Today’s Uncanny X-Men #9 sees Jean Grey do a call to arms in the classic style, in a battle against Nate Grey in the body of Legion. This is a bad thing.
Which gives every mutant fan a chance to cheer the potential reappearance of their favourite-but-forgotten mutants. Such as Kylun. Or Maggott. Of Kid Apocalypse – who may be able to explain how come Apocalypse is alive again. Or not.
But curiously bottom left, the three Stepford Cuckoos. Who have only recently appeared X-23, putting Esme into Honey Badger’s body with Sophie ending up in Laura’s head, and everyone trying to kill her. It all got very messy and murderery.
But now all is forgiven and they got an invite to the party…
Look, there they are at the back. With Maggott at the front. So definitely alive then, his death neatly unmentioned, like Apocalypse… who else are you glad to see the join the party?
And purely from an aesthetic point of view, could the weekly demands of Uncanny X-Men artist Yildiray Cinar be rushing things a little to meet an imposed schedule? I’m reminded of what happened to the art of the gorgeous Igor Kordey when he had to full in for Ethan Van Sciver who was filling in for Frank Quitely and ended up having to draw a comic in a week, sacrificing his detail and skill to knock the pages out. Something seems to be lost in the schedule, it begins with backgrounds, continues with rushed poses and inking and ends with… well, Dazzler’s face. There are some beautiful touches in this issue, especially the look of a possessed Legion, but it appears to be as if the schedule is causing issues – and that fault should be placed at the feet of editorial and management. Weekly comics can be challenging. But 2000AD have published theirs for years, and the Avengers weekly runs have had a less trouble, by dint of planning ahead.
This may be as a result, of what Bleeding Cool has heard about big mutant event plans lined up for the summer which originally would have been running now but were delayed. This lead to editorial and creative changes at a rushed schedule. The upcoming Age Of X event and comic book takeover should be able to give everyone a breather and to get all their mutant ducks in a row in good time…
UNCANNY X-MEN #9
(W) Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
From the Age of Apocalypse to the end of the X-Men…and the dawn of the AGE OF X-MAN??? Rated T+In Shops: Jan 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99