This last volume of the series highlights the one thing about Marvel DC that pisses me off, and that is, in the collected volumes like this, there are huge gaping plot holes from where the series crosses over with another one, and nothing is ever explained to the reader who might not have read those issues, or even what issues they were Last book, Psylock left Magneto and his X men, this issue, apparently there was a war between mutants and inhumans that the inhumans lost, the sleepers were turned into weapons after all, and Magneto did something that made Psylock try to kill him and weird shit happened with Monet and Sabertooth who are somehow in Limbo now What the hell did I miss and where the hell can I find it 3 for the volume, 5 for domino.kinda feel like we left a lot hanging at the end of this series i see this leads into xmen blue, but every other character arc barely got enough pagetime for meaningful development. The X Men Confront The Inhumans In The Most Uncanny Conflict Of All Since The Discovery That The Terrigen Mist The Key To Unlocking An Inhuman S Hidden Potential And Powers Is Lethal To Mutants, The X Men And Inhumans Have Been Locked In A Cold War But Now Things Are Heating Up, And About To Boil Over, As The X Men Are Forced Into Drastic Steps To Ensure The Future Of Their Species But When Magneto Goes Too Far, What Will Be The Repercussions Of His Dramatic Actions When The Battle Ends When She Left His Team, Psylocke Vowed That If Magneto Stepped Out Of Line, She Would End Him Is She About To Make Good On That Promise Plus A Dead X Man Returns, And So Does Domino COLLECTING UNCANNY X MEN , ANNUAL Not bad considering I wasn t a huge fan of IVX The problem is you have to know whats going on in IVX for this book to be relevant, so skip it as a single story arc for sure Anyways there was a few things I liked about this book The Sabertooth vs Monet was fun and the Psylocke vs Magneto was a pretty cool fight I also enjoyed the Annual issue at the end a lot, Elixir is pretty bad ass and I am glad he had a comeback I am also a Domino x force fan and that little self contained story was super cool The art was really well done, lots of details and action. It s ok, but it relies too much on having a clue what s happening in the main IvX title, and I don t The one issue that s rather decently written is the one focusing on Monet and Sabertooth, even though I m not a fan of the direction Bunn has taken her character It did seem odd to me that the annual, obviously set before any of the regular issues in this volume, was the last one in the book. Never really got the concept of this one The team is pretty cool, dark and interesting and the art s been the best of the three X Books but they were never given a great story for them to participate in This one s a hard one to rate, as it pulls a bit of double duty in regards to serving as the last volume of Cullen Bunn s Uncanny X Men while also being forced to tie into the Inhumans vs X Men event miniseries Bunn s scripts are pretty strong, particularly the finale, which sees Psylocke returning to Savage Island in order to tie up a few last ends with Magneto Unfortunately, a lot of these issues are kind of standalone in nature as they re forced to fill in some small gaps for the IvX storyline Bunn tries to close out his various plot threads and character arcs, but doesn t have the necessary room to really dig in The stories are like stage dressing for future stories to be told elsewhere, possibly by other writers, and don t carry much in the way of closure It s mostly just a big tease for readers to stay tuned, especially in terms of characters like Monet and Sabertooth, who have really become an unexpected but welcome pairing I dig their camaraderie a lot and want to see how it all shakes out, but I am disappointed we didn t get some kind of finale for Monet s big predicament At least we re left with some really interesting avenues for these characters to wander down In terms of this particular Uncanny X Men series, though, it s not an especially satisfying great finale, hampered as it is by Marvel s demands for issues to tackle an event rather than the story the author is actually interested in telling Out of 19 issues for this run, six of them were spent dealing with marketing events like Apocalypse Wars and IvX Bunn launched the series with some great ideas, but was never really given the necessary amount of page space required to fully develop the story and close it out in a satisfying way As I understand it, he s writing one of the ResurrXtion relaunched X books that follow this relaunch, so hopefully some of these plot points and character beats march on We shall see, true believers Bunn s UXM ends with IVX crossovers, and they re generally OK They re each one offs, taking place between the moments of IVX, and they offer nice character insights amidst the huge crossover There s a Sabretooth and Monet issue that s particularly strong, and the others are good except their context is somewhat muddled because they re so deeply embedded in IvX.We also get a final match up between Betsy and Magneto and an Annual that walks back the worst error that Bunn made in his IvX run.Overall I gave this 3.5 stars making it one of Bunn s stronger UXM volumes alongside v3, right before it Sadly, he never achieved greatness at any point in his run, so I m looking forward to the next teams. Read as single issues My review for all three of the X Men tie in volumes to IvX will be exactly the same These are one shot stories that tie into the events of IvX, and they re not particularly compelling on their own There s an attempt to try and tie up the rest of the storylines that the writers have laid down, but their hands are tied in terms of how much they can do.Certain issues are worth looking into, like the Romeo Iceman issue in All New X Men, or the Monet focused issue of Uncanny X Men, but I honestly am having trouble remembering what was going on in most of these books at this point This era of the X Men can really be summed up like that not particularly memorable, but with some good ideas hidden in the depths that aren t allowed to breathe due to excessive events every few months.Yawn Read the Inhumans tie ins instead, they re much better. Some generic one offs somewhat related to Inhumans vs X Men book Most of this book just feels like filler while we wait for the book to end The idea behind the team was good, a team of X Men who d do whatever it took to save mutants But the execution was lacking and half of the 4 volumes published were crossover issues Hopefully X Men Blue and gold will have consistent storytelling.
- 128 pages
- Uncanny X-Men: Superior, Volume 4: IvX
- Cullen Bunn
- 27 February 2019 Cullen Bunn