Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW

Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

The next stage in humankind is here, and the Uncanny X-Men are leading the way! With original X-Man Cyclops at the revolution's helm, Emma Frost, Magik and a new generation of mutants defend and educate all homo-superior as warriors of the atom! But after relentless persecution from a society that fears and hates them, the Uncanny X-Men are going on the offensive! Their target? The international spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D! However, as Cyclops' team fights to save their species, are they only digging themselves into a deeper and more dangerous hole?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Mar 19, 2014

    This issue does a great job of illustrating why this is still my favorite of all the X-books. Its got a great, well-written cast featuring tons of new characters and some of my favorites of old, and some of the most consistently great art out there. This issue is a great place to jump on and, minor plot quibbles aside, is a glorious celebration of a straight-ahead superhero story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Mar 22, 2014

    Overall, from art to writing, this was an extremely welcome issue after the previous one. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Booked - Scorpio Moon Mar 19, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men #19 does a lot. We check in with Hijack, we touch On Eva's recent trauma, and we see poor captive Agent Dazzler, who Mystique has no problem abusing because she sees her as a race traitor. There's just enough to keep these plot threads weaving without overriding the main goal, gaining momentum for the war with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the mysterious villain. For a series of essentially one shot issues, they pack a good amount of overall story development in here " I'm really happy with it. I don't even feel like making fun of the #1.NOW gimmick this time around (any issue of Uncanny really makes a good jumping on point anyway), but I do have to say I appreciate Goldballs putting on his snazzy uniform for it! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - Sam Roche Mar 19, 2014

    If you've been reading since the start yes. If you're jumping on now, not at all. I highly recommend this book but only following all of its predecessors. I just think that this marketing gimmick in particular detracts from the actual work and really makes comics less good overall. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Mar 19, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW is a decent enough moment for new readers to jump on. While it may still be in the middle of something it slows down just enough to let people on. An awesome set piece and great dialogue help the issue sail on by but there seemed to be a bit of stalling for the oncoming storm. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 22, 2014

    Looks like Uncanny X-Men is finally going to tell a real story for once! That sounds good to me. It still doesn't have anything to do with Scott Summers' Mutant Revolution, but this confrontation with SHIELD has been a long time building. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 19, 2014

    The art isn't always so successful however. As much as Chris Bachalo has defined the look and feel of this darker X-book, sometimes it can become too muddled and murky for its own good. That's the case during this issue's big action scenes. The clash between the X-Men and Sentinels is too jumbled, and it's hard to tell what's even happening in the final panel where the final Sentinel vanishes from the scene of battle. The more dialogue-driven scenes flow much better (particularly the Dazzler/Mystique/Sabretooth material), but this definitely isn't Bachalo's strongest work on the series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Mar 29, 2014

    The previous issues with their character sketches were a good detour, but it's time for the Uncanny X-Men to get back on track. While new readers joining the rest of us will benefit the most this issue, it's a good reminder for the pull-list subscribers of the particular threads left untied and loose. For some, it's an "about time" moment when the story they've waited patiently (or not) for is finally getting its round. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 28, 2014

    Although highlighted by some fun small comedic moments (such as Goldballs discovering his powers work again) Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW is certainly one of the darker issues of the series so far (which is saying something for a comic that gave us a multi-issue arc in a Hell dimension). In that same vein, the latest issue also touches on events in Madripoor answering a couple of lingering questions concerning the fate of the real Dazzler and the source of Mystique‘s mutant growth hormone. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Mar 21, 2014

    My final verdict is that the story was good and a good story is a good story, gang. I like the long game that Bendis is playing in this book. However, I think that if you're looking to read this story, do it when the entire thing can be consumed in one sitting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Mar 19, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men is finally feeling like a team book. After Bendis fleshed out some of the new students we are getting our chance to see them act as a complete unit. Chris Bachalo can be hit or miss, but he does an all right job on this issue and if he can keep it up it will make the reading experience that much better. This will hopefully be a stepping stone issue for the story of Cyclops revolution the fans have been waiting for, and with Bendis at the helm it should be epic! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Mar 20, 2014

    In true Brian Michael Bendis form, we get a lot of talking and a lot of exposition and a lot of set-up that is bound to pay off eventually but just doesn't make for a compelling comic book. Read Full Review

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