Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo Take on UNCANNY X-MEN

In their style, Marvel have teased and now they’re giving you the real information.

When thinking about what Bendis has done at Marvel and what he has not done, it’s not a big surprise to see him on Uncanny X-Men, because, what else is he going to do? He’ll be joined by Chris Bachalo on art, who is no stranger to the world of the mutants over the past few years.

Joining All New X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men, Uncanny X-Men #1 will be its own thing that Bendis describes as such:

Everything in UNCANNY X-MEN came right out of our story planning for Avengers Vs. X-Men. There was a great deal of time where Marvel had asked Jason Aaron and [me] to bring all the elements of the story together. It was during this process that both of us came up with a lot of ideas for the mutants going forward. By this time I knew that I was taking over the X-Men and that allowed me freedom to take his [X-Men] characters into places I probably wouldn’t have the guts to [in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN] if it wasn’t my job to clean up the mess so to speak.

While we were discussing whether or not it was time for Charles Xavier to die, one of the reasons I was all for it was because it made all of my books so much more interesting.

What about Scott Summers? Bendis talks about Cyclops here, not mentioning anything about what’s going on with his face.

You will discover in the very first issue of ALL-NEW X-MEN exactly where Scott Summers’ head is at. Of all the X-Men that feel it is their job to further the legacy of Charles Xavier, no one feels it more strongly than Scott Summers.

Scott Summers himself is not only trying to save these kids but he is trying to train them and get them ready for what he feels is coming mutant revolution These new students represent his only hope for true redemption. And his only hope to make the world the way he really thinks it should be.

For more, make sure to read the interview over at, and look for Uncanny X-Men #1 in February 2013.


  1. “Cyclops, Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost will stop at nothing to recruit them to their cause”

    Fantastic! All the X-Men I really dislike in one book, not getting in the way of Uncanny Avengers or Wolverine and the X-Men!

    • Funny thing. These are my favs. Im overjoyed too.

    • @Alch: I guess I’m a little picky about my villains being villains and heroes being heroes…

      As long as it doesn’t cross over with the X-books I like, I’m happy. : )

    • These are my favorites! Them and Iceman.

    • I love the mutant populace, love these characters and most of em in every X title besides the really lame ones created in the Young Xmen or Avengers Academy, whatever theyre from they are cheesy. I wouldn’t bet on this book not crossing w the other X titles somewhere. I have high hopes for All New Xmen, Cable and Xforce and hope this doesn’t turn this new leaf for the X verse into an ongoing gimmick as its easily perceived that way due to AvsX.

    • This book is probably gonna be my favorite one! Cyclops, Magneto and Emma!? Wow…
      C’mon Bendis. If anyone’s gonna save the x-books it’s you… please? Pretty please?

  2. Ron’s favorite character in the hands of Bendis. Now that I’ve put it that way, I’ve gotta read this shit!


    • Will Cyke discover what was in the closet? Is Superia behind it all? Will they visit Japan and Savage Land twice in quick succession for no reason? Skrulls!??!

      I went to hit reply and thought the button said FILTHY for a second. Look at it:


  3. Can Magneto see out of his helmet?

  4. Not a fan of that Magneto design but otherwise that is a badass cover by Bachalo.

  5. I’m a Bachalo fan, but that headpiece for Cyclops is wrong, so wrong. Ah well, in a few years they can say that Emma was controlling him and that’s why he turned into Magneto Jr. 😛 Man I miss classic Cyclops already…

    • I really like this take on Cyclops. He’s been the most intriguing character since Whedon’s Astonishing and I think AvX Consequences was a magnificent epilogue to the conflict and why Scott is still a hero at heart but gives you reasons why he no longer can be the boy scout he’s been for so long.

      You’re right about the headpiece. It will probably grow on me but it’s gonna take some getting used to.

  6. Kinda disappointed that Magneto would team up with Cyclops after AVX.

  7. He’s a very talented draftsman, but… if it were any artist but Bachalo, I would be trying this out. I just can’t get on board his style of line art.

  8. I like Cyke’s uniform and mask.

    But what’s up with the Onslaught helmet? Maybe Prof X’s essence or mind or whatever is hanging out in Magneto’s head? If so, Red Skull can keep that brain…

  9. I’m out on all X-books now, but I hope everyone who reads them enjoys.

  10. I like Bachalo, but I’m already picking up All New X and continuing to read W&TXM. I’m not a Bendis fan, so deciding to try All New X was enough of a dice roll for me. Hope I picked the better book. If this starts to get more attention and better praise, I’ll just switch one Bendis title for another.

  11. Yeah, I’m not liking the Cyke’s outfit. That visor just looks ridiculous.

    Also, Bachalo is really a hit or miss with me. I like some of his stuff but there are others where they seem rushed to me. I do like the cover though (the exception is Cyclops of course).

  12. Wow. I generally like Bachalo but that Cyke outfit is bad. And Magneto’s is even worse…really he wants to show off his muscly bare arms???

    • Ugh how can Cyke even see through that X? it’s not lined up to where his eyes would be!

    • Let’s be honest though, seeing out of his old visor couldn’t have been very easy either! Everything’s tinted red, and he only has that little slot of a lens. The dude’s probably also had a problem with peripheral vision.

  13. What up with those helmets?

  14. So it’s the Phoenix Force Five but with Magneto instead of Colossus?

  15. Why Queseda! Why! Cyclops’ visor is iconic as as a batarang or caps shield. Those visors were used by mutants in dark knight returns. It screams mutant. Oh well

    • Totally agree about the visor being iconic. But I look at the new design as an indicator that the character has changed — he’s not that same iconic mutant anymore.

  16. Oh goody! The third relaunch of Uncanny X-Men in the last three years…

    Also, I love Chris Bachalo but his new Cyclops and Magneto designs are horrible….just atrocious.

  17. The letter at the end of AvX Consequences was a real interesting lead into this book. Basically Scott says that if Wolverine is going to devote himself to teaching mutant youth and living Xavier’s legacy then Cyclops if forced to become the guy who does whatever it takes to protect mutants no matter how horrible it is… Just like Wolverine once was.

    • Yes, it was a really good series, which makes me wish this all new Uncanny was also written by Gillen! I just don’t have much faith that Bendis won’t degenerate Scott into “Oh I’m an honorable villain now!” Hopefully he’ll prove me wrong and make it something more along the lines of what Uncanny X-force was..

  18. Definitely on board for this. I think this book is going to have a lot of interesting “grey zone” dynamics. Given the end of AVX Consequences, Scott’s hero complex is still in full effect here. In his own mind at least, his motives are pure — we’ll see how he can keep that up with Magneto and Magic around.

    By the way, the dark-skinned guy with the goggles and sword — new mutant, or Prodigy? (the depowered mutant genius from the new x-men book from several years back)

    • My first thought was that it’s Prodigy, a character who definitely had promise during the Academy X days, although I’m not sure, given what I know of his personality, how or why he would fit in with this Uncanny line-up.

  19. I like that this is an anti-hero X-men book.

    • Yes exactly! Wolverine used to be an anti-hero. That is what made him popular, but now he is the straight up archetypal hero and Cyclops is the anti-hero. They have switched places, just as was suggested at the end of AvX Consequences.

  20. Whether you think he is an ass or not, Cyclops must be the most interesting character to follow in the Marvel Universe right now.

  21. I’ll buy it. But god I hate Magik…

  22. evie? rachel? evan?

  23. if you could pick only this or superior spiderman what do you pick i ask because i all ready get all new x-men and wolverine and the x-men plus x-factor so do i get a fourth x book are stay with spiderman.