For the record this is a review of Uncanny X-Men (Vol. 3) #12 which was written by Brian Michael Bendis with art from Chris Bachalo (pencils), Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoza, Victor Olazaba and Al Vey (inks) and Marte Gracia (colors).
Full review after the jump.
|Cyclops: "My God....I am a handsome fellow."|
I really wish there was more to talk about in this issue but the fact is this is the issue where everything slows down to set up for the explosive next issue. The last page is pretty interesting as it tells us we’re going to see a psychic showdown between Xorn and Emma Frost/The Stepford Cukoos, which is a pretty cool concept. Aside from that there’s a lot of talk but not a lot of new information provided.
Does it bother anyone else that we still know NOTHING about the future these time traveling X-Men are from? I mean they keep saying “Shit is going to be awful” but they explain precisely dick about it. Oh they imply it could mess up the future but even so as a reader I really wish we could be given a little information. Like some vague clue or something. Even if it were a lie I’d still enjoy something like “Oh, the sentinels take over and everything sucks.” To make this point worse it’s a bit odd that they have been told to take so much on faith and most of the X-Men, a team that used to be notorious for trusting absolutely no one at face value, seem okay with playing ball on these guys’ say so. I still think that any character who argues for keeping the teen X-Men in the present is an idiot who apparently doesn’t care if reality collapses around them (it happened in Part One; I’m not just making this shit up!) but following along blindly just because Xavier Jr., Jean Grey dressed as the guy who killed her and a guy who looks like Beast took a nap in mutagen from TMNT told you to is not so much better.
|Anytime Magik does anything it looks like she's starting Armageddon|
Art wise…it’s Chris Bachalo so the style is very decisive. The colors seem a bit…cleaner, I guess, than I recall from this series previously. There are some are continuity problems here, The main one I noticed was about halfway through the book
There was an aspect of this book that I really loved and that was Teen Angel being the seemingly only sane man in the damn series so far. He flat out says “Look, jerks, we shouldn’t be in this era anyway. Now someone from the future says us being here messes up the timeline? Then why the f**k are we still talking about this?! Let’s go the f**k home!” Thank you, Teen Warren Worthington III. The real theme of this miniseries has been how awesome the time displaced teenage X-Men are and how great they’ve been characterized. If nothing else I feel like I’m realizing I did myself a huge disservice by not sticking with All-New X-Men past the first issue.
I gotta give Uncanny X-Men #12 2 Adorable Pandas out of 5.
-Teen Angel’s speech
-Problems with the art’s conintunity
-A pretty dull read