Uncanny X-Men 1: Revolution

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4.0 Overall Score
Story: 3/10
Art: 6/10

Like some of Bachalo's art

Disjointed storytelling that is hard to follow

Comic Info

Comic Name:  Uncanny X-Men (Volume 3)

Publisher:  Marvel Comics

Writer:  Brian Michael Bendis

Artist:  Chris Bachalo/Frazier Irving

# of Issues:  5

Release Date:  2013


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Reprints Uncanny X-Men (3) #1-5 (April 2013-June 2013).  Professor Xavier is dead and his killer is Cyclops.  While possessed by the Phoenix, Scott Summers did the unthinkable and killed his mentor.  Now Scott and his team of Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are on a new path to liberate and protect mutants while their powers remain in flux from their experience with the Phoenix.  The new team of X-Men needs recruits and Cyclops and his team are hunting new mutants for their ranks.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Uncanny X-Men Volume 1:  Revolution is the first collection of the third volume of the Uncanny X-Men.  Following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and All-New X-Men, the series is illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Frazier Irving.

I’m pretty much done with Brian Michael Bendis as a team writer.  He really messed up the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men…and here is another bad creation.  I have liked some of Brian Michael Bendis in the past but I have little interest in this series.


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The story for this comic is really all over the place.  Bendis can’t just tell a linear story, but his disjointed storytelling serves little purpose.  The prime example is the final two issues of the story which have the X-Men collecting students from Jean Grey’s school and Magik’s meltdown.  It doesn’t even make sense in a storytelling format.  Just tell the story…even if it isn’t good!

Likewise, I’m a bit sadden by Chris Bachalo who I used to really love.  I still wouldn’t turn him away and each issue he illustrates I hope I really like.  I loved his Generation X and Death stuff so it feels as if he’s lost a bit of his magic by doing some of these titles.  His work has almost become a parody of his own style.  It is dark and often hard to follow.

The big events over the last ten years in the Marvel Universe, I’ve really fallen out of favor with Marvel.  It really hurts too.  I love the characters and grew up with the characters, but many of the books have lost their fun…I started reading in the X-Men’s darkest period!  The issues of this book are dull, disjointed, and as a reader, you know Marvel will just blow it up again in a year…it feels a bit pointless.  Bendis on the other hand should return to smaller projects where he excels.  Powers, his solo work, Alias, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Daredevil were great…but this isn’t what he’s good at.  Uncanny X-Men 1:  Revolution is followed by Uncanny X-Men 2:  Broken.

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