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Review: Uncanny X-Men #32

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Chris Bachalo

After being possessed by the Phoenix Force Cyclops decided to start a Mutant Revolution to atone for what he did as the Phoenix. Cyclops, with his broken powers, gather a hodge podge team of new mutants and started a school of his own. Things have not exactly gone to plan since  This entire title has lead to this point, what will Cyclops do with the Mutant Revolution? What was it all for? Will he really give up his school and students? Where does this title go from here? Did I ask enough questions? The answers are in this issue, and my last question was it worth the wait? Continue reading Review: Uncanny X-Men #32

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Preview: Uncanny X-Men Annual #1

An Uncanny Journey Through Time & Space in
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Uncanny_X-Men_Annual_1_CoverUNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Covers by DUSTIN NGUYEN
FOC – 11/17/14
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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 17th, 2014

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: September 3rd, 2014

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Geeks’ Picks for New Comics: June 18th, 2014

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Jules: The Wicked + The Divine #1

The creative team behind last years Young Avengers are back with an all new indie title. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have once again joined forces to deliver a wonderfully honest and illustrious story! Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever. This just sounds like its gonna be a cool read and it more than likely will.

The Wicked and the Divine #1

The Wicked + The Divine #1

Story By: Kieron Gillen
Art By: Jamie McKelvie
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Cover By: Jamie McKelvie
Variant Cover By: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Cover Price: $3.50

Digital Price: $2.99
Published: June 18, 2014

Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy with a beautiful oversized issue. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.


Taylor: Thor: God of Thunder #23

We finally reach the epic conclusion of The Last Days of Midgard, with King Thor and our Thor doing their all to defend earth in parallel stories. With each passing month, this series continues to feature one of the best combinations of a writer and artist perfectly suited to the right character. I’m looking forward to a showstopping end.

Thor God of Thunder 23
THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #23
JASON AARON (WRITER) • Esad Ribic (ARTIST)
Cover by Agustin Alessio
THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD Part Five
• Thor’s war to save the earth comes to its epic conclusion. In the far future, King Thor makes a dark decision that may save the day, but at what cost?
• And in present-day Broxton, Oklahoma, Thor makes a final stand against the forces of ROXXON, but not even a god can save everyone.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Christian: The New 52 – Futures End #7

The thing I like most about this weekly book from DC Comics is the way it’s slowly weaving multiple threads of mystery into what is lining up to be a very fun story, and doing that while making the expected slow-crawl of a weekly title interesting along the way. Although I’m really ready for this book to give me some meat with those potatoes, I think this is going to be the ish that cements Futures End as a must read story, and it’s on the top of my stack this week.

Futures End 7

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #7
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and ART THIBERT
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale JUNE 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The two halves of Firestorm encounter big troubles: some personal, some potentially deadly! And Plastique comes face to face with the DC Universe’s horrifying future! Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse? Find out in this new weekly series that will forever alter the direction of The New 52!


Gaumer: Uncanny X-Men #22

Despite two weekly books from DC and Marvel’s Original Sin event in my stack this week, I’m really not that stoked about this week’s offerings. Uncanny X-Men has come to a fun point in its story, as Dazzler of all people is sure to be severely pissed off and out for some vengeance. I’d be upset too if I was kidnapped, drugged into a coma, and milked for mutant growth hormone. Look out, Mystique, things are about to get complicated.

Uncanny X-Men 22

UNCANNY X-MEN #22
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (WRITER)
CHRIS BACHALO (ARTIST)
• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
• Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99


Those are our picks, what’s on the top of your stack this Wednesday?

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #20

Uncanny_X-Uncanny X-Men 20UNCANNY X-MEN #20
Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Chris Bachalo (ARTIST)
Artist Variant by Adi Granov
• Cyclops and his revolutionary X-Men take on SHIELD!
• They get closer to finding those at SHIELD responsible for the Sentinels that nearly killed them, but find themselves in even greater danger!
32 PGS.
Rated T+
$3.99

Since Brian Michael Bendis left his long run on the Avengers and took over writing duties on Uncanny X-Men, his presence has certainly been felt on the book. He’s taken an edgier, Dark Avengers sort of approach with this team, and it really works in the context of the whole mutant fallout between Cyclops and Wolverine. Cyclops and his team being portrayed as a group of terrorists has opened up a lot of opportunities for interesting interactions, new mutant introductions, and tactics no X-Team has the nerve to use in the past. While this all makes for a pretty fun single comic book issue, Bendis’ overall story just isn’t going anywhere, and it’s starting to become a problem.

The Good

Bachalo’s art, first and foremost, is spectacular. He just gets everything about these characters, and he especially shines with his work on colors with background washes doing an amazing job of setting the mood. Bendis, as always, shines on his character representations and interactions, and there’s some great stuff in here. Cyclops using his psychic hive mind students to get over on Maria Hill in more ways than one in a singularly creative piece of writing was brilliant to behold, Mystique’s shenanigans in Madripoor and her doppelganger stylings ad some great intrigue to the whole thing, and Cyclops and Beast having a showdown on the grounds of the Jean Grey School were all just so well done and so greatly entertaining that it made this book a highly enjoyable read. The fact remains that the book hasn’t really gone anywhere, and I’m getting tired of going in circles.

The Bad

Bendis has his own special style of writing, and it definitely involves a lot of the same stuff, presented in a different way, over and over again. We saw it throughout his run on New Avengers, and we’re beginning to see that here in Uncanny X-Men. Oh there’s certainly stuff going on, but it’s the same stuff that’s been going on for the last few issues or so. I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing Mystique do her thing, S.H.I.E.L.D. hunt Cyclops and his gang, the drama of expelled students, and even the constant interaction between two teams of mutants who claim to utterly detest each other, but it’s pretty much the only damned thing that has happened, and I want to see a payoff to the story that isn’t just more of the same.

The Verdict

I’m sincerely torn. Although Bendis has given us a really entertaining comic in this Uncanny X-Men run, I’m ready for it to move on with the story it is telling. I’ve had enough build-up, and, like a game of Jenga that goes on too long, if a story builds too much it can topple. So, I’m going to base my score on those feelings, hope beyond hope that the story gets to where it’s going really soon, but continue to judge Bendis exactly how he comes.

Story: 3.0 Out of 5
Art: 4 Out 5
Overall: 3.5 Out of 5

Weekly Recs: Marvel Comics for April 16th, 2014

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Review: Uncanny X-Men #18

Uncanny X-Men #18

UNCANNY X-MEN #18
Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Artist: MARCO RUDY
COVER BY ALEXANDER LOZANO
• Cyclops finds himself in serious trouble.
• Who’s got Scott Summers at gunpoint?
32 PGS.
Rated T
$3.99

Brian Michael Bendis is a great writer. For better or worse he changed The Avengers in ways that will forever impact the brand. His work on the Ultimate Universe, albeit primarily Ultimate Spider-Man, cannot be denied as some amazing comic book writing. His more recent work with the X-Men also stands as a great example of how the writer brings his own unique style to each and every book he writes. And it’s paying off! We’ve been getting some quality X-Titles out of Bendis since he left duties on Avengers books and made the switch to writing X-Gene only characters. Oh, and he’s also writing the Guardians of the Galaxy, but honestly THAT seems more like an X-Title lately than anything else. And that’s the problem with this issue of Uncanny X-Men #18: It’s the same story I read in just about every Bendis book in the last month or so, and it’s gotten pretty tiring. Good thing the art is fresh!

The Good

This issue was another great use of nostalgia and previously detailed newer character developments all surrounding the Original X-Men team, Bendis’ current bread and butter in the X-realm of comic books. The neat character interactions between the Original X-Team and their present-day counterparts continues to bring smiles to the faces of X-readers, no matter how many times it’s seen. The true standout of this single issue is Marco Rudy and Val Staples on the artwork. Layout, design, pencils, colors; everything just comes together in such a brilliant fashion. Each and every page is a feast for the eyes, and the level of effort put into this single issue of a comic book is rarely seen even in a 5 issue story arc. I have to be completely honest and tell you that I hadn’t heard of either of these two artists prior to reading this issue, but now that they are on my radar there’s no way I’ll let a book with their names on the cover without adding it to my stack.

The Bad

Alright, Bendis, we get it! The Original X-Men have traveled through time, and their interactions with their present-day counterparts are interesting and entertaining. But, damn it, we’ve been given this same exact story; these same exact character interactions; in every damned book Bendis has put out this month. The last Guardians of the Galaxy and the last 2 issues of All-New X-Men were this same exact issue of this Uncanny X-Men #18, with a worse paint-job. There’s NO ONE holding a gun to Cyclops’ head at any point in the entire issue, despite what the cover OR the solicit says. This was just an outright boring issue, depicting things we’ve already seen before.

The Verdict

If you’ve read anything from Bendis in the past month or two you’ve probably already read this comic book. It’s nothing more than the same old tired and overused cliches and nostalgic interactions that have been the mainstay of Bendis’ work with the mutants of Marvel Comics. But the art was amazing! Almost enough to save this book from being entirely worthless. There’s obviously something to say for good art, and there’s certainly something to say for good writing, but, damn, it would be nice to get both in a single package. Unfortunately, Uncanny X-Men #18 is NOT that package.

Writing: 2.5 out of 5
Art: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5