Sunday, June 10, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #13

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Billy Tan

Concurrent with AvX #5, this tie-in touches on those members of the extinction team who are not in the Moon with Cyclops, as well as the kids of Generation Hope. Gillen does what he can to provide an independent story through the Unit subpolt that started playing a few months back, but this Phoenix business is all consuming, so the title has become plagued of the the event-filler phenomenon that took over the Avengers books in Bendis' hands years ago. Magneto, Psylocke, and Storm share a quiet moment amidst the fighting, which is perhaps the best part of the issue. Unit, in the meantime, reveals an old story that comes from the same place as the recent developments in the main AvX title: out of nowhere. If this is the reason why the Phoenix fragmented itself, then good luck with the rest of your event, Marvel. Billy Tan returns to the pages of Uncanny, and almost anyone who is not Greg Land, is more than welcome. Meh issue.

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