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Desperate times call for a darker team of X-Men! With mutantkind in extinction's crosshairs once more, Magneto leads a group of the deadliest that homo superior has to offer to fight for the fate of their species! Refusing to accept even one more mutant death, the most ruthless possessors of the X-gene on Earth -deadly warriors such as Sabretooth, Fantomex, Mystique and Ps Desperate times call for a darker team of X-Men! With mutantkind in extinction's crosshairs once more, Magneto leads a group of the deadliest that homo superior has to offer to fight for the fate of their species! Refusing to accept even one more mutant death, the most ruthless possessors of the X-gene on Earth -deadly warriors such as Sabretooth, Fantomex, Mystique and Psylocke -have banded together to proactively mow down their enemies. But with a team populated by killers, can they stay away from each other's throats long enough to take down their targets? And can the Master of Magnetism curb his own homicidal instincts long enough to find out who's trying to speed up mutantkind's descent into the grave? It's X-Men with the emphasis on Uncanny! Collecting: Uncanny X-Men 1-5


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Desperate times call for a darker team of X-Men! With mutantkind in extinction's crosshairs once more, Magneto leads a group of the deadliest that homo superior has to offer to fight for the fate of their species! Refusing to accept even one more mutant death, the most ruthless possessors of the X-gene on Earth -deadly warriors such as Sabretooth, Fantomex, Mystique and Ps Desperate times call for a darker team of X-Men! With mutantkind in extinction's crosshairs once more, Magneto leads a group of the deadliest that homo superior has to offer to fight for the fate of their species! Refusing to accept even one more mutant death, the most ruthless possessors of the X-gene on Earth -deadly warriors such as Sabretooth, Fantomex, Mystique and Psylocke -have banded together to proactively mow down their enemies. But with a team populated by killers, can they stay away from each other's throats long enough to take down their targets? And can the Master of Magnetism curb his own homicidal instincts long enough to find out who's trying to speed up mutantkind's descent into the grave? It's X-Men with the emphasis on Uncanny! Collecting: Uncanny X-Men 1-5

30 review for Survival of the Fittest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    This is the third and final main X-Men book currently being published and, yup, it’s also a stinker - 0 for 3, Marvel, take a bow! The line-up in this one is: Magneto, Sabretooth, Psylocke, Archangel, Monet St Croix, and Mystique. A group of mutants and Inhumans called the Dark Riders are hunting down all mutant healers. The Terrigen Mist - this awful plot device that refuses to go away is an unavoidable feature of all X-Men titles these days - is sterilising/killing mutants and the Dark Riders This is the third and final main X-Men book currently being published and, yup, it’s also a stinker - 0 for 3, Marvel, take a bow! The line-up in this one is: Magneto, Sabretooth, Psylocke, Archangel, Monet St Croix, and Mystique. A group of mutants and Inhumans called the Dark Riders are hunting down all mutant healers. The Terrigen Mist - this awful plot device that refuses to go away is an unavoidable feature of all X-Men titles these days - is sterilising/killing mutants and the Dark Riders don’t want anyone with healing powers stopping mutants from dying because of some warped Darwinist viewpoint. But mostly because they’re buttholes. Magneto’s lot need a target scummier than them to punch I suppose. Though it’s a cool line-up of anti-hero characters, Cullen Bunn’s pointless, uninteresting story renders them completely boring. Even Xorn and Fantomex are in this one and it’s still a yawner to read! When did Archangel become Juggernaut with wings? Sabretooth was turned “nice” in the Axis event but didn’t Secret Wars wipe that timeline out? And anyway wussy Creed sucks, Sabretooth should be a snarling badass! Isn’t this the “edgy” X-team that kills? And why is this group of people even working together? When did they decide to become a team? It’s just contrived dull rubbish. Greg Land’s art is as flashy as it always is but totally lifeless and, yes, all the women do look the same! This guy doesn’t learn. There’s really nothing else to say about this one. It’s about as unmemorable an X-Men story as you can get. Though they were once huge sellers for Marvel, given that their sales are in the toilet and their books are this bad, maybe Marvel should do to the X-Men what they did to the Fantastic Four and take them out of the picture for a while? Instead of this drek I recommend checking out Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine which is the only decent X-title Marvel are publishing at the moment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I think this is my least favorite post-Secret Wars book yet. Mostly because it's a mishmash of characters that doesn't particularly make sense, many of them acting in ways that seem out of character. Both Sabretooth and Monet seem nothing like themselves. Maybe there will be an explanation for why Sabretooth is holding back or why these characters are working together, but there isn't one here. They just are. Between a team that looks like it was built by throwing darts at a Marvel poster, chara I think this is my least favorite post-Secret Wars book yet. Mostly because it's a mishmash of characters that doesn't particularly make sense, many of them acting in ways that seem out of character. Both Sabretooth and Monet seem nothing like themselves. Maybe there will be an explanation for why Sabretooth is holding back or why these characters are working together, but there isn't one here. They just are. Between a team that looks like it was built by throwing darts at a Marvel poster, characters who don't act like themselves, a dull story, a lack of mission, and Land's art (ugh), I'm just glad this is over with.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    Hmmm, Magneto, M, Psylocke, Archangel and Sabretooth! I think this is just X-Force in different clothing? Someone's targeting mutant healers so Magneto and co. go after them. Also Hellfire Club has some new contractors., Fantomex & Mystique! More good stuff from Cullen Bunn with some solid characterisations and fare few nice sub-plots. The series has potential. 6 out of 12. Hmmm, Magneto, M, Psylocke, Archangel and Sabretooth! I think this is just X-Force in different clothing? Someone's targeting mutant healers so Magneto and co. go after them. Also Hellfire Club has some new contractors., Fantomex & Mystique! More good stuff from Cullen Bunn with some solid characterisations and fare few nice sub-plots. The series has potential. 6 out of 12.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    You know what? This wasn't half bad. So take probably the meanest X-men characters and clump em together to take on the evil's of the world. Magneto, Psylock, Sabertooth, and more and create a team of badass warriors to face off against the worst of the worst. This is similar to X-Force in ways yet not as heroic and maybe not as bloody but still just as rugged. Can this team of Uncanny X-men stop the evil's of the world by being just a tad bit evil? Good: The strongest part of this series is eas You know what? This wasn't half bad. So take probably the meanest X-men characters and clump em together to take on the evil's of the world. Magneto, Psylock, Sabertooth, and more and create a team of badass warriors to face off against the worst of the worst. This is similar to X-Force in ways yet not as heroic and maybe not as bloody but still just as rugged. Can this team of Uncanny X-men stop the evil's of the world by being just a tad bit evil? Good: The strongest part of this series is easily the team. They get along really well, or actually bad, but keep it entertaining throughout. The fights are pretty great, and vicious, as well as the art being solid throughout the series. Bad: The Dark Riders are the villains and honestly they are boring. Easily the weakest part of the book is whenever they are on the screen and no one else. No one cares about them. Overall, a fun little get together of the rough and tough X-Men. Not amazing but good enough I want to keep reading. A 3 out of 5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    Ok, all-new Magneto/Fassbender Land-style and almost all of the other mutants in this lineup seem act a lot out of character... But, surprise, I liked a lot the storyline, the art and this Uncanny X-Men new rooster seems a really good mix of Remender's X-Force and Erik's kickass team in the Age of Apocalypse. Absolutely not a masterwork but still far better than expected. A nice surprise. Ok, all-new Magneto/Fassbender Land-style and almost all of the other mutants in this lineup seem act a lot out of character... But, surprise, I liked a lot the storyline, the art and this Uncanny X-Men new rooster seems a really good mix of Remender's X-Force and Erik's kickass team in the Age of Apocalypse. Absolutely not a masterwork but still far better than expected. A nice surprise.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    This would have received 3.5 stars, except it is drawn by Greg Land. The guy hasn't improved any on his storytelling after all these years which is a shame. Too busy looking up photo references I guess. There's no real explanation or summary for why this team formed. Magneto has created his version of the X-Men which apparently is still fighting for Xavier's dream, but he basically runs it like X-Force (the Kyle/Yost version not the Liefeld version) meaning killing is acceptable. There's also no e This would have received 3.5 stars, except it is drawn by Greg Land. The guy hasn't improved any on his storytelling after all these years which is a shame. Too busy looking up photo references I guess. There's no real explanation or summary for why this team formed. Magneto has created his version of the X-Men which apparently is still fighting for Xavier's dream, but he basically runs it like X-Force (the Kyle/Yost version not the Liefeld version) meaning killing is acceptable. There's also no explanation for how and why Sabretooth is now a good guy, both being on the X-Men team and his general demeanor. Despite all that, I enjoyed it. Why? Because it's about the X-Men fighting bad guys, and trying to protect mutants. I felt like I was back in the early days of the X-Men when they were struggling to bring Xavier's dream to life but didn't quite have that "family" feel yet. Finally a return to what the X-Men should be!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    4 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Bunn's run on the solo Magneto series. I'm glad he's getting to expand upon that with this latest X-team. This has a lot of the feel of Remender's Uncanny X-Force to me. So with the terrigen mists killing mutants planet wide, a group called the Dark Riders are hunting and killing all mutant healers. Magneto and his team are able to save Triage and as usual, Magneto is willing to do what it takes to get rid of a threat to mutant kind. 4 stars I thoroughly enjoyed Bunn's run on the solo Magneto series. I'm glad he's getting to expand upon that with this latest X-team. This has a lot of the feel of Remender's Uncanny X-Force to me. So with the terrigen mists killing mutants planet wide, a group called the Dark Riders are hunting and killing all mutant healers. Magneto and his team are able to save Triage and as usual, Magneto is willing to do what it takes to get rid of a threat to mutant kind.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Travis Duke

    I have come to realization not to expect to much from marvel, that way when a decent title does come around I am pleasantly happy. This is a team that I like, Magneto is ruthless and doesn't take crap from anyone and his new team doesn't either. Sabertooth, Pslocke, Angel, and Monet join Magneto in a fight to save the mutant healers. I have to stop and say Greg Land is a phenomenal artist and his detail and consistency is incredible, i love it. I'm on board with the new uncanny x-men. I have come to realization not to expect to much from marvel, that way when a decent title does come around I am pleasantly happy. This is a team that I like, Magneto is ruthless and doesn't take crap from anyone and his new team doesn't either. Sabertooth, Pslocke, Angel, and Monet join Magneto in a fight to save the mutant healers. I have to stop and say Greg Land is a phenomenal artist and his detail and consistency is incredible, i love it. I'm on board with the new uncanny x-men.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Check out my interview with writer Cullen Bunn here: https://youtu.be/7V1aFB6KyMw Greg Land’s art is a bit distracting. The colors are engaging, and it’s spacious... but the faces are typical Land; swipes. I dig things about this. It seems like a thematic and tonal continuation of Fraction and Gillen’s runs. It obviously maintains UXM as the X title most geared towards adults. That being said, there’s something a bit unoriginal about the execution. I’m hoping that this makes some bold moves in the Check out my interview with writer Cullen Bunn here: https://youtu.be/7V1aFB6KyMw Greg Land’s art is a bit distracting. The colors are engaging, and it’s spacious... but the faces are typical Land; swipes. I dig things about this. It seems like a thematic and tonal continuation of Fraction and Gillen’s runs. It obviously maintains UXM as the X title most geared towards adults. That being said, there’s something a bit unoriginal about the execution. I’m hoping that this makes some bold moves in the next collection. If you like the more adult side of the X-Men, this is the best book you can read from the 2016 set.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Arturo

    I always disliked when people would say a character is written out of character, unless it was truly horrible writing, I kinda always just rolled with the punches. You say Hal Jordan is evil, now known as Paralax, ok.. you're the weaver of tales. I don't know if Iv gotten to that point of disgruntled comic fan boy, or this is just bad. The second X-Men comic Iv ever bought was about Sabretooth and Psylocke fighting to the death. And here not only are they getting along, they joke and if I remember I always disliked when people would say a character is written out of character, unless it was truly horrible writing, I kinda always just rolled with the punches. You say Hal Jordan is evil, now known as Paralax, ok.. you're the weaver of tales. I don't know if Iv gotten to that point of disgruntled comic fan boy, or this is just bad. The second X-Men comic Iv ever bought was about Sabretooth and Psylocke fighting to the death. And here not only are they getting along, they joke and if I remember correctly even flirt. I didn't want to write a bad review, because maybe I didn't know I all the details, why Sabretooth is now a hero. Don't get me wrong, I can be a fan of Sabretooth. "Age of Apocalypse" Sabretooth is bad ass... Wait.. Is this AoA Sabretooth? After Secret Wars that would make sense... Either way this not a good read. Greg Lands art is always beautiful, but for some reason it also always gets on my nerves. People don't always smile with model like smiles. Oh right, the plot: The Dark Riders are after mutant healers. Skip it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    I follow Arcangel wherever he goes. This time, it means I read the Uncanny X-Men (post Secret Wars) comic. The rest of the lineup includes Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, and Monet. Weird crew. Obviously, this X-team are the most aggressive team of mutants this go around. How could they not be with that kind of lineup? These five issues as a whole, however, were fairly...meh. It was entertaining, I guess. I liked the idea of all the mutant healers being assassinated, I just had a hard time wrapping I follow Arcangel wherever he goes. This time, it means I read the Uncanny X-Men (post Secret Wars) comic. The rest of the lineup includes Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, and Monet. Weird crew. Obviously, this X-team are the most aggressive team of mutants this go around. How could they not be with that kind of lineup? These five issues as a whole, however, were fairly...meh. It was entertaining, I guess. I liked the idea of all the mutant healers being assassinated, I just had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that these mutants were acting like a team when they usually hate each other. I didn't have a solid enough reason to buy into the dynamic of it all. It just was. Still...I love me some Fantomex and he was in these pages as well...so there's that. I'm still on board for the next trade. Hopefully, things get a lil better. If I could, I would give this two and a half stars. I'ma round up to 3 stars though cuz Psylocke scares me and I don't wanna piss her off.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This is basically X-Force in a new guise, with some carryover from previous iterations in the form of Psylocke and Fantomex. It's a mutant black ops unit, fighting against the threats to mutantkind. The artwork is great. The story, at least in this volume, is rather scattershot. Hopefully this will come together in further volumes. I'm rating it a bit higher than it probably deserves, based on memories and past experience. This is basically X-Force in a new guise, with some carryover from previous iterations in the form of Psylocke and Fantomex. It's a mutant black ops unit, fighting against the threats to mutantkind. The artwork is great. The story, at least in this volume, is rather scattershot. Hopefully this will come together in further volumes. I'm rating it a bit higher than it probably deserves, based on memories and past experience.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Cody

    Let's play a little game called: how many classic X-Men characters can we kill? Let's play a little game called: how many classic X-Men characters can we kill?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    Introducing the new wetworks bunch of X-Men. A wild but not very likeable bunch under the lead of a pompous Magneto-the guy likes hearing himself talk-intent on saving mutants with Gestapo methods. Erik should hire some PR staff if he wants to stay in business. After having a mutant killed by preventing him to hide, our crew locks horns with a with a weird group of darwinists-including mutants-believing mutants extinction is in the order of things. Survival of the fittest and all that but they thi Introducing the new wetworks bunch of X-Men. A wild but not very likeable bunch under the lead of a pompous Magneto-the guy likes hearing himself talk-intent on saving mutants with Gestapo methods. Erik should hire some PR staff if he wants to stay in business. After having a mutant killed by preventing him to hide, our crew locks horns with a with a weird group of darwinists-including mutants-believing mutants extinction is in the order of things. Survival of the fittest and all that but they think of giving it a hand by killing every healer they can. Is that dumb or what? I already dislike most of the cast (Monet getting a special award for being a stinky bitch) and it seems Fantomex and Mystique are joining in. Cullen Bunn sure knows how to pick them up! If only he could write a decent story with them... Greg Land does his stuff, well-drawn but a little stiff. Above average but nothing to loose sleep over with. Colors are a little flashy for my taste.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    Nice, shiny superhero art by Greg Land. Nice reappearance of many characters, many villains as heroes. And, what's up with Angel/Archangel, whose backstory is as convoluted as any here? Nice, shiny superhero art by Greg Land. Nice reappearance of many characters, many villains as heroes. And, what's up with Angel/Archangel, whose backstory is as convoluted as any here?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues] The X-Men aren't doing so well. The Terrigen Mists are killing them and stopping them from having little mutant babies, and Magneto is sick and tired of his race being kicked while they're down. So of course, he forms a new black-ops X-Men team to go and deal with mutant problems. Sabretooth, Psylocke, Monet, and a strange new Archangel form his ranks, with Fantomex, Mystique, and a mysterious old/new player hanging around on the outskirts too. Cullen Bunn is one of the mor [Read as single issues] The X-Men aren't doing so well. The Terrigen Mists are killing them and stopping them from having little mutant babies, and Magneto is sick and tired of his race being kicked while they're down. So of course, he forms a new black-ops X-Men team to go and deal with mutant problems. Sabretooth, Psylocke, Monet, and a strange new Archangel form his ranks, with Fantomex, Mystique, and a mysterious old/new player hanging around on the outskirts too. Cullen Bunn is one of the more reliable writers these days. I don't often read his books and think 'that was amazing', but then nor do I feel like his work is ever poor. He's solid, and that's a good thing. The story here isn't particularly remarkable, with a team of Dark Riders focusing on mutant healers to prevent them coming up with a cure for the Terrigen plague, but it's never clear if they're actually working for Apocalypse (making this just a long Apocalypse Wars prelude) or if they're Inhumans, or something else. The character work and dialogue is great however. Bunn's Magneto is always well written, especially coming off of an 18 issue solo series with the character, and I really like his Psylocke and Fantomex too. I feel like he's finding a voice for Sabretooth, who comes across a little bland here, but any writer who brings Monet into his comic deserves praise. Poor Cullen Bunn gets stuck with Greg Land drawing the first arc of this book, and rampant pr0nface is the order of the day, which is a shame as usual since Land's art is otherwise pretty good. The men in the book are usually fine, but when Monet and Psylocke decide to have a contest over who can look the most orgasmic mid-fight scene, there's something hella wrong with that. One of the more interesting X-Men books at the moment, but pr0nface and bit of a lack of momentum make this decent, but not quite great yet. The current Apocalypse Wars arc is definitely getting there though.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terence

    Just as life appeared to be turning back to normal for mutants, the terrigen mist cloud was released. The terrigen mist cloud transforms Inhuman descendants, but it makes mutants sick. Subsequently many mutants have gone to great lengths to hide from the cloud. Making matters worse the Dark Riders are seeking mutant healers for execution. The mutant healers and all mutant kind have an unlikely defender, Magneto and his mutant team. I picked up Uncanny X-Men out of curiosity. The lineup of Magento, P Just as life appeared to be turning back to normal for mutants, the terrigen mist cloud was released. The terrigen mist cloud transforms Inhuman descendants, but it makes mutants sick. Subsequently many mutants have gone to great lengths to hide from the cloud. Making matters worse the Dark Riders are seeking mutant healers for execution. The mutant healers and all mutant kind have an unlikely defender, Magneto and his mutant team. I picked up Uncanny X-Men out of curiosity. The lineup of Magento, Psylocke, Archangel, Sabertooth, and Monet seemed an odd group, but sometimes odd is good. This is definitely one of those cases. Seeing Magneto and Sabertooth actually doing the right thing was a fun change. This more brutal team of mutants are quite the interesting bunch. This team is one that prefers dealing with an enemy once. I can't fully explain why I've enjoyed the Uncanny X-Men so much, but this title is my favorite X-Men title of the three current titles (Extraordinary X-Men and All-New X-Men being the other too). I look forward to seeing what Magneto's mutants will do next to defend mutantkind.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    Have a few minor quibbles with the book but I enjoyed it for the most part. Felt like the author wasn't overly familiar with the characters and their universe. Betsy was slinging too many American phrases. Didn't sound British in the least. Lots of little things like that just didn't quite work right. And why is Sabretooth on the team? Why did Psylocke's eyes change color? How did Archangel dive bomb a stone pyramid and come out the other side? Has he got a new set of powers? He was never able t Have a few minor quibbles with the book but I enjoyed it for the most part. Felt like the author wasn't overly familiar with the characters and their universe. Betsy was slinging too many American phrases. Didn't sound British in the least. Lots of little things like that just didn't quite work right. And why is Sabretooth on the team? Why did Psylocke's eyes change color? How did Archangel dive bomb a stone pyramid and come out the other side? Has he got a new set of powers? He was never able to do something like that before. As far as I know. How did this odd team come together and why? Where are the rest of the X-men?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Derrick

    More like 2.5 stars. As a high school kid back in the day, I was in fanboy lust over Jim Lee's Psylocke. But I never liked her, and I still don't. In fact, this team is made of unlikable people. I toughed it out, and it has some moments, such as Sabretooth's telling Monet who smells better than she does - including Rogue, Polaris, and Cable. ("Old Spice and Gunpowder") As usual, Greg Land's artwork is pretty -- but lifeless. More like 2.5 stars. As a high school kid back in the day, I was in fanboy lust over Jim Lee's Psylocke. But I never liked her, and I still don't. In fact, this team is made of unlikable people. I toughed it out, and it has some moments, such as Sabretooth's telling Monet who smells better than she does - including Rogue, Polaris, and Cable. ("Old Spice and Gunpowder") As usual, Greg Land's artwork is pretty -- but lifeless.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    I'm usually a big fan of Cullen Bunn's stuff but this was just OK. It didn't help that it was saddled with Greg 'lightboxer' Land's artwork but I think I'm just not a fan of the whole 'dark' X-Men concept. Call me tragically old-fashioned but I prefer my heroes to be heroic. Don't get me wrong; this wasn't terrible but I guess I'm not the target audience. I'm usually a big fan of Cullen Bunn's stuff but this was just OK. It didn't help that it was saddled with Greg 'lightboxer' Land's artwork but I think I'm just not a fan of the whole 'dark' X-Men concept. Call me tragically old-fashioned but I prefer my heroes to be heroic. Don't get me wrong; this wasn't terrible but I guess I'm not the target audience.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    I'm not rating this because I put it down shortly after I picked it up & I'm trying to be a little giving/kinder by not choosing two stars. I thought the writing was bleh, and I didn't really care for the team up. I'm not rating this because I put it down shortly after I picked it up & I'm trying to be a little giving/kinder by not choosing two stars. I thought the writing was bleh, and I didn't really care for the team up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    With Jonathan Hickman's run having just started with Marvel's mightiest mutants, I've made a vow to catch up on my backlog of X-Men books in time for the trade edition collecting House of X and Powers of X. Having read Jeff Lemire's run on Extraordinary X-Men up to the Inhumans vs. X-Men crossover, I decided to first dive into Dennis Hopeless's All-New X-Men relaunch and waded through the first two volumes, already regretting my decision to play catch-up. Then I checked out Cullen Bunn's X-Men: With Jonathan Hickman's run having just started with Marvel's mightiest mutants, I've made a vow to catch up on my backlog of X-Men books in time for the trade edition collecting House of X and Powers of X. Having read Jeff Lemire's run on Extraordinary X-Men up to the Inhumans vs. X-Men crossover, I decided to first dive into Dennis Hopeless's All-New X-Men relaunch and waded through the first two volumes, already regretting my decision to play catch-up. Then I checked out Cullen Bunn's X-Men: Civil War II, a tie-in to Marvel's otherwise forgettable tent-pole event, which meant I wasn't really expecting much. But holy crap, was that ever a breath of fresh air after two Hopeless books. Suddenly, I was reinvigorated to read more X-Men again, and lo and behold, I also had Bunn's Uncanny X-Men relaunch next on the docket. Well, hot damn. Here's the X-Men book I've been looking for! "Desperate times call for a darker team of X-Men!" They ain't kidding. Eight months have passed since Hickman's Secret Wars and the release of Terrigen Mist across the globe. The mist is the only way Inhumans have of reproducing, but it's a deadly gas for mutants. With yet another mutant genocide on the rise, Magneto has put together a team of killers to protect the dwindling population of mutants by any means necessary. In this first volume, Bunn wastes no time kicking things into high gear as Magneto and his uncanny killers launch a raid on a corporate shipping truck in Detroit (side note: I live in the Mitten, and it's always a treat to see my home state get some comic book love). Someday Enterprises has been charging mutants a premium to go into hibernation until the threat of the Terrigen Mists have passed, and this doesn't play too well for Magneto on either end. He hates both the profiteering off his species on a good day, let alone during a time of genocide, and he's none too pleased with mutants shirking their moral responsibilities of helping their own in a time of crisis. Their "rescue" attempt opens to door to a bigger threat, though. Obsessed with natural selection, the Dark Riders are on a killing spree, tracking and murdering healer mutants in an effort to prove their worth to the Cult of Akkaba and its Survival of the Fittest ethos. There's some dark crap going down in here, and I'm all for it. Give me a pack of cold blooded killers at war with each other over the teeny-bop concerns of time displaced X-kids any day of the week! I dug this team a whole lot, the composition of which has some shades of Rick Remender's X-cellent Uncanny X-Force, and Bunn does a great job finding and exploiting the natural rivalries between his characters. I dug the repartee between Sabertooth (still inverted following the events of Axis) and Monet, and it's always good to see Psylocke kicking butt. Psylocke, in particular, makes for a strong second-in-command to Magneto, and there's a cool dynamic between the two of them as she attempts to make him more of a team player, while he's still overly secretive and manipulative. With Xavier dead, his dream of a peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans is in tatters, especially with the added threat of the Inhumans making everything all the more difficult. It's kind of crazy to see these characters in particular left with trying to salvage that ideal and save what's left of homo superior. I also dug the hell out of the various story threads layered throughout. While the Dark Riders become the central threat here, I expect we'll be seeing a lot more about Magneto's struggles against the Someday corporation. It's also nice to see Bunn doing some stage setting for the Apocalypse Wars (an odd event in its own right, given its stand-alone nature but editorial insistence that each X-title from this period have some kind of Apocalypse story for a few issues because...well, just because, I guess?). As far as I can tell, Bunn's the only one who's done any kind of seeding for this upcoming story, and I suspect the Cult of Akkaba will be making a strong show of it soon. Of course, there's also those missing eight months between Secret Wars and the launch of these All-New All-Different Marvel books that need some filling in along the way, too. Personally, I'm pretty damn excited to see where Bunn takes this series. Note to self: buy more Bunn books as soon as possible!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Church

    This is my second post-Secret Wars book, and I’m sending a trend. There’s an 8 month time jump between the end of Secret Wars and where this picks up. You won’t get any information about what happened in the time jump. Things will be freaking weird. It will be as if Secret Wars never happened (rendering the whole exercise, including its 70+ issue lead-in, utterly pointless). Your best bet is to buckle in and try to enjoy the ride. This isn’t a bad one. It’s certainly a different type of team to This is my second post-Secret Wars book, and I’m sending a trend. There’s an 8 month time jump between the end of Secret Wars and where this picks up. You won’t get any information about what happened in the time jump. Things will be freaking weird. It will be as if Secret Wars never happened (rendering the whole exercise, including its 70+ issue lead-in, utterly pointless). Your best bet is to buckle in and try to enjoy the ride. This isn’t a bad one. It’s certainly a different type of team to see in Uncanny with Magneto, Sabertooth, Psylocke, Monet, and Archangel (DO NOT EVEN ASK) making up the team. They all reference a lot of backstory that happened off panel that may or may not someday be revealed. I still haven’t actually seen any of the actual fallout from the Terrigen Mists. The last I saw was an issue where the X-Men actually intervened with a NuHuman (I still hate that stupid freaking name) that just emerged. Again, part of the 8 month jump. At least the one thing I do know is Sabertooth became a good guy because of Axis (and probably because the editors wanted a backup NuWolverine in case X-23 didn’t work out). I’m assuming we will see something about Archangel during the forthcoming Apocalypse Wars, but nothing yet. Aside from the team, it’s a decent book, I just get frustrated not knowing why they came together or why Monet is apparently pissed off at Storm, but they’re not the point. The last I read about Monet was in X-Men. I didn’t like her there either (don’t get the point of piling power after power on this seemingly insufferable character). This almost reads like the Extinction Team 2.0, if you read that arc a few years ago (right before Avengers vs. X-Men). They’re looking out for big threats to mutantkind that need to be dealt with head on. It works with Magneto at the helm, and with Psylocke’s changes over the last few years. Where it really falls flat for me is the art. I’ve never liked Greg Land’s style. It always looks very homogenous. If it weren’t for the different costumes, Monet and Betsy would look nearly identical. I don’t like the way he draws noses or eyes or mouths. Everything is super shiny, too. I’m not sure if that is Land’s fault or the colorist, Nolan Woodard. There are also a bunch of eye flares from Magneto that I don’t understand (maybe due to his near death experience from the missing 8 months?), and again, his powers are largely displayed with electricity. Bunn is doing a good job taking a pretty interesting cast to weave a narrative, I just wish it was someone else putting it on the page.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ComicReviewsByJeff

    "Didn’t we tell you? All mutant healers have been marked for death. You’re next.” So Magneto has his own team of X-Men. It’s not really clear why the team has come together or what their plan is. After rescuing some mutants from corporate exploitation, for example, the team just as quickly kicks these selfsame mutants to streets – homeless, broke and unprotected – just ‘cause Magneto ain’t the mollycoddling type. Cue the evil Dark Riders, back in the game and out to kill all mutant healers (for r "Didn’t we tell you? All mutant healers have been marked for death. You’re next.” So Magneto has his own team of X-Men. It’s not really clear why the team has come together or what their plan is. After rescuing some mutants from corporate exploitation, for example, the team just as quickly kicks these selfsame mutants to streets – homeless, broke and unprotected – just ‘cause Magneto ain’t the mollycoddling type. Cue the evil Dark Riders, back in the game and out to kill all mutant healers (for reasons as equally as obscure as the motivations of the book’s X-Men) with Magneto and company positioned to stop them. And -- as long as you don’t dig too deep – it’s actually pretty good fun. Despite the murkiness of character motivation, writer Cullen Bunn weaves a pretty good story with a few nice cameos from old favorites Elixir, Xorn and Triage and there’s a rather nice developing subplot, centered on Mystique and Fantomex, of a resurrected Hellfire Club. I do wish, however, that Bunn had spent a bit more time developing the bad guys. The Dark Riders are hardly a compelling group of antagonists and they remain virtual cyphers (with hardly even a roster page listing names and powers). And while there are a lot of people who love to hate on Greg Land’s art, I’m just not one of them. The late, lamented Sojourn remains a perennial favorite of mine – largely due to Land’s art – and his work here is just as good. Final Verdict: Marvel was practically giving this series away as part of their 2017 end-of-year digital sale. For a just few bucks, this kept me quite entertained. It doesn’t really hold together if you look at it too closely, but stick to the surface and its not bad at all. P.S. Comics shouldn’t require external reading, but a glance through the Dark Riders’ Wikipedia entry is helpful story context: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Ri...

  25. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    The artwork hits you first - it's amazingly beautiful. I especially like the women's radiant smiles. I think I'm in love... Each character is given their chance to shine as well as a chance to let loose and break some heads. The first volume is easy to recommend. I wonder if the rest are up to par. Due to the Terrigen Mists, some mutants have taken to putting themselves in stasis with the help of Someday Enterprises in hopes of awakening after the danger has passed. A band led by Magneto won't al The artwork hits you first - it's amazingly beautiful. I especially like the women's radiant smiles. I think I'm in love... Each character is given their chance to shine as well as a chance to let loose and break some heads. The first volume is easy to recommend. I wonder if the rest are up to par. Due to the Terrigen Mists, some mutants have taken to putting themselves in stasis with the help of Someday Enterprises in hopes of awakening after the danger has passed. A band led by Magneto won't allow mutants to be imprisoned, even if it's of their own free will. Magneto suspects that Someday has an ulterior motive besides supposedly helping mutants. The Dark Riders enter the scene to finish what the mists started. They hunt and kill mutant healers, prompting Magneto's X-Men to act as protectors. (view spoiler)[Elixir is the next target, but Sabretooth and Monet can't prevent him from being killed. Magneto and Psylocke are more successful in protecting Triage. Monet heads for Shen Xorn who refuses her help, but proves himself more than able to push the Dark Riders back. While Magneto hangs back with Triage, the rest of the team assault the Dark Riders' lair. They are trapped by the Riders who then teleport to Triage's location in Genosha. Magneto delays them until his team rejoins him and defeat the Dark Riders. Magneto blows up the entire island of Genosha, surprising his own team, as a message to anyone who wants to target mutants for extinction. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alex E

    The latest Uncanny team while interesting, failed to captivate me into caring what is happening in this book. I am giving Bunn a bit of slack as its the first volume, and usually, we need to setup a lot of moving parts for the payoff down the line. I hope that's what is happening here. This book is basically the "dark" X-men, who are trying to help mutant kind by any means necessary. However is not nearly as engaging or pretty to look at as X-Force, who did it a lot better back when Remender was The latest Uncanny team while interesting, failed to captivate me into caring what is happening in this book. I am giving Bunn a bit of slack as its the first volume, and usually, we need to setup a lot of moving parts for the payoff down the line. I hope that's what is happening here. This book is basically the "dark" X-men, who are trying to help mutant kind by any means necessary. However is not nearly as engaging or pretty to look at as X-Force, who did it a lot better back when Remender was writing it. The art is by Greg Land. And while it has improved, there are still moments of "Land-iness" that prevent me from truly admiring the artwork. All women have the same face and no hips, and occasionally stick their tongue out for no reason. But it has improved - I notice there's times where he is free hand drawing now, and it looks so much better. The story has to do with a group of assassins called the Dark Riders who are killing all mutant healers in order for the terrigen mists to keep killing mutants, and for the healers to not get in the way or disturb the natural order of things. Of course the Uncanny team get in the way of this and dispel with the villains with great effect. Again, not bad but not what it can be, or hopefully, will be in the future. There's alot of potential here that I hope to read in upcoming volumes of the book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    As I've stated in prior reviews, I'm a little shaky on current X-Men continuity but I'm able to grasp enough to enjoy what I've been reading. The mutants are currently dying out due to the Terrigen Mists, so Magneto has formed a proactive group featuring Sabretooth, Psylocke, Monet and a damaged Archangel to do what they can to save the mutants. I'm not sure what happened to Archangel but he's a mindless shell now guided by Psylocke, like a big destructive mutant missile she can aim where she pl As I've stated in prior reviews, I'm a little shaky on current X-Men continuity but I'm able to grasp enough to enjoy what I've been reading. The mutants are currently dying out due to the Terrigen Mists, so Magneto has formed a proactive group featuring Sabretooth, Psylocke, Monet and a damaged Archangel to do what they can to save the mutants. I'm not sure what happened to Archangel but he's a mindless shell now guided by Psylocke, like a big destructive mutant missile she can aim where she pleases. This first arc deals with a new group of Dark Riders who are attempting to follow Apcocalypse's doctrine of Survival of the Fittest by slaughtering all mutant healers. I'm guessing this is an attempt to be sure a healer isn't about to stop the virus killing the mutants. Overall I liked this volume as I've always like the more gritty X-men teams. The art by Greg Land is beautiful, as there's really no one who draws like he does. I still feel like the series needs to find its way, but it's entertaining reading as it finds its way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sleepseeker

    2.5 rating, 3 because it has people I like in it and if your not a fan of X-men your rating will probably be lower. This is the start of a new Uncanny X-men team. It was an easy read, but nothing great, barely above an average story. I don't like what has been done with the X-men teams during this time period. Lately they haven't been great, just average stories mixed in with bad ones. I'll probably read volume 2 at some point because I like X-men and they did setup some stuff for the future volu 2.5 rating, 3 because it has people I like in it and if your not a fan of X-men your rating will probably be lower. This is the start of a new Uncanny X-men team. It was an easy read, but nothing great, barely above an average story. I don't like what has been done with the X-men teams during this time period. Lately they haven't been great, just average stories mixed in with bad ones. I'll probably read volume 2 at some point because I like X-men and they did setup some stuff for the future volumes but it's not a book that is get right away pile. Since Marvel in in those years are trashing X-men in favor of Inhuman. If anybody is wondering why Sabretooth is different, in a previous event of Axis he was changed. I won't spoil how, if you haven't read the event. I'm a little confused about Archangel and wondering if I missed something about his current state or forgot because X-men have been bland in this time period of releases.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Willow

    This was so boring. The art by Greg "I trace porn" Land is, well, traced, static, boring, poses. There's no movement. No action. Hell, there's literally like 3 faces and 7 poses across all 5 issues of this arc. Bunn has turned Monet into a hyper-sexualised caricature of herself which is made much worse by Land drawing her in exactly the same pose panel after panel, issue after issue, no matter what's happening. The rest of the characters are fine? Honestly, with a competent artist this might've This was so boring. The art by Greg "I trace porn" Land is, well, traced, static, boring, poses. There's no movement. No action. Hell, there's literally like 3 faces and 7 poses across all 5 issues of this arc. Bunn has turned Monet into a hyper-sexualised caricature of herself which is made much worse by Land drawing her in exactly the same pose panel after panel, issue after issue, no matter what's happening. The rest of the characters are fine? Honestly, with a competent artist this might've been ok, a mediocre 2-3 star story. But instead, it's just boring lazy crap. Especially when compared to the very excellent other books coming out at the same time. At least Ken Lashley takes over for the Apocalypse Wars, I don't know how much more Land nonsense I can handle...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I have a history of really enjoying the uncanny x-men, especially Betsy and Warren (although Warren is gone in this one... I have to backtrack and see when he fell into Archangel permanently). I was also glad to see Monet; I loved the X-Factor team as well for the like twenty books they have. Did not like the art, specifically the women all looking similar in face and body type, and the way they are drawn sexualized and ‘coy’ - putting their thumbs in their mouths while talking, one example.

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