Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Uncanny X-Men #11
A Review From Christopher Franey
Every X-Men story is the same…except this one is better. Of course I have a bias since I’m a Cyclops fan from days of future past. Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larroca, and the rest of the team created a great issue coming from the fallout of Disassembled and the X-Men presumed dead. I love how this issue has three stories in it and how they connect and we see the three different viewpoints of Scott, Logan, and Ruth Aldine (Blindfold). Now this issue will have heavy emotions and ramifications so be ready for it.
The first story is from Scott’s view and how he is now dealing with a world that is accepting that the Mutants are dead and if there are any left that a “cure” will make sure they don’t stay that way or the children won’t become a Mutant either. I like how Scott handles the hatred that he encounters and tries to turn the other cheek, but when he sees Blindfold being attacked it becomes another thing and he won’t stand for it. She is of course very cryptic and revealing since she is “seeing” everything past, present, and future. I would highly that you read her words a couple of times…I’ll admit it confused me. After that Scott goes to Ben Urich to try and get his message out, but Ben tells him that it wouldn’t be a good idea in the modern situation, with even less Mutants. So Scott drinks this revelation away but by his can shooting he attracted the attention of Multiple Man, who does play a big part in the issue as well. Scott gets the cold shoulder from the Morlocks, Captain America, and, worst of all, the people. This causes Scott to be attacked and then make a proclamation to get the surviving Mutants together, where it all began. This of course attracts the attention of the Reavers, the Purifiers, and Sapien League to finish off the last X-Men…just to wind up doubling their troubles as Logan is back. Scott and Logan do what they do best right here, and it has been a long time coming.
The second story, Wolverine Returns is up next…with art by John McCrea finally gives us the Logan we’ve been wanting, with the X-Men. The story shows that Logan has been keeping some tabs on Scott and seems to be one step behind Scott in locations, but the interactions are totally different as both characters left the Mutants in different ways, either a hero or villain. Most seem receptive to Wolverine and especially Blindfold and Cable as they want to make sure that Wolverine protects Cyclops. Of course Wolverine is the best at what he does so Scott is safe. The issue ends with the finally fight of Cyclops vs. everyone.
The final story is the Last Blindfold Story and this is the one that will be hard to read. Imagine having an ability to see past, present, and future but the curse of not knowing when it is happening, and then being a Mutant in a world that hates and fears you? That is the harshness that Ruth has to face every day in her life. Juanan Ramirez does an amazing job of painting Ruth’s side of the interactions with Scott, Logan, and the rest of the world along with showing us the visions that plague Ruth. We see that this young girl has had a lot thrust upon her and the hard thing to accept is knowing that people might just take advantage of you all the while calling you an abomination. This story really did a great job of showing what Mutants in the Marvel Universe are going through with their gifts (as we see them). I feel like Matthew Rosenberg put a lot into this character piece and it really shows. This will be one of those strong moments that help us to remember why we need the X-Men.
This was a great issue and I am looking forward to seeing how Scott’s new team will come together and what they will do…will it be a mission of peace or war? Will they just want to stop the bad guys? Will they rebuild Human/Mutant relations? I’m just glad to see Cyclops and Wolverine back with the X-Men. I give this issue (more like three) a high praise and it rates five out of five ruby quartz visors with me. I know it comes with a high price tag, but it is well worth it for the stories that you’ll be treated to, as always read on and Excelsior!
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