Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Art Team: Salvador Larroca, Rachelle Rosenberg, John McCrea, Mike Spicer, Juanan Ramirez, Rachelle Rosenberg
Release Date: February 6, 2019
Cover Price: $7.99
The Uncanny X-Men has asked for a large investment from its audience so far after. A $7.99 first issue, then $3.99 at a weekly pace, before ‘ending’ the story for $4.99, then throwing a $4.99 annual at you, all before dropping another $7.99 monster on fans laps for issue 11. Even then, to continue all of this story you’re also spending money on concurrent tie-ins, and if you ask me, I don’t care if Shakespeare himself is writing X-Men, that’s way too much to ask fans to be spending on one series of comic books. I’ll be honest, I feel like it’s Marvel blatantly taking advantage of fans with rip off tactics, especially for the quality of the story that has been put out over that period. With that out of the way, the promise of Cyclops and Wolverine returning on the page together is exciting, so let’s dive right in here and check out this issue.
The issue begins with Scott as he wanders a world now devoid of the X-Men, who have been snapped out of this existence and into one of X-Man’s making, as he looks for reasons and hints as to why. The only answers at the start seem to come in the typical forms of protest, anti-mutant vaccines, things most X-Men stories are filled with, but this turns for the better when Blindfold becomes intertwined into the events at hand, finally making things feel a bit fresh and new.
From there some positive setup actually takes place as we get a feel for who is actually left and just where they are hiding out in this X-Men-less world. We discover the mutants left are basically being hunted by the government, hiding out in sewers, or really anywhere else they can find refuge. As Scott continues wandering and looking for purpose he gets himself into a bit of hot water which ends up involving Captain America, before moving to more familiar grounds to set up a pretty interesting ending to the first story of our issue, as Scott comes face to face with THREE simultaneous groups from X-Men’s past and present that hate their guts!
The issue concludes with a bang as well as, my personal favorite, Wolverine makes his reappearance to X-Men comic books, teaming up with Scott to bring things to a close in a few scenes 90’s childhood dreams were made of. The backup stories provided, throwing the price tag of this issue through the roof, are more of your mileage may vary thing if you ask me. Some may find enjoyment in them but it seems like an unnecessary attempt to fill in every little gap of what happened between the panels of the first story. Even to the point they straight up use the same word bubbles from the first story to connect everything, and it just doesn’t work out well in my opinion, unless you’re a fan of repeats in comic form. There are even a few continuity hiccups, mainly between Wolverine and Black Widow, that could have been left out of things with nothing of worth being lost.
The various art teams involved all do a pretty good job of representing the different characters and tensions present throughout the stories, with the feature story, and the Blindfold backup, being the highlights of the issue to me. It’s just good to see Cyclops back in the weekly funny books again, like somethings been missing for a while has finally returned.
Overall, Uncanny X-Men #11 is a bit of a hit and miss affair, Rosenberg does well making the main story stand out above the others, and had this book just been that one individual story I wouldn’t have had many issues with it as it stands. However Marvel continues to ask a lot of X-Men fans wallets, while not always providing the most compelling storytelling at the moment, and this title continues to be guilty of a bit of that. I can’t blame people if they wait for the dust to settle with all this tie-in nonsense going on alongside Uncanny, picking and choosing what’s for them when it all finally does, but this is passable if you feel like spending $8.00 on a single issue of a comic book.