“Now that you’re stunned... …I get a chance to say a few choice words.”
Hope is in danger -- do the X-Men have what it takes to save her? And will the Avengers stand in their way? (The answers are yes and no respectively).
Story: 4.5 out of 5
Firstly, Gillen is a smart writer; he is careful in his choice of words and likes to take the characters outside of their comfort zones. Uncanny X-Men #10 only confirms this through his use of Unit, a supremely intelligent alien. Unit attacks the X-Men and explains his every move, manipulating and polluting where necessary. Through this bizarre Avengers/X-Men team-up and the alien invasion, Gillen also gifts the reader to some scenes we might not expect to see at this current time in an X-Men comic, such as a fastball special between Wolverine and Colossus, and a moment shared between Namor and Emma.
Gillen also provides a few scenes between Captain America and Cyclops, during which the tension is certainly visible. This allows the resulting clash in Marvel’s summer event, ‘Avengers vs X-Men’, to appear much more organic and less forced. It is just a pity those that do not follow Uncanny X-Men will not be able to witness the brewing conflict.
Unit is written very well, and one particular scene between ‘it’, Danger and Hope is incredibly entertaining. To say any more would spoil the issue, but again Gillen builds upon plot threads already in motion.
Finally, there was a lot of time granted to Unit which is no surprise. Gillen clearly loves his villains, but it does come at a detriment to the Extinction Team members. It is for each reader individually to decide whether this is a positive or negative of the issue.
Art: 4.5 out of 5
Oh Carlos Pacheco… I so wish you were able to complete two whole consecutive issues alone. The artwork by Pacheco is very good as per usual, and his attention to detail is flawless. The characters get a lot of attention and their expressions are handled well. The backgrounds too are very well handled as he is sure to not clutter the panels.
Unfortunately, Pacheco requires assistance yet again. Fortunately, such assistance comes in the form of Paco Diaz, an artist who is able to adapt to Pacheco’s style very well. I would even go so far as to say any inexperienced reader would have a hard time of telling the two apart. However those of us that are familiar with the troubles and woes of comic art are slightly more eagle eyed.
Nevertheless, this is a review of the artwork and not the schedules of the artists. The art is still very impressive and is most definitely an improvement from Greg Land’s work (although it has been improving). The colours and inks are great and the overall feel of the book is professional.
Cover: 3.5 out of 5
The cover is once again very basic as it shows the villain, Unit, having defeated the Extinction Team. This actually appears to be a reoccurring theme with Uncanny covers, as it seems that Cyclops and his band of merry mutants cannot catch a break. However, I’m sure they’ll be happy to know their defeat here is handled well with wonderfully clean and detailed pencils and bold colours.
The idea of having Unit, a character which seems to be able to breach the 4th wall, tear and shatter the title (and therefore the ‘X-Men’) down from the page is a very clever one. That alone earns the cover some points.
Overall, this book is exactly what I hoped it would be. It is entertaining on its own and it also provides as a great lead-in to the summer AvX event. I cannot wait for the next issue.