It's a new beginning for the X-Men. Cyclops is taking those who remained on Utopia and are loyal to him in a new direction. When trouble starts brewing nearby, Cyclops might need to recruit more members if everyone on his team doesn't survive.
Despite the renumbering or relaunch of the series, it does serve as a jumping on point. Beginning with a tourism infomercial feel, we get a quick rundown of the X-Men that are nearby San Francisco as well as a reminder of the Dreaming Celestial that we haven't seen too much of lately.
Now that Cyclops knows how the mutants feel about his leadership and their state in the fight for survival, he forms another mini-team within the X-Men. Those that he chooses makes perfect sense and the key will be on how Cyclops chooses to use them. If we're going to have this new 'team,' there needs to be a reason for assembling them other than just having another team of X-characters that will be the focus in this title.
The nice thing is Scott appears to have bounced back well after his fallout with Wolverine. You need to have a leader that is completely confident and knows what he wants and what he's doing. Thankfully for Scott, he still has Emma at his side to help give him the reassurance he might need in any moments of doubt.
Often first issues mainly focus on the set up of the series and any 'new direction' being presented but there is more than that here. With the return of a sinister villain from the X-Men's rogues gallery, they are going to have their hands full. When villains make a comeback, it should be big. This one is at that. He's back and the kid gloves are off.
My biggest problem was with the villain (yes, I'm still avoiding using his name even though it shouldn't be a secret by now). He has been reborn but his motives here aren't fully made clear. Newer readers won't know who he is or what he's after.
Then there's Emma's costume...or lack of one. We know Emma likes to dress the way she does. But at least she's been wearing pants lately. She's basically wearing boy shorts with a a slightly more conservative top. Yet she seems to change into a more revealing top for Scott's meeting with his new 'team.' I thought her traditional "White Queen" outfit was gone. But perhaps there are readers that would rather she not wear any pants.
Uncanny X-Men ended last month but is back with a new #1. Cyclops has quickly recovered from half the mutants leaving Utopia to side with Wolverine and is making plans for a new mini 'team.' That decision was made just in time as the deadly return of a villain is going to require their immediate attention. Kieron Gillen shows he has a great grasp on the characters. It's always nice to see little scenes between Scott and Emma. Where would Scott be without her? This issue sets up the new direction but also delivers plenty of action. Pacheco's art captures the vibe of the story but there were moments where the colors felt a little flat and Emma's lack of pants and quick change of her top were a little distracting. We are left with a pretty crazy cliffhanger and we're off to a good start with this new Uncanny series. It's time to get on board the Uncanny X-Men train and enjoy the ride.