Friday, April 17, 2015

Uncanny X-Men #33

   The Uncanny X-Men title often gets weighed down with heavy, grim events and activities - so it's a delight when an issue is dedicated to a more upbeat topic.

   This issue delivers, as it focuses on Magik "kidnapping" her friend Kitty Pryde. They take a trip to Monster Island, home to most of Marvel's classic creatures from the late '50s / early '60s monster comics (they were all the rage at the time).

   The reason for the visit: a rescue mission. Somewhere on the island, a mutant needs their help. But where is the mutant and what powers does he or she possess? And can they survive an attack by a small army of giant brutes?

   That's all part of the fun, and writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Kris Anka seem to be having a blast.

   It's infectious, and as a result this issue is mighty entertaining. It's built like a classic X-Men story (high praise, indeed).

   More like this, please.

Grade: A-


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