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The new Xavier School has changed, as the effects of the Battle of the Atom event are felt - and Kitty Pryde and the All-New X-Men join Cyclops' renegade squad! Meanwhile, Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men...and the Marvel Universe. As Magneto reaches a crossroads, everything he's fought for is called into question...and he's The new Xavier School has changed, as the effects of the Battle of the Atom event are felt - and Kitty Pryde and the All-New X-Men join Cyclops' renegade squad! Meanwhile, Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men...and the Marvel Universe. As Magneto reaches a crossroads, everything he's fought for is called into question...and he's forced to make a decision that will change him forever! Elsewhere, the ladies of the uncanny X-Men go out on the town - and find themselves face-to-face with the effects of Inhumanity! And Cyclops declares a training day for the X-Men's students...but the "training" seems to be that the teachers just abandoned them to fend for themselves on a dangerous mission! What will these inexperienced young mutants do now? Collecting: Uncanny X-Men 14-18


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The new Xavier School has changed, as the effects of the Battle of the Atom event are felt - and Kitty Pryde and the All-New X-Men join Cyclops' renegade squad! Meanwhile, Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men...and the Marvel Universe. As Magneto reaches a crossroads, everything he's fought for is called into question...and he's The new Xavier School has changed, as the effects of the Battle of the Atom event are felt - and Kitty Pryde and the All-New X-Men join Cyclops' renegade squad! Meanwhile, Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men...and the Marvel Universe. As Magneto reaches a crossroads, everything he's fought for is called into question...and he's forced to make a decision that will change him forever! Elsewhere, the ladies of the uncanny X-Men go out on the town - and find themselves face-to-face with the effects of Inhumanity! And Cyclops declares a training day for the X-Men's students...but the "training" seems to be that the teachers just abandoned them to fend for themselves on a dangerous mission! What will these inexperienced young mutants do now? Collecting: Uncanny X-Men 14-18

30 review for Uncanny X-Men, Vol. 3: The Good, The Bad, The Inhuman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Fragmented book without a real storyarc I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of writing a better overall review. This TPB collects “Uncanny X-Men” #14-18. Creative Team: Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Illustrators: Chris Bachalo, Kris Anka & Marco Rudy TOO MANY AND YET TOO FEW There is a Mutant Revolution. Scott Summers aka Cyclops is its face. But, in this third volumen I am still waiting that Cyclops would continue his mutant revolution and it was Fragmented book without a real storyarc I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of writing a better overall review. This TPB collects “Uncanny X-Men” #14-18. Creative Team: Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Illustrators: Chris Bachalo, Kris Anka & Marco Rudy TOO MANY AND YET TOO FEW There is a Mutant Revolution. Scott Summers aka Cyclops is its face. But, in this third volumen I am still waiting that Cyclops would continue his mutant revolution and it was declared in the first volume. However, in this third volumen, you have a tie-in issue with “Inhumanity”, an event that isn’t even a X-Men event but one of Inhumans and Avengers; then a “trampoline” issue for a solo title of Magneto, and in the middle, you find a lot of training for the new students (even an expulsion) and a weak cliffhanger about the disappearance of the Original X-Men team along with their teacher, Kitty Pryde (aftet the Battle of the Atom, that team was allowed to remain with Cyclops’ Uncanny X-Men (why? I still don’t know, since that situation didn’t add anything to the story developing in these five issues)). So, hardly a coherent storyarc in this five issues that since they are collecting them in a TPB volume, one would think to find some kind of general storyline… …but nope. That’s not the case here. SURVIVOR: NEW CHARLES XAVIER SCHOOL I liked the training part, since the new students of Cyclops’ school, they are new characters (not only in the title but in the Marvel Universe), so it’s great to see how their powers are tested, showing that they can do with them more than it was established when they were introduced first. Even, one of the new students got expelled, so you can’t take anybody as granted, that it’s a good thing. SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW MAGNETO? Magneto was arch-enemy and best friend of Charles Xavier, both situations totally opposite, and yet totally clear for him and Charles. Charles Xavier is gone, and with him, his dream. So, Magneto is struggling to try his best to keep alive Charles’ dream, along with his own dream for mutant population. Two totally opposite dreams, and yet, totally clear for Magneto. That’s why, he joined Cyclops’ Uncanny X-Men, since it seems the best available option to keep alive both opposite dreams. However, a nightmare is rising in the island of Madripoor. Those whom create this nightmare, think that Magneto will be delighted by it. So little, they really know Magneto.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    The cover is definitely an attention grabber, no? The contents? Post-X-Schism, the X-Books were basically divided into two titles, Wolverine and the X-Men written by Jason Aaron and the Uncanny X-Men written by Brian Michael Bendis. There are other X-titles out there but these are the main two, as Wolverine takes half the X-Men and returns to the Xavier School and Cyclops takes the other half and at this point in the story is hiding out in an abandoned Weapon X facility. Bendis run is more consis The cover is definitely an attention grabber, no? The contents? Post-X-Schism, the X-Books were basically divided into two titles, Wolverine and the X-Men written by Jason Aaron and the Uncanny X-Men written by Brian Michael Bendis. There are other X-titles out there but these are the main two, as Wolverine takes half the X-Men and returns to the Xavier School and Cyclops takes the other half and at this point in the story is hiding out in an abandoned Weapon X facility. Bendis run is more consistent, but Aaron’s best work (a lot of it isn’t very good) in his title is more satisfying. The ongoing Uncanny X-Men storyline in this volume is in a holding pattern and offers five stand-alone stories. 1. Benjamin Deeds, with the cool X-Man name, “Benjamin Deeds”, has a passive ability which allows him to change into anyone he comes into contact with. Emma Frost sees the possibilities here and they go speed dating. 2. Magneto has pleasant day dreams… …and wonders at what men’s store The Blob shops. 3. An Inhumanity tie-in. Why do the X-Ladies, when they get bored, always choose shopping as their outlet? Ceramics? Crocheting? Spelunking? 4. True fact: When Goldballs gets scared, he craps balls of gold. The X-Kids get some tough love by being dropped in the middle of prehistoric monster refuge in Montana. Somebody gets fired. 5. The All New X-Men, the five original X-Men brought into the present from the past, come into the fold, share awkward moments with their modern-day counterparts and are abducted by aliens. The art: You’ll give yourself an aneurysm trying to get the panels in the proper logical order. Good luck and have fun! Bottom line: Bendis forte is his natural, quirky dialogue which is much in evidence in this volume and the thin stories are built around it. Breezy fun. Three and a half stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    3.5 stars I liked it, but there was a lot of just...weird stuff going on. Maybe not weird so much, as multiple stories that all felt important and disjointed at the same time. Ugh. Sorry, I'm not sure that makes sense. Scott is such a dick. After a kid fucks up on a mission (nothing malicious, by the way), Scott tosses him out on the street. Well, back at his home. But how safe is that, really? I have a feeling this decision did not endear him to the other teens, and somehow this will come back to b 3.5 stars I liked it, but there was a lot of just...weird stuff going on. Maybe not weird so much, as multiple stories that all felt important and disjointed at the same time. Ugh. Sorry, I'm not sure that makes sense. Scott is such a dick. After a kid fucks up on a mission (nothing malicious, by the way), Scott tosses him out on the street. Well, back at his home. But how safe is that, really? I have a feeling this decision did not endear him to the other teens, and somehow this will come back to bite him in the ass. Magneto goes on a trip to Madripoor, and finds out who is behind the surge in the mutant population there. Then he goes bat-shit crazy and tries to kill off some old friends. So. Yeah, I guess he's getting his own title now. Kitty sticks her hand through Scott's head, threatens to end him, cries about the loss of Xavier, and then they hug it out. Emma takes one of the mutant kids under her wing, and teaches him the importance of his (uncool/lame) powers. I can't remember his name, but he's the one that turns into other people, you know? Ok, I like the art, but it can get a little crazy, and that makes it hard to understand what's going on in the panels. It's not ugly, just...too much? Sometimes. Most of the time it's great, but then it gets all nutty. Ack! I'm just not explaining any of this very well. The story was good, but it felt kinda schizo and all over the place, too. I'm still looking forward to reading the next volume, though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terence

    The New Xavier school has grown adding the past X-Men to their ranks. Meanwhile day to day operations of the hidden school get intense as the teachers use their unique teaching style to train the students on how to use their powers and how to survive. The Good, The Bad, The Inhuman is far slower in pace than the previous volumes. Magneto heads out on some work of his own, the new old X-Men are integrating with the new school although they only show Jean Grey. Cyclops shows he's still a prick. The The New Xavier school has grown adding the past X-Men to their ranks. Meanwhile day to day operations of the hidden school get intense as the teachers use their unique teaching style to train the students on how to use their powers and how to survive. The Good, The Bad, The Inhuman is far slower in pace than the previous volumes. Magneto heads out on some work of his own, the new old X-Men are integrating with the new school although they only show Jean Grey. Cyclops shows he's still a prick. The volume was just one of the slower transition volumes. One complaint I had is in issue #18 the artist went overly creative in his panels. It occasionally made it hard to read in the correct order and it was unnecessarily distracting. Overall The Good, The Bad, The Inhuman was an average volume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Selkie ✦ Queen

    [WARNING: THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF MAGNETO/XAVIER FEELS AT THE VERY END OF THE REVIEW. If you simply do not wish to witness how much I have unraveled here, then stop midway and turn back. You have been warned.] Well, holy shit. This was just lovely. And spectacular. And I can't believe I chose to individually review issues of Brian Wood's X-Men Vol IV instead of this one because this (with the exception of the first collected volume) IS PHENOMENAL. The good news is that I dropped Wood's series for [WARNING: THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF MAGNETO/XAVIER FEELS AT THE VERY END OF THE REVIEW. If you simply do not wish to witness how much I have unraveled here, then stop midway and turn back. You have been warned.] Well, holy shit. This was just lovely. And spectacular. And I can't believe I chose to individually review issues of Brian Wood's X-Men Vol IV instead of this one because this (with the exception of the first collected volume) IS PHENOMENAL. The good news is that I dropped Wood's series for good because I simply cannot latch onto the characters and his stories emotionally, but I will still continue reviewing Bendis' Uncanny as a volumes instead as individual issues because I have a tighter schedule than I expected for the last two months of this year, and I'm barely able to meet my self-imposed deadlines for comics review. But I always strive to make myself available when certain X-titles like this one prove to be too good to pass up on writing a review for. The Good, The Bad and The Inhuman is the third volume of this series comprised of issues #14-18 illustrated by Chris Bachalo, Kris Anka and Mark Rudy. Their stunning visual work for their respective issues has truly made Bendis' writing and character come alive. I especially enjoyed Rudy's composition and overall style in issue #18. His backdrops were simply magnificent to look at. I have never enjoyed viewing a comic book volume like this one, not since, well, Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated and most of Snyder-Capullo's Batman and Tomasi-Gleason's Batman and Robin. Arguably, this volume has been said to be the most disjointed of the collected ones so far, mostly because all of the issues herein were a series of oneshots. The last issue was where the Original Core Five (OCF) were spirited away to space for that underwhelming arc in Bendis' All-New X-Men called The Trial of Jean Grey which I never liked, to be honest. But I think that's what made this volume such a refreshing collection. Even though there is no discernible overall arc that hold them together, they work well enough as individual pieces that I could hardly find fault in their collective. The first story delved on one of the recruits, Benjamin Deeds who has the ability to shapeshift though his powers are barely comparable to Mystique's. He feels completely out of place and unsure of his purpose in joining the X-Men so Emma Frost decided that this is an opportunity for a teachable moment, and guides him (albeit extremely pushes him to his limits) in owning up to his mutation...and it worked remarkably. Benjamin is an empathic mimicker; he has the ability to mirror people not just physically but psychologically that anyone in his presence feels as if they can trust him. Artist Bachalo captured his transformations quite beautifully in his panels. Once Benjamin finds the confidence in himself to be a hero, he is welcomed back by Scott and the rest of the team, and they named him Morph--which made me "awwwww" so hard because I thought it was a befitting namesake, and a shout-out to the previous Morph who was such an adorkable guy back in the day. I've enjoyed this issue a lot for its ease and sweetness. Next we have an Inhumanity issue which is only appropriate, seeing as Marvel is determined to usher this new species of super-powered beings into the spotlight and there is a need to address how that can affect the X-Men as well. Also, it was so hilariously endearing that the X-(wo)Men go out on a much needed shopping spree together (as prompted by the Cuckoo triplets and Jean Grey) and ended up crossing paths with an awakened Inhuman. My favorite Inhuman is Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel, and as sad as I am that Marvel plans to eradicate mutants completely from their future storylines, I'm intrigued about the concept of Inhumans so far. The last two issues were captivating enough since we get to see how well Scott's recruits mesh together as a unit and they have continuously demonstrated how smart, courageous and sensitive they are of each other's needs. Emma and Ilyanna also continue to impress as teachers, and Kitty Pryde certainly found more dependable co-teachers than what she had with Storm and Rachel Grey back in the Jean Grey Higher School of Learning which is pretty sad. Well, Storm and Rachel are busy with their powerplay and their silly adventures in Brian Wood's title that I just mentioned I decidd to drop because it was such a bland series. But Kitty Pryde and the OCF were taken away and this was just after Cyclops has a moment with his younger self and the younger version of first love Jean. He was devastated to lose them, all right. [CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGES] Now wait, was I forgetting to discuss an issue? Oh, trust me, I left it on purpose because it's the thing I want to discuss the most so I saved it up for last because it's what I've been waiting for since I began reading titles for MARVEL NOW!. And that is no other than a Magneto-centered piece tackling on how he was dealing with things AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS LONG-TIME FRIEND AND RIVAL AND TOTES SECRET LOVER WHOM HE WAS OPENLY PSEUDO- MARRIED TO Charles Xavier whom Scott Summers murdered in 2012 while under the influence of the Phoenix Force in that crossover event Avengers vs X-Men. HOLY SHIT, MARVEL, FINALLY AN ACTUAL PAY-OFF! Issue #16 was all about Erik recovering, dealing and reeling from all that he has loss, and not just Xavier. His powers of magnetism haven't been the same since the Phoenix Force turned him into a punching bag during AVX. This wonderfully gritty issue opens with a gathering of humans proclaiming pro-mutant support and yet Magneto is not happy about it. He doesn't get these pro-mutant humans who to his eyes will never understand the struggles of his people. Because of his weakened powers, he instead daydreamed of killing all of them while he was there in the crowd, just seething. Dazzler approached him since both of them are working for S.H.I.E.L.D. I complained about the fact that Mags was just fake-playing it with the double agency with S.H.I.E.L.D, reassuring Scott that he's still on his side because that's a load of fucking bullshit, Marvel. As a devoted shipper of Cherik, I refuse to believe that Magneto has really forgiven Scott for murdering Xavier. It's canonically deceitful. Sure, Mags also said he will never punish Scott because he would hate to give Scott the satisfaction of affirming his guilt and therefore absolving him of being actually responsible for the murder he had committed--but I know Mags is sorely tempted to anyway. So I don't buy his alliance with Scott and his cover-up about working for S.H.I.E.L.D to protect Scott's interests. Hell, I don't think he even cares about the recruits or anyone at this point. He's having a moment of crisis, and Dazzler was quick to pick up on it. Oh, this Dazzler is no other than Mystique in disguise, by the way (she also had a love affair with Xavier before his demise and got pregnant somehow which makes it super weird for me and I still refuse to acknowledge its authenticity). She claimed that perhaps Magneto's weakened powers is PSYCHOSOMATIC. Perhaps, she offers, it's tied with his grieving process.Losing Xavier has made it impossible for him to gain back his powers to its fullest potential because the death of his truest friend is a loss that is so woefully meaningful that his own superior mutation died along with Xavier. AND YES, YES, YES, OH MY GOD, YES, MARVEL, YES BENDIS, YES TO ALL OF THIS!! It's been canonically established that Charles Xavier is Magneto's one true love. It doesn't have to be gay. IT DIDN'T NEED TO BE GAY (though, in my opinion, it should be, and it probably is). There is clear evidence stretching back to Claremont in the late seventies that Magneto and Xavier are so devoted to each other regardless of how they just can't compromise about their ideals concerning mutant co-existence/superiority. There have been countless times that Magneto lost Xavier to some accidents in the past and he has mourned each moment of loss like his universe completely fell apart. Now Xavier is finally dead for good and for a long time (four years and counting) and how could anyone who has been reading X-Men avidly be ever led to believe that he is not quietly suffering about it otherwise? BECAUSE HE IS. Mystique saw through it (mostly because she was boning Xavier pre-demise, ugh, this will never stop bugging me), and Mags is finally learning to admit it. I think he has denied it. He has pushed it down and now the floodgates are ready to open. They were BOOKENDS OF THE SAME SOUL. Without Charles to contrast him, to challenge him to change, to save him, to stop him from making stupid mistakes, to forgive him, to give him hope for a better way, to sustain his dreams, to fuel his passionate crusade, to talk to and play chess with and argue and bicker and come back to and try to fix things with---then WHAT IS MAGNETO'S PURPOSE NOW? Xavier was the one person whom he saw an equal in, someone he can confide his deepest secrets to, pretend to hate out of political reasons, and always, undeniably, learn from. And now that person is dead and Magneto just can't find it in himself to move forward because most of his battles have been so intrinsically tied to this man and if he's not constantly fighting and making up with Xavier then what? What else is worth going on for? Oh god, oh god. This depth of sadness in my heart deserves an ugly-crying moment from Toby Macguire. Behold the anguish: YOU HAVEN'T FELT REAL PAIN UNTIL YOU UGLY-CRIED YOUR WAY THROUGH IT I'm so sorry for being emotional about this again. The last time I Cherik-ed was in September, and before that it was May. I have no more fresh Cherik material to agonize on so when I am fanserviced with snippets of this horrendously beautiful friendship, I just crumble into pieces all over again. Magneto is lost and grieving, y'all and Mystique took him to the new mutant haven she built in honor of Xavier and tried to persuade him to join her, Blob, Sabretooth, etc. in maintaining the place. And how did Magneto react to this nice gift of theirs? How did he repay them after they welcomed him warmly to live with them? HE LASHED OUT AND ALMOST KILLED ALL OF THEM. Because nothing, absolutely nothing, can possibly compare and replace that small piece of repose he found in Genosha during Claremont's short-lived Excalibur piece where he and Charles tried to make it work for real this time as partners and self-appointed caretakers. If he can't have that again with the one man he completely trusted and loved, then he certainly will not settle for the second best thing that Mystique offered. He just won't, motherfuckers! Did you guys know that he shaved all his hair too because of Xavier? It's just...unreal how much he misses him! OH MY GOD GUYS IT'S SO SAD. I know I wished for some Cherik moments again in X-Men comics but goddammit, DOES IT ALWAYS--MUST IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SO PAINFUL ALL. THE. TIME??!!! RECOMMENDED: 9/10 DO READ MY REVIEWS AT:

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    This is a bit of an in-between volume. No big, overarching story, but there's still some interesting stuff going on. The last issue, where Kitty confronts Scott over Xavier's death, is by far the best thing about this book. It's a great issue, written very well, and both characters are acting and reacting in understandable ways under the circumstances. There's room for disagreement on the subject of Xavier's death, and this is a good hashing out of that disagreement. A little more nuanced than C This is a bit of an in-between volume. No big, overarching story, but there's still some interesting stuff going on. The last issue, where Kitty confronts Scott over Xavier's death, is by far the best thing about this book. It's a great issue, written very well, and both characters are acting and reacting in understandable ways under the circumstances. There's room for disagreement on the subject of Xavier's death, and this is a good hashing out of that disagreement. A little more nuanced than Cyclops and Wolverine growling at each other, that's for sure. Overall, this isn't the best volume in this series, but it is quite good, and I'm still interested in going forward.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David

    The Uncanny X-Men, under the leadership of now-revolutionary Scott Summers, are continuing their quest to find out who in SHIELD is responsible for the mutant-hunting Sentinels, which leads to one of the newer mutants being sent into an office on an infiltration mission set up by Emma Frost. In which we get a cameo of good old Dum Dum Dugan. This volume had a much better balance of humor and adventure than some of the other X-Men titles, though I found the storyline puzzling at times - for exampl The Uncanny X-Men, under the leadership of now-revolutionary Scott Summers, are continuing their quest to find out who in SHIELD is responsible for the mutant-hunting Sentinels, which leads to one of the newer mutants being sent into an office on an infiltration mission set up by Emma Frost. In which we get a cameo of good old Dum Dum Dugan. This volume had a much better balance of humor and adventure than some of the other X-Men titles, though I found the storyline puzzling at times - for example, I have no more idea than the other X-Men do what Magneto is up to down in Madripoor. There is an amusing Girls' Night Out with Emma Frost, the Cuckoos, Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, and Ilyanna Rasputin. Oh yeah, and the other girl. I haven't really warmed to the new mutants on the team. Although the sorta-shapeshifter who seems to be able to do what Mystique does, except psychically, is being developed for some big plot, other than that, we've got time bubble girl, gold balls, healer guy, and the dude who controls machines and gets kicked off the team for being an arrogant jerk. And I'm probably forgetting someone. The art goes through several hands. One of the artists really likes big-eyed anime-ish drawings. Another one draws Kitty and Emma Frost looking like they're ready for AARP cards. Bendis writes a pretty good X-Men, but I look forward to seeing resolution with Magneto, Mystique, and SHIELD.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    This is mostly made up of one shot stories. There's a shopping outing by the female cast members, which is interrupted by the terrigensis bomb (and ties the book into the Inhumanity event/status quo). There's also a part which focuses on Magneto which leads him into his own book. This felt a lot like Bendis doing a nod to Fassbender and First Class, because it has Magneto travelling on his own to exotic locations while wearing a nice suit on a mission. Throughout, there is Bendis further buildin This is mostly made up of one shot stories. There's a shopping outing by the female cast members, which is interrupted by the terrigensis bomb (and ties the book into the Inhumanity event/status quo). There's also a part which focuses on Magneto which leads him into his own book. This felt a lot like Bendis doing a nod to Fassbender and First Class, because it has Magneto travelling on his own to exotic locations while wearing a nice suit on a mission. Throughout, there is Bendis further building Cyclops's team and the new mutants being trained, and the ongoing plot of SHIELD hunting down Scott. For the most part, it takes a back seat and a lot of the focus is on the new mutants. I think this was needed because in the previous two volumes, we didn't really know much about them so it was hard to really care. I think this might be my favourite volume of Uncanny X-men by Bendis. I'm not a Bachalo fan. I thought I was, I've liked some stuff he's done, but his art is what puts me off picking up Uncanny X-men, and the reason why I stuck with All-New. Because when he's not on art - this book is really good! Kris Anka and Marco Rudy should just rotate on this all the time, and maybe get Bachalo in occasionally if they fall behind. Rudy is only on art for the last issue but it looks fantastic. He incorporates Cyclops malfunctioning power into some of his power layouts, which is also a cool way to remind readers that Cyclops isn't at 100% anymore.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This volume had its moments. We got to see Magneto playing badass in a short battle with Mystique, Sabretooth, Silver Samurai and the Blob. There was an interesting issue with Cyclops facing his personal demons after what happened with Professor X. The art in this issue reminded me of Jim Steranko as the artist took some chances and created something a little different. My complaint is that it's still "New Mutants" more than Uncanny X-Men, but I guess that's just what this title has become for no This volume had its moments. We got to see Magneto playing badass in a short battle with Mystique, Sabretooth, Silver Samurai and the Blob. There was an interesting issue with Cyclops facing his personal demons after what happened with Professor X. The art in this issue reminded me of Jim Steranko as the artist took some chances and created something a little different. My complaint is that it's still "New Mutants" more than Uncanny X-Men, but I guess that's just what this title has become for now. The new X-Men are interesting, but none of them are jumping out at me with star potential, so to speak. The art is still nice, as Chris Bachalo is doing some really good work on this series. Overall a good volume, but I was never a huge fan of the New Mutants so the whole "teens in training" theme isn't my favorite. If they can throw some twists in, this series has plenty more potential.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Ah, we've hit that point in the Bendis run where the story comes to a full halt only to be replaced by one-off stories that are some hit and mostly miss. It's happened with every major run he's ever had, and I just don't understand it. He always has such great starting points and premises for his arcs, but then they just kind of fizzle and get replaced with filler like this for an extended period, and then often never recover. I'm hoping this consequence-free, story-avoiding volume is just a min Ah, we've hit that point in the Bendis run where the story comes to a full halt only to be replaced by one-off stories that are some hit and mostly miss. It's happened with every major run he's ever had, and I just don't understand it. He always has such great starting points and premises for his arcs, but then they just kind of fizzle and get replaced with filler like this for an extended period, and then often never recover. I'm hoping this consequence-free, story-avoiding volume is just a minor hiccup in his otherwise compelling Uncanny X-Men stuff, but I've read enough Bendis to know this might not be the case. So, overall, nothing happens in this and it's pretty boring. I can't imagine there's any reason you NEED to read it, even if you're following every X-Men book at once. Just skip this one and maybe 4 will be worth it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandon St Mark

    I've decided that I'm just going to read the major X-Men events (like Dark Phoenix, Age of Apocalypse, etc.) and not every single volume. This series has been okay so far, but I have no interest in continuing it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I can see why some people said this book lost its focus, because there's almost no plot in this issue. We get some insight into what's going on in Madripoor, we're reminded of the sentinel menace, and we get a tease of the big Guardians of the Galaxy crossover, and that's it. But, that doesn't mean Bendis is wasting his time. Instead we get five magnificent character issues that better define who these people are and what their current dilemmas are. Benjamin's issue (#14) gives some nice details I can see why some people said this book lost its focus, because there's almost no plot in this issue. We get some insight into what's going on in Madripoor, we're reminded of the sentinel menace, and we get a tease of the big Guardians of the Galaxy crossover, and that's it. But, that doesn't mean Bendis is wasting his time. Instead we get five magnificent character issues that better define who these people are and what their current dilemmas are. Benjamin's issue (#14) gives some nice details of a background character. The shopping issue (#15) is delightful for its interactions between the women of UXM and also for its callback to Claremont days. The Magneto issue (#16) is my least favorite, but it's a nice look at where Magneto is at now. The training issue (#17) is fun for seeing the younger recruits at work, and also for emphasizing Cyclops' attitude toward the school. The final issue (#18) is a rather magnificent look at all the weird interactions that occurred when Kitty and the All-New X-Men came to the school, something that was badly needed. Overall, a phenomenal bit of writing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Keith

    Honestly, this book is so sad and weird when I'm reading each volume, and yet I feel so good every time I finish one. I have no idea, this fucking book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Hey, I liked this one a lot more than the previous two volumes. I think the big thing here is the interaction. The last two volumes focused on the revolution but added in bunch of Magik issues, with alter dimensions, not all that fun. Here we get much more focused on Scott and the kids. He's a tough leader, but one who doesn't want to see people die, and he might kick ya out but least you won't fuck up the mission. Also the final issue is really well done, and a way to see into Scott's mind fina Hey, I liked this one a lot more than the previous two volumes. I think the big thing here is the interaction. The last two volumes focused on the revolution but added in bunch of Magik issues, with alter dimensions, not all that fun. Here we get much more focused on Scott and the kids. He's a tough leader, but one who doesn't want to see people die, and he might kick ya out but least you won't fuck up the mission. Also the final issue is really well done, and a way to see into Scott's mind finally. Overall enjoyable, if not a little disjointed, but entertaining at least. Hoping next few pick up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    First allow me to point out that Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favorite writers. Secondly, I must say that I've not been keeping abreast of all the Uncanny X-Men events. Now considering those two factors I still insist that this volume was underwhelming. Collecting Uncanny X-men 14-18 it allegedly tells the tale of the post-Terragin-mists release. But in reality it's all about training. It starts with some unknown, to me, X-men types doing some training and whining about it. Cyclops tries ex First allow me to point out that Brian Michael Bendis is one of my favorite writers. Secondly, I must say that I've not been keeping abreast of all the Uncanny X-Men events. Now considering those two factors I still insist that this volume was underwhelming. Collecting Uncanny X-men 14-18 it allegedly tells the tale of the post-Terragin-mists release. But in reality it's all about training. It starts with some unknown, to me, X-men types doing some training and whining about it. Cyclops tries explaining why its important to train without powers and then is ignored by some snot-nosed d-list X-Man. Then we are treated to the Stepford Sisters babbling about being strong, independent women nonsense and then promptly following it up with "Let's go shopping" *sigh*. Then um they go shopping, meet a guy who sounds like Nightcrawler, get knocked out and have the guy kidnapped by AIM (or was it Hydra? I wasn't paying attention). Strangely, faced with a half-dozen supine X-men, AIM/HYDRA decide to leave (which is fine) and not put 3-4 rounds of .45 ACP into each one of the unconscious X-Men (which is not-from a plot standpoint). I mean seriously? Hi! We are a bad-ass terrorist organization faced by a half-dozen passed out enemies that have caused our organization tremendous losses....aaaannnnnddddd we'll just head on back to AIM/HYDRA base for tea and crumpets. Ta! See you later (in a few issues I'm sure) when the SAME people kick our asses. Ok. I always thought AIM/Hydra employed smart people. I see that I was mistaken. Then Magneto gets taken to Madripoor. Which is now a haven for mutants. But he is unhappy (never REALLY explains why) and completely fucks up Blob, Sabertooth, Silver Samurai (SS is a mutant? didn't know that) and Mystique. I think its because they were selling the Inhuman drug? But, all I know is he is pissed -for what seems no reason. Then we have some more of the ALL New D-List X-teenagers who get stuck in some myconic forest in Montana. Um. Ok. Mr Bendis Montana is a beautiful state, but not any myconic forests with massive chickens. Then the said massive chicken attacks the D-list X-Brats..said massive chicken chokes on a golden ball and SHIELD appears to arrest the X-brats. Then...one of the D-listers takes control of the SHIELD equipment and facilitates an escape. Also Nick Fury is black. Is Uncanny in the Ultimates timeline? You know the one where Nick Fury is black? Where Miles Morales is Spiderman? THAT timeline....because if they aren't....WTF is going on? Oh and then the vol ends with that d-listers getting booted from the X-men for using his cell phone annnd we are treated to a potentially good conversation between Cyclops and Jean Gray by terrible storyboard location which made it hard to see which panel went after the other. Why do that? Not sure. It was only for two pages... So if you thought my review to be rambling and confusing and "out there".....well thats how you will feel after this Vol. Take a pass people...this one isn't worth the high ratings people gave it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Weird - after power-reading the last six trades of Bendis' combined run on Uncanny and All-New X-men, somehow I ended up with an incomplete review. (Is that how bad these books were? Mmmmm....YES.) This is the only fragment I could match up to this book, which is probably fitting (though screw me if I have to go back and look at it again...I'm eyes to the future dudes, eyes on the prize). Take it for what it's worth: ​ Fun shopping excursion for all the ladies - but as Jeff says, does it *always* ha Weird - after power-reading the last six trades of Bendis' combined run on Uncanny and All-New X-men, somehow I ended up with an incomplete review. (Is that how bad these books were? Mmmmm....YES.) This is the only fragment I could match up to this book, which is probably fitting (though screw me if I have to go back and look at it again...I'm eyes to the future dudes, eyes on the prize). Take it for what it's worth: ​ Fun shopping excursion for all the ladies - but as Jeff says, does it *always* have to be shopping? Maybe a few other kinds of team-building events (Habitat for Humanity, food bank, picking trash off the highway) to break it up dude? Still, a real human moment of normal. A couple of moments of levity: Then a lot of tedium. Maudlin, antagonistic, Scott-is-murderer-and-we-learn-nothing-new tedium. Especially that mind-fuck Marcos Rudy issue of Scott "confessing" something to someone for some reason. Moving on.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christal (Badass Book Reviews)

    So, I did like this one... it just felt like disorganized filler. None of the stories really connected together, but they were interesting. I am ready to see the overall story for this title progress though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Some great stuff, better than I first thought: recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    47Time

    The story of the newly-minted Morph is worth reading for its emotional value alone. This mutant is able to mimic the person standing very near him, but it takes Emma's expertise to turn this passive ability into a very useful skill. Everything else in this volume is pretty worthless. The girls' night out is exactly as it sounds, but with an inhuman thrown in. Skippable. Magneto finds that Dazzler is in fact Mystique who has plans for Madripoor. She intends for it to be the place mutants feel at ho The story of the newly-minted Morph is worth reading for its emotional value alone. This mutant is able to mimic the person standing very near him, but it takes Emma's expertise to turn this passive ability into a very useful skill. Everything else in this volume is pretty worthless. The girls' night out is exactly as it sounds, but with an inhuman thrown in. Skippable. Magneto finds that Dazzler is in fact Mystique who has plans for Madripoor. She intends for it to be the place mutants feel at home, but Magneto refuses her offer to join her. This one-shot is intended as an introduction for Magneto's solo series. It was a fun read, especially given the bloody manner Magneto refuses an offer. A field test for the students ends up with one of them being kicked off the team. So that's new. The last issue has the cool cover, but is a chaotic mess inside. It's like a collage of artwork from a dozen artists. The story is just as convoluted and reveals that this team of X-Men is one of the most disorganized ever. Then again, that might be the point.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    2.5 I do not love the style of drawing in the past few volumes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bekka

    Loved seeing all the women interact in this one!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    It's never a good sign that you hope the cover of the trade is not a bait-and-switch because you want that main character to die pretty badly, but that's me with this book. Cyclops I have nothing but love for ya, but your costume has gotta go. It's just plain dumb and ugly and stupid..... Anyway this storyline was bearable, and the Bachalo are was actually decent (also not a fan of Bachalo's style so this is a huge compliment folks). I may pick up the next trade.....but can we get rid of Cyclops It's never a good sign that you hope the cover of the trade is not a bait-and-switch because you want that main character to die pretty badly, but that's me with this book. Cyclops I have nothing but love for ya, but your costume has gotta go. It's just plain dumb and ugly and stupid..... Anyway this storyline was bearable, and the Bachalo are was actually decent (also not a fan of Bachalo's style so this is a huge compliment folks). I may pick up the next trade.....but can we get rid of Cyclops' costume please????

  23. 4 out of 5

    Norman

    Ack. So many different storylines, and they're all pretty substantial. Why can't they just make these things more straight-through readable? I gave up on this title because of all the disjointed nonsense, but it's actually really good. I even enjoyed the girls going shopping nonsense. Damn. Inhumans and Magneto and Scott's crazy brain and his team of new guys and the original guys....... too much going on yo.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Average. I liked the art towards the end of the book. Seemed like no real direction story wise.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Blythe Penland

    I don't know exactly what to think about this volume. On the one hand, the introduction of Inhumans is exciting, but there were a whole host of other moments that made me angry or want to cry. Having the Original X-Men with them is extremely befuddling and I don't think life will ever be the same again for the Uncanny X-Men. Especially since the OG X-Men are currently MIA due to an unexpected Shi'Ar kidnapping, as well as the Guardians following in suit. I'm really starting to wonder about Scott I don't know exactly what to think about this volume. On the one hand, the introduction of Inhumans is exciting, but there were a whole host of other moments that made me angry or want to cry. Having the Original X-Men with them is extremely befuddling and I don't think life will ever be the same again for the Uncanny X-Men. Especially since the OG X-Men are currently MIA due to an unexpected Shi'Ar kidnapping, as well as the Guardians following in suit. I'm really starting to wonder about Scott. I know that he's unhinged. I mean, I knew before all this that was true because of his platform for the mutant revolution and the way that he lives with himself after the death of Charles Xavier, and even with his uncontrollable power set. But now he seems more snappy than ever. He pushed Benjamin too hard, and he kicked David off the team altogether. I know that these new mutants can use a push every now and again, but Benjamin just got the short end of the stick for a good while. And like Emma said, his powers could prove more useful than originally anticipated. He's not just a shapeshifter. In fact, he doesn't usually fully change shape. He just makes himself look enough like another person so that they feel comfortable around him. That actually sounds like a super cool power. It was a little funny to see Benjamin stumble in the beginning, mainly because Emma was forcibly putting him in uncomfortable situations. However, I did not anticipate that Benjamin was gay. That combined with the latest season of Stranger Things, and I feel like my gaydar's off. It's probably just through fiction that's throwing it off since it's not like these characters are real. Anyway, I feel like Scott went too far with David. Yes, he made a mistake that compromised the team. But Scott's the one that sent the students to a future of indescribable species and environment in Montana. That training was waaaay too much. They couldn't handle it, and I don't blame them for not being able to do so. God only knows what happened to Eva, but I think her powers sent her hurtling to another timeline for an indiscernible amount of time. Did anyone else notice that her hair was considerably longer when she came back? She even asked Celeste not to tell anyone what happened to her. But what happened, though? Not to mention that Benjamin, David, and Celeste came upon a species that messed with Celeste's psychic hive mind. Does that not warrant further investigation? They also seemed pretty hostile, or unfriendly at the very least. Combined with everything else that's going on, I think Magneto's disappearance has Scott more on edge than usual. Sure, David keeping his phone even after Scott told them that S.H.I.E.L.D. could track them that way was irresponsible. But S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn't even the big baddie in this instance. I would definitely reprimand David a little, but taking hi back to his old life isn't even an option anymore. There are people that know he's a mutant. People that will use him to get to the Uncanny X-Men. People that will discriminate against him or cause hate crimes about him. People that are even crazy enough to take him as a science experiment. Speaking of those kinds of people, is Mystique dealing with them? How else is there mutant growth hormone used as a drug out on the streets of Madripoor? Mutant growth hormone comes from extracting it from a mutant (probably by force), so you can see why Erik would be angry with Mystique and deny her deal. I was taken aback when I realized that Erik was getting his own comic book series and has most probably left the Uncanny X-Men for good. He's stronger than his broken powers advertise since he was able to take out a whole chunk of building. I think I'll miss him. He was most definitely an emotionally healing double agent mutant, but he walked a fine line and I respected him for it. My favorite part of this comic was more than likely GNO. (Girls' Night Out, for those of you who are clueless.) Not only was it cool to see all the girls out on the town, but I was totally fangirling over the terrigen exposure happening all over the world. I watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so you'll have to excuse me while I have all the feels over Inhumans and their rights as superpowered people, too. I was pissed, however, when A.I.M. came in. I'm not too familiar with them, but I know that they are no-good scientists that do not deserve to test Inhumans. I recommend this book to those exploring the philosophical shades of gray.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    This felt like a more experimental set of issues than anything I've seen in X-Men lately. While almost every issue left me wanting a little bit or could have been a bit stronger, there are some good ideas here. A girl's night out seems like a fun idea for a single-issue and some team building but it gets ruined by something else going on in the Marvel universe that feels a bit random. A single issue on Magneto kicking butt sounds great but its really just a trick to get people started on a new M This felt like a more experimental set of issues than anything I've seen in X-Men lately. While almost every issue left me wanting a little bit or could have been a bit stronger, there are some good ideas here. A girl's night out seems like a fun idea for a single-issue and some team building but it gets ruined by something else going on in the Marvel universe that feels a bit random. A single issue on Magneto kicking butt sounds great but its really just a trick to get people started on a new Magneto solo book. Some of the other one shot stories feel a bit unearned or the conflict seems a bit too high without more build up. Kitty Pryde's run-in with Cyclops is a great example of this. Her actions seemed a bit extreme and sudden to be believable. The one positive thing is that the art was generally very good and there was a nice mix of styles which is the fun thing about a collection of single issues. While this may be the weakest story thus far, I'm still looking forward to reading more of the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    I felt this was the weakest entry of this series yet. There is lot of back and forth dialogue, but not a ton actually happens to move the plot forward. This volume mentions a lot of goings on in the wider Marvel universe, but doesn't give any real context to how or why this matters for the Uncanny X-men. For example, a random Inhuman manifests its powers and then disappears. The original X-men also join forces with the Uncanny, for safety, but it doesn't really say safety from what. The final pa I felt this was the weakest entry of this series yet. There is lot of back and forth dialogue, but not a ton actually happens to move the plot forward. This volume mentions a lot of goings on in the wider Marvel universe, but doesn't give any real context to how or why this matters for the Uncanny X-men. For example, a random Inhuman manifests its powers and then disappears. The original X-men also join forces with the Uncanny, for safety, but it doesn't really say safety from what. The final part of this graphic novel also has the weirdest and hardest to read format I have seen. They aren't panels, but instead separated by zig zag lines!!!! I was hoping by volume 3 the Uncanny X-men would have been making some progress either in healing their powers, actually tracking down their sentinel stalker, or just pushing the revolution forward, but the actual plot has just been creeping along... Overall this one was only ok.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    A well done filler collection between Battle Of The Atom shows us how the X-Books are fitting into the larger Marvel universe, as we have a shopping expedition that intersects with the Terrigenesis Bombing (where the Marvel Universe started being overrun with Inhumans), an explanatinn for what Nystique has been up to in the background of the Uncanny, All New, and Wolverine & The X-Men books, the weird Tabula Rosa thing in Montana, and what the Uncanny Team was doing when the All New team went in A well done filler collection between Battle Of The Atom shows us how the X-Books are fitting into the larger Marvel universe, as we have a shopping expedition that intersects with the Terrigenesis Bombing (where the Marvel Universe started being overrun with Inhumans), an explanatinn for what Nystique has been up to in the background of the Uncanny, All New, and Wolverine & The X-Men books, the weird Tabula Rosa thing in Montana, and what the Uncanny Team was doing when the All New team went into space with the Guardians Of The Galaxy. I mostly enjoyed the stories in this volume, and the art. The exception being the final issue, which has inventive layouts and very different color palette, but is just basically a recap of the series from Cyclops's viewpoint (which has already been the main viewpoint for the series).

  29. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... This is another volume that I just don't know how to rate, honestly. There was a lot of good (I enjoyed the new recruits training issue, loved, loved, loved the Magneto issue and him leaving the group, enjoyed the "girls day out" for what it was and what it alluded back to in a long history of x-women out shopping issues...) but I felt that there was a bit of bad as well (the Terrigen/Inhumans thing came out of nowhere, the o5 X-kids join Cyclops and then Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... This is another volume that I just don't know how to rate, honestly. There was a lot of good (I enjoyed the new recruits training issue, loved, loved, loved the Magneto issue and him leaving the group, enjoyed the "girls day out" for what it was and what it alluded back to in a long history of x-women out shopping issues...) but I felt that there was a bit of bad as well (the Terrigen/Inhumans thing came out of nowhere, the o5 X-kids join Cyclops and then just... aren't there ever? Still no real characterization or motivation for Emma...). Overall, this was potentially the best volume of this series so far and I hope that it continues to grow and get better with each volume.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Silas

    This book doesn't really match up with the cover, and instead focuses for the first half on the newer mutants introduced in the previous two volumes, while the second half focuses a bit more on Kitty Pryde and the original X-Men, who have come to stay with Cyclops instead of at the Jean Grey School. It is a fairly enjoyable book, even though I couldn't remember much about the newer characters, since it's been a while since I last read this book. It was actually interesting enough that I might re This book doesn't really match up with the cover, and instead focuses for the first half on the newer mutants introduced in the previous two volumes, while the second half focuses a bit more on Kitty Pryde and the original X-Men, who have come to stay with Cyclops instead of at the Jean Grey School. It is a fairly enjoyable book, even though I couldn't remember much about the newer characters, since it's been a while since I last read this book. It was actually interesting enough that I might read the next volume a bit sooner rather than later. I particularly liked some of the unusual layouts in this book, which kept things interesting.

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