Uncanny X-Men #514

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 12, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 3
6.3Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

UTOPIA rages on! Norman Osborn’s victory in San Francisco is cemented when the Dark X-Men succeed where the X-Men can’t. All the while the Dark Avengers are forced to watch from the sidelines. But how long will Bullseye and Ares sit idle? Part 4 (of 6). Rated T …$3.99

  • 9.0
    The Comic Addiction - Antony Ellis Aug 15, 2009

    Utopia is fast becoming one of the great X-Men stories (and essentially that’s what it is – fans of Dark Avengers, at the moment, are getting the short shrift in this crossover). I’m anxiously awaiting the final two issues in the event and can’t wait to see all the blood and destruction now X-Force have been called into play to tackle Norman Osborn’s original super team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Bryan Joel Aug 12, 2009

    I'm not sure how much Uncanny X-Men #514 really does to improve the overall worth of "Utopia" as a crossover, but it's an enjoyable issue that stands on its own - especially if you're like me and have an affinity for seeing lesser-used characters shine. It also goes some way in selling the new Dark X-Men as a legitimate team, which is quite the accomplishment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Sep 7, 2009

    Mysterious machinations are coming together, and Norman Osborn's mutant team is coming apart, and overall, the effect is mesmerizing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Aug 11, 2009

    Whilst this issue provides some decent enough action sequences and a couple of nice character moments, it's difficult to escape the sense that this is an editorially-mandated and hollow crossover that doesn't quite fit in with the direction that Fraction was taking Uncanny X-Men in previous issues. Perhaps it would have been more compelling as a more focused, streamlined story, but the presence of so many different players (check out all the headshots on that recap page!) makes it feel as though the book is simply cramming as many characters in as possible, and the book struggles to really convey the high stakes of the conflict, preferring to substitute endless fight scenes and repetitive action for any real depth of storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Aug 10, 2009

    Extended storyarcs always feel a little empty in the middle, but "Utopia" in particular offers up little actual substance in its fourth chapter beyond promissory notes that payoffs are coming, so come back next time. The small scenes between characters are handled nicely and read well, but this issue is lacking a singular moment or focal point to tie things together, and actively make readers want to pick up the next issue with confidence that they'll receive something more than a 'maybe something will happen in the next part!' Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Aug 12, 2009

    Uncanny X-Men #514 is a pretty decent “X” comic if you can ignore the whole Utopia nonsense. I certainly wish I could… Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Aug 13, 2009

    This issue definitely has its strengths, but as part of the larger crossover it falls flat as it offers very little new content, with the exception of the basics of Cyclop's illdefined plan. You can certainly do worse than pick up this issue, but I'm really only prepared to recommend it to folks who skipped the last installment and even then I'll only recommend it with some warnings. Read Full Review

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