By Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto and Rachelle Rosenberg
The return of Uncanny X-Men to the Marvel Universe is big news for mutant fans. For the past couple of years we’ve been dealing with color coated books that were loved, hated or disregarded all together. With a power house like Uncanny X-Men back, and on a weekly basis for a while, the X-Men can return to their place atop the Marvel hierarchy of super teams. With Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson all writing, much like the last weekly series, Avengers: No Surrender, this should be a success as well. X-Men Disassembled dropped last week and set the tone for the series, now it’s time to get to the action.
Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg and Kelly Thompson are all good and successful writers, which is why we should have great faith in them to restore the X-Men to their glory days of the 90’s. This issue continues with the mayhem that Jamie Madrox is wreaking. The writers split the main X-Men into two different groups with heavy hitters on both sides. Storm leads a team going to Kansas to find Jamie, while Jean and a team head to Montana to deal with dinosaurs. It’s really interesting to see where Jamie storyline is going, because we don’t really know what is happening with Multiple Man or why he wants Kitty Pryde so badly. The Writers do a good job of reminding us just how dangerous Jamie can be as he takes down a pretty good team of X-Men. Another storyline that has been gaining some steam lately is the underclassmen feeling left out. The writers continue to play with that this issue. Armor has had enough and we get to see her feel out her best friends to see if they agree with her. The trio of writers leave us with a little cliffhanger that will no doubt change the story moving forward.
The pencils this issue are handled by R.B. Silva with inks by Adriano Di Benedetto and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg. The Pencils by Silva are very good, which is nothing new for him. His work should draw you in right away as the first page has a ton of Madrox’s running and jumping all over each other. Silva is of course helped out by great inks by Adriano Di Benedetto. The fight scenes this issue work well, but if there is a gripe about Silva’s pencils, it’s that in certain panels characters faces lose a lot of detail. This can be seen as Jubilee battles a Multiple Man that has a Toad like tongue. That minor gripe aside, Silva’s work is great this issue. The colors by Rachelle Rosenberg really stand out here too. As X-23 bursts out from a T-Rex there are several different shades of red and orange, which could be a gamble since they are both warm colors, but Rosenberg pulls it off. The art this issue is a great boost to the writing team and it really helps readers fall into the issue.
The second week of Uncanny X-Men was as much fun as the first. The writers have a very good story idea and it’s been entertaining so far. You’d be hard pressed to find better art in a book that was out this week than the folk who worked on this issue. This is the most exciting the X-Men have been in a good while.