Uncanny X-Men #538

Writer: Kieron Gillen Artist: Terry Dodson Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 15, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
6.6Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Blood has been shed on the island of Utopia as Powerlord Kruun's Night of the Knives draws to a close. Who has perished? Who has survived? Discover the answers as vengeance rears its ugly, alien head!

  • 9.5
    IGN - Poet Mase Jun 15, 2011

    Gillen brings his disparate narrative and thematic elements elegantly in together in issue #538. The bottom line to this arc is both profound and thoroughly in line with the symbol of the collective X-Men, and it should not be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 15, 2011

    If you're looking for any loose ends to Whedon's Breakworld story, you will get them here. There were some shockers last issue but everything that happens here, happens very quickly. We know that Uncanny X-Men is coming to an end soon and this issue made me feel like it was meant to be that final issue. Lots of need and tidy endings. We do get to see other X-Men called in. It makes perfect sense that if their home is invaded, anyone with an X-symbol on their costume in the area should come running. The fate of another character was resolved. While I am pleased with the results, I felt a little confused at first but it's something I can happily live with. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jun 15, 2011

    Besides, if the humans are going to bear down on Utopia like it seems in this Schism stuff, ain't nothing like having a big bunch of alien ass-kickers next door owing you favors. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Jun 22, 2011

    A weak ending to a story arc that could have been better. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fanboy Buzz - Steven Miller Jun 16, 2011

    Overall, Gillen and Dodson provide us with a story that is certainly not bad by recent Uncanny X-Men standards, but is severely lacking in suspense and compelling storytelling. Im hoping that Gillen is just getting his sea legs and that well see some marked improvement in the next few months, just as Generation Hope has started to pick up steam. If I have any major squabbles, its that the story took so long to build up, and then just wrapped up too neatly and too easily. And when has that ever been the case for the X-Men? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jun 17, 2011

    As with a lot of comics I read these days, this arc lets down in part because it over-promises and under delivers. The cool initial build up oversells the story's potential and, as a result, the happy easy ending doesn't feel particularly well-earned or honest. Gillen can do better, and the Dodsons, well, I'd honestly like to see them cut loose a little. They have long ago mastered what they're doing now, what might be on the horizon for them if they really pushed themselves? That is something I would very much like to see. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Jun 17, 2011

    I'm glad to have Kitty back, but this wasn't the strongest ending to a story arc that began so powerfully. Not bad, but not great either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Jun 21, 2011

    I'm going to put this right out there so everybody understands where I'm coming from. I HATE Shadowcat. Passionately. She served a purpose in the 80's(I guess...) as the token spunky/incredibly annoying teenage girl that Chris Claremont is obsessed with writing about, but that role has been filled by several other characters over the years. Now she's just sort of around. Doing nothing of note. Why she was brought back is mind-boggling to me, because she's one character who served her purpose YEARS ago, and died an acceptable, heroic "death". And yet here she is, wasting space. That in a nutshell is how I felt about this issue and this storyline. I hate Shadowcat, I'm not a fan of Colossus the pervert, so I hated this storyline. If you like those characters, chances are you'll enjoy this one. Me? I hated it. Read Full Review

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