Friday, September 20, 2013

Uncanny X-Men #12

   It's amazing what a difference writer Brian Michael Bendis has made to the X-Men titles.

   Before he took over, the series was all over the map, with an overwhelming number of mutants, concepts unfocused, stories rambling - it was virtually impenetrable.

   Bendis took control of the Uncanny X-Men title and focused it on the renegade team led by Cyclops and their battle to protect mutants. He created the title All-New X-Men and used it to bring the original team through time into the present, creating an upbeat series (mostly) that focuses on how the team has changed since its original appearance.

   There have been clashes along the way, but it all seems to be coming to a head with the current event, "Battle of the Atom."

   The question it raises is: should the original team return to its place in the past? The debate's been divided - but a new voice is chiming in - namely, a team of X-Men who have traveled from the future to warn the original X-Men that they must return to the past or face dire consequences.

   Their appearance - and the lineup of older versions of familiar faces (which I won't spoil for you) - make this event a romp and a lot of fun.

   With lots of twists (and more on the way), terrific art, serious consequences to events, and a dandy cliffhanger, this series is delivering the goods. Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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