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COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #2 – Along Came Mystique

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #2 - Along Came Mystique

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Pencils: Greg Land

Inks: Jay Leisten

Colors: Nolan Woodard


Marvel Comics

Only two issues into the new Uncanny X-Men from Marvel Comics, and it has proven that this series is playing for keeps. Using established characters, albeit in a new universe (after the events of the recent Secret Wars), gets new and old readers interested, but the action and storytelling are what will keep them reading.

Uncanny X-Men #2 jumps right into the action, as we meet up with Mystique, who has been infiltrating the shady Someday Enterprises, which Magneto and company tangled with in the first issue. It is always fun to see Mystique in full form, her beautiful blues and whites accenting each panel as she fights through the masses to get back to her crew. This won’t be the last we see of the seductive shape-shifter.

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COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #2 - Along Came Mystique

The story then turns back to Magneto, working with Pyslocke and Cerebro as they try and figure out the true nature of the “healer” mutants that have been recently murdered. The new X-Team met one last issue, but instead of taking him in, as Professor X might have done, Magneto sent him on his way. Unfortunately he ran into the new Dark Riders, and they have a vendetta against all healers. The true question is: are the Dark Riders working on their own, or is there an evil mastermind putting them into the field?

COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #2 - Along Came Mystique

Another superb action sequence takes place as the Dark Riders fight against Sabertooth and Monet, who are trying to protect another healer mutant, Elixir. Uncanny X-Men has always been a title that brings mutants together, but it seems that this new series is slowly taking mutants down one by one, and despite his powerful healing abilities, Elixir isn’t safe in this new landscape.

The “Best There Is”: The story of Uncanny X-Men has always been about inclusion and team building, and it is refreshing to see the different avenues that writer Cullen Bunn is taking with this new series. The action doesn’t hold back, and it adds to the strength of the storytelling, as the obvious set up between this new team of mutants and the new Dark Riders will come to a head in books to come. The color palate of Uncanny X-Men has been amazing as well, with Nolan Woodard really giving all the characters their own feel in every panel. Deep blues for Magneto, strong pinks and purples for Psylocke, and browns and reds for Sabertooth and Monet accent the different environments they are in, while letting the characters themselves really pop off the page.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: Other than a brief vision of Archangel by Psylocke, there isn’t much of him at all in this issue. Whereas last issue Bunn set up a great deal of mystery surrounding the two, it seemed to be pushed to the side to give more room for new players, and strange story pacing. It will be interesting to see how this issue sits in the six part arc that is being set up in Uncanny X-Men, and just how many of these story threads are pulled on resolved by the end.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. A strong issue of Uncanny X-Men again, adding new characters already to the large number of cast already introduced. Also, with some great color work and exciting action, this issue makes for a fun read.


Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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