“I don’t mourn the same way you do.” (Uncanny X-Men #17 Comic Review)
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Carlos Gómez
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 Gómez. This time, the X-Men mourn a loss, cope in their own ways, and get into a few spats with each other.
The X-Men are struggling to keep their hopes up as their numbers dwindle faster than ever, and in the aftermath of the most recent death, mourning styles clash. But even as tempers rise within the remaining X-Men, their bickering is brought to a halt a mysterious question arises and leaves everyone wondering what they should and shouldn’t know anymore.
While this issue had less action (at least, relatively speaking), I found it to be a compelling examination of loss, pain, tragedy, and how we all face these things in our own unique ways.
Unsurprisingly, Scott and Logan clash the most, getting into an altercation over the actions each other are taking in the aftermath of their most recent tragedy.
This isn’t to say there are no good fight scenes in this issue, but they have a different energy to them. They carry weight, but differently. There’s anger, helplessness, resentment, guilt, and a desire for revenge all muddled together.
There are some great conversations in this issue—the dialogue is hard-hitting and emotional, the characters clash in earnest and real ways, and the conflict feels incredibly natural. This, to me, is a perfect example of how comics might be fantastical tales of people with incredible powers, but they are still rooted in real human stories dealing with real human problems. At the end of the day, these mutants and super-powered people are just that: People.
This issue was every bit as exciting and hard-hitting as issues where the X-Men face their biggest foes.
It also ends on a bit of a chilling question and cliffhanger that raises numerous questions and leaves you aching for the next issue!