Uncanny X-Men #22

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 18, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 8
7.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

• The war between the Uncanny X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. heats up!
•  Can Cyclops and his team track down the source of this new brand of sentinels? And is S.H.I.E.L.D. really behind these attacks?

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jul 7, 2014

    There are so many satisfying components to Uncanny X-men #22. From its theme to its concise narrative, it realizes so much of the potential that seemed lost for a time. The overall disorganization of the series still shows. There are a number of instances where it feels like certain elements felt cut and pasted, disrupting the rhythm of the story. But the end result was nothing short of uncanny, if that's not too fitting a word. It exposed a level of organizational ineptitude without getting overly political and in this day and age, that's an accomplishment in and of itself. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jun 18, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men #22 was a clever way to end the war between the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. which could only escalate so far. Mysteries were solved, the damage had been done, though some questions do still remain which leaves room for future storylines. This is what you like about Uncanny X-Men, with all the stories surrounding the Phoenix and time/space, Uncanny remains down to Earth in a way that reminds you that things aren't perfect for the mutant population on a street-level. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jul 1, 2014

    Chris Bachalo's art is strong this issue, particularly in the wide-angled shots of the helicarriers bringing destruction down on the school. There's so much detail in the nitty-gritty, and thanks are due to the six inkers working on the panels. If there was one point of criticism for Bachalo, it's in the facial expressions of Hill whose facial expressions are a little reserved. It would have raised a lot of tension to see Hill giving orders with a bit more emphasis. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 18, 2014

    The ending of this arc is somewhat weak, but only in comparison to how great the rest of it was and this certainly isnt a BAD issue. Im not sure if it was cut short to make way for an Original Sin tie-in or if it was always the plan to have it end on such an abrupt note, but either way thats the ending we get. The art is still worth gawking at, the few flaws absolutely do not ruin it, and the characters are as well-written as they ever have been, particularly the one or two who get a new lease and a new outlook on life. I cant wait to see where these characters go, and despite my misgivings, I absolutely cant wait for the Original Sin tie-in as secrets are something this team has no shortage of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jun 21, 2014

    Bendis brings the first chapter of his Uncanny X-Men saga to a close with a massive battle between the X-Men, SHIELD and their mysterious foe. Much like with Thor: God of Thunder, I felt the battle was missing that special human spark, but otherwise, it was one heck of a fight! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jun 21, 2014

    Next up, we'll be seeing the ‘The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier' which is set to partially shake up the mutant teams and some of the core leadership of each school. It is a shame that ‘X-Men: Legacy' took out Legion from the standard continuity as he would be great to have in the mix here. On the flip side, as this will was written prior to him killing himself at birth and now living on another plane of existence, maybe Legion will somehow pop back up? I'm sure he will at some point but I don't think it'll be here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Jun 23, 2014

    It's incredible how much an artist can prop up a weak comic book, for though the story in "Uncanny X-Men" has not wowed of late, it remains strong thanks to the sheer visual treat of Chris Bachalo and team. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 19, 2014

    This 'Uncanny X-Men vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.' storyline has been a high point for Brian Bendis run so far. Unfortunately, the finale issue proves fairly anticlimactic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Jun 18, 2014

    Bendis did a very nice job tidying up this story and getting many things back to normal. For the most part the characters were well written and came off great. Chris Bachalos art continues to take you out of the story as it is just mediocre this issue. That being said, overall this was a good read and Bendis continues to give us X-Men stories that matter and do the characters justice. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jun 19, 2014

    It's sad to see an issue that does highlight the creators' strengths so well hamstringed by a rushed and awkward plot. Nothing in this issue justifies the sheer level of indulgence that Bendis has brought to this series and the engaging, immediate quality of the dialogue only highlights the problem. Likewise, the epic atmosphere only makes it clearer that the book falls short of its own expectations. Like X3, Uncanny X-Men #22 has the pieces of an excellent conclusion " in this case a gripping mystery, characters you care for, above average art, thematic resonance, etc. " but that only makes it more of a disappointment. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jun 25, 2014

    I'm still a fan of these characters and I'll give credit to Brian Michael Bendis to keeping me on the title for 22 straight issues but the air of “what now” the comic ends with makes me guess it's going to take a bit to work to gear up to the next big arc. Given the disappointment here, and with the next few issues tying into a Marvel event I'm not following, it may awhile for me to pick up my next issue of the title. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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