Uncanny X-Men #15.INH
By Brian Michael Bendis, Kris Anka and Rain Beredo
Inhumanity is something that is getting a push from the Marvel brass, and this means that every book must have a tie-in. How will the Uncanny X-Men fare when confronted with an Inhuman? Read on.
Many of the younger girls on the team need new clothes. This prompts them to ask Magik if she would take them shopping, because “she’s the nice one.” Emma and Kitty tag along as well, because it wouldn’t be a girls night without tons of money to throw around. Things are going great until an Inhuman is discovered. The ladies put the shopping on hold and do what they do best, but is it worth ruining their night over?
Brian Michael Bendis has crafted a fun stand alone issue. It’s always nice to see the X-Men doing normal things, this is what made the Chris Cleremont baseball issues great. Bendis has a grasp on so many of these characters and it’s nice to see Emma getting back to her old self. Eva continues to be the best new mutant introduced and Magik continues to steal each issue. The only problem with the issue, this may have been an editorial thing, is that the Inhumanity part seems a bit forced. The issue took a bit of a hit when Geldoff appeared. Otherwise, it was a fun issue with good characterization. Bendis is a writer who has a knack for bringing titles to the top of the sales charts, and it’s easy to see why.
Kris Anka fills in on this issue and his style is very similar to an Anime or Manga book. This is actually pretty fitting for this issue though, and looks very good for the most part. There are a few panels where people look a bit disproportionate, but that happens to many artists. He does have many funny panels, including Emma’s unconventional sleeping position, there is also some solid shading in several images. Overall it was pretty well drawn and didn’t take anything away from the story. Hopefully he will be able to guest on another issue in the future.
Inhumanity tie-in aside, this was a fun issue. Bendis does a good job of not making every issue too serious and he never forgets that comics are supposed to be fun. Uncanny X-Men is still a top shelf book and we all have Bendis to thank.