Review by: comicBOOKchris

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People have called Matt Fraction’s run on Uncanny X-Men dull and uninspired, and I just don’t get it. Since he took over the book with Brubaker, this series has entered a creative storytelling era that hasn’t been seen since the early Claremont issues. Anyone remember Uncanny from thelate 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s? Absolute tripe. Lots of pointsless action, plotholes aplenty, and just horrible scripts. If you think Fraction is a bad writer for Uncanny X-Men, go to your local comic store and page through Chuck Austin’s issues. Ugh, just thinking about them makes me repeat the chicken vindaloo I had for lunch.

The thing I like the most about Fraction’s run so far is that he goes through great lengths to humanize the characters. The script may sound silly sometimes, but believe it or not, this is how a majority of us talk. It sure as hell sounds more realistic than how this book was written from the late 80’s on. While Fraction has been keeping the characterisations top notch, there really hasn’t been a huge threat to the X-Men in his book since issue #500. However, with the full introduction of Madelyne Pryor’s Sisterhood of Mutants, that’s all gonna change. She has assembled a team of heavy hitting femme fatals to…um…I guess cause havok. Her plans haven’t been fully revealed yet, but we now know that part of her plan involves a long absent character with a confusing backstory (another horrible story point from the old sub-standard days of this book)

I’m liking Greg Land’s art lately. Very pretty and realistic without being too wooden. I do notice though that alot of his smiling characters look the same, though his other facial expressions are top notch.

Overall it’s a great start to a promising arc. Fraction has already proven to have dialog and characterisations down pact, now lets see if he can tell an engrossing action yard without delving into the depravity and shallowness of the X-issues of yesteryear.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good


  1. The big question we should ask the creators is "are we going to see fembots?". Otherwise a group of big women just won’t work. Austin powers is dead but there are still stuff there to mine. We should ask ourselves "is Matt Fraction the guy to mine them?" or does he have carpal tunnel syndrome that doesn’t allow him to mine?

  2. I agree on the Fraction comments. This is the most interesting this book has been in ages.

    Still not down with this art, though. I liked Terry Dodson much better.

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