It's time to say goodbye to Uncanny X-Men. The final issue is here (even though it's being relaunched in November). Goodbyes are being said and an old villain makes their return.
You may have heard which villain appears in this issue. I won't mention his name in case you haven't but it is great to see his return. What his role will be in future issues remains to be seen but it's one I look forward to.
The first issue has a humorous nod to the very first issue of X-Men. The interaction and goodbye between Iceman and Cyclops was nice to see but almost felt unnecessary. Iceman has been underused lately and this isn't the first time he and Cyclops have parted ways. In X-Men: Regenesis (which I did like and was also written by Gillen), it was mentioned that even though the characters are choosing a side, they will still be able to visit the other side.
Now that Cyclops has had time to process everything, we just might be seeing a little more development in his character. I'm curious to see if the way he leads the team will change at all in November or if he'll carry on as usual.
X-Men: Schism #5 put everything to rest. We had a battle between Cyclops and Wolverine and saw everyone make their choice and leave Utopia. X-Men: Regenesis went into more detail, showing the choices being made and possible repercussions from them. This felt unnecessary in some ways. Bobby and Scott's goodbye was too drawn out and the return of Beast felt like a low blow. If this was meant to be a big send off in ending the series (so it could be relaunched), I would've liked to see something more powerful.
The art by Greg Land had the problems we've stated before many times. I did like the scenes with the villain in this issue. Otherwise, the others felt like they were just smiling too much. Hope looks too old here compared to other current issues, Cyclops doesn't need to wear a full mask when casually walking around Utopia and there's just too much smiling. I know I already mentioned that but the X-Men must have a great dental plan.
Schism had its ups and downs but the end results in splitting the team is setting up an interesting new direction, two in fact, for the X-Men. The final issue of that mini along with the Regenesis one shot seemed to tie up all the loose ends yet this 'epilogue' issue is also dealing with all that. As a final issue (until November's relaunch), this didn't really deliver anything really important. The return of a certain villain is a good set up for possible future conflicts and seeing Cyclops come to terms with the schism were nice touches. Having read Uncanny X-Men for so long, I would've liked a bigger send off if a big deal is meant to be made out of this "final issue" (as splashed across the cover). Greg Land drew some interesting scenes with the villains but everyone else spent too much time smiling. Regardless, I'm still looking forward to November's Uncanny X-Men #1.