Uncanny X-Men #16

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 15, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 8
8.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

Magneto reaches a crossroads. Everything he's fought for is called into question and he's forced to make a decision that will change him forever!

  • 10
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jan 18, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men #16 is a geek tour de force because of its many thematic elements. Brian Michael Bendis proves he's worthy of the X-Men torch by writing an issue so filled with rich history, contrasting ironies, and character development without blatant narratives. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Jan 15, 2014

    If this issue is any indication of what the new Magneto will be like then I'm completely on board. Throughout this issue we get to see who Magneto really is outside the context of the X-men, and we also go to see him do badass stuff with various metal objects so that's a plus. I personally could not wait for the new Magneto series before and this issue is not making that wait any easier. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jan 17, 2014

    What I can tell you is that it looks as if Magneto has ended his stint on the X-Men and will be doing his own thing in his own title in the near future. I'm really curious to see how that's going to play out and hope it lives up to the man we've seen in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jan 19, 2014

    With Uncanny X-Men #16Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo have crafted an issue that explores the core of one of the oldest X-Men characters, and where he stands in the ever changing landscape of today's Marvel Universe. The plot may move a bit fast to get pieces in place, but the glimmers of insight into what makes Magneto tick, combined with gorgeous art more than makes up for any short comings, including how the Madripoor here co-exists with what's happened in the first issue of Avengers World. This issue is essentially a stand alone that current x-fans will enjoy and one that people planning on picking up Cullen Bunn's upcoming ongoing should pickup to get a good idea of the mindset that Magneto finds himself in heading towards that series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Jan 15, 2014

    For sure. This is the third Uncanny X-Men issue in a row to really knock it out of the park. So many game-changers and intense moment in this incredible issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 18, 2014

    Man, oh man, Magneto is awesome. He's been awesome for a good long while now, and his role on the Uncanny X-Men has been the best, but with this issue, Bendis puts the focus on Magneto and pushes him to the forefront of awesomeness. Magneto is such a different person these days than when he was a tyrannical mutant terrorist, and Bendis plays that up perfectly in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Jan 15, 2014

    Taking these legions of legacy characters which generations of comic book fans have grown up to enjoy and placing them in new environments and situations is a great way to keep them fresh and alive. As much as events and crossovers are fantastic at the time it is the smaller character moments which we will remember and having this foundation upon which the next phase of Magneto's character will be able to build on is a good use of the space in Uncanny #16. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 15, 2014

    It's almost disappointing that this issue ends with a caption instructing readers to follow Magneto into his own solo series, because it suggests that Bendis himself is bidding farewell to the character just as he rose to the forefront of the book. We can only hope Cullen Bunn can match the strong character work seen in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - David Staniusz Jan 16, 2014

    I personally would not mind Bendis doing less big picture arcs with this series. Though we did not get a lot of the whole team, we can expect that to change in future issues, however the quality is still superb! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Booked - Scorpio Moon Jan 16, 2014

    I give this issue a thumbs up. I enjoyed the three scenes of comic book violence, and they give you a lot to think about in regards to Magneto. I'd also recommend buying it. Single issues of Uncanny are almost always satisfying on their own, and there just isn't enough of that in comics anymore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jan 28, 2014

    It is by far the most powerful Magneto story since House of M. Uncanny X-men #16 effectively sets Magneto on a new path that diverges from Cyclops, Wolverine, Mystique, and pretty much everyone else claiming to have a vision for the mutant race. It's like he is Gordon Ramsey watching a bunch of amateur chefs repeatedly ruin the same dish and now he's ready to get into the kitchen himself so he can do it his way. It's a very satisfying transformation and one that feels natural, adhering to the core of Magneto's persona. It may be jarring for those who are used to seeing Magneto as a hero, but it's as refreshing as a cold beer on a hot summer day for fans longing to see Magneto as the villain he is at heart. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jan 20, 2014

    Lost in the various discoveries Magneto makes is an offhand remark Mystique makes to her old friend (while in the role of Dazzler) suggesting the death of Charles Xavier may have damaged Magneto far more than anyone suspects. With the character getting his own series it will be interesting to see how this will be explored in the coming months. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jan 20, 2014

    This issue was clearly meant to help set up Magneto #1 and, in that, it definitely succeeds. Some wonky art and ambiguous storytelling weigh it down, but I'll take this bold Bendis/Bachalo team over last year's reliably mediocre version any day. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    GoCollect - @Comic_Star Jan 16, 2014

    The issue seems to be setting the tone for a big event. Readers can tell that the writers are leading to something huge. Readers may enjoy this issue, but it does leave you wondering what's next? If you read Uncanny you may already have this issue, if not you can skip it without missing a beat. I love the story telling. I may even consider adding this to a pull-list. By featuring Magneto some X fans might find the issue lacking without the other X-Men team members. I would give this issue an above mediocre score. It's not the most exciting comic issue, but also not completely terrible. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jan 15, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men has been focusing on single characters for several issues, which is fine, but there should be more team interaction in this book. The loss of Magneto could hurt, but if Bendis and Bachalo get back to using all the other characters, it will be fine. This was a good stand alone issue, but would like to see more of the team dynamic in the future. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jan 16, 2014

    In the end, incredibly strong visuals from Bachalo do their best to save "Uncanny X-Men" #16 from some bad writing on Bendis' part that seems decidedly out of place for Magneto's character. In the end, perhaps it's best that Magneto is not returning to the pages of "Uncanny X-Men." Hopefully, he will find more accurate character work in his own series. Read Full Review

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