Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Review | Uncanny X-Men #1 [2016] Cullen Bunn | Greg Land

Magneto has gathered the deadliest team of mutants for one goal – to proactively eliminate any and all threats to the mutant species. With a goal such as that, this book should have been titled Uncanny X-Force or the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Unlike X-Force who worked in the shadows taking out threats, this group of X-Men operates in the open to make a statement. Magneto currently leads Monet, Psylocke, Sabretooth, and Archangel on missions while new members Mystique and Fantomex will be joining later.

The book begins with Magneto and his X-Men stopping the trucks which carry mutants in stasis tubes to save themselves from the Terrigen Mists. They are freed and warned by Magneto to never sell themselves out again or he will brand them an enemy of Mutantkind. One of the mutants released is a healer who is later killed by the Dark Riders.  Their sudden appearance at the end seems to foreshadow their involvement in the Apocalypse Wars.

The Dark Riders first appeared in X-Factor #65 where they infected Nathan Summers with a techno-organic virus. Nathan was sent into the future to save his life and become Cable. In the same future his body was cloned without the techno-organic virus and that individual became Stryfe.

Overall the series seems to serve the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse film rather than standing on its own. Archangel is back as the series leads into the upcoming Apocalypse Wars in Uncanny X-Men #6. His sudden appearance seems to unravel the events in Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga.