Uncanny X-Men 2 review

UNCX2016002-DC11-LR-7e537In concept, I like the idea of this book. Magneto leading an X-Force like team sounds awesome. But concept alone doesn’t make a comic good.

Written by Cullen Bunn, Uncanny X-Men 2 is mostly about Monet and Sabretooth working together to protect Elixir. Basically, there’s an unknown group of people working to kill every mutant healer out there, and they managed to kill one in the last issue. This issue’s target is Elixir of the Academy X generation of young mutants.

This comic does have some good points. The opening with Mystique being caught while infiltrating a company is kind of fun, as is the following action scene, but it also feels a bit rushed. We learn next to nothing about what Mystique was trying to do, or whether she’s working for anyone else or for her own gain. Monet and Sabretooth have a few mildly amusing lines of dialogue. That said, every problem with the previous issue is present here. There isn’t all that much story development, nor is there anything special about the comic. Elixir shows a new level of his powers we haven’t seen before, and it’s not explained. The worst part however, is how the comic ends. Basically, Elixir dies. It feels like an ultimately pointless death of a fan favourite character. If this series wasn’t already mediocre enough, Elixir’s death is enough to ruin this issue.

To make matters worse, Greg Land is on art. This isn’t the worst Greg Land art I’ve seen. The pages where Psylocke is searching for mutants with a Cerebro-like device actually looks good with the various computer screens showing different mutants, circle lights and maps. But then there’s Monet, who never looks like anything but either a glamour model or a clothed pornstar. In one panel in the fight scene, she looks bored when she’s flying around, and there’s a panel where she uppercuts someone, and it looks awkward. Sabretooth can’t seem to keep his eyes open. There’s nothing wrong with Nolan Woodard’s colouring though – everything is bright and colourful.

When you balance out the fun moments with the bad, this comic ultimately balances out to forgettable. That is until you remember that Elixir dies. Maybe there are some people who will enjoy this comic but I don’t recommend this issue, and I’m most likely dropping this series. If so, this will be the first Uncanny X-Men series I’ll drop since I started reading comics in the first place.

4.5/10

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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 2 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    I honestly couldn’t tell you if this issue was well-written, because Greg Land’s recycled art distracted me too much. It blocked me out of the story, so I couldn’t get invested. And then it ends with Elixir seemingly killed, for the second time in as many years – The Logan Legacy ended with him seemingly killed, too. Is that going to be a thing with Elixir now? He gets brought out once a year to be killed?

    So, bleh to this comic.

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    • healed1337 says:

      And I don’t think it was well written as a whole. In hindsight it didn’t look like they killed Elixir in Logan Legacy at all – he just lost part of his ability, and seeing how Sabretooth and Laura have both regained their ability to heal, it only makes sense that he did too.. If Elixir dies here, than it would be his first actual death scene.

      Still, I’m with you – bleh.

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  3. icooke says:

    so angry about elixir death. rockslide, mercury, dust, hellion, surge and him were some of my favourites

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