The Grass is Always Greener On The Other Side (Uncanny X-Men #1)

So, I picked up Uncanny X-Men because SM mentioned that it would be related to All New X-Men (a fact reiterated by many of you on here as well!) and I was curious to see how they would end up tying together. I’m kind of glad I didn’t have to wait long to figure that one out…

Uncanny X-Men 1

Okay, this was a really good opening issue! Start off with a mystery figure in a super-secret SHIELD interrogation room, one whose face you do not see. This mystery figure proceeds to tell Maria Hill about Scott Summers, what he’s doing, why this is something they have to be concerned about, and exactly how they need to go about stopping him.

Art-wise, this wasn’t bad. I can’t say it was my favorite in terms of art work (some of the action scenes looked a little…off?) but it was good enough to not worry about it too much. I don’t know if this is a good thing or not…

This was a wonderful work of storytelling, mixing the conversation and exposition of mystery man with the action that this new team of X-Men is going through when they show us the fight in San Diego. The exposition wasn’t too much, and it was all interesting and informative (especially if you haven’t read All New X-Men). The fight was interesting (though…Sentinels? Anyone care to explain what they are? And why they are such a big deal?) and the two blended together very well to give you a good idea of what’s going on and what you need to know.

Now, one question that I’m sure I’m not the only one asking…what’s with the sudden costume change? I mean, it is a new title, yes, so they can certainly make new costumes…but if this is supposed to be tied in with All New X-Men, does that mean we’re going to see these costumes over there as well? Or are these just for this series (which would be really weird…) They’re old costumes were fine…so what’s the need to change?

And wow, that ending. If you don’t want to know any more, you might want to stop here (and I don’t even know why you’re reading my posts…I tend to be pretty spoiler-ific…). Because I can’t NOT talk about this…

The mystery man was Magneto, who is rather angry with Scott for killing Xavier and taking away his powers (though, if All New X-Men #3 holds water here, I’d say it’s the latter that’s really getting to him.). All I can think is how interesting this is going to get – Cyclops has a mole on his team. A rather big mole, who is not at all happy with him.

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