Uncanny X-Men #4

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Chris Bachalo Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 10, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 11
7.2Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

How is Magik the only one of the Phoenix Five to come out of the experience unscathed? And there is something strange going on with one of the other members of the UNCANNY X-MEN.

  • 10
    ScienceFiction.com - Stuart Conover Apr 14, 2013

    As much as I love this series, I don't understand why every issue to be a cliffhanger. The last couple were great as they meshed with ‘All-New X-Men' but now that we'll have to truly wait to see what is going on with Magik you are just killing us here! (Good job!) Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Apr 12, 2013

    "Uncanny X-Men" started off as the weaker of the new X-titles, despite Bachalo's stunning visuals, but this issue is a game changer. It suggests hidden depths and grand plans, all of which have epic potential for both exceptional character work and pure fun superhero stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 14, 2013

    Here's hoping for more of the same! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Outer Realm Comics - SS Apr 20, 2013

    This issue was quite good but above all else, what stands out is the character work done on the newer characters. I'm enjoying the older characters that we've all come to love but the new characters are getting more spotlight and thats what i'm in enjoying even though, not for nothing, more time could be given to them still. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG May 23, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men stays strong, in title and story. Keep it up, team! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was possibly the weakest issue so far in the series, but if so it wasn't by much, and was still overall amazing. The issue was all over the place, and once again slightly disappointed on the continuation of the previous cliffhanger. It did however make up in other areas, with brilliant dialogue, as well as some fun, and mysterious sequences. Overall the series is still not at it's full potential, but it's still interesting, and I'm sure it will reach it's full potential soon. I would highly recommend this issue, as although like all the issues so far it's lacking in certain areas, it was interesting, and I for one want to read more of it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Apr 10, 2013

    It's only been four issues, so perhaps my problem with the pacing isn't fully warranted, but this book almost feels supplemental. It's amazingly well-written and well-drawn supplement, so for now it's still easy to recommend, but I'm hoping they cut to the chase in the next issue or two. It really did bother me that they just casually revealed the All-New X-Men cliffhanger, but to be fair, those two things are the only things that kept the book from being a perfect 5. I can't stress enough how much I hope these new characters are sticking around for the long-run as I've come to absolutely love each and every one of them in a very, VERY brief time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Apr 13, 2013

    Not a whole lot happened on the Cyclops front in this issue. It's really just a repeat of the last issue of All-New X-Men, albeit with a cutaway to get into the minds of the Stepford Cuckoos. I'm not surprised by the reveal that Young Angel was the one to join Cyclops. I was kind of hoping it would be Young Beast, that would have been a real brain-burner. But like I said, the real treat this issue was getting to know Bendis' new X-Men. He hints at having a lot of ideas for the group, and they are definitely an interesting and unique bunch. He even starts hinting at a few possible romances, which are always fun. I hope, going forward, we get a lot more focus on both these new kids and how they interact with the traditional X-Men. I'd love to see some real bonding between the two factions. I think Bendis could build something really special here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Apr 11, 2013

    Chris Bachalo has toned down the lens flare by a lot. It's still there, though. The monochromatic page where Emma and the Cuckoos are discussing the 05 is really neat looking as isBenjamin's gradual transformation into Eva.What this series lacks in action, it makes up for in dialogue and a proper, detailed and in-depth plot. Hats off to Bendis for juggling as many titles as he is and not having them all suck. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Apr 10, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #4 is a great supplement for its companion title All-New X-Men #10. It strengthens the existing story more than it progresses it, but it's still a well-written, superbly-drawn experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Apr 10, 2013

    Jumping between two different series cannot be easy for Brian Michael Bendis, and while it's beginning to show with the major crossing plots between both titles, he's still doing a great job with both books. Cracks in the armor aside, this book is still very fun, and the events here hold a lot of weight for future stories within the universe. With the addition of a member of the original five now on the roster, the Uncanny team looks to be growing, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays out. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 10, 2013

    It's unfortunate that this issue couldn't have played out more independently. But at long last, Bendis has assembled his cast, and all signs point towards the series taking on a stronger sense of personal identity and direction moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Apr 19, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #4 is another strong issue giving equal time to both the big guns and the younger generation of Cyclops' team. However, it is a little awkward the comic can't decide if Wolverine is supposed to be present (he's drawn in a couple panels but never speaks or acts) when Cyclops and his team arrive. And, despite reading every issue of this series so far, I also found Magik's subplot, which eventually takes over the comic, confusing. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Apr 12, 2013

    Bendis shakes the story up by devoting some well-deserved page time to the Stepford sisters, giving them more of an influential and meaningful role among the bickering between the two camps. We can see that thanks to Emma, the girls have some badass in them. Bendis also does a nice job developing the characters of Cyclops' new recruits: their powers have yet to truly manifest themselves, and their banter among one another offers up some comic relief. I can't say enough about Bachalo's fantastic artwork featured in Uncanny X-Men. He constantly gives a raw, anarchic, and downright cool look to each panel, both among scenery and characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Apr 12, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #4 was exactly the type of issue that was needed in order to sell me on the concept behind the series. My biggest complaint up until this point was Brian Bendis singular focus on Cyclops and Magneto. That finally changed with this issue as Bendis did a great job in getting inside of Emma Frosts head, developing the personalities of the new students at the Xavier School and providing Illyanas character with an interesting hook that goes beyond being a one-note crazy girl. Its unfortunate that the awkward way that the dialogue from All-New X-Men #10 was worked into this issue and the fact it spoiled a major plot for the other Bendis X-series got in the way of an otherwise great issue. But the fact is that these problems did occur and kept me from completely falling in love with it. Still, if you are reading All-New X-Men and dont mind spoilers I recommend picking up Uncanny X-Men #4. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Apr 10, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #4 may seem familiar to readers of its sister title All-New X-Men, also written by Bendis, and that is because a large chunk of this issue is actually recycled content from the latest installment of the latter title. And for that reason readers of that title will find this installment very frustrating, and I doubt that there are many people reading this title that aren't also reading All-New. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Apr 13, 2013

    The writing of Uncanny X-Men continues to be strong, but the disappointing result of Cyclops' invitation to the rest of the X-Men drags this issue down. It will be great to have the Stepford Cuckoos part fo this cast, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Apr 16, 2013

    I have mixed feeling about this issue. On one hand, I'm an avid Emma fan, but I could care less about the Stepford Sisters and considering most of this issue was her talking to them in her mind, I was pretty bored. That aside, I did like Triage, who finally has a codename now, talking to Tempus and being a bit flirty to give him somewhat of a character, as well as Angel joining the team. I'm interested to see how that plays out in All New X-Men, considering Angel wanted to go home and was forced to stay thanks to the rest of the team. All in all, this wasn't a bad issue, but I just couldn't get into the Emma/Stepford parts. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Tyler Gross Apr 18, 2013

    Brian Michael Bendis' X-Men story continues to be interesting and this book just helps him expand and focus his large cast of characters in different places, even if that focused angle makes things a little more plain. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Apr 11, 2013

    Just like when Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen took over Wolverine and the X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, it feels like Brian Michael Bendis has all of his fun characters (including the confused young Scott) over in All-New X-Men, while Uncanny X-Men feels lackluster and ill-defined in its characterization. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Apr 13, 2013

    Uncanny X-Men #4 isn't the fun action story we've gotten from past issues, but it's still an enjoyable (though flawed) comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Apr 12, 2013

    At least Chris Bachalo's artwork is still awesome. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Apr 11, 2013

    The art and script come together to make a frustrating reading experience. Both Bendis and Bachalo have done better than this.Uncanny X-Men #4 is an issue that has nothing interesting to say, which is a shame because the books core concept is so compelling. But the script spends too much time with undeveloped characters and their hijinks. New characters are great as long as you can back them up with interesting motivations and characterisation, but Bendis doesn't do that. Also whilst elements of the Emma Frost scenes work, they are bogged down with an over reliance on exposition and the hope that the reader has read all of the Cuckoos previous appearances. Throw in Bachalo's hit and miss style and the issues is somewhat of a step backwards for the title. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Nick Furious Apr 16, 2013

    Enough ranting about the actual title, time to rant about the actual issue a bit more. I wanted to enjoy seeing it from both sides but the Stepford Coo Coo's are not exactly the most entertaining characters ever written. I would like a bit more explanation why Emma doesn't talk the way she has for quite some time now. I would like a little bit of explanation about why they would even remotely allow Scott Summers to step foot on the school grounds? Granted that is also something I had beef with ANXM but they are both written by Brian Michael Bendis so they really need to step up it up a notch as far as content for each issue. Uncanny X-Men should be one of the best titles I read. Always. No matter what. This time around was not the case. Read Full Review

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