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Friday, February 26, 2010

Review: Uncanny X-Men #521 (April 2010)

I just read the newest issue of Uncanny X-Men and it was pretty good. For the past year the team has been living in San Francisco dealing with everything from racist skinheads to Norman Osbourne's Avengers. They recently raised Asteroid M from the Pacific Ocean and are currently residing there, declaring it a safe-haven for mutantkind. In the previous issue a pack of mutant eating Predator X's were unleashed on their new home. After dispatching those creatures with the help of the newly re-powered Magneto, The X-Men find out who sent the predators after them and head to New York to have a little chat with them. So Wolverine, Colossus, and Psylocke arrive in NY and are promptly engaged in battle with the bad guys, who actually are beating the X-Men pretty good until the mutant mercenary Fantomex shows up and starts wrecking s**t all over the place. He's like Snake Plissken, as he is a loner who likes messing up people. But it's a typical day for the X-Men in this issue. The art by Greg Land is stellar once again and the story by Matt Fraction has all the mutant geek babble and required heroics of any good X-Men story. No, what makes this issue note-worthy is the cliff-hanger on the final page that shows a mutant who has been missing from the scene for about two years now. Most people thought that this mutant would never return but they have and it will make for a super charged storyline. And no I'm not talking about Jean Grey. She's been killed and brought back so many times, it has become a running joke. So, I won't give away who the mutant is, but if you stopped reading the X-Men, now would be a good time to pick it up again.

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