REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #1

Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Greg Land, Jay Leisten
Colors: Nolan Woodard
Letters: VC – Joe Caramagna

OK, I need to just breath, this is a massive nerd moment for me, just bare with me. I started reading comics back in 19*cough* and Uncanny X-Men was the first title I ever opened… it was the gateway for me into another world and a hobby that has changed and shaped my life for the better part of two and half decades. Fast forward to now, I’m sitting in my office with the preview copy of Uncanny X-Men #1 on my screen. It’s impossible not to feel as though I have come full circle in my fandom.The boy has become a man…somewhere a haunting John Williams score plays.

It’s been a few years since I have joined the X-Men on their adventures and judging by the start of this book a few things have changed. This new line up consist of Magneto, Sabretooth, M, Psylocke, and Archangel who have banded together to “save” a group of mutants who volunteered to go into cryogenic sleep. The catch being that the corporation that was providing the service is ripping people off.

As an older fan it’s difficult for me to look past having villains like Mags and Sabretooth on your X-Men roster. It’s not new, but with a relaunch of the main X-title I was hoping for something that touched closer to the roots of the X-universe.This was a chance for Marvel to re-establish the X-Men in their rightful place at the forefront of comics.
Bunn’s intro into the story line seems half-baked. The X-team doesn’t feel like a team at all, as they spend most of their time bickering with one another and posing for the wounded humans that litter the battlefield around them. Nobody seems to have any camaraderie or even care about their fellow teammates, yet each page contains a random rant about how Mutant-kind is dying out and mutants need to stick together; yet when the X-Men free their fellow mutants in cryo-stasis, the newly released mutants are threatened and abandoned to wonder around the world on their own… it doesn’t make much sense to me.

The book closes on a surprise reveal as we follow one of the released mutants. He is killed by a group of D-list villains that will be the foes in the upcoming issue(s). It wasn’t much of a surprise, because at the end of the issue I was ready for the ride to be over. I’d seen enough and I’m sad to say that I was let down. The fanboy in me was really hoping that this was going to light a fire in my belly to rejoin my old X-friends, instead I think that I’ll go back to waiting on the sidelines, maybe the series will pick up steam later, but for now I’ll pass.

The creative team involved all did their respective jobs to the best of their abilities, I was just hoping for something more. I don’t fault the creators, I fault Marvel for not giving one of their biggest properties the push that it deserves. This should have been a rebirth of X-mania, an event that every comic fan in the country was eagerly waiting for… instead we got this book, and this was not enough, X-fans deserve more. 3 stars.

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