Uncanny X-Men #1

Uncanny X-Men #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 44 User Reviews: 5
7.8Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The true flagship book of the X-Men returns. In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are - visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name UNCANNY X-MEN.

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 16, 2013

    I never really know what to say about art in these reviews. I'm not a very good art critic. I know what I like, I know what I hate and I know what I'll abide. I'm not a huge Bachalo fan, but I'm willing to accept his artwork. Sometimes it can be annoying and hard to tell what's going on, but sometimes he can be really good. I think this issue was a mix of the two. I hope Bachalo doesn't stay on forever. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 13, 2013

    It's a ridiculously strong start for Uncanny X-Men, not at all slow moving, or an easy start. It's the flagship title for what's going to happen with the X-Men, and best to keep up because Bendis definitely isn't going to make it easy for anyone. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Feb 18, 2013

    The imagery was some of the best of the week and truly enhanced the excellence that is this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Feb 13, 2013

    I am a pretty big Brian Michael Bendis fan. I think "Avengers Disassembled" and "House of M" are near-brilliant, and I've been really excited to see how some of the consequences of "no more mutants"" are being played out in the slate of titles mentioned above. I know Bendis gets some flak for being talking-heads heavy, but "Uncanny X-Men" #1 doesn't feel like that kind of book. Sure, there's some exposition, but it's a first issue. The traitor tells Hill what has happened through flashback action, not narration, and the pacing is smooth. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Feb 13, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men forges its own path with its debut issue, and it is clear that this comic is headed in a different direction than the other X-books on stands. While Bachalo's artwork is worth the price of admission on its own — it's nice to know that Bendis isn't skimping on the story either. Expect this title to do big numbers and garner a fair amount of praise along with that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Feb 14, 2013

    So we've got a great story, killer art, and a great sister title in All-New X-Men. If you're a fan of X-Men books, and you don't mind the very '90s like team split with the twist that they're now on opposing sides this is a great addition to your monthly pile. And lets not overlook the shocking reveal at the end, I'm not going to spoil it but god damn I did not see that coming and it solidified this book as a must read for me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Feb 17, 2013

    Bachalo's artwork is just so original and captivating, and he's at the top of his game with this issue. He introduces Cyclops and company's new costumes: they're dark and menacing, perfect for depicting a revolutionary force. Bachalo is also a master of using panels and space. Throughout the entire book, he only gives us glimpses of the traitor's chin as he spills the beans to Hill, making us want to flip the pages to the very end to see who the traitor is. It's this kind of talent that makes comics so fun to read, and Bachalo is the king of chaotic fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 14, 2013

    I figured we were just going to get Cyclops running around the world building his army, with some speeches every so often. Instead we have a hell of a political thriller, knee deep in philosophy about revolution and race relations. This is the original Uncanny X-Men on steroids. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 14, 2013

    "All-New X-Men" may have gotten most of the hype, but "Uncanny X-Men" is not to be overlooked as its terrific companion piece. Much like in the earlier days of "New Avengers", Bendis has a reason to write multiple books about the same corner of the Marvel Universe. Bachalo is clearly invigorated by these characters as well, turning in some really meaningful work that stands among his best. "Uncanny X-Men" is an exciting revival of age-old characters and long-time creators that continue to find new ways to surprise us after all these years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Feb 13, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #1 is another solid entry in the 'Marvel NOW!' lineup. Brian Michael Bendis started his tenure as head X-writer strong with All-New X-Men, and he keeps it going here with Cyclops and the Uncanny X-Men. Sure, there's already a traitor in their midst in the first issue, but that's the kind of thing the X-Men franchise needs to shake things up. The status quo has changed and Bendis is taking the opportunity to do amazing things with these characters. Uncanny X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis is going to be different than any incarnation of the series before it, and that's more exciting than anything else. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Edwin Torres Jr Feb 19, 2013

    Will the first X-Man be able to redeem himself? What happens when Professor Xavier makes his inevitable return? Where does Cable fit in? Don't forget there is a younger "innocent" Scott Summers running around too. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 14, 2013

    A highlight of Bendis' All-New X-Men and this #1 issue is the new mutants. It's funny how the man who took new mutants away in House of M is the first one who gets to jump in and create new ones. I will give it to Bendis for putting fresh spins on old abilities as well as creating wholly unique powers where their purpose is not always entirely clear at first glance. New character Fabio Medina is shown creating balls that appear out of nowhere with a "POINK.". I hesitate to think of what the ball-wielding mutant will be named. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Feb 17, 2013

    The next issue is advertised to show us Scott training his new recruits, which I am sure is going to be a blast to read. I would get involved in this series for sure. If you are an X-Men fan or a Bendis fan then I think that this will be for you. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 14, 2013

    Artist Chris Bachalo is at his epic best here. His redesigns of Cyclops and Magneto will take some getting used to, but his manga-like style is infectious, lending a cinematic quality to an already exciting premise. I hope he stays on here for a while. One wonders how many more mutants Cyclops will recruit before someone catches up to him and his group of revolutionaries or if anyone will be able to stop them at all, but there's no doubt that we're in for a real treat, either way. This issue gets a solid 8.5/10. I expect great things from this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 13, 2013

    It's a solid start, and Bendis will have his hands full detailing the exploits of the original team living and working in parallel to the new team. How will the Cyclops " Cyclopi? " deal with each other, and what will Jean Grey think? How will new Scott rein in his members, and what new mutants will join the squad? And will the other X-Men " Wolverine, Iceman, Storm " fight or follow? Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - paladinking Feb 15, 2013

    A shadowy and edgy tone instantly distinguish Uncanny and set the stakes for the book. This was definitely a strong effort and yet another sign that Bendis has truly come out of Marvel NOW a revitalized writer. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Book Syndicate - Chris Mailloux Mar 10, 2013

    Despite some issues, Uncanny X-Men is off to a great start. I'm excited for the next book and I think this series has a lot of potential. I definitely recommend checking it out if you want to add another Marvel Now! title to your file. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 15, 2013

    So it's a solid start for this "new" series - but since it's essentially focusing on the "bad guys" in the X-family, it has a challenging road ahead of it to see if it can hang onto its audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 13, 2013

    Brian Michael Bendis' second X-Men title is here and he's showing that he won't simply be repeating what he's doing on ALL-NEW X-MEN. With the current view of Cyclops and the way he's handling himself in public, this volume of UNCANNY X-MEN will definitely have a different flavor from the past ones. Bendis is showing that while it might be easy to simply release yet another X-title, there is a definite meaning and direction in this one. As the first issue of a new (Marvel NOW!) volume, it has a slightly odd start. We don't fully get a direct feel for the characters but instead are introduced to them through another person, giving a sort of narrated feel. There is a crazy twist that will ensure you run out to the comic shop when the second issue is out. Bachalo's art is fun and frantic, capturing the lively action scenes as well as the more subdued interrogation scenes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 13, 2013

    The big challenge that Uncanny X-Men needs to accomplish is that it needs to distinguish itself from Bendis's already spectacular debut"right now, there are two Scott Summers in play, and it's up to Bendis to convince us that there's enough room in this world for the two of them. Now that the stage has been set, Bendis has an opportunity to tell a sharper, harder Uncanny X-Men than we've seen in awhile"and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Feb 13, 2013

    Speaking of Bachalo, I couldn't shake the feeling he's addicted to slanting panels. Nearly everything that has to do with the team is slanted. It's an odd choice and I'm not sure if he did this to imbue unease or what. It still looks great, but I think maybe a little less of this would go a long way. Maybe he's trying to create X's on the page or something? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Matt Watson Feb 17, 2013

    As he did with All-New X-Men, Bendis has approached the X-men corner of the Marvel Universe with a fresh approach, continuing years of development and plugging into the soap opera feel that made the years of Chris Claremont so compelling. X-Men books are at their best when they're less about superheroics then they are about people. And if there's one thing Bendis writes, it's people. Maybe not the same as everyone else does, but compelling nonetheless. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 16, 2013

    Bendis is off to a great start at what appears to be a very isolated look at one or two characters and their relationships within the X-Men. This doesn't appear to be a team book and I am relieved to see that this book is going to focus on one primary storyline for a while. This is a good start to the re-launch. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Feb 13, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men delivers on the revolutionary feel of Cyclops' X-Men and sticks to its promise of recruiting new mutants from around the globe. For now, they are not looking to cross paths with Wolverine's school. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Kyle Francisco Feb 19, 2013

    Now, I'm not really a fan of Chris Bachalo's art. It has always been too cluttered and messy for my tastes. Here, however, his work shines. The Bendis-Bachalo partnership works in the sense that Bachalo's hyper-energetic penciling style matches Bendis's lengthy exposition. His linework and fondness for detail help keep Bendis's dialogue from becoming stale and boring. It works about as well as Greg Capullo's pencils work for Scott Snyder's scripts over in Batman. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Feb 20, 2013

    Although I think most of the art of Chris Bachalo is fine, my only real complaint is with the redesign of so many classic characters' costumes. Magneto's is my least favorite. In terms of story Uncanny X-Men is all that you could hope in giving readers a new story, setting up the players, and then (in a relatively easy to figure out twist) see where Bendis plans to take the story. Best of the week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    A decent start to the series, this issue shows Cyclops continuing to help the new mutants during his revolution. The issue had drama, excitement, fun, and action, and was truly a decent start to the series. It was however slightly slow at times, with the pacing being inconsistent, and the issue as a whole was lacking in overall quality. I would however recommend it, as it was a good read, and I'm sure the series will get better. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Feb 13, 2013

    While this issue does serve as a great jumping on point, it still suffers from some sketchy dialogue and iffy character motivations. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Feb 14, 2013

    In truth, this was not the powerful first issue so many readers expected -- rather, a slightly awkward stumble. However, there's a ton of potential thanks to the characters on the field, the plotting Bendis already set up in "All-New X-Men" and Bachalo's passionate and stunning artwork. There's time for this book to find its sea legs and compete with the best of Marvel NOW!, which so far, has set a very high bar. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 14, 2013

    So it feels like Bendis is still getting his feet wet with X-characters, and perhaps he'll make the proper adjustments soon and find the right rhythm. More likely, though, is that this is just going to be how these characters are now, because that's the way he wants to write them. When he gets to play in a world mostly of his devising, like Ultimate Comics or Daredevil alternate realities, we like him. When he's trying to fit into the mainstream 616, not so much. Well, at least I don't. All y'all kept him writing Avengers comics for a decade, so I'm apparently in the minority here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 14, 2013

    All in all, though, Bendis and Bachalo meld their styles VERY well in this issue, giving us an issue that reads smooth and looks pretty fabulous, and even pushes back any worries that you've seen the "All-New and All-Different" take on mutant teams many times before. Uncanny X-Men #1 gets us off and running with aplomb, and is a very successful re-imagining of the franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Super Hero Hype - Spencer Perry Feb 14, 2013

    I understand that a #1 issue should set up the premise of the entire series, and Uncanny X-Men does that, but the amount of information it does a retread on from other X-Men issues released just weeks ago is almost offensive. I have faith that Bendis won't keep this up and turn Uncanny into its own title, but for the time being the only thing that will keep me reading is Chris Bachalo's amazing art. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Feb 15, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #1 isn't the home run I was hoping it would be, but it didn't suck either. Let's hope the series will get better in the weeks to come (Come on, just release issue two next month! You're murdering my wallet in cold blood, Marvel!). Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Feb 16, 2013

    If you haven't already jumped on the boat with All-New X-Men, now'syour chance to get into the X-books. Uncanny harkens to the core ofthe original 1960s X-Men"a parable on civil rights building off ofMalcolm X and MLK. Yet it is clear Cyclops is neither of thesecharacters, and he is headed down a course for destruction. I preferAll-New X-Men, but I'm willing to give Bendis the benefit of the doubtand stick with Uncanny for a little longer. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Feb 16, 2013

    While the action sequences looked great the art looked a little dull on this one for the still scenes (specially with how much I've been loving the style in All New X-Men) I don't see what they are going to do with this comic and aside from the ‘traitor' angle it's not winning me over yet. We'll see what the next few issues brings. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Feb 15, 2013

    This was a pretty average issue, it was kind of just part two to seeing Scott's team a few issues back in All New X-Men, and outside of Erik's betrayal, nothing memorable happened here. Don't get me wrong, this issue wasn't bad, I guess I just expected more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary May 10, 2013

    So, a promising (if slightly flawed) debut. People who arent enjoying the current direction of the X-Men franchise or who find themselves frustrated by Bendis writing tics wont be won over by this issue, but it pulls off the difficult feat of complementing All-New X-Men without requiring it. Theres nothing new or novel about making the X-Men (ugh) a hated and feared minority group once more, but Bendis unique sensibility proves to be a good fit for the characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Feb 13, 2013

    The main problem is that Uncanny X-Men is a preview and nothing more. First issues are suppose to entice of course, but Bendis has done little more than show the potential of this series. The character work and plot in the book is slim. It has action, but nothing really captivating. It all adds up to a first issue that does its job in explaining everything and setting up future events, but has no substance. The art doesn't quite sell the book as a visual experience and Bendis' script suffers from his own style. It isn't the strongest start in terms of storytelling, but as a look at what is to come it at least gets you interested. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Feb 13, 2013

    If the terrible costumes and odd story framing can be gotten past, there is some great content in here. Unfortunately, those two things are pretty difficult to get over, and it leaves something to be desired from the book as a whole. The story should kick off into some major action soon, but thus far, Cyclops and crew will have to settle with being number two on the spectrum of current Bendis-written X-Men titles. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Mike Cassella Feb 18, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men has just gotten started and while I am interested in where it is headed, just as I am with its companion Bendis X-title, I can't help the feeling that the core concept of the book needs to be laid out much clearer from the onset rather than just setting it up in the opening description. Launching into the dire circumstances that only seem to exist in the pages of Uncanny X-Men seems thin. I get the tradition of wanting to build the series up with a slow burn of revelations and small moments to allow for an emotional beginning, but when it's something as convoluted and deep as the X-Men and when it's not in synch with the rather expansive X-verse, clarity and continuity might be a priority along with solid writing and art. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 18, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #1 does a very good job establishing how this series will be different from the other X-Men titles involving the cast at the Jean Grey Academy. The balance of power that Cyclops will be fighting provides an interesting dynamic, especially in the aftermath of the recent Phoenix saga. That said this is brought down with its singular focus and Bendis going overboard with the dialogue in certain parts. Less is more and that is the case given who is the one narrating the issue. Luckily Bendis did enough that I will be picking up the next issue to see how things progress. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Feb 18, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #1 wasn't terrible. Not at all. It was a Cyclops story. And the thing about a Cyclops story is that you, the reader, knows what he doesn't. He's Cyclops. He's doomed; set up to have his ass handed to him and can't even see it. Uncanny X-Men #1, in that regard, is excellent in that it simply invites you to the fall. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Feb 14, 2013

    It's been years since I've bought an X-Men title with any regularity, and, sadly, Uncanny X-Men #1 reminded me why. The X-Men franchise has historically been virtually impenetrable for the casual fan, and this book is no different. Compared to the self-contained, "just see the movie" attitude of the relaunched Avengers titles, Uncanny X-Men #1 feels like work. Thoroughly mired in last year's events, it does nothing to introduce or establish anything other than Cyclops' new mission statement, which is rather clumsily forced on us by our "narrator." I like the basic concept of this title, and was really looking forward to a new kind of X-Men book. Instead, I'm reminded why I've stayed away from this corner of the Marvel Universe for so long. I have faith in Bendis and Bachalo, and some of the previews for upcoming issues look promising, so I'll stick around a little longer. But so far, Uncanny X-Men isn't off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 17, 2013

    The times are a' changin' rapidly in the mainstream sequential art business world. Marvel Comics was perfectly fine with there only being one printed comic book titled Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963) for nearly 50 years, even if it wasn't technically called "Uncanny X-Men." Now, we've had had two Uncanny X-Men #1s alone in the past two years. Looks like the legacy of the long numbered book is gone. I can live with that, but only if the new #1s are worth the read. Uncanny X-Men #1 isn't. Hopefully it will improve. Given his track record, odds are it will with Bendis at the helm...hopefully. Read Full Review

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