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Post AvX and things are getting very interesting
on 10 August 2013
This manifestation of The Uncanny X-Men is the post-AvX team of Scott Summers, Emma Frost, Magneto and Magik, very much fugitives and revolutionaries with Scott as nominal leader, although his word is not law. In addition are new mutant recruits to the cause, most of whom were introduced in the `All New X-Men' arcs but with more depth.
This volume deals with the following themes; the establishing of Scott Summers as a revolutionary icon to new mutants and their human sympathisers, the internal conflicts following the latest Phoenix Episode and the ramifications of the dilution or waywardness of the powers of four once very physically powerful mutants. In addition we see the settling in of the new mutant recruits, a set-to with The Avengers and the verbal confrontation with the mutant `establishment' at the Jean Grey School previously shown in `Here To Stay' but now front this team's perspective.
The story travels in a fairly linear format each theme woven in quite skilfully; the scenes at The Jean Grey School mostly centre on discourse between Emma Frost and The Stepford Cuckoos. I will say no more on this in case I release a dread spoiler, only just to add the occasional use of black and white illustrations for the background is very effective. The Avengers intention is to apprehend this troublesome team (that's all you get-spoilers y'know).
The recruits to Summers' cause are a nice balance of the confused, frightened, worried and cocky. Tempus the `aussie' girl with the power to affect local time is probably the most level-headed of the group at the present, but it's early days.
Couple of minor quibbles: Magneto's `Is he/ Isn' he scenes' were teasingly put together, except that Maria Hill seemed to be portrayed more like a first-day-on-the-job-receptionist than the battle-hardened veteran we're used to. The Stepford Cuckoos also appear to have regressed in illustrations; from the maturing young women of the Utopia arcs back to assertive high school seniors, although to be fair their narratives were well constructed.
Chris Bachwald's interpretations are not my favourite versions of X-men, but again to be fair, the action scenes and facial expressions deliver the goods, so that's me being picky.
A nice blend of dialogue, action and development of themes, coupled with dashes of humour; eg The veterans' slightly callous reactions on return to find the newbies have blundered into the Danger Room when unsupervised (Magik: `I could watch this all day').
Cool cliff hanger too (there's a nice build up to that, but....spoilers.....)
Maybe not a good stand alone, but as part of the post Schism / AvX saga this is an important addition.