, which spoils the "shocking surprise" teased at the end of the last issue of "All-New" - but that's a small quibble.

I really didn't expect to like this title, since it focuses on some of the more suspect mutants around (including Magneto, Cyclops and Emma Frost), but so far it's been compelling and entertaining.

Here's hoping for more of the same!

Grade: A-


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