Covering Issues #1-6
Once again I am excited by the fact that Brian Michael Bendis pens this particular series, and it is a great complement to his other X-Men title, All-New X-Men, showing a different side of the story and the characters that could be regarded as rogue and hostile. Here we get to see the ground-up beginnings of a completely different side of the X-Men, a continuation of Cyclops’ team from the Utopian days with an even more drastic style of interaction than just simple public relations. It certainly doesn’t help that aside from being responsible—directly or indirectly—for the father of Mutant Rights, Cyclops and his brood believe they are following the tenants set forth by Xavier for the betterment of the future. I’m not sure just how it happened, but Summers has twisted the mission of the X-Men into something perverse and outrageous.
Despite the great writing behind the series, I don’t really like some of the artwork that’s been done. It has a darker feel to it than some of the other titles I’ve been reading, and while that generally wouldn’t cause me to dislike it, the major factor that I find proving my annoyance is the new designs of the costumes. Magneto is suddenly all white as though he’s the lone agent of good in a sea of dark (and that’s certainly ironic given his background), but Cyclops’ new helmet design just seems rather grotesque and self-indulgent. I mean, a big X right on his head; sure, he still considers himself an X-Man, and the letter has always been a symbol for the team and mutant kind overall, but it still looks horrendous in my opinion.
The end of issue six brought together some really interesting points for the future of the series and the X-Men overall, once again showing that mutant kind is being treated in various degrees of gray. I’m hopeful that with the addition of this new aspect there will be some pleasant surprises and interactions for these Uncanny X-Men, but I really do want to know just what some of these individuals are playing at. There has to be a hidden agenda amongst at least one of them, but finding out who is the quintessential self-serving traitor (and whom they are betraying) will make it enjoyable to find out.