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The Uncanny X-Men #544 - Uncanny Review

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It's the final issue of Uncanny X-Men. Why? So the series can be relaunched in November. As an epilogue to the series, it's hard to say if we needed this story with Schism #5 and X-Men: Regenesis #1 already covering most of the aftermath.

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.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Verdict

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.

32 Comments
Posted by The Stegman

this is kinda like some of Dc's final issues before the reboot, just felt like filler until the new title came out

Posted by ninjacommando

@The Stegman: Couldn't agree more!

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

Sorry to hear that this series ended on a bad note

Posted by Roldan

Is there anyone who actually likes Greg Land's art? His style reminds me of 90's art style but trade in the weird human body anatomy with too perfect characters.

Edited by moywar700

They're smiling so much and it seems like their doing "you mad bro."

In all seriousness though, I feel sad the issue is coming to an end.After many decades of existing, uncanny is really ending.

Posted by hitechlolife

It's a tragedy they gave this one to Land. It sounds like Tony was irritated to distraction by the art.

Posted by Apothecary2

@Roldan: You should spend more time off the internet. Most comic readers like Greg Land. If you read the amazon reviews for anything by him you will find that most praise the art. If you go by pure internet information you will think most people hate Bendis and all his stories yet the common opinion is the opposite. I have found that the loud angry opinion on the internet is almost always the minority.

Posted by zero6

I've been keeping up with the uncannys for a LONG time and this is just depressing as an ending in more ways than one. showing everyone all happy and smiling and then nothing. its just over which is dissapointing but your right, this gives us something to look forward to in November...whats your opinion about the two different X teams? im hoping they wont become too much to keep up with

Posted by Lokheit

They will probably resume "uncanny" in 2 or 3 years combining 544 and the numbers of the new series. 
 
But even knowing that, I think that a title like uncanny should have ended with something more than a not really x-men related event tie in (fear itself) and a poor good bye issue... 
 
Probably they should have done the Schism on the pages of Uncanny to give the title a bigger farewell.

Posted by IllyanaRasputin

I personally enjoyed it, it was kind of closure for Cyclops and his last small phrase that he spoke to Emma about not going back to the school because he feels like he's finally graduated kind of just makes it a new beginning that he's not playing by the same rules anymore (even though he hasn't been playing by Xavier's rules for awhile).

Posted by sparty-dbq

@Lokheit said:

They will probably resume "uncanny" in 2 or 3 years combining 544 and the numbers of the new series.

"Probably?"

Posted by Roldan

@Apothecary2 said:

@Roldan: You should spend more time off the internet. Most comic readers like Greg Land. If you read the amazon reviews for anything by him you will find that most praise the art. If you go by pure internet information you will think most people hate Bendis and all his stories yet the common opinion is the opposite. I have found that the loud angry opinion on the internet is almost always the minority.

Wait, people like Greg Land's art? I never read reviews on Amazon and i don't believe all people hate Bendis (his work on USM is awesome and his run Daredevil is pretty good to). I really don't like Greg Land's art. It has little dynamic and lots of poses (like most 90's art). He pales against people like Marcos Martin who has an art style that combines classic and new.

Posted by The Mast

I love the return of HIM, and his clearly apt role, but I agree. Schism was flawed and so was this. I think we're just lucky that such a flawed, yet originally great premise ended in a short space of time. As opposed to say, Shadowland, which got drawn out too long.

I dislike Greg Land's art...but I could watch him draw Emma Frost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. I'm not going to lie. I don't think she's ever looked sexier.

Posted by Omertalvendetta

@The Mast: Emma Frost or all females? They all look identical, mate....

Posted by moywar700

Its so nice to see them smiling on the cover

They are always getting hate from people who are afraid of them

This is the few times we'll ever see them smile

Posted by Lokheit
@sparty-dbq said:

@Lokheit said:

They will probably resume "uncanny" in 2 or 3 years combining 544 and the numbers of the new series.

"Probably?"

That word was refering to the  "2 or 3 years" part mostly, who knows, maybe they surprise us and wait 4 years... But yeah, it's a sure thing they will resume it hehe.
Posted by Gambit1969

Land probably draws all those characters smiling because he's laughing at all the complaints about his art but yet he keeps getting work.

Posted by VanAce

the complaint of this issue being very simular to that of the one shot last week is quite valid. But when you think about it this issue will be the one that people will be reading years down the track in either back issues or in trade. Regensis will have fallen into obscurity with all the hundreds of other X-men one shots.

Posted by pspin

The writing was good but I agree with G-man i dont like the art much, but an overall solid issue

Posted by Edgeworth_11

Haters gonna hate...

Posted by RonaldBryan

And so ends the last Marvel comic that had kept its original numbering throughout its entire run. Uncanny had been the last holdout. Now, it can reset to number 1, and then in 56 issues they can release issue #600.

Edited by madrid_san

majority of complainers make their voices heard more often than the voice of reason/satisfied readers. This is a perfect example of that statistic. The final issue did shed some light on what's to come in the relaunch of UX (Sinister) and I thought it was awesome. Greg Land is using new reference materials these days. I don't see why this issue got a 2/5?! "THE BAD" Cyclops wearing his mask on Utopia? Really? It was far from horrible. In fact, it was a pleasent read. Far better than majority of books available. Like Cyclops said, it is an issue of closure, closing a chapter and starting a new one in life.

Posted by papad1992

It's like: "Ok, ok one more issue then we can start fresh again, so let's just put something together real quick to past the time!!" Waste of an issue if u ask me!!

Posted by illmatic06

"They will probably resume "uncanny" in 2 or 3 years combining 544 and the numbers of the new series." They will do it for Unccanny X-men 600. Thats the next big iconic number.

Posted by Shamelesslysupportinaznballers

@Roldan: The way I feel about Land is the same way I feel about Loeb. The 1st time you look at their stuff its pretty cool, but the more you get into it, the more you realize its the same crap over and over again.

Posted by Roldan

@Shamelesslysupportinaznballers said:

@Roldan: The way I feel about Land is the same way I feel about Loeb. The 1st time you look at their stuff its pretty cool, but the more you get into it, the more you realize its the same crap over and over again.

Well i wouldn't call Loeb a bad writer. Everything he did with Tim Sale (another amazing artist) is some of the best in the industry. It's just eveything else he did was crap. Land makes everyone a photo model that just poses. He's like a pinup artist trying to convey a story by using his pinups in situations.

Posted by Scribbles

I used to really, really like Land's work...but the more I investigated the "swipe" claims (and the more they were confirmed), I just got more and more sick of him. He is a talented artist, but not a talented storyteller. If Land stuck to covers, it would be one thing. But stiff, static poses that are so jarringly out of context that they yank you out of the story have no place in a sequential art medium. The sad part is that he truly is gifted...he just appears to be lazy. But his work sells, and I guess that's the driving factor in his continued employment.

Posted by JonesDeini

@The Stegman said:

this is kinda like some of Dc's final issues before the reboot, just felt like filler until the new title came out

That pretty much sums up every thought I had about this issue. Honestly, I don't even feel a slight urge to review it. For a "final" issue or even a end of an era before a status quo shift issue if felt inconsequential. And if somebody (like me's) been reading X-Men the past few years it feels like a retread of old plot points. I mean it more or less has Sinister recounting the events of Schism/Regenesis. Speaking of Sinister, the issue really didn't need his "diary" as a framing device. This issue would've been stronger sans his overly expository musings if it had just focused on the final goodbyes between Scott/Bobby/Hank. I don't think this issue's as bad as a two but it's flat out, middle of the road "meh" and that's a no, no when it comes to closing the curtain on a flagship title like this.

Posted by djotaku

everyone's smiling on the cover too. My dentist should have this up in his office

Posted by SpitfireINK

They'll return to original numbering after another "Event" I'm sure - just like noone ever dies in comics neither do the originals.

Posted by ApatheticAvenger

Great review G-Man, agreed on all points.

Posted by BlackArmor

I enjoyed it alot but that's just me

also who was smilling did i read a diffrent comic or is everyone being sarcastic. only one person was smiling