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Uncanny X-Men #24 Review

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The mystery of Charles Xavier's last will and testament continues to unravel.

The Good

Something big is about to go down. At least that's what we're expecting when it comes to the big revelation of Charles Xavier's will. Despite the thought that Xavier's estate has already been settled, She-Hulk has come to the X-Men with a copy of the will and it's required that certain X-Men be present. With the tension between Wolverine's and Cyclops' factions, you can imagine how this could be a bit of a problem.

Besides trying to bring Cyclops together with the others, we also see more on the insanely powerful guy named Matthew who just destroyed his surroundings last issue. We can safely assume he'll play a role in upcoming issues. By looking at the cover, you can see that this is where Dazzler's new look debuts. Last issue she was seen dealing with the recent events against her.

Kris Anka's art is a joy to see. His work is so crisp and clean. He manages to put in subtle bits of emotion in the characters expressions without overdoing it. This is the type of art that immediately makes you want to see more.

The Bad

Last issue was billed as the big ORIGINAL SIN revelation over Xavier's will. We still don't get the big revelation. Oh, there definitely is a big on here, just not THE big one. There was a surprise mention of one character as the will was starting to be read. Hopefully we'll find out why that person wasn't required to be present. Also, we're not expecting to see every single moment in the characters' lives. It just felt a little odd that Dazzler appears here in her new look and no one seemed to notice or comment. I felt bad for She-Hulk having to wait so long for everyone to get to the Jean Grey School. She should have called them first to arrange for everyone to be together before heading over.

The Verdict

Brian Michael Bendis is still laying out the groundwork for some shocking twists in the lives of the X-Men. This is billed as an ORIGINAL SIN tie-in but it's refreshing that the revelations coming actually don't have anything to do with that story. Bendis gives us a look at the characters and their relationships with each other (including having to deal with Cyclops) but we also see a new storyline being fleshed out with a new character having been introduced. Kris Anka's art is great. It's exciting to see the characters and you really hunger for more. We may not get all the answers in this issue but you'll definitely want to see the bombshells being dropped here. There's no telling what sneaky ideas Bendis has cooking for this series.

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Edited by sophia89

not that surprised by the secret,since they been hinting at it in all new x-men.

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Posted by xrs10

I am sorry but it was just horrific, I think the whole Xavier Mystique thing is ridiculous and will eventually be something like "Mystique did it all after he died". I want them to just quit the whole thing and bring all the X-Men back together, I am bored of the poor characterizations of each character.

Posted by G-Man

@xrs10: maybe I'm just naturally skeptical so I'm just assuming there's more to it than we know. That makes me want to read it more to find out what's going on. No way it's a natural thing.

Posted by blackkitty

I'm curious why the new dazzler outfit is being featured under the good section.

Posted by xrs10

@g_man said:

@xrs10: maybe I'm just naturally skeptical so I'm just assuming there's more to it than we know. That makes me want to read it more to find out what's going on. No way it's a natural thing.

I am just getting tired of the X-Men being split I guess, Xavier had to have some big secret but its just like ergh to me. I was hoping for the school to go to someone like Emma and then have the groups sort of come together for something.

Posted by MrCrabby

Agree with "The Bad" above, but on what planet is Kris Anka's art "a joy"? After Immonen and Bachalo, the change was jarring at best. If Anka is the regular artist, I'm out.

Posted by tchalla3000

I didn't read the issue yet, but based on the preview, I doubt Xavier would give the school to Cyclops. They weren't on good terms before Xavier died.

Posted by andreww154

I agree with Tony that Anka's art is stunning - I hope he stays around for awhile. Dazzler's new look rocks!!

Posted by TheBlackHood

@xrs10 said:

I am sorry but it was just horrific, I think the whole Xavier Mystique thing is ridiculous and will eventually be something like "Mystique did it all after he died". I want them to just quit the whole thing and bring all the X-Men back together, I am bored of the poor characterizations of each character.

I never want the X-men back together. I love this book the way it is, as the sole oasis free of Wolverine in the X-men Universe.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

This issue was eh. Bendis is one of my favorite writers but he is definitely a trade writer.

Posted by dcfox

I've been a big fan of Bendis on X-Men, but with these last two issues of Uncanny I seriously feel ripped off. Two issues with absolutely no plot movement. As a whole I think the X-Men need to move past the death of Xavier. It's ridiculous given their past and everything they know about the Phoenix, that they would still blame Scott for Xavier's death.

Posted by Overlander

Bendis is really good at the three act, but last issue and this issue have just been trickling things out in what feels like a crazy-slow way. It's so frustrating, especially given how abruptly the last arc ended.

I feel kinda ripped off that I didn't just wait for them on Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited.

@dcfox said:

I've been a big fan of Bendis on X-Men, but with these last two issues of Uncanny I seriously feel ripped off. Two issues with absolutely no plot movement. As a whole I think the X-Men need to move past the death of Xavier. It's ridiculous given their past and everything they know about the Phoenix, that they would still blame Scott for Xavier's death.

THIS!

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

I'm just happy for that scene where something was revealed & Emma couldn't help but laugh her ass off! That was amazing & then Dazzlers reaction to that, priceless.

Edited by sparty-dbq

Will someone please, PLEASE shoot Emma in the face?

God, this is getting so stupid. Just like that, right out of the blue, Xavier and Mystique were married and had a kid. And she somehow never showed any signs of pregnancy despite appearing consistently in several titles over the past several years. I defended Bendis against the nay-sayers during his time helming the Avengers franchise, but his X-Men stuff is really starting to piss me off.

Posted by LiveForever

@sophia89: can you explain? I read ANXM religiously and must have missed something huge if this is the case.

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@liveforever said:

I read ANXM religiously and must have missed something huge if this is the case.

Dude. She mothered Xavier Jr. (while being disguised as Moira); the same guy who recently assaulted All-New X-Men basecamp.

Posted by LordMordor

seriously, Beast's hardcore hatred of Scott is disgusting at this point. Cant wait for him to get what he deserves

Posted by tximinoman

Hmmmm I get that Xavier could have banged Mystique at some point (the guy was human after all), even I can understand that he got her pregnant, but having a relationship and even marrying her? WTF? This is really weird.

Posted by comicSKI99

I can't believe that Xavier will give it to Mystic, that's bullshit. Mystic have been enemy of the X-men for years.

Posted by Rainhorse

Does anyone else think that this could be a ploy by Mystique, assuming the form of She-Hulk, and offering a Fake Will ??

Posted by Ishkafel

I blame First Class (not really though)

Edited by Ms-Lola

Come onnnnnnnnnnnnn. Just....do something already. Having just caught up with this series, it seems like a recurring theme with this book to hold off on revealing anything. It's like, character A mentions they know the truth and character B then says something like, "you don't mean?!" and then character A and B disappear until the next book and yet again, the same is happening here except the reveal itself is unexplainable. Say, what now?

At this point, I'm paying for dialogue. Oh well, that's good enough for me. I have a running counter on how many times Bendis is cramming down our throats what an _sshole Beast is. I should make it a drinking game to get me through this story arc.

Still love the X-Men. Still waitng for them to get back together. Oh, and also, can we get some more information on what's happening with Tempus? That's a huge drop to leave hanging in all of this (what happened to her during that test run and how it's affected her since then). Is it just me, or is she looking older now? Curious, that.

Posted by Ishkafel

@ms-lola said:

Still love the X-Men. Still waitng for them to get back together. Oh, and also, can we get some more information on what's happening with Tempus? That's a huge drop to leave hanging in all of this (what happened to her during that test run and how it's affected her since then). Is it just me, or is she looking older now? Curious, that.

The Tempus story will take place in the next Uncanny X-men annual Bendis writing and Sorrentino on the art.

Posted by Ms-Lola

@ishkafel: Thank you so much! It's good that they are giving it real focus and just due. I have a couple of theories and I can't wait to find out.

Edited by copete

Why people complain? MY only complaint is that I have to wait for the next issue to come out!

Posted by RaggedScarecrow

Wait, didn't Hickman's New Avengers already mention Xavier's will being read? I thought that was how Beast stumbled onto the Mind Gem in the first place.

Edited by sparty-dbq

@raggedscarecrow: Bendis doesn't give a rat's ass about any character's continuity except the one he writes for them. Everyone knows this by now.

Posted by DcNoobReviews

i agree with alot of other people. I just can't get into this, i've read the last 12 issues of uncanny xmen over and over, im just not captivated by it, and i want to be. I also reallly really really really want the xmen as one big happy disfunctional family again.

i am loving all new x men tho, although it has confused the crap out of me, i am still digging it.

I don't think im the only one that is oerwhelmed with the plethora of avengers and xmen books, not only can i not afford to buy them all, my brain is over clocked trying to process and keep up with all that is going on.

that being said, the only x book im keeping up with from now on is all new x men, untill the x fam is back together, if it ever happens

Posted by DcNoobReviews

last thought, i hate what bendis is doing to one of my favorite oddball charecters, dazzler. i cant help but think shes cool, but i hate how bendis is making her out

Edited by sophia89

@sophia89: can you explain? I read ANXM religiously and must have missed something huge if this is the case.

well it was hinted that xavier jr is prof x and mystique's son,so obviously he b*nged her at some point.

same way that the other kid is wolverine and mystique's son.

so xavier marrying a woman he knocked up is not that shocking(to me at-least),although my reaction in the first minute was like emma's

the second secret is also not that far fetched(him most likely using his tp to suppress a mutant or put him in a comma or something),Xavier is a jerk.

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Posted by LiveForever

@sophia89: Ahhhh, yeah. Battle of the Atom. Forgot that little nugget was dropped!

Edited by sophia89

@sophia89: Ahhhh, yeah. Battle of the Atom. Forgot that little nugget was dropped!

they also mentioned it again in all new x-men 27

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Edited by Outburstz

Wow so now Mystique has 3 sons by 3 didn't dudes that is crazy she is becoming a baby machine

Posted by HushoftheWind

i know this is late in all but that Matthew guy destroyed Newberry, SC and i live 35 minutes from there which is crazy lol.