“They don’t get to decide when it’s over.” (Uncanny X-Men #18 Comic Review)

User Rating: 9.5

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Penciler: Carlos Villa
Inkers: Juan Vlasco & Craig Yeung
Colorists: Guru-eFX
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Whilce Portacio & Erick Arciniega

Title Page Design: Jeff Powell
Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Editor: Jordan D. White
Editor In Chief: C.B. Cebulski
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Quesada
President: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

X-Men created by STAN LEE and JACK KIRBY

Uncanny X-Men is written by Mathew Rosenberg and features art from Carlos Villa. This time, the X-Men get into a big fight with an old foe, and the mystery from the last issue intensifies.

Summary:

In the aftermath of the last issue, Logan decides to take a walk. The other X-Men don’t get to dwell long on this, though because they’re busy facing down renegade mutants and a surprise visit from Sinister, which they narrowly escape. Meanwhile, Emma Frost is up to something, but what it is, we still have no clue.

Thoughts:

After last issue’s more quiet and somber tone, this one was quite a ride! We open on Logan deciding he needs some distance after the loss of Rahne in previous issues, he needs some space to clear his head. Meanwhile, the rest of the team is taking down the Marauders, and the fight is everything you could hope for. I love a good fight in a subway station, they feel inherently chaotic and the setting is both mundane and dangerous all at once. Things get out of hand, unsurprisingly, and when they rush back to their hideout to regroup, they find Sinister waiting for them.

When they arrive at home, it’s already ablaze. They get to work ensuring everyone who was there got out, but Sinister reveals himself before they can escape. Things seem bleak, but they narrowly escape and find somewhere safe to lick their wounds.

They aren’t out of the woods yet, though—there is still the emotional toll to deal with, and Emma Frost in the shadows, working on some plan that involves the X-Men, though what, we still don’t know.

While this issue is packed to the brim with action, there’s still no shortage of touching moments and witty banter. I’m a sucker for the Summers brothers ribbing each other, so moments like this always give me a chuckle, even if they’re surrounded by tension and drama.

With great art and excellent pacing, I really loved this issue. The writers continue to excel at driving me wild with curiosity as to what will happen next—they’ve mastered the art of the cliffhanger, and I both love and hate them for it.

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E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.
Summary
With intense fights, thrilling action, and genuine conflict, all tinged with the shadow of a looming mystery, this installment into Uncanny X-Men delivers a great story with high stakes and yet another perfectly executed cliffhanger.
Good
  • Never a dull moment in this issue—even quiet, thoughtful moments have a kind of frantic energy to them which works excellently in this storyline.
  • Several moments in this issue will leave your head spinning in a great way
Bad
  • There are some developments I would have loved to have seen more explanation on, but I’m hopeful we might get more details in the next issue
9.5
Amazing
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E.V. Jacob is an artist some days, a scientist others, and a writer always. By day, she's a not-so-mild-mannered business woman, and by night, she works on her novels, because sleep is for the weak. She is a fan of tea, a hopeless geek, and an Oxford comma enthusiast. Pick up her book, THE SHADOWS, on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/y5gkjfx6.

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