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Uncanny X-Men #5 - Tabula Rasa, Part One Review

5

A new habitat, 130 million years evolved within a day, has appeared in Montana. The X-Men decide to investigate.

A new habitat appears in Montana and the X-Men go in to investigate.

The Good

What a fantastic and enjoyable issue. I'm not the biggest X-Men fan, but I really enjoyed this story. It's a very easy to follow story, and an original and dynamite one to boot. The majority of the issue is the team exploring this new world, within Montana, and it's paced incredibly well, and the final few pages set up for what seems to be a very exciting storyline.

The X-Men split into duos within the issue and two of these teams-of-two stand out above all others. Magik and Colossus are the perfect fit for a team, and it's more than because they are just brother and sister. The dialogue between the two is natural and you truly feel like you're listening in to a conversation between two siblings who care about each other. The other team I liked within the book is Magneto and Psylocke. These natural born leaders work well together as what the book portrays to be the main scouts of the book. The reason they work so well together is because there is so much tension between the two and conversations break down so quickly into arguments.

As a new reader to the series, I had no trouble jumping into the book. It's true that these are characters I am all familiar with, but any new reader, to comics or to X-Men in general, will have no trouble picking this issue up and enjoying it. There may be a couple times where the book refers to Schism, and there are a couple references to the Uncanny X-Force series, but it's never overwhelming for the new reader. It feels like the perfect issue for anyone interested in this book to jump on.

The Bad

I had no problems with this issue. Usually, I'm not a fan of Greg Land's work, but his work did fine for this issue, and I didn't feel like he was doing the "tracing" he is usually accused of doing.

The Verdict

Super-cool issue and a super-cool concept for a story. I love where this story started and I can't wait to continue following it. I loved how the team split up into smaller groups and the Magik/Colossus team and the Psylocke/Magneto teams were the most memorable of the issue. The best part of this issue was that it was easy for a new reader to jump in and have a good time with the rest of the X-Fans. It's a perfect place to jump on and I highly recommend this issue to everyone!

21 Comments
Edited by BatBen9135

Completely agree. This story apparently started in Uncanny X-force, but I thought Gillen did an excellent job in explaining to the reader what happened. I don't read X-force but easily understood what was going on.

I just started reading X-men with the relaunch as number 1 and have been pleasantly surprised how easy it is to get into the books. Uncanny X-men has been really fun, and I was glad to see some character development this week. I enjoyed Magik and Colossus too, but I also enjoyed the banter between Cyclops and Storm. Storm is definitely the moral compass of the team, and I'm glad to see that she is accepting that role.

Posted by zombietag

i dont read this, but i read x-force and its cool that this played into it

Posted by sora_thekey
Usually, I'm not a fan of Greg Land's work, but his work did fine for this issue, and I didn't feel like he was doing the "tracing" he is usually accused of doing.

WHAT?!

Posted by BlackArmor

People say that WATX was the only good thing to come out of Schism but this books is just as good if not better

Posted by inferiorego

@BlackArmor said:

People say that WATX was the only good thing to come out of Schism but this books is just as good if not better

I've read a couple WATX, and this was my first Uncanny (of the new series). They are both very different books, but equally awesome.

@sora_thekey said:

Usually, I'm not a fan of Greg Land's work, but his work did fine for this issue, and I didn't feel like he was doing the "tracing" he is usually accused of doing.

WHAT?!

to the face I don't like Greg Land or I didn't notice his tracing?

Posted by Apothecary2

@BlackArmor said:

People say that WATX was the only good thing to come out of Schism but this books is just as good if not better

Keiron Gillen is very good but this book doesn't play to his talents like journey into mystery does.

Posted by djotaku

I've not been too impressed with Uncanny X-Men until now. I like how it tied into UXF and how that may lead to some messy situations with Psylocke.

Posted by sora_thekey

@inferiorego: I'm just shocked that Greg Land's art was not reviewed with a condescending tone. I have always said that Land's art was actually my favorite when reading Phoenix: Endsong but the "tracing" made his work unbearable. Now reading your review makes me want to give it a chance to see if I agree.

Posted by inferiorego

@sora_thekey said:

@inferiorego: I'm just shocked that Greg Land's art was not reviewed with a condescending tone. I have always said that Land's art was actually my favorite when reading Phoenix: Endsong but the "tracing" made his work unbearable. Now reading your review makes me want to give it a chance to see if I agree.

I've never been too harsh on him. His work is consistent, even though he's a tracer. It fit the issue well, so I personally didn't care.

Posted by madrid_san

This issue was probably my favorite since the Uncanny relaunch. Greg Land's art has greatly improved sinced Kieron Gillen became the writer for Uncanny X-Men. I don't know if it's a coincidence or Gillen has asked more of Land, but he is definitely cranking up more and more poses, facial expressions and everything in general. It's refreshing and that's something you couldn't say when you looked at his art from issue to issue, I loved the character development.

Piotr finding things beautiful was a WOW moment after all he's been through. Also like to add the banter between Namor and Hope was hilarious!
Posted by JonesDeini

Holy frakin' crapples! Land's art actually didn't make me want to rip my eyes this issue. I mean it was a...well...good even!!! This is no doubt Gillen's best issue since the new volume started. Everything, every character was pitch perfect.

Posted by jcbart

@djotaku: I presume that this is Tabula Rasa, then (I haven't read the issue)? I'm loving that Uncanny X-Force is spilling into the other books. It's lovely to finally see some continuity.

Cyclops will obviously want to know how the hell this jungle appeared so quickly. I wonder how Gillen will write Betsy's character and how she attempts to cover up X-Force's misdeeds.

Posted by Edgeworth_11

Awesome, awesome issue. I love the way the characters are written and interact with each other. Gillen is the man with the master plan :)

Posted by Amanthine

Now that they're finally off with that Mr Sinister/Celestial junk (and the totally X-Men-less #4 issue), I'm liking UXM.

Hope and Namor are totally BFF's now. Judging from the Annual stories, she must like it rough.

Posted by Green ankh

This is the best X-issue i have read in years. I pick this series up for a buddy of mine and did not care for the first aec (read them before passing the off). But i am going back to pick this one up.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

I  absolutely detest the way Namor is written in this series. 

Edited by ApatheticAvenger

Gillen is proving himself to be a capable X-Men writer, and although I missed Emma Frost in this issue it was quite good overall (like the last issue). It's cool to see Cyclops' new team taking on major threats.

Hope's little crush on Namor was a bit much, but at least Gillen portrays Namor as the pompous d**k he deserves to be portrayed as. Land's art has improved, but I would still prefer another artist.

Posted by LordXorn

I'm loving Doctor Nemesis/Danger interaction in ther series, even though it probably comes to 2 pages maximum in all the books published so far.

Posted by djotaku

@jcbart: It certainly is. And, don't forget that Magneto knows what X-Force is up to....

Posted by fivestarga

Very good issue! I enjoyed the brief interaction between Cyke and Cap as well. It's good to know with the situation they're dealing with that they not only acknowledge each other but are still working together. This is probably my second favorite issue of the on going.

Posted by BlackArmor

Wow. just got a chance to finish this, It's the best X-issue I've read in a long long time. I love Emma but I wish psylocke would replace her after reading this