Uncanny X-Men #3

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 13, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 29 User Reviews: 10
8.4Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Everything has changed for Magneto in the last few weeks. Can he prove he is still the Master of Magnetism?Cyclops and the rest of his crew take the revolution on the road gathering up more new mutants.

  • 17.0
    Outer Realm Comics - SS Mar 24, 2013

    This is a fantastic issue. Magneto's involvement is pitch perfect as a character of his type and nearly steals the show. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Mar 18, 2013

    Holy hell was this issue good. While the artwork isn't too impressive, the story itself is a powerhouse. The Uncanny team is primed and ready to start a revolution, and considering how the team handled the crisis in this issue, they can likely do just that. The new recruits look pretty powerful, especially Eva, who can create time bubbles. With a powerful story, great characters and an art style that will please some but not all, this issue was an incredible surprise, in the best possible way. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Mar 13, 2013

    Magneto also redeems himself somewhat with the team, as he reveals that he has been doing some manipulating of his own" all to benefit mutantkind. Of course, Cyclops is upset with him, but Magneto's plan appears to have worked. This comic is quickly becoming one of my very favorites, because of Bendis' execution of things like this. Chris Bachalo is also continuing to win me over. I must confess that, years ago, I wasn't much of a fan of his unique style. This series, however, has completely changed my mind about him. He's perfectly suited for this book, as his unconventional style meshes seamlessly with what this book is all about. As pointed out in my previous reviews, he brings a very cool and appealing manga-like quality to this title. This team is unstoppable and have both created one of the most exciting and enjoyable comics I've read in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 16, 2013

    But Cyclops doesn't get that luxury. He hasn't gone insane. He isn't evil all of a sudden. He's the same Cyclops he's always been, but now the entire world has turned against him. So he can either bend over and and let the Avengers have their way with him and his reputation, or he can stand up for himself and be the best hero he can even in such dire circumstances. I am so very excited to read the latter. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jay Mattson Mar 17, 2013

    Much like Civil War, Bendis' Uncanny X-Men posits difficult moral questions that don't have a right or wrong answer, per se. There's merit to understanding both sides of the argument and elements of each set of ideals that can come together to provide a solution beneficial to both parties involved. Bendis understands that sci-fi villains or mad scientists are only a small part of the X-Men's world. Mostly, they have to deal with bigotry and hate that manifests as a threat to innocent lives, usually mutant. It's a wonder Bendis' unique narrative style wasn't tapped for the X-Men corner of the Marvel universe sooner; it's a perfect fit of interpersonal character drama with a writing style that exemplifies relationships and emotional subtly. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 13, 2013

    With a tiny suspension of disbelief, there's a lot to love about this latest issue of Uncanny X-Men. Feared and hated and misunderstood far worse than we've ever seen an X-team, Cyclops' ragtag children of the atom straddle that fine line between heroes and villains"which gives Bendis and Bachalo plenty of room to play around. It's fun to see the X-Men's resident stick-in-the-mud finally take a walk on the wild side, and with the doozy of a cliffhanger Bendis has provided, I'm excited to see what kind of sparks are going to fly when Cyclops sets his sights on the next generation of mutantkind. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG May 21, 2013

    The combination of strong writing and amazing art gives Uncanny X-Men #3 a lot of pull, especially for those emotionally invested in Cyclops' story. As a rogue leader, he's a force to be reckoned with because of the heavy hitters on his team. He's also a man on a mission, and as one of the best tacticians in the Marvel Universe, he's a formidable foe for the universe's supervillains and superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Mar 13, 2013

    Bendis has spent just the right amount of time letting us get to know this new team. Finally, he's taking them out into the world, first to encounter the Avengers, and, soon, to battle a team they know only too well. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Mar 13, 2013

    The biggest win for this issue is that it reads like it's jam packed with content. In some cases a Bendis comic can feel like an eternity to read, or it can feel short and as if it's missing something. The balance is struck well in this issue as both sides of the AvX coin are expressed clearly. It's also fun to see how the dynamics of this new team may wind up in the future. Some have reservations for what Cyclops may have done while others are all for being a villain as long as they can be famous. Either way it ends up being a fresh take on the mutant condition. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Mar 18, 2013

    Steve Rogers tries to have everyone's best interest at heart, but I think he got it wrong this time and that is what absolutely hooked my attention. Chris Bachalo's depicting of a new mutant named Eva using her power to stop time was riveting to see because it could be a game changer in the overall scheme of things and will be hard to counter act for any enemy. Besides Cyclops' new costume, which needs to go, the third time is quite the charm for this new and tremendous series. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Mar 17, 2013

    This series continues to be great, and as I have mentioned earlier, this is a very exciting time to be a fan of the X-Men. If you didn't pick this title up because you were frustrated that it was being rebooted yet again; then I really advise you to have a change of heart. The character development, along with the foundations being set for the future of the team, are things that just can't be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Mar 17, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men delivers the goods. Finally, the Avengers get the blame for what went down during Avengers vs. X-Men, and Brian Michael Bendis starts returning us to the good old days when the X-Men were kind of outlaws in the Marvel Universe. Things have become far too homogenous and happy these days. It's refreshing to see such a division taking shape between the Avengers and Cyclops' X-Men, and it's one that I don't see any bridges crossing it any time soon. Despite that, Chris Bachalo's art does a disservice to the book, and it really would be better to have an artist with a more appropriate style for the kind of stories Bendis is telling here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Mar 17, 2013

    As much as many of the current students and teachers may have followed him before he did (unintentionally or not) kill Charles Xavier. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Mar 13, 2013

    This series is quickly becoming one of the stand-outs of the Marvel NOW! line-up. If this series manages to maintain the kind of consistency that All-New X-Men has enjoyed then prepare to open up your billfold every single week for a Bendis-written X-title. On the upside; there's a very low possibility that you're going to be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 13, 2013

    I've been enjoying this series quite a bit but this one really cranked up the excitement. Just as Bendis' ALL-NEW X-MEN has that sense of unknown because it's hard to say how long the characters from the past can stay in the future, this one also leaves you wondering how long can Cyclops operate with his new extreme way of thinking. The argument he makes gets you thinking and it's really hard to determine if he's right or not. Chris Bachalo's art is fun to see and the way he lays out each scene really adds to the feel of the story. With a final scene that will make you stare at Cyclops in awe, Bendis is taking it to the next level. For those that wondered if he could do the X-Men justice needn't worry any longer. Bendis is completely shaking up the X-Men Universe and it's become an exciting time to read X-Men comics once again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 18, 2013

    When all is said and done Cyclops takes Magik‘s advice to take advantage of the Avengers frozen in time to make a little recruitment visit to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Next month should be very interesting. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Mar 13, 2013

    It is perhaps a stylistic quirk, but it's also worth nothing that in Bachalo's world, skin only comes in one shade of tan. Limited racial palette side, the colors are one of the issue's stronger visual elements overall. The art, while inconsistent, isn't flawed enough to detract from the strength of Bendis' narrative as his band of mutant misfits finally hit their stride as a team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was a very good issue, and although there were parts that were disappointing, it was still very dramatic, and gripping, with brilliant dialogue, and emotion. It was also nice to see some of the issue centre around one of the students, Tempest, as with all these big name's it's easy to not spend enough time developing new character's. I would recommend this issue, as despite the series not quite finding it's direction heading into the future, it has been interesting, and still shows ton's of promise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Mar 19, 2013

    I really enjoyed this issue. I liked the bit with Eva at the beginning, as we got a bit more development for her, plus seeing her stand across from her hero seemed like a bigger moment because of it. I also really loved the big argument between the Avengers and the X-Men, both teams made excellent points, and while I side with Scott and Emma, I couldn't help but notice how many good points Captain America, Iron Man and Hawkeye made. This is one of those comics with hardly any action but such great dialogue that I'd highly recommend it. Plus with Scott and his team going to the Jean Grey school in the next issue, only awesome things can come from this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Mar 14, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #3 is a good comic but somewhat redundant. All the aspects of the storytelling, from dialogue to art, are great but much of it has been done before. This argument of right or wrong doesn't need to be made again as most readers have chosen a side by now. I understand this may have been done for new readers but it could have been handled better. There is still great tension in the dialogue and Bachalo's art provides energy to an issue that might have been boring otherwise. Kudos goes to Bendis for giving us an issue where not a punch was thrown as the reader expected. Despite its flaws, Uncanny X-Men #3 receives a well-earned 4 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 15, 2013

    This book just keeps changing things up and messing with character dynamics, but in a good way that makes it more compelling with each issue. This is one of those few books that I wish would ship more frequently just because it's so good. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Mar 14, 2013

    This is hopefully going to be a series that will continuously keep us on our feet. Uncanny after all is a flagship title, and we will expect nothing but the best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Mar 13, 2013

    The art's a major step up from the last issue but there's enough lens flare to give JJ Abrams an erection. A little restraint goes along way, Bachalo. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Kelly Cassidy Mar 16, 2013

    Although I was not expecting this book to be great, it is quite good. It surpassed my expectations. Whereas Bendis' run with the various Avengers family of titles was sometimes long and drawn out, probably leading up to certain events covering the team, he seems to be finding a stride here with his X-titles. They are crossing over when they need to, but it makes sense when they do. It's not for the sake of making a crossover. And Bachalo is definitely the right artist for the job here – his style was my largest point of apprehension but Marvel has proven me wrong. A great book and the next issue only promises something more wonderful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Mar 15, 2013

    It might only be the second best X-Men title Bendis is writing, but this issue, with its emphasis on the mutant political situation and Cyclops' current ethos suggests that there's a lot of potential in Bendis' take on the characters and their situation. "Uncanny X-Men" #3 is a definite improvement over earlier issues, and hopefully one that marks the beginning of an upward trend. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Mar 16, 2013

    Artist Chris Bachalo's work is truly captivating; his take on the Marvel U's most popular characters always has me doing a double-take before I turn each page. Uncanny X-Men is definitely one of the better Marvel titles on the shelves right now, so be sure to check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Mar 13, 2013

    So, Uncanny X-Men #3 is somewhat of a mixed bag. On the one hand the plot elements, Cyclops and the pace of the issue really work. But outside of Cyclops it is filled with unfunny, annoying and heavy-handed dialogue. Also it doesn't help that it has unsatisfying art. The problematic elements don't truly hinder the reading experience, but they are distracting. Bendis and Bachalo have created a title that has a lot of story potential and interesting concepts, but its let down by its execution. At the moment Uncanny X-Men is a diamond in the rough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Marcell Mar 13, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men is still a good series but this issue was weighed down by pretty asinine dialogue. The X-Men are acting like children and the book as a whole is still being out shined by it's All New counterpart. Hopefully the series will pick back up in the coming issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 19, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #3 was able to turn things around after the previous issue saw the series hit rock bottom. Brian Bendis has created a different dynamic for the Uncanny X-Men team as they are being seen as the biggest threat by every other Marvel Universe team. Much of this is thanks to Cyclops and Magneto carrying this series on the shoulders of their new kick ass costumes. Unfortunately this has caused the other X-Men, including Emma Frost, to take the back seat as they don't see any positive character development. Things aren't helped by how inconsistent Chris Bachalo's artwork is throughout this issue. If you are a Cyclops or Magneto fan than Uncanny X-Men is a series you will enjoy. For everyone else go read All-New X-Men or Wolverine and the X-Men for your X-Men fix. Read Full Review

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