Uncanny X-Men #23

Event\Storyline: Original Sin Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Kris Anka Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 16, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 8
7.0Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

•  Charles Xavier's last will and testament is discovered.
•  But is something concealed within the pages that might be the X-Men's ultimate undoing?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jul 16, 2014

    This is definitely the start of something much, much larger and Im incredibly impressed with how well Bendis and Anka juggle and unite all these disparate themes and storylines, making all but one of them relevant to the immediate storyline. The one thats left out will almost certainly become more relevant later. The characters in this issue are the real reason to read it, and theyre very, very worth it. Even for someone like me who absolutely loves what Cyclops has become, I can still delight in him being taken down a peg or two, particularly when its well deserved and well observed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Jul 19, 2014

    ‘The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier' is a strong first chapter towards the future of the X-Men. It has the perfect combination of mixing history, current events in the mutant universe, and hinting at what is to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 16, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men #23 sets the X-Men up for a big story that will unfold. The suspense is torture and hopefully Bendis delivers on what will shake the very foundation of the X-Men's world. We got some action, drama, emotions, and a little bit of mystery that keeps us drawn in. A lot happened and there is potential as well, let's hope that it can all be capitalized upon. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Jul 20, 2014

    Though there's really no villains or mutant brawling in this issue Bendis and Anka craft a transitory issue that stands up with some of the best of this series. If the rest of "The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier" can channel this same dedication to character we'll have a solid X-Men story on our hands. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 16, 2014

    Kris Anka takes point with this arc, offering a lighter touch compared to Chris Bachalo's distinctive style. Anka's facial work and emotion play well with Bendis' script. However, the colors are a little garish at times, and some panels are too loose and vaguely defined in terms of character details. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 19, 2014

    I love reading Uncanny X-Men because Cyclops' story is possibly my favorite in the Marvel Universe right now, and this issue is rich with the excellent drama. I can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Newell Turner Jul 20, 2014

    There is a lot of hype surrounding "The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier" with promises that it will change not affect Uncanny X-Men, but all of the X-titles forever. Marvel tends to say this sort of thing about a lot of stories, and they're usually right, though the magnitude of the changes may not be as great as they want us to believe. It will be interesting to see how much, and for how long, this story will change the lives of Marvel's mutants. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Jul 23, 2014

    As a standalone issue, however, this one won't matter much to the person who will only buy one comic for the entire year " and if you are that person, I am sorry. For the rest of us, it's a great jumping on point that points to the future " one of character development, drama, and more action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Jul 16, 2014

    While the story of the issue itself was great, it wasn’t nice to be strung along in thinking that this issue was going to change the future of the X-Men’s dynamics. Hopefully more of that will be addressed in future issues to come. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jul 15, 2014

    Not much happens inUncanny X-Men #23. This is the opening part of “The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier”, so we have mostly setup and teases of a new character who could play a part in the proceedings. Bendis has said in interviews that the secret will have lasting ramifications for the X-Men line of books. That alone is enough to to pique my interest. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 23, 2014

    The issue closes on a cliffhanger that made me want to come back for the next part, but also made me wish I got a bit more in this one. It still remains to be seen how this will tie into Original Sin since we know for sure that we'll get more of the mystery surrounding Xavier's will. Bendis has stated that this storyline will alter the X-Men team in big ways, but this issue is clearly a prelude of what's to come. It's solid storytelling with emotional art, but it may leave some readers disappointed that the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier won't actually be read until next month after the ‘tease' on the cover of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 19, 2014

    The issue is mostly a chance to check on on a few dangling sub-plots: the Dazzler's search for revenge, some apologies for past infractions, and the appearance of a (potentially) deadly new mutant. So, unless you're a diehard fan, you could probably skip this one. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 17, 2014

    This is the X-Men, a superhero soap opera if there ever was one. Bendis and Anka serve up plenty of soap here - I'm just curious to see what the superhero angle will be. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 16, 2014

    Uncanny X-Men has been called a superhero soap opera for as long as the days of Bryne and Claremont. If anyone was the heir to the throne of this era of emotional and engaging superhero stories, it would be Brian Michael Bendis and Uncanny X-Men #23 is proof enough. Since their Marvel NOW! debuts, Bendis’ X-Men books have always occupied their ends of the X-Men yarn spectrum. All-New being the high adventure, Blue Team-like book, while Uncanny took on the more brooding, high drama Gold Team spot. The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier seems to be the Uncanny X-Men’s most explosive drama yet, but let's hope that we aren’t chasing the carrot of story resolution for too long yet again. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Todd Frazier Jul 18, 2014

    While not a game changing or very special issue of Uncanny X-Men, the book is a good first chapter that has promise of an excellent and exciting new story arc. A new character, a well planned plot device and the addition of Dazzler to the cast makes this a good foundation issue for the new storyline. Ankas art nails both the humorous and dramatic moments of Bendiss script making this an enjoyable read in spite of not meeting the classified hype. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 19, 2014

    Perhaps the reading of the will is in some way related to the memory-bomb that was unleashed in the main Original Sin storyline. I think that is a reach but there must be some connection to the event. In any case, this comic book has a couple of interesting ideas but doesn't get down to the reading of the will. Based on this issue's flub in terms of what the cover has on it versus what is in the comic book I can't see myself taking a chance on this comic a second time. Proceed with caution. I am sure there are much better X-Men books out there. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 17, 2014

    "Uncanny X-Men" #23 comes on the heels of several stronger issues, making this one stand out all the more as being all over the place. There are pieces to like here, but there are just as many to wince at. Read Full Review

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