Monday, April 11, 2011

Uncanny X-Men #534 - Review

Shaw and Frost Duke it Out!

This issue of Uncanny X-Men concludes a story arc revolving around a virus that weakens and takes away mutant powers. Cyclops has lost his ability to shoot optic blasts, Logan has lost his healing factor and is now suffering from adamantium poisoning, and very few X-Men still have their powers. When the X-Men confront the man who has created the virus, they discover that he's sold a different version of the virus to normal humans in order to sell rich people the X-Men's powers. It's a group of powerless X-Men against a whole building full of faux mutants, and the team gets it's chance to prove that there's more to being a member of the X-Men than mutant powers. Meanwhile, Emma Frost takes on Sebastian Shaw, the leader of the Hellfire Club. She decides that she's tired of her past catching up with her and attempts to erase herself and many of Shaw's past deeds from his memory. It's a battle of brains and brawn as Emma the telepath takes on Shaw the kinetic.

This was a really fun issue. I often judge things on how they're written, paced, drawn, and put together. All of those aspects are wonderful in this book. Kieron Gillen writes an awesome story and Greg Land draws an action packed issue. But what's really fun in this story is the concept of powerless X-Men taking on people who have stolen their skills. Wolverine is covered with kitchen knives and blades, Cyclops is decked out with a huge laser canon, and Emma's battle gets me revved up about the upcoming X-Men: First Class movie, which features Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw.

There are many X-Men titles out right now, but this one and the classic title are my two favorites. They always have snappy writing and really exciting concepts to have the world's favorite mutants fight through physically and emotionally. In fact, it was the new take on the X-Men stories that made me decide to start reading MARVEL COMICS again.

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