Uncanny X-Men 35 review

4691885-uncx2013035_dc11-0With Uncanny X-Men 600 delayed until October, it makes sense that the comics leading up to it are delayed to space themselves out better. The last issue of Uncanny X-Men focused mostly on Dazzler arresting Mystique after everything she put her through, and the kids in Brian Michael Bendis’s X-men run tagged along. It teased that the group would set out in the world as a team, and that’s what today’s comic is about.

Uncanny X-Men 35 shows the team dealing with a problem mutant who first appeared early in Bendis’s run, with the power to summon all sorts of strange monsters. The confrontation is a great action scene and a fun way to open the comic. The real story starts later however, when a video of Goldballs taking down the mutant goes viral and the team becomes famous overnight. In a way, this comic feels like a commentary on how popular Goldballs has become during Bendis’s run, while talking about how chubby guys aren’t the typical superhero build and how he defied the norm.

The whole setup makes this fun comic mean something more. As with all X-Men comics though, reality sets in when everyone realizes he’s a mutant. There’s actually a lot going on with the drama in this issue. Although Goldballs is the main character, each member of the team has something to do, whether it’s contribute to the opening fight in their own unique ways (Benjamin Deeds) or finding the viral video (Hijack).

The art by Valerio Schiti is great. It’s a simpler look at first, but it’s bright, colourful and well-detailed when it needs to be. The opening action scene is full of demon-like monsters and bystanders fleeing in terror. He makes good use of background details, throws in a couple of visual Easter Eggs and draws several great magazine covers that could have just as easily been this issue’s main cover. On that front, this issue’s only real problem is that the cover is misleading – neither Cyclops nor Emma Frost even cameo.

This is a great comic, and one that ties into X-Men themes very well. I hope these kids show up somewhere after Secret Wars because they’re a fun bunch. It’s a bit late to jump into Bendis’s X-Men run by now, but if you’re an X-men fan who hasn’t given it a chance yet, you really should. That goes for All-New X-Men as well.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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5 Responses to Uncanny X-Men 35 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    This was a fun comic. I figured it would all be a dream sequence, and I think I might’ve preferred that. But it was still fun. Even if the rest of the group didn’t get nearly enough to do. It focused a bit too heavily on Goldballs. Awesome as Goldballs is, I would’ve liked a bit more of an ensemble issue.


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  4. il says:

    mmm it’s weird, the stepford cuckoos can use telepathy in diamond form


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