Uncanny X-Men #21

There’s so much that’s immediately good about this issue. Cyclops isn’t in control of his powers and he’s attacking the Jean Grey School, Magik tries to mitigate and turns into a demonfaced monster raiser. Storm keeps collected.

And fans are treated to a full page spread of Storm showcasing her badass powers. Stellar.

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Then Dazzler (not really Dazzler, really Mystique) shows up to collect Cyclops. 

In Madripoor: the Blob fiends for mutant growth hormone (that they are harvesting from the real Dazzler). Magneto finds him and sees what has been done to Dazzler. Magneto almost scalpels the Blobs face off, but he relents, remembering long past events he lets the Blob run off and he tends to Dazzler.

The phony Dazzler is pushing the X-Men to hand over Scott Summers to SHIELD. It’s Maria Hill who tells Beast that he has an hour to straighten out what has gone wrong with Cyclops. The helicarrier is poised to attack as back up… but it suddenly starts firing. Beast takes Cyclops and Magik to his lab in hope to find what is seeking to destroy them. Quentin Quire (who I have some affection for because he reminds me of my gawky and grungy punkrock nerd boy high school friends) grabs Maria Hill by the head and asks her what’s up. 

And at the end of the issue: Beast has found who is behind the attacks, but it isn’t revealed to the reader. The villain is hidden in a spacesuit.

Chris Bachalo’s art is a little weird, there’s 4 inkers which I think adds to the weirdness. Hank McCoy looks more bizarre than usual. The facial expressions are on point, the action scenes are legit: easy to follow but very detailed. Cyclops shut the heck up this issue. That’s weird. The focus was mainly on the action (with one brief emo hiatus to see Emma Frost pensively fretting for Scott Summers).

Predictions for next issue: Who is in the spacesuit?

Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW

or Uncanny X-Men vs SHIELD #1

I was reading Uncanny X-Men during BotA and then I stopped when the crossover ended (although I kept up with All-New X-Men) but I decided that the new “jumping off point” was the perfect time to get back into it. Brian Michael Bendis writes stuff I want to read. That’s the long and short of it.

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So those other X-men at the Charles Xavier school have been under attack by SHIELD designed Sentinels (this truth came out near the end of BotA when Xorna/Jean Grey forced SHIELD helicarriers to attack the X-Men and exposed this new weaponry) because of this Cyclops has become increasingly reclusive and paranoid. The face of the New Mutant Revolution is considered a terrorist by SHIELD and in the early pages we see Maria Hill trying to track down Cyclops, she confronts and interrogates Hijack. And Raven (who has been living as the disco diva) draining Disco Dazzler of her “mutant growth hormone”. It’s heavy.

Cyclops and Eva (who? I’m not sure) are monitoring cerebro for mutant activity when they see some that is… significant. They rush to be the first there. With a “To me, my X-Men” Cyclops, Magik, Emma Frost, the Cuckoos, Christopher, Eva, et al., rush to the scene.. but it was a trap and they are confronted with these new Sentinels. Emma and Magik make fun of each others shirts before they try to GTFO.

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Which they can’t- their mutant powers are being disrupted. Luckily Magik’s sorcerer powers still work (she’s been studying with Dr. Strange lately) and Eva can still create a “time bubble” (and Emma Frost whispers a “you have to tell him” when Cyclops thanks her.. I have questions). The Sentinels run off.

And the X-Men are left in the middle of some serious destruction. People are pissed, people are scared,

And Cyclops declares war on SHIELD… and whoever else.

Jeez. BMB is just phenom. Let’s face it. And if there’s anything I like more that a hero rising it’s an ego maniac driving himself into a paranoid frenzy. Oooh, and I love Magik, I was hoping she’d hang out with KP’s team (they’re in space with the Guardians of the Galaxy right now) but this works for me.

But I have questions:

I’ll link some reviews in hopes they’ll come over and explain.

xmenxpert reviews this week’s Uncanny X-Men and X-Men #12 -and I agree, Magik is her own book worthy… I mean seriously, LongShot (who?) has a book… Wolverine has 3. STAHP

healed1337 also liked this month’s Uncanny X-Men over X-Men #12.

Hi guys, hope that got your attention: Who the heck is Eva and where did Rogue go anyway?

Battle of the Atom- Chapters 8 and 9

I’m so behind on these! Sorry comic book fans!!

But I’m back and ready to review the final chapters of these time travellers’ antics. 

Chapter 7 ended with Wolverine in peril, his regenerative ability is lost and is dying at the hands of his very blue son from the future (which I can only assume is a child with Mystique, since he’s blue and a shapeshifter).

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Battle of the Atom chapter 8 AKA Uncanny X-Men #13

By page 2 I’m already baffled, Psylocke who was kicking all their asses just last issue has joined up with the IceHulk and Xavier/Xavier’s grandson?! But wait, it was it’s really Wolverine’s son, Raze, that everyone thought was old Kitty Pryde! He takes two of the original X-Men (young Henry McCoy and Iceman) in order to send them back in time.

Epic fighting ensues between the mutant crews. Xavier calls Krakoa, the island who walks like a man, to swallow up Cyclops, future Jubilee, Magneto, etc. 

With all the original X-Men in one place they start up the time cube. Jean sheds a tear for her younger self and they prepare to send everyone back to the past. Until Magik storms in, but Jean and Raze threaten to make short work of her. Jean tries to get her to kill herself, with the quip thrown in, “Spoiler, you’re going to eventually.”

But the time cube is not working! Raze gives it a test run, but it doesn’t work for the originals. Future Beast’s idea is that their “younger selves have created such a complicated space/time paradox by coming here and staying here that the normal laws of space and time no longer apply to them.”

The best part is future Jean Grey’s look of shock and horror and utter confusion.

Not my favorite issue by a long shot, but there were great fight scenes with Ilyana. There were dozens of X-Men running around and I still don’t know what happened to Wolverine. And none of my girls from my fave X-Men book showed up! 

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This is an AMAZING cover! Look at all the action!!

Cyclops gets mindf^$ked by future Jean Grey in the Xorn mask. It’s good writing. Cyclops, Magik, future Jubilee, Emma Frost and such infiltrate the Jean Grey school and attempt to find the future X-Men who are really the future Brotherhood. But Cyclops runs into Wolverine, Jubes + Shogo, Rachel, Psylocke, Rogue, et al. Wolverine is okay somehow! I mean, I figured he would be, but how?! 

After finding out that no one is as they seem, Kitty and the others get suspicious and Jubilee says, “They’re the good guys, they have to be. I mean, look at them. One of them is me.” Beast refutes that, since he was recently betrayed by his future self. And Kitty’s future self was really a shapeshifter who attacked Wolverine. And Iceman has 2 future incarnations with 2 completely different agendas.

Wolverine’s rant settles the matter, “Wiccan there saved me. Healed me after I got gutted by …by a son I’m apparently gonna have some day… …with Mystique. I am never having sex again. And they’re right. We don’t have time for this.

SHIELD is tracking time anomalies that are centered around the Jean Grey school. Agent Dazzler (who was to be the first mutant president and the ensuing backlash drove Xorn/Jean Grey, future Beast, etc to go back to the past). But the future Brotherhood and Original X-Men attack the Cape Citadel military base!

They purposely chose this location to draw out the millions of other X-Men. After a cursory fight with human soldiers, the others show up.

Angel: “I’m so confused. Which side are we even fighting on now?”

Most of them start fighting their future selves or future children. The art here is hilarious and epic. The Brotherhood is hopelessly outnumbered and defeat is almost certain …until SHIELD Commander Maria Hill shows up with droves of agents and breaks up the party. 

SHIELD “loses control” of the weapons systems on the helicarriers and all X-Men are threatened. 

Battle of the Atom Chapter 4

Jean and Scott are with present day Cyclops (and co) on his island/bunker/secret lair. SHEILD is picking up strange readings because of the X-Men. Agent Blaire rightfully attributes the fluctuations in X-Men activity to Dr. Henry McCoy, who just does whatever he wants whenever he wants. She sends out orders to see WHAT Beast is doing to the time-space continuum and send everyone back to their own era. And make sure the X-Men don’t accidently blow up the moon. 

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Back at Utopia, Cyclops explains what’ s going on with their visitors (Angel says “Hey”). They “Hive Mind” to see what Jean saw (who the X-Men from the future are). Magik says she’s met them before, this confuses… uh, everyone and then she zaps out of there in a fiery explosion of dragons and skeletons.

In chapter 2 they threw the topic out there, the future X-Men shielded themselves from the other psychics. and they keep saying “You don’t block someone like that unless you are hiding something” and it keeps reminding me of the NSA “scandal” where the US government basically said, “Well, if you aren’t hiding anything, what difference does it make if we’re snooping” this seems to be Jean’s stance.

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Back on the PCH where the majority of the X-Men we’ve been following left off. Kitty starts arguing with Storm… then she starts arguing with herself (well, herself from the future), then she argues with Logan and points out how hypocritical everyone is being. 

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Back at Utopia, Cyclops is trying to decide whether he wants to help his younger self and the teenage version of the love of his life. He decides to help them (shocker!) Emma calls him out on being an egomaniac. Jean (from the future) shows up to take control of the situation and everyones cognitive functions, her younger self is no match …will she be stopped?

Jokes about cosplay and bloggers and message boards. 

Still moving too slowly. Poised to have factions moving in different directions, different alliances made. 

This was my least favorite so far. On top of the fact that it was a ton of arguing… Kitty seemed to lose some of the self assured assertiveness she showed in the last issue to just arguing and picking fights (and her older self saying “sorry I was ever like this”) maybe she is being naive, but she also trusts Jean and Scott to make the right choice rather than making their decision for them, like any good teacher.

And what happened to those Sentinels? Chapter 1 they were “hounding” the X-Men. no they are all fighting each other in the middle of the PCH and none can be found. Huh?

More SHIELD please!

Jubilee! Where are you? Do vampire stuff!