Uncanny X-Men #14

Uncanny X-Men #14

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 20, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 8
8.1Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

• The effects of X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM are felt!
•  Magneto goes off on personal mission that sets him at odds with much of the X-Men
and Marvel Universe.
•  The new Xavier School has changed, but how?

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Hank Johnson Dec 1, 2013

    Even if you are not a fan of X-books, this is a must read. You don't need to know anything about the extensive history of the X-Men to be able to enjoy it and it is a done in one issue. Issues like Uncanny X-Men #14 are what make the mutant line of books at Marvel some of the best on the shelves. With Bendis shaping the X-universe we are in a new golden age for the title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Dec 27, 2013

    Cyclops' groups of young mutants feels like a great foil to All-New X-Men which showcases familiar mutants coming into their own in a different place and time. This Uncanny X-Men squad is building their own reputation, fighting for a spot among the mutant elite as heroes, and so far, so good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Nov 21, 2013

    It's a touching tale of a young man coming to terms with who he is and learning that his limitations are not necessarily so constricting. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Nov 20, 2013

    This is a bridge issue that reads more like a one-shot, a rare but wonderful occurrence. Great character development, art and writing in general. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Nov 21, 2013

    All in all, this was a great character issue that was sorely needed. In one issue, Ben was taught by Emma to explore both the implications and the ramifications of his powers, came into his own as an X-Man, inflitrated a S.H.I.E.L.D office, and delivered a warning shot across the bow on behalf of Cyclops's revolution. Quite a bit of character development here, and it was great. It should also be noted that Ben's sexuality was revealed for the first time this issue as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Fuentes Nov 21, 2013

    All the creators on this book did an excellent job. This book looks gorgeous and was enjoyable from start to finish. Thats a relief because the quality of this title has been hit and miss. Thankfully, this was a win. Looking forward to seeing Bendis and team keep up the great work. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Nov 22, 2013

    With the new normal presenting itself after “Battle Of The Atom”, Uncanny X-Men becomes a book that is full of new and interesting characters, and full of very sweet stories within this new group. Putting an emphasis on new characters is great, and the reveal of a new openly gay character was wonderful, especially with how it was handled. The artwork was something that didn't seem to fit, but as it's the standard artist for this series, it's something that is at least common, though not welcomed. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz Nov 21, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men has been a great book under Bendis, as he continues putting his stamp on the X-Men universe. Issue 14 is another example of how Bendis is the master of making character, as this team gets more and more compelling. Great read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Nov 22, 2013

    This isn't your typical between events issue but it's one I felt was extremely successful. There are still a lot of questions up in the air and we clearly haven't scratched the surface regardingthe fallout from the ‘Battle of the Atom' quite yet, butas a way to move the plot forward and highlight a couple of characters? This one was pretty perfect. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Nov 21, 2013

    As I said, Uncanny X-Men has had trouble defining itself. How appropriate then, that this issue doesn't solve the problem but does offer a look at one way that the book could be. I kind of hope it follows that path; it's given us by far the best issue this series has had. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 21, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men continues to be a great title for character development. Bendis and Bachalo are pulling out all stops and honestly making this a fun read. There doesnt always have to be life or death battles for this book to be enjoyable, and Bendis and Bachalo are proving that with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 20, 2013

    Remember all those new X-Men Brian Michael Bendis introduced in this series? They may have been shoved into the background slightly during Battle of the Atom but one character in particular gets the spotlight. The action slows down a little for readers (and the X-Men) to catch their breath and we get a fun look at what this character can do and the potential he has. Chris Bachalo's art and colors are always a plus and adds to feel of the story. If you were worried about the original X-Men jumping onto Cyclops' side this issue shows that Bendis will not forget those that have already been introduced. Seeing the next stage begin is off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Nov 22, 2013

    While "Uncanny X-Men" isn't doing anything important or even groundbreaking, the book is consistently funny, charming and stunningly illustrated. At the end of the day, "Uncanny X-Men" #14 is simply a joy to read, managing to be engaging emotionally and highly amusing at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 23, 2013

    All of the X-books seem to have a new lease on life after Battle of the Atom. No more big crossovers to worry about means more focused, entertaining comics. Bendis spends his first issue of Uncanny X-Men putting the spotlight on one character in particular: Benjamin Deeds. Not sure who that is? I think that's part of the point. Benjamin has been one of the most low profile characters in the series, so spending an issue highlighting his character strengths and potential sounds good to me. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Nov 21, 2013

    The issue takes place right before Kitty Pryde and the original X-Men's arrival to the new school. After some harsh training from Cyclops, Emma Frost decides to prove how useful Benjamin's power really is. Transforming into a similar looks as others around him is a great idea to relax others. Good job writers! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 26, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #14 thankfully jumps right back into a new story while not spending too much time on the latest X-Men crossover and it gives us a look at Deeds unique power-set that the comic takes from an odd curiosity to incredibly useful in the span of a single issue. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Nov 26, 2013

    This issue was a very welcome change of pace from all the hustle and bustle we have dealt with over the past few months. Surprisingly, there was a tremendous amount of character development for young Benjamin as writer Brian Michael Bendis really delves into the character and fleshes out an intriguing story. Overall, Uncanny X-Men #14 is an interesting read that will leave plenty to contemplate with the origin-esque story of Benjamin Deeds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Dec 10, 2013

    There are many lessons to be learned from Uncanny X-men #14. The most important lesson to the underlying theme of the series is that Cyclops and Emma Frost know how to get the most out of their students. In addition, Emma Frost is still a hell of a teacher and one who finds a way to look good in doing everything she does. She may not be the best role model for someone like Benjamin Deeds, but she imparted on him the kinds of skills that will make him a successful X-man. And for a teenage boy with major self-esteem issues, it's the kind of lesson that he won't forget. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Nov 20, 2013

    Benjamin Deed's little adventure in this issue echoes the older X-Men stories which were a little more focused and were about younger characters dealing with their powers and growing up in the process. In a world of huge events, and cross-overs, and tie-ins, it's nice to get a slow, intimate X-Men story that's more about the character than plot points. Readers who like Benjamin Deeds will enjoy this issue, to the readers who don't like the character I strongly recommend that you read this issue and hopefully it will let you view the character in a new light. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Nov 23, 2013

    If you like Bendis, read this book. If you like Bachalo, read this book. If you like these quirky new X-Men characters, then you will love this book. I can sense Benjamin Deeds as a new fan-favorite for sure. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 20, 2013

    Part of the initial weirdness in their interaction stems from Chris Bachalo's odd choice of civilian wardrobe for Emma. His art is fairly problematic in general considering how low-key this script is. It's difficult to distinguish between Emma and Illyana at times, and his panels are often too small and cramped to properly convey the script. That's to say nothing of the four inkers at work, which seems to be standard practice with Bachalo's pencils by now. Bachalo's style suits the darker tone of this series well, but in cases like this his storytelling is ill-equipped for the job at hand. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Nov 21, 2013

    It's not totally a filler issue, we're bound to need to know more about the new mutants joining the team sooner or later; but it's a very tame approach in doing so. It's kind of uplifting, and kind of sweet, and gives some other characters more page time (*cough*Emma*cough*) and in the end, there's that final statement that kind of makes you all sentimental about the X-Men in general. It's a warm fuzzy feelings kind of issue with just a small smattering of action and suspense because when you have mutant powers, things like that just follow, even for a guy like Benjamin Deeds. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 20, 2013

    Topped off with a nice nod to long-time X-fans, Uncanny X-Men #14 brings a refreshing amount of light to what has been a fairly oppressive title. The fact that Bendis is able to bring some freshness to a franchise that has been strip-mined from every angle is already a win, and while the scale of the story might be small, the characterization makes this issue one of the stronger installments of Uncanny X-Men yet. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Nov 22, 2013

    This may be Bachalo's best issue of Bendis-penned X-Men too, as new design-work peppers the pages and he finds ways to keep the conversational panels as dynamic as the word play. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 24, 2013

    But with all that... it's really just a slightly-above-average issue. We don't know enough about the new character to care that much, and his powers are - frankly - dull. Perhaps Bendis and Bachalo will prove me wrong, but so far, I'm not convinced. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hero Nuggets - Hero Nuggets Nov 21, 2013

    If you need a break from Marvel's nonsense continuity with the X-Men and the Avengers, this is an especially fun read that might just touch home with you on an emotional level. This new mutant is a fun character and I hope that he DOES become a big part of the X-Men's future. Not all powers need to be loud and powerful. This subtle power is so much more interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Synthozoid Nov 25, 2013

    Very refreshing after the letdown of Battle of the Atom.

  • 7.5
    Master Destructo Mar 14, 2014

    I wonder if this title is going to start focusing on the new young members instead of standard team-Cyclops. Maybe so, if the primary characters from Uncanny have melded with All-New for the time being. Based on this issue, I'm not too sure it's such a great idea. I'd rather learn about the new characters in subtler ways within stories than have ones dedicated to each new member. Except for getting to know this new kid whose name might be "Morph," the details of this story are pretty inconsequential. His abilities are such that writers will have to keep reinforcing the idea that they are pheromone-based, and that his mimicing the individuals he's manipulating is not the reason for his ability to con people. My point being, it's sort of a confusing power. Visually, it looks like he's just transforming to look creepily like the other person, and this somehow makes him more trustworthy--which I think in reality would have the opposite effect. There were some glitches in the usually flawless Bendis-dialogue. What does "Don't handle me, Mr. Summers" mean in that context? Is that some regional euphemism I'm unaware of? And living in the 616, how could a teenage kid not know who Galactus is?! The scene at the Casino where Morph tries to hit-on the girl was also confusing--the fault likely equal parts writer and artist here: Illyana suddenly appears when at first it seemed like she wasn't there--was the blond at the bar actually Illyana? Why was the security guy freaking out? Anyway, Bachalo does a fairly good job depicting unique faces--Morph's Adrian Brody look is not one you see too often. But why did Illyana and Emma suddenly have the same haircut when they went to the casino? Emma must have got 5-inches cut off just before she went. The blond at the bar also had the same haircut. Despite a few goofs here and there, and the "doesn't really matter" story, it was fairly enjoyable overall. Man, Scott Summers sure is a jerk.

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