Uncanny X-Men #31

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 18, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 10
7.1Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

As the fallout from AXIS continues, the Uncanny X-Men seem to be searching for an identity. Viewed as terrorists by some...as revolutionaries by others...as teachers by their students. If odd ones at that. But some don't see the grey. For those whose world is black and white, the wrongs will add up...and they will see RED.
Rated T+

  • 10
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Feb 21, 2015

    This has been the best issue of the story arc and possibly one of Bendis best on Uncanny X-Men. His writing was very good here and things fell into place nicely. Chris Bachalo also turned in a great performance with his artwork. This was a great issue all the way around from the team. Next month cant come soon enough! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 18, 2015

    Uncanny X-Men #31 concludes this story while flipping everything we knew right on its head. How will our new mutants fit in at the Jean Grey School? Emma and Illyana? What will Eva do next? And who might these “Monsters” be? So much more that we want to know and so little time after finding out that Bendis' run on Uncanny X-Men is reach and end in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 21, 2015

    The end is finally here! After slogging through issue after issue of Matthew Malloy, Bendis finally wraps up the story of the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier. Frankly, I'm a little shocked that he gets it all done in a single issue. I had no idea this was going to be the end (and that cover has nothing to do with the comic). This story just kept dragging on and on, and when you see the wrap-up, you're going to doubly wonder what the heck Bendis thought he was doing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Feb 19, 2015

    It's a development-heavy issue that finally brings the story back to its focus - Cyclops. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Anthony Blackwood Feb 20, 2015

    Bendis definitely knew what he wanted to express with this particular story but after nine issues, it's clear he didn't set out a correct course beforehand. That being said, Uncanny X-Men #31 is successful in developing the character of Eva Bell and as she becomes Bendis' most compelling contribution to X-Men lore, you'll find yourself wishing the story spent more time with her all along. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Feb 18, 2015

    This is a book for you only if you are already reading X-Men or like me, a fan of Chris Bachalo. Otherwise, I'm wanting to see how the X-Men will look coming out of Secret Wars, because showing me what Cyclops' new attitude has created leaves me depressed at the kinds of stories I can expect. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 18, 2015

    All that being said, it's tough to ignore the fact that the events of issue #31 render so much of the previous months null and void. Given how this arc wraps up, what was the point of so much build-up? Why pointlessly kill off so many characters when the effect is temporary? Why introduce the notion of Xavier secretly marrying Mystique if that plot point is never going to be addressed again? The best thing Uncanny can do now is simply move forward and make the most of these last remaining months. Maybe actually explore the story suggested by this issue's cover. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Scott Cederlund Feb 23, 2015

    Eva was the first of the new mutants, so it's only fitting that she's the first to graduate. But like her teachers, her future is so uncertain. After using her powers to set everything "right," she has a final discussion with a young Professor X. "You are either the greatest or worst mutant in the history of mutants," he admonishes her. "Right back at you, Professor," she answers without missing a beat. She's part of his legacy the same way that Magneto and Scott Summers are. Bendis is writing these broken characters and he may not be that interested in putting them back together. And that's all right. He doesn't need to because under his pen, the X-Men are much more conflicted and interesting than they've been in a long time. Their broken nature is far more fascinating than their heroic adventures. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 19, 2015

    As empty as the last issue felt, this issue is filled to the brim with excitement and some uncertainty about what's in store for our favorite mutants. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Feb 19, 2015

    So yeah, a decent issue, but horrible ending to a really long arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Feb 18, 2015

    This issue, and a great deal of this story arc, trade on small moments. Moments between characters, moments of reactions, moments when we learn what makes these people tick and thats a good thing. The visuals are still beyond reproach and the characters are fantastic, but the story itself is weak, and while its far from irredeemable, it definitely leaves a sour taste in ones mouth. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Feb 21, 2015

    This issue may not be what was expected but it's still integral to Bendis's bigger story. The actual protagonist is also not who the reader may expect either but that is a delightful surprise. Although folk consensus is that the story of the X-Men is the story of Scott Summers, it's a credit to Bendis's writing that he would have a newer supporting character rise up and become the foil by which Cyclops grows and re-earns that legacy. There's just enough cliffhanger to justify signing off on a ""and things will never be the same again" note but there's also enough in-story clues that Bendis is now crossing the threshold into his story's final act. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Feb 24, 2015

    With this issue "The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier" finally comes to an end. I don't think anyone is denying that this story lasted way too long. Even the cover is ready to be done with it, clearly displaying the beginning of next story that Bendis thought would be beginning this month. Nevertheless, the question is how did this story wrap up, especially after the last arc of Uncanny X-Men came to a rushed and awkward end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 20, 2015

    As near as I can tell, writer Brian Michael Bendis arrived at this issue of Uncanny X-Men and realized he had painted himself into a corner - so he cheated. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 5, 2015

    The other problem with the arc's wrap-up is that removes the intriguing character of Malloy in a way that admits he doesn't really matter (an argument at odds with everything the X-Men have stood for over the last half-century) as the character was never designed to be anyhing more than a plot device from the beginning. The fallout also leaves several questions about the future direction of this title with Scott closing his school and (apparently) choosing to roam the Earth like Caine in Kung Fu. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

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