Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Uncanny X-Men #5

I'll give this issue of Uncanny X-Men credit - I didn't see that coming.

Up to this point in the series, the focus has been on Cyclops establishing an alternative school for mutants. We've been meeting the team, learning about their powers and personalities - that sort of thing.

So this issue takes us over into left field as it focuses on the mysterious Magik, who combines mutant teleportation abilities with mystic powers and control over the dimension Limbo.

It's a bit of whiplash as we veer away from mutant and superhero action and into mystic battles, demons and the dark arts.

It gets us back to the earliest incarnation of Magik as created by Chris Claremont - a dark, mysterious character with a capacity for both good... and evil.

Kudos to writer Brian Michael Bendis for bringing that character back to prominence after too long an absence.

The art for this issue is by Frazer Irving, and it has a strong, dark style that's perfect for the story - and I like his take on a certain classic villain.

So not the usual mutant outing - but a good, surprising story about a character finally getting her moment back in the spotlight.

I like it!

Grade: A-


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