“This desperation suits you.” (Uncanny X-Men #19 Comic Review)

User Rating: 8.6

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Penciler: Carlos Villa, Carlos Gómez, & Bob Quinn
Inkers: Juan Vlasco, Adriano Di Benedetto, Michelle Delecki, Carlos Gómez, & Bob Quinn
Colorists: Guru-eFX
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Whilce Portacio & Erick Arciniega
Variant Cover Artist: Phil Noto

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

Summary:

Emma Frost is up to something, and she seems ready to take it to the next level this time around. We spend this issue with her, learning about her side of the story, and all she’s been going through these past months. We learn more about the Hellfire Club and the threat of a vaccine that promises to wipe out all of Mutant-kind.

Thoughts:

With all the hints they’ve been dropping about Emma Frost as of late, I was very excited to realize that this issue was following her. Finally! Some answers!

And a million more questions, quite frankly.

We open on Emma from a few months back and see her opinion of the current X-Men and what they’re up to. Things quickly go downhill for her (as they tend to do in these stories), and we get to see Emma backed into a few impossible corners. As always, she handles her difficulties with a certain grace and style—even if it’s not always as effective as she would like.

In this issue, we learn about Emma’s Hellfire Club, and how they’ve been involved with the X-Men thus far. We also learn more about the vaccine that promises to “cure” mutants and eradicate the X-gene from humanity, so no more children will be born with powers. The miliary is seeking this tool, and it becomes immediately apparent how terrible it would be for mutants were this serum to fall into the wrong hands.

Although we don’t get a full explanation of what she’s up to, we get to see Emma in all her powerful and cunning glory, facing down opponents and dealing with obstacles that take more than a well-placed punch (even from a diamond fist) or clever mind trick to resolve.

The artwork is solid, though there are a few panels where I felt like characters didn’t quite match themselves through the rest of the comic. The coloring is also well-done, especially the light—there’s a scene where Emma wakes up in the morning, and the sunlight spilling over her and her bed is just lovely. Little details like that are always appreciated.

Emma is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff in this issue, but she handles it in her usual fashion, and now that we’ve gotten a look at her side, I’m eager to see where the story takes us.

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E.V. Jacob
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.
Good
  • Catching up with Emma and finally seeing her side of things was like scratching a persistent itch
  • Lots of action, conniving plots, and intriguing events unfolding
Bad
  • The nature of this story often feels disjointed and a bit jarring—we jump around a lot and while that is usually fine and even enjoyable, there were moments in this issue where I felt a little lost.
8.6
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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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