Uncanny X-Men #16 Review

Written by: Mathew Rosenberg
Art by: Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 17, 2019

I will start by letting everyone know, I am not a life long X-Men fan. Actually, that’s not entirely true as I have been a fan, but not much of a reader. When it was announced that Uncanny was coming back, it was one of the books that I was most excited about…until I read it. It did feel like it was more for seasoned vets than new readers like myself and that was upsetting. It did pick up later in the run and with Scott and Logan back, I have been enjoying it more. So, how was this week’s issue? Let’s find out…

We open with Captain America pretty impressed with Scott even if Scott isn’t letting him in on all the mutant prisoners he currently is keeping. Poor Strobe, just not as important as Dark Beast, Banshee and Hope! Scott and Steve talk about trust and country and the scene ends with some note passing. Ah, reminds me of the sixth grade! We kind of continue with that theme as Alex whines a bit and Logan looks like he de-aged at least 20 years.

We head off to East Transia to get a bit of a glimpse of the best part of the issue, before heading back to Harry’s for more yakety yak. This issue is very wordy and while that is not always a bad thing, it is also very, very boring. A bit of full disclosure here…I fell asleep while reading this issue the first time. Yea, it was after working all day, but it was only 5:30 PM and I wasn’t that tired when I started!

Rosenberg starts jumping around between Scott stepping down as leader and Magneto, Juggernaut and some other baddies doing bad guy things in Transia. The X-Men decide to go forward without one leader and Wolfsbane leaves the group.

The rest of the issue is X-Men versus Magneto and his Mutant Brotherhood. It really should have been cool, but the whole thing feels like it was just thrown together and it all takes way to long to finish up. We get some reveals and side switching, but I am not sure I will be around to see how it plays out.

This book looks good, but it just doesn’t feel like anything important is going on. Maybe my lack of X-History is getting in the way and I will admit that I am not familiar with a bunch of the characters, but that’s why I’m here. Rosenberg is not getting me interested enough to seek out anything else and I just keep finding myself bored by the end of each issue. I think I will just wait for Hickman to arrive this summer and take my chances then. I want to be a huge X-Men fan, but I am not just going to blindly jump on the bandwagon.

Final Thoughts:

This issue may be it for me. The story was boring and convoluted and in no way has me interested in going forward anymore. It looks really good, but I think it’s time for me to tap out and wait until this summer to try my luck at being an X-Men fan.


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