REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #5

UNCANNY X-MEN #5 /Writers: Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson / Artist: R. B. Silva / Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto / Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg / Letterer : VC’s Chris Eliopoulous / Cover Artist: Elizabeth Torque / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Release Date: December12, 2018

Written by Kade Battles

This is the X-Men

If I’ve learned anything in these five issues of Uncanny X-Men so far, it’s that Ed Brisson (Old Man Logan), Kelly Thompson (West Coast Avengers), and Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors) love the X-Men and have awesome ideas for these characters. There’s a lot of awesome stuff in this series, it’s the coolest X-Men line-up I’ve seen in years. The ideas and story plots are clever and encompass every member. The book uses characters that have deserved development in recent years, like Madrox, Glob, and… Rockslide. As I read this book I feel like every character has a moment, or at least could have a moment, that’s crucial to the story as it goes on.

Those Designs Though

All the new Uncanny X-Men designs are really cool. I love bearded Nightcrawler, Psylocke’s new look (and longsword and shield powers), Storm’s neat headband, and I am glad to see that Jean’s X-Men: Red look has lasted, but if this story leads to the alternate Earth twist that I feels like it does, I expect some redesigns. Age of Apocalypse is one of my favorite X-Men stories (in fact, I’ve always loved the alternate Earth-based X-Men stories like Age of X, House of M, and more), so the Age of X-Man arc means alternate designs on classic characters, and that, if done well, will be awesome (especially if the Horsemen of Salvation designs are any indication). Magneto’s Gandalf look is neat and I am always happy to see a new Angel design. Also, Blob and Omega Red are getting some much-deserved development. These new designs also mean new Horsemen, so what do they represent, if not War, Famine, Pestilence and Death? I’m excited to see how they believe their villainous acts will “save” the world.

More X-Position, More X-Problems

All that having been said, I did get bored reading the book. I look at every page, understand the dialogue and the action, believe it, but the tone of each writer throws me off. I feel like if one of these writers was on the book I’d love every page, but the tonal shifts (from Beast’s mystery to X-Man to Multiple Man and so many more possible story lines) throws me off. They do original stuff, like the Legion and Madrox part of the story, but then lean into classic Angel clichés at the end. Granted, this is a story that is set for ten issues, and I believe these writers can pull off an awesome X-Men story to rival the classics, but so far, I’m just very confused. And I say this as a long time X-Fan. I follow the ideas, the Age of X-Man thing is clever and super meta, but hopefully the interplay of concepts get clearer as issues play on.

Verdict 3.5 out of 5

Vincent is Canadian and a raving Cyclops apologist and a lover of all things geek Marvel and Star Wars are his specialty. He is well versed in DC, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. He's always wanted to be a writer and Do You Even Comic Book? is his first foray into that adventure.

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