Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 Review

Written by: Ed Brisson
Art by: Carlos Gomez, Guru-eFX and VC’s Joe Caramgna
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 23, 2019

Whether you want Cyclops back or not, him showing up at the end of the Extermination mini was big news. Of course, it brought with it a bunch of questions and this Annual tries to answer some of them. Does it do a good job? Let’s find out…

The issue opens with a cool ass Cyclops rising from the grave like a monster from one of Eric Shea’s horror movies. Don’t know who Eric Shea is? Well, I feel sorry for you then! I don’t care what anybody says (You hear me Branden!), I really dig the red and black outfit with the X-mask. Sue me if you disagree! Believe me, you ain’t getting any blood from this stone!

We then hit a flashback complete with classic/retro art that felt a bit like the recent Ed Piskor X-Men books that I loved. It’s one of those bits that feels like a Director’s Cut thing where Cyclops had saved a bunch of people back in the day, but one guy was way more important than any of the others…Paul Douek. Paul promised to help Scott whenever he needed it and even though he died, Kid Cable was there to make sure Paul paid it forward years later.

Yep, the story of Cyclops’ return revolves around Paul, the Phoenix Cage, Kid Cable, Scott, and a whole lot of really smart callbacks that hold water as far as I’m concerned. Maybe a smarter person will be able to poke holes in all of it, but I was having a good enough time that I didn’t want to get out the fine tooth comb so I could impress everyone in the message boards I certainly don’t hang out in.

Besides all of that, it looks like Kid Cable even set up a little test for his dad and while it’s a bit messed up, it actually made me laugh a bit when I thought about it and since Scott passes it, no fuss no muss.

The best parts, to me, are the little moments we get with Cable and Scott and while I swear that Bisson is poking some fun at DC’s Rebirth a bit, I loved it when Cable explains why it was so important to bring Cyclops back.

The issue ends with a badass duo ready to go save the missing X-Men and after being disappointed through most of the Uncanny relaunch so far, this Annual has me pumped to continue on. I wish Brisson was guiding the way from here, but I am just glad to have Scott back and am ready to be a gushing Uncanny fan!

Final Thoughts:

This Annual suddenly has me excited about the Uncanny X-Men book. The varied art by Carlos Gomez was great and Ed Brisson’s story felt smart, exciting and important. If you have been reading Uncanny, this is a must read and if you bailed out of the series, this may get you fired up to jump back in.


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