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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2013
Uncanny X-men once again starts again from vol 1 following the events of AVX. here we follow Cyclops leading his team of Magneto, Emma Frost and Magik. With new updated outfits and a harder edge to cyclops who acts more like the Magneto of old he willing to do what it takes to protect new mutants. it is very well written with good play offs between the team members. this is an excellent start to this series! very enjoyable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 November 2013
All-New X-Men has a storyline where original X-Men are brought to our present and acclimate to the strange new world as present day X-Men deal with the events of Avengers Vs X-Men; Wolverine and the X-Men has a storyline where Wolverine starts a new school in the style of Xavier's original and comedic shenanigans ensue. Both of these series are successful in their own way - they have storylines that enable them to drive forward with plot or slow things down and let the characters mingle with one another to great effect. They not only have options but ideas and fresh new takes on classic characters.

Uncanny X-men - this series' storyline sees Cyclops and his group of mutant rebels recruiting new mutants for their own school. On the face of it, it should be a good series like the other two big X-titles but it's not. For a start, they only recruit one new mutant in the entire book - Fabio Medina aka Goldballs. I'm not going to complain about this character because I think he's amazing - really. Goldballs: the dude manifests and fires golden volleyballs(I think?). Love it! I'll bet dollars to donuts Jason Aaron brainstormed that for inclusion in his own series and Marvel gave it to Bendis because it fit in with Uncanny's storyline more.

What else - they fight some Sentinels, which is your basic template for an X-story; the Avengers show up (and I had this creeping sense of deja vu that we were going to see more of that crud known as AVX but thankfully didn't); Scott and co. briefly visit the Jean Grey school. Besides the Sentinels, they don't fight anyone - they just meet characters, talk about how Scott killed Xavier, and they walk away. What is this series' storyline? Scott being the leader of a new mutant revolution. So why don't we see any of that being developed? Why are these characters wandering around aimlessly when they have a very clear and well-defined purpose? I see the phrase "glacial pace" used in a lot of reviews of this book and it's completely apt - this book is sooooooo slow! And BORING! It took me no less than six attempts to get through this book, I just kept finding reasons to put it down and do anything other than read it!

The rotten carcass of AVX hangs over this book as characters recoil in dismay at Scott - the murderer of Charles Xavier! - and the scene where Scott rebuts accusations of murder becomes so utterly tiresome as it repeats over and over here. Meanwhile the Phoenix Force has left their powers weakened and warped to the point that Scott, Emma and Erik - once among the most powerful mutants in the world - can now barely control what little powers they have left. This might be interesting but what it really amounts to is characters standing around repeating they have no powers and they hate it. So this is Uncanny X-Men: the mutant revolution is Goldballs, Scott denies killing Xavier ad nauseum, and the others stand around wishing they had powers while doing nothing. Revolution? More like stagnation!

Maybe this is Bendis channeling Claremont's `80s X-Men series where the comics were packed with dialogue and exposition - but at least in Claremont's comics things happened! Days of Future Past was two issues! In a single issue of Claremont's X-Men you had tons of things happening - in this book, collecting five issues, barely anything happens.

(And this is an aside but how does Cyclops' new mask work? It's an X - I don't see a visor. Is he wearing special contacts or something?)

I hated Chris Bachalo's art in this. There are so many characters that he's resorted to having almost the same layout each time to incorporate all of Bendis' dialogue - large panel, characters standing around, hands on hips, dialogue balloons of Bendis' nonsense filling the page. If that wasn't bad enough he's also the colourist on this book and proves why having separate colourists are a good thing by colouring the entire book in flat, dreary colours that look monochromatic at times - at least the dull art style matches the script! The whole time I was wishing Dave Stewart or Matt Hollingsworth had done the colours and given the book some style and a look.

Maybe Bendis is doing too many titles at the moment and Uncanny X-Men is his pit-stop, a place where he can relax, write any old gibberish and pass it off as a viable comic. This series should be far better than it is - Scott should be doing something to justify his ridiculous new status as a revolutionary leader (even among the non-mutants!) but Bendis does nothing to develop this exciting angle. I'm sure die-hard X-Men fans who just enjoy reading Bendis' often trite dialogue using their favourite characters will love this, but for everyone else looking for a good story, a fresh idea, anything remotely intellectually stimulating, won't find it here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The story running through issues #1-5 of the Uncanny X-Men (Volume 3) is collected as Uncanny X-Men: Revolution (Uncanny X Man). The new Uncanny X-Men team is setting up a new school (hidden in Canada), recruiting new students and poaching from the Jean Grey School, and beating the Avengers in even less time than it took in AvX, thanks to a new mutant. There are a couple of strands to the story, as we follow the new young recruits from their point of view; we follow the grown up X-Men from their point of view - Magneto is "up to something", Emma is recovering from losing her psychic powers, and in fact all the Phoenix-affected are having trouble with their powers; and Illyana is suffering from an infestation of Dormammu in her Limbo dimension... and SHIELD and the Avengers are on their case.

This is an interesting, well illustrated and very readable new series, and I look forward to more. We have many old issues to deal with here, as well as the consequences of the Phoenix event, and several new mutants to add to the mix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2013
In the aftermath of AVX cyclops, magneto, magik and emma frost have begun recruiting mutants to deal more proactively with threats to mutants.It links in with All new Xmen as cyclops returns to the Jean Grey school and gets a surprising new recruit. This is a strong first volume although it would be handy to at least be aware of the events of the Dark Angel saga and AVX. There is sufficient explanations so if you have not read AVX you won't be lost. Well worth getting and will be getting next volume.
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on 6 April 2014
This comic picks up up after the events of AvX storyline focusing on the some what delusional Scott Summers and his dreams and ambitions of the future of the X-Men. I absolutely loved the AvX comic so I bought this to see what actually happened to Summers after the events, but you can't compare the two, the scale is completely different. I enjoyed the comic and it's content. The writing is good, but I wasn't as invested in Revolution as I was AvX. Then again, this isn't a large event comic as this is merely the beginning of the relaunch of Uncanny X-Men with the focus on Scott Summers with his new school and all the problems but past and pressent that keeps catching up with him. Then again, if you have read AvX, could we really expect minor consequences? The story is good enough to keep you entertained, but I feel no personal need to buy the second one. Also, the drawing variates extremely much, which honestly is quite offsetting.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2013
Very clever, very well writen.
the art is not quite my cup of tea but you can't win them there is nothing wrong with it but it not quite to my peronal taste and it why it not the 5 out of five it could be
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