Category Archives: Uncanny X-Men

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

I’m going to be really harsh on series this week, guys, because I’m working on figuring out just what series I want to keep reading, and which ones I am not interested in continuing. You’re going to see a lot of drops in this post and on Monday’s post as I figure out just what series I want to keep reading.

Superman: Birthright

I really enjoyed this story, although I don’t know a whole lot about the title character. I’ve never read a Superman story before. I have seen a movie here and there (not quite sure which ones…) and I saw the odd episode of Smallville, but that’s all the exposure I’ve ever had to the Man of Steel. Like with every other, this got bonus points just for being an origin story (because I LOVE origin stories!), but it was also told really well. I feel like the storytelling was pretty spot on, and pretty in line with a basic storyline concept that I’ve been brought up with: You start off with how life typically is (i.e. Clark trying to hide who he is but can’t stop himself from trying to help people at the very beginning), then one day something changes (i.e. he decides to stop trying to hide who he is). Because of that, these things happen (moves to Metropolis, gets a job at Daily Planet, meets Lois and Lex) which cause something else to happen (Lex attacking Superman’s character and launching the attack on Metropolis) and finally ends with this (Superman saving the city and redeeming himself). It’s classic storytelling, but the details and the character interactions make it an interesting read. The history behind Lex and Clark would be really interesting to read more about, and I would love to see how this dynamic ends up playing out as they move from this point in the story. I was also really enjoying what we got of Lois. I would be interested in reading more about her! Superman, himself…I’m just not sure. There’s nothing wrong with him…I just don’t really find him all that interesting on his own. Still, this story is well worth the read!

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions, Attempt #1

Trying out the new format this week – let me know if you guys like this or not! Its definitely a little easier for me to do this than to do bigger posts for each issue!

Mind The Gap #8

Okay, so I’m not sure if maybe I’m just getting so lost in all the details that I’m missing things, but this may be the first filler-like issue for Mind the Gap. There were certainly some interesting tidbits in the conversations, but it feels like no new information was really introduced here. At least in terms of the mystery happening in the real world…the Garden is a different story. Don’t get me wrong, I fully enjoyed the issue! It just wasn’t one of the better ones that have come out so far. I’m really looking forward to the next issue – which is supposed to be a “silent” issue ūüôā

Final Opinion: Solid

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School’s out…for Roadtrips?(Uncanny X-Men #2)

I was really excited for this issue this week, after reading the 1st issue of this series last week! This was my first time dealing with subscriptions and release schedules and all of that, so this was one of the first issues that I actually had to wait a while to get (and a while meant…maybe 5 days? It really wasn’t long) after only getting a taste of what the series was going to be.

Uncanny X-Men 2

Okay, I’m not even going to talk about the pose or the outfit on this cover…I think you guys got enough of my rants on Uncanny X-Force, and those opinions still stand here as well. Moving on…

Art wise….well, I liked the first two or three pages. When Emma was by herself and just talking to herself, the artwork was beautiful. And then Scott turned up and the conversation started and the artwork slowly deteriorated…or at least that’s what it felt like. Each¬†successive¬†panel just got messier and messier. There were a couple of panels in there that seemed to go back to the finish of the first few pages, but it never felt like it lasted…until the last page reveal, and that one page was done well.

Story-wise, this felt like filler and set up for the next issue. I mean, we got to see a lot of Emma Frost at the beginning, which I found nice – seeing as I know nothing of her character and her relationship with Scott, it kind of acted like a primer for me. I was glad for it! From there, though, nothing much really happened. We had an intro to the school and the new students, a quick recap of the sentinels, a (kind of funny) gag with ball-pop boy knocking everyone over, and then we’re off to Australia to visit families to let them know their kids are alright. Of course, the big reveal (and probably a major plot point for the next story) pops up (or should I say down?) in the very last page. And that will make you excited for the next issue, more than anything that actually happened in this one. And no, I’m not going to say what it was this time…I’m actually¬†trying to be sensitive to spoilers this time around, since the issues are newer…though trying to not say something is really hard!

I think I need to start getting used to filler issues – when you’re in a medium where your story has to be told in such a segmented way, they’re kind of inevitable (unless you’re REALLY good…and then your fillers don’t really feel like fillers). They’re not my favorites…in fact, I don’t really think they’re anyone’s favorites…but they serve their purpose and hopefully bring us up to more interesting stories to come!

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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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