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Review: Uncanny X-Men #529

Fantomex!

While Danger is preoccupied with Madison Jefferies, Emma Frost plots to put Sebastian Shaw out of the picture permanently.
 

The Good

Fraction's dialog positively drives this forward. From the new mutant's "primal narrative" to Fantomex's subtle "hypnosis" on Madison Jefferies to Emma Frost's characteristically-prissy ennui, the exchanges in this are almost like helpings of a juicy steak you just can't resist chewing on. Actually, it was his characterization of Fantomex that won me over. I've loved the character since he was introduced during Morrison's run and was, thus, pleasantly surprised to see that another writer can handle the archfiend just as well.

The Bad

When I was set to review this, I didn't realize that Uncanny was a separate book from Legacy. While "adjective-less" X-Men has a identity whose distinctions are easy to see, I seriously wonder if this title might benefit from some re-purposing to further set it apart from Legacy. It shares so many characters with other titles (even including New Mutants) that I wouldn't be sure how to describe it aside from it just being another X-Men title.

The Verdict - 4/5

This is something of an "in-between issue" - - something to get us from point A to point C and set up a lot of threads in the process - - but it's an exceptionally well-done in-between issue. I should comment, as well, that I've enjoyed how Portacio's art is evolved. Perhaps a lot of it has to do with the inker and colorist, but I've never seen his art look this crisp.
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Posted by diefzilla

Can't wait 

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Kitty is on the cover and that makes me excited and seeing that you gave it a pretty good grade makes me more excited

Posted by thegentlemanrogue

I think there is plenty of distinction along the X-Men line: Uncanny X-Men is the X-Men core title, 
Adjective-less is a X-Men team-up book, and Legacy is pretty much a Rogue book but the creative team is smart enough to realize that calling it Rogue would kill the sales...

Posted by comicbikerscott

dude u right
Posted by GT-Man

Wolverines face looks like a monkey, Thats where they came from no wonder
Posted by Jake Fury
@GT-Man said:
" Wolverines face looks like a monkey, Thats where they came from no wonder "
That's Sebastian Shaw.
Posted by The Psyentist

Emma Frost AND Fantomex in one issue! I MUST GET THIS!!!!!! :D <3

Posted by GT-Man
@Jake Fury:
I stand corrected LOL
Posted by Pizawle

The latest was a big improvement but the art is awful on this book.

Posted by Rheged

Can't say I would rate this issue anywhere near as high.  I found the story disjointed and certainly didn't appreciate the dialog as much.  And the last page was ... memorable, but not in a good way.

Posted by king_broady01

Can't wait for it

Posted by Eyz

Love the art too!

Posted by Sobe Cin

The Madison-Danger relationship is sort of creepy. Maybe if she didn't have to look like a fricking robot I might find it a little better. 
  
The rest of the story wasn't much better- the five lights have been sort of a let down and there should have been more to them. I've kind of felt like they have been rushed.  
 
The only part of the story I really liked was the interaction between Dr. Rao and Cecilia Reyes regarding the X-kids and others getting sick all of a sudden. I guess I'm a plot guy.
Posted by Jake Fury
@GT-Man:
LOL He does look funny.
Posted by unicornpuncher

I cant stand Portacio's art.  Everyone has the same face and the style is way too sketchy.  Anyone else missing Greg Land right about now?!
 
Maybe the reviewer likes the art, but I dont think Portacio and "crisp" should be used in the same sentence ever.  He draws Emma like a man faced tranny and other characters look equally as awkward.

Posted by skaarason

thanks for the review , i just getting back into the xmen stuff again 

Posted by N7_Normandy

This was a really solid issue.  The Sebastian Shaw subplot has been great. 

Posted by Meteorite

I'm picking up Uncanny from next month, I hope it's good!