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Review – Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics)

Uncanny X-Men #1
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Summary

Writers: Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar, Mirko Colak, Ibraim Roberson, Mark Bagley (Inker Andrew Hennessy)
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg, Guru-eFx
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Maturity Rating: Teen
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: November 14, 2018

An all-star cast of creators comes together to bring an epic story to the Uncanny X-Men!

 

Something Old and Something New in Uncanny X-Men #1

The X-men are back in Uncanny X-Men #1 and they are bringing a whole host of Merry Mutants with them! Kitty Pryde bands together new and old mutants alike to take on new and dangerous threats! But, something happens as teammates disappear and strange attacks and phenomena begin to happen. Is this already the beginning of the end for the Uncanny X-Men? You are not going to want to miss the start of this “10-part weekly epic”!

Writing the X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Leinil Francis Yu
Main cover by Leinil Francis Yu

So, this review for Uncanny X-Men #1 is going to have to take on a little different format than normal. You see, the first 37 pages are the main story, written by the combined might of Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson. It is titled “Disassembled part 1”, and man is it wonderful! The dialogue is superbly well done and it is a ton of fun to read. I really love Rockslide’s quips while fighting. The other characters are also very well done and each one has a unique voice. I love the pacing of this first story. It is laid out very well; the story flows like a good television show. It cuts back and forth from different stories at the right times to build up tension and interest. The writers did a superb job on collaborating on this first part.

Now after that first story is when Uncanny X-Men #1 went a little off for me. The next 30 pages or so are broken up into short stories, each individually written by the aforementioned writers. These serve as an epilogue to the main story. It was a bit confusing how these were placed and paced. It just felt very odd after this great first part and then it really slows down into a somewhat confusing story that I am not really sure how it fits with what I had just read?

Art

The art is in the same boat as the story in Uncanny X-Men #1. Mahmud Asrar handles the art on the “Disassembled” storyline with Rachelle Rosenberg on colors. The art is great for this first long story. Asrar does a lot of “heavy lifting” on the pages with the number of characters he has to draw. He gets wonderful detail and action out of everybody on the pages. He does a tremendous job also of adding great detail throughout the pages. I love his character designs; he has a delightful cartooning style that hits that nice medium between being “superhero-ish,”  realistic and cartoonish all at the same time. Rachelle Rosenberg also does a great job on colors. Rosenberg uses bright and vibrant colors at the right times and tones them down when needed.

Double Trouble

Once again the problem comes after the main story ends and the short story epilogues begin. None of the art really lives up to what we saw in the main story. Mirko Colak does the art on the first short story, featuring Bishop. It is a scratchy, not-very-detailed ink style. Main complaints are: Bishop doesn’t really look like Bishop and he is holding some sort of “ray gun” throughout the story, and I honestly couldn’t tell what he was holding in his hand for most of the story. Ibraim Roberson does the art on the second story; it is probably most similar to the main story style-wise, for the most part, it looks good, maybe a little flat and it doesn’t have a lot of “energy” to it but solid art.

Mark Bagley on pencils with Andrew Hennessy on inks handles the final story. Honestly, if the credits did not say Mark Bagley I wouldn’t have recognized the art. Bagley usually has a very dynamic eye-catching style and for some reason, it just wasn’t there on this story. Maybe Guru-eFx doing all the coloring work for these short stories is throwing everything off, as it was a major switch between styles with each story.

Conclusion

The first 37 pages of Uncanny X-Men #1 were great; it was easy to jump on board as a new reader. It was a solid story that was engaging, interesting, and fun and left on a fantastic cliffhanger. The art was fantastic as well, delivering some great visuals from start to finish. The three epilogue back-up stories did not fare so well. It really felt like they threw the pacing of the book off and they honestly felt a little unnecessary. The art also suffered in these backup stories, as it was not terrible but it did not hold up to what was presented in the first part.


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