Uncanny X-Men 1 review

UNCX2016001-DC11-bbc36When Marvel first announced Cullen Bunn’s Uncanny X-Men, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, Magneto leading a team of X-Men, each with a history of violence and some of them former villains, I was immediately intrigued. On the other hand, there’s Greg Land’s involvement. I don’t hate Land’s art as much as some, but I’m definitely not a fan and the more I look at it, the more his faults are apparent even if I’m not looking for them. Can Bunn’s writing make up for Land’s faults?

Uncanny X-Men 1 is a very straight forward issue. Most of this comic is a single fight scene as Magneto and his team attack a truck that’s carrying a group of mutants in stasis. The story is fitting for his character and at least some of his followers, and for the most part the team’s interactions are fun. That said, this entire issue feels like an extended introduction. The team’s long-term goals aren’t explored all that much, and the reasons they’re working together aren’t even touched on, save for Psylocke’s reason for sticking around. I get that first issues are best left with some unanswered questions but this issue takes that too far.

Land’s art isn’t the worst I’ve seen from him, but it’s not good. Magneto looks appropriately scary when he attacks the trucks, and there is a fair amount of debris when Sabretooth punches through a car window. That said, the tracing is quite evident. Monet shows almost nothing but what Land’s detractors refer to as porn face for the entire issue, and Psylocke can’t stop doing the splits during the fight scene. The colouring by Nolan Woodard is really good though – no problems there.

There’s nothing all that special about this issue. Unlike Extraordinary X-Men, the entire team is already together, but like Extraordinary, it’s taking its sweet time to explain what’s going on. From a storytelling aspect Bunn’s Uncanny X-Men has a lot of potential, but it’s not there yet. Personally I’d recommend waiting and seeing where this series goes from here, and if you don’t like Land’s art, this issue certainly won’t change your opinion. I’m not sure whether I’ll pick up issue 2 or not.


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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 1 review

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  2. Paul Bowler says:

    I haven’t checked out Uncanny X-Men #1 yet. Great review, so think I might give it a look. TBH the new team led by Magneto, with some former villains there as well, didn’t excited me much when I first read about this book, but I’m willing to give Cullen Bunn’s team a chance. Like you, I’m not a big fan of Land’s art, but it sounds ok for this issue. Might try the first couple of issues and see what I think, as I’m the only X book I’m reading atm is All New X-Men.


    • healed1337 says:

      It’s certainly more fun than Extraordinary X-Men is at this point, so there’s that. My main issue is Greg Land so even if I don’t pick up the next issue, I’m probably going to pick up the Apocalypse tie-ins since Land won’t be drawing those.

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  3. xmenxpert says:

    I really didn’t like this. The writing felt weak. Monet didn’t sound like Monet, and the little flirtations with Sabretooth turned me off. And the book does nothing to justify its existence, to really set it apart from EXM.

    And the art. Greg frigging Land. That tracing, recycling hack. He sucks so hard, and it’s almost impossible for me to enjoy anything he works on, because I’ve seen it all before. All of it. It’s not just the Porn Face, it’s the fact that it’s always the same Porn Faces.

    This book sucks.


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