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.