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COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #3 – Mutant Utopia

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #3 - Mutant Utopia

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Pencils: Greg Land

Inks: Jay Leisten

Colors: Nolan Woodard


Marvel Comics

Uncanny X-Men is a title that holds a lot of weight in the comic community, and especially in the Marvel Comics brand. You expect something familiar and exciting form this title, but also something that might shake up the current status quo. This series, now with its third issue, doesn’t feel familiar at all, but does feel like it is shaking things up. That can be good, but also, as Uncanny X-Men #3 shows, it can be slightly detrimental as well.

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COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #3 - Mutant Utopia

Magneto and company are still trying to track down mutant healers before the new band of Dark Riders gets to them first. The Dark Riders are looking to eradicate all the mutants with healing powers from the face of the planet, and this issue opens up with them hot on the trail of Christopher Muse, otherwise known as Triage. Thankfully, Magneto and Psylocke got their first, and with Psylocke’s telepathic abilities, they are able to glean some information from Hurricane, Harddrive and Barrage. The Dark Riders believe they are on some holy crusade, and seemed to be brainwashed, but by whom?

Monet is in Tibet trying to save another healer, the elusive (and slightly confusing) Shen Xorn. Even though she states her case and warns him of the peril he faces, Xorn isn’t willing to leave his seclusion just yet, and it seems almost fishy. In fact, if I were to hazard a guess, just based on the couple of crazy times that Xorn graced the pages of X-Men, that we might see him pop up again, but in a different light. Maybe he is behind the killing of healers? Time will tell for sure.

COMIC REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #3 - Mutant Utopia

Finally, we get to see another player working with the Hellfire Club to ascertain information on the shady Someday Corporation. That organization popped up in the first issue, with a bunch of mutants that had volunteered to be put into stasis until a cure for the M-Pox is found. Magneto wanted none of that, and freed them, and that is when the Dark Riders entered the picture. Well, it isn’t just this incarnation of the Uncanny X-Men that are looking into Someday Corporation, as well witnessed Mystique and the Hellfire Club last issue poking around. Now, the mutant spy Fantomex is also seen to be working with the Hellfire Club, and he tells Mystique to get ahold of her “Masters” because he has some juicy information. Maybe next issue we will get to learn just who her masters are.

The “Best There Is”: I am a sucker for Fantomex. I really like his character, and his power set, and the promise of Fantomex working with Mystique makes me like him even more. So I am excited to see where that team up will lead. The art of this issue retains its flow from the last two, with stellar ink work from Jay Leisten and an array of color and mood from Nolan Woodard. I really love how each character has their own color palate, and the colors actually heighten the character development throughout the issue. Every time Psylocke is featured, he panels have a pink hue to them , and it really plays well with her character model, as well as her powers when she uses them.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: I worry where this story is going. Sure, it is interesting to see a new team in action, especially made up of these characters, but we have been given a lot of set up, and barley any “meat” to the story. The Dark Riders are protagonists, but they are being controlled by someone, who has yet to be even teased a little within the pages. Also, Mystique and now Fantomex are working with the Hellfire Club, but again, are answering to a higher up, or ups, and not even a shadowy figure has been shown. I generally like what Cullen Bunn writes, but it seems like all three of the Uncanny X-Men issues have had, well, a lot of issues with the story so far. Also, the introduction of the team was great in the first few pages of issue one, but we have barely seen Archangel at all since then, and the rest of the team seems to be all bit players at this point. It feels more like a Magneto book than an Uncanny X-Men book at this point, and that is a little disappointing.

FBI Score: 7 out of 10. While the idea of the new team of Uncanny X-Men is still promising, and they are continuing to add characters into the mix with this issue, the series on the whole doesn’t seem to be much of a team, or very “uncanny” at all. Hopefully, the story will find its footing with the next few issues as this first story arc will start to wrap up.

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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