Mind Capsules – Uncanny X-Men #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #6

Uncanny X-Men #1
Uncanny X-Men #1

Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – Greg Land
Inker – Jay Leisten
Colours – Nolan Woodard
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

The latest version of the Uncanny X-Men by Cullen Bunn and Greg land features a team that is more akin to the X-Force strike team from a few years ago more than anything else. Consisting of a Magneto whose powers are still on the fritz a little bit, M, Psylocke, Sabretooth and a mindless Archangel, it is definitely not the team most people think of when they talk about the X-Men. With the world now covered in Terrigen Mists, a substance that has become poisonous to mutants as well as a sterilizing agent, this team decides that it is up to them to protect what is left of the mutant race on Earth as the rest of the X-Men have gone into hiding. This new team is not subtle in their ways and Bunn introduces a possible new threat called Someday Enterprises and brings back some old enemies as well, leaving the book on a bit of a cliff-hanger. At the moment, if anyone can be called the leader of the team, it is Magneto, yet with his powers still in flux it is hard to say just how effective the man will be, though by all indications, what power he does have is still monumental. The most interesting member is Archangel and that is for the simple fact that he is just an empty husk, unable to communicate, think or feel. More than anything else, he just seems to be a weapon now, that the team is able to point and shoot even though Betsy would have it otherwise. While the issue serves primarily as an introduction, it would have been nice to have just a little more meat on the bones so to speak. There was a lot of action, a wee bit of humour and some good banter among the team and it managed to introduce the direction the book was heading loud and clear, but a little more substance would have been nice to see. The artwork by Greg Land which is usually pretty solid was good, but there were a couple of times where it seemed a little out of sorts, specifically when it came to M and her facial expressions. Land is still one of the best pencillers out there, his work was simply better on Spider-Woman and Mighty Avengers of late than it was here. Good story, good art and some cool new costume designs make you want to come back for more and see what might be in store for this team of X-Men.

3.5 out of 5

Amazing Spider-Man #6
Amazing Spider-Man #6

Writer – Dan Slott
Artist – Matteo Buffagni
Colours – Marte Gracia
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna

Dan Slott starts off the latest storyarc with a bang as he reintroduces Cloak and Dagger back to the Marvel Universe and he does so with a bit of a twist as our heroes find their powers reversed, as Dagger now throws bolts of darkness and Cloak shines brighter than he ever has before. Add to the fact that they now seem to be villains, or more appropriately, controlled by Mister Negative who has returned as well and Spidey is going to have his work cut out for him. The book also manages to put a little bit of the spotlight on Spider-Man’s new supporting cast, specifically Lien and Philip Chang from his new Hong Kong headquarters. With an incident taking place, one orchestrated by Mister Negative which Spider-man puts a stop to, it soon brings our hero into conflict with the newly-turned Cloak and Dagger and ultimately, with Mister Negative. The one thing you can say about this series thus far is that while it still has that classic Spidey feel, Slott has been taking the book in a new direction that has been quite exciting. It is not just the new supporting characters that are shaking things up, but the locales and Peter’s job as the head of a worldwide corporation. The world of Spider-Man has not been changed this drastically in a long, long time and it has really added new life to the character which most probably never expected to see. Another great thing that Slott is doing is trying not to rely upon Spider-Man’s classic rogues, instead bringing in those that are not used quite so regularly like the Zodiac and now Mister Negative. Bringing back Cloak and Dagger was also a stroke of genius as people have been asking to see the two in a more prominent position in the Marvel U for years and whether this leads to a series or not is one thing, but having them at least appear here is fantastic, especially with the new spin that Slott has given them. With some really spectacular artwork by Matteo Buffagni and Marte Gracia, Amazing Spider-Man continues to be one of the top books on the stands today.

4 out of 5

3 replies »

  1. I’ve not read uncanny X-Men #1 yet, but your review certainly makes me want to check it out. I’m still not sure about the new line up but there seems a lot of potential here. I’ve really been enjoying The Amazing Spider Man as well, issue # 6 was really good, always nice to see Cloak and Dagger return, and it was clever how their powers were reversed. A great issue!

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