Uncanny X-Men #2

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 9
7.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

• There is a mole on Cyclops' team, but who is it?

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Feb 28, 2013

    Of course, a comic book's writing is only as great as its art. For this new team of X-Men and the strange new world presented to us, no one is more appropriate than Chris Bachalo. His style lends a manga-like quality to the story, which sets just the right tone for the type of comic Bendis is writing. What's great about Bendis as a writer is that he is so adaptable and he makes it easy for the artists he works with to adapt to him. He and Bachalo are a match made in heaven" or hell, from Magik's point of view. While you may or may not expect the last page, given the betrayal by a certain member of the team last issue, you will most assuredly be looking forward to the next issue, as I am. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 2, 2013

    I loved this issue. I especially loved getting to know the new X-Men better. Part of me feels that Bendis is rushing through these new mutants, that they're all just props for his story. So I'm grateful to see him actually take the time to flesh them out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Feb 27, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #2 is a strong second step into new territory, with an expletive-inducing last page that will doubtless bring readers back for issue #3. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Mar 3, 2013

    We're left off here on a cliffhanger moment which is quite fitting. While the next issue is clearly going to be action packed the focus on this one was the characters. I've had almost no interest in wanting to know what was going to happen around Cyclops since he and Wolverine had it out pre-AVX and this is the first time I'm wondering what really is about to happen? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Feb 27, 2013

    My rating is on an incredibly personal note because I have invested a lot of time and fangirling into Emma and her relationship with Scott and concede that were this issue involving other characters, the rating would be significantly lower, mostly due to a somewhat glacial plot (which is sort of necessary to introduce us into the idea of the new mutants as well as the new school), the only action-y scene is a rehash of the first issue’s fight against the sentinels, and then a cliffhanger with hopes of something of a little more substance happening in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 27, 2013

    Brian Michael Bendis continues his flipside take on the X-Men. It's great to see a writer apply different takes to the same franchise. ALL-NEW X-MEN and UNCANNY X-MEN are not and should not be similar titles. The first issue gave us an outside look at the characters but with the more direct storytelling here, we get some insights into their current status after having their powers messed up at the end of AVENGERS VS. X-MEN. Seeing Emma Frost in a slightly vulnerable position was surprising and provided more insight into her character. Chris Bachalo does a great job depicting several scenes of conversation. There is some action here but as things are still being established, it's important to see how this series will move forward. Bendis is delivering questions and mysteries to this series and that's adding to the excitement that has been much needed in the X-Men franchise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was a good issue, and a decent continuation to the series. It has however still to wow me, as although the dialogue is good, with some decent emotion to it, the overall pace, and quality feels a bit inconsistent, and the series doesn't feel like it's planted itself firmly in one place. I would however still recommend this issue, as it was interesting, and had a super conclusion which has me for one wanting to read more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Feb 27, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men is definitely heading in the right direction and there is a lot of potential for this story to carry on for quite some time. Literally the only thing that really bothers me about this title are the silly costume designs for the ladies, as they walk around in the snow in leather dominatrix suits. Ultimately that should only distract you for a moment, and shouldn't spoil the awesome story that Bendis and Bachalo are telling. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 1, 2013

    Two issue in and I'm still hesitant to fully embrace Uncanny X-Men. I like it, I like it a lot and that scares me a little. Cyclops is not a mutant I'm a fan of, and a book that's primarily about him is not what I'd usually want to read. Bendis has been doing such a great job with the X-Books though that I can't help but want to pick up each issue and see what's going on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Feb 28, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men continues to roll forward as Cyclops and his team continue to find somewhere to fit in the world as they form their own version of Xavier's dream. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 6, 2013

    We also get learn a little more about a couple of Cyclops' new recruits: Fabio Medina and Tempus (whose wish to see her family send the group back to Australia and, thanks to Magneto‘s betrayal, right into the path of the Avengers). Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Mar 1, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #2 shows us that Bendis can give us a good book when he wants to, and that Chris Bachalo is a ridiculously talented artist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Mar 2, 2013

    A great story rules all, and with a story that is progressing in the fashion this one is, that phrase will keep this book on a great path. While the artwork leaves something to be desired, the story and characters are terrific and will keep this book running for quite some time. The art style is not likely to change, so after getting used to it a bit, this should be a great addition into the X-Men lore. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 27, 2013

    Overall, it's a solid second issue that focuses primarily on setting up the action to come and with the appearance of the Avengers at the end of the issue, next month's installment should have that in spades. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Mar 3, 2013

    All in all, this was a very good issue that is still laying down the foundations. Some people may not like the pace this series has, and I guess in some ways it may be best to read it as a trade, however I am loving the development of the story. I think it is always best to see these kind of things develop. Not only do I think it is more interesting that way, but you certainly get more value for money as the issues seem to be more wordy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Feb 27, 2013

    So, the art may not be best suited for this type of issue, but Bachalo has a distinct style that gives the book a unique visual identity. However without consistently strong character detail the elements that Bendis focuses on suffer. But his script isn't as bad as last issue's and the improved characterisation is welcomed. The interesting elements of the narrative outweigh the bad and that cliffhanger is definitely something to come back for.Uncanny X-Menis still finding its voice, but there is a lot to like here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 28, 2013

    It isn't ground breaking " it's mostly laying ground setting up characters and events for the next issue. It still carries some of the momentum from the first issue, and the last page definitely piques interest. How Bendis works Magento's part in this could make or break the story and force questions. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Mar 4, 2013

    Bendis needs to spend time establishing his new mutant characters, who all seem to talk with the same voice, which is not to say this universal voice is ineffective. Some of the banter involving the kids with Ilyana is hilarious, and Bendis does a great job of establishing Magik as the only member of this team with confidence and purpose. So much so that every scene she appears in has a sense of impending danger for all those around her. A few pacing adjustments and a little bit of clarity regarding the newer characters will allow this title to take its place alongside the, so far superior, All-New X-Men. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Mar 5, 2013

    Holy crap, wordy Bendis is back ladies and gentlemen. He had Emma reciting a novel at the beginning of this comic. As for this issue, it was pretty average, we basically got to see inside the relationship of Scott and Emma as they decide not to date but to continue to work together, as well as see how Emma dealt with not having her powers. We also got a bit more character development on the new mutants, although this book could use one of those things on the opening page with everyone's picture and name so I remember who is who. I'd say the best parts of this issue were being freaked the eff out by Magik and seeing how quickly Magneto betrayed his team. I'm excited to see the Avengers confront Scott and his team in the next issue though. as for this issue, it was fine, nothing bad, nothing amazing, as X would say, a perfectly acceptable comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 4, 2013

    It's not a bad issue (aside from my silly art complaints), but nothing really happens until the last page - so you might just want to wait for the next issue, when all heck promises to break loose. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Feb 27, 2013

    I'm having a tough time enjoying Bachalo's art when there isn't action to speak of. The way he draws faces varies from page to page and in some cases downright baffles me. Cyclops looks like some kind of ogre in some panels while at other times he's pudgy looking. The composition of the pages is great, but with so much dialogue to go around the varying quality of facial expressions because all the more obvious. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 3, 2013

    I'm glad one of the X books has finally gotten around to Scott and Emma having a heart to heart. There probably is room for more of these types of conversations, but there seems to be a level setting in this issue to satisfy things for a while. The book is still in the character set up mode as no real threat is presented, even the good cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see where this title heads next. If it keeps shipping every other week it seems like we will have the clear direction sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Mar 4, 2013

    Bendis and Bachalo's heavy focus on character in "Uncanny X-Men" #2 sacrifices some forward momentum. While it's a smooth read, it's somewhat unsatisfying. The reader can see Bendis working hard to make the choices and changes in the White Queen and Magneto believable, but the fact that this effort is very noticeable belies the situation -- that some of what's been happening doesn't feel natural. However, like their young students, the new Emma and Erik have much narrative potential, and the events themselves are interesting enough, and "Uncanny X-Men" #2 ends on an excellent cliffhanger. It's an inevitable plot point, but it arrives earlier than expected, and Bachalo's composition for the last page is old-school but effective, stirring up excitement for what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 28, 2013

    After issue #1, I had some very high hopes for this book, that it would avoid both the traps of being a relaunched X-title and the excesses of its creators. While I still enjoyed this issue, there was a marked decline in my enjoyment this time around, both due to the establishment of familiar elements, a lot of exposition, and a general sense that the plot is in neutral for 20 pages. Even the expectation of next month's fighty-fighty feels a big familiar, given that this books spun out of a comic that was actually TITLED Avengers Vs. X-Men. In short, Uncanny X-Men #2 disappointed on multiple fronts, with the art slipping from last issue's strong start, and a veritable sea of Bendis dialogue to wade through, earning what I wish was much more than 2.5 out of 5 stars overall. It's still not a bad comic book, but it's not the book that I wanted to read coming out of #1, which is almost more disappointing than just having a blah comic book reading experience... Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Mar 1, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #2 was a waste of time and paper. Skip this issue. There is absolutely no reason for you to waste your hard earned money on it. Just go pick up Uncanny X-Men #3 instead. That appears to be the issue where all the fun is going to start. Despite my criticisms of this issue, I still believe that Bendis is the right guy to breath life into the X-Men franchise. His incredible work over on All New X-Men is proof of that. Hopefully, Bendis can get Uncanny X-Men up to the same standards and do so quickly. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 4, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #2 is easily the worst comic I have read from the MarvelNow relaunch. It is not just a bad comic but also a boring one. Unlike All-New X-Men where Bendis has been able to breathe new life into that cast of X-Men he has completely destroyed the Uncanny X-Men characters, specifically Cyclops and Emma Frost,, which was destruction that began in Avengers vs. X-Men. Even Magneto, who shined in the previous issue, was non-existent here. In reading both All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men Bendis has displayed his best (All-New X-Men " characters and drama) and his worst (Uncanny X-Men " decompression and mismanagement of a team) traits as a writer. Uncanny X-Men #2 is a boring comic that does nothing but a disservice to a number of iconic X-Men characters. Do not come near this series, even if you're Mr. Fantastic. Read Full Review

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