One thing Uncanny X-Men has done really well the last few issues is building and progressing each issue. Often events end up full of filler or stalling, and not so here. Uncanny X-Men #6 is another example of that.
Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Yildiray Cinar, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna start to reach a crescendo in this issue. But it also slows down a bit and adds necessary exposition that doesn’t feel like a stall.
After freeing Warren Worthington from X-Man’s influence, the team take the conflict to his doorstep. There they find Nate Grey welcoming them with open arms, declaring his mission is to remove conflict and create a utopia. However, the X-Men won’t have any of that!
The writing team continues to show how well they understand the team here. Though there ARE several action scenes, they don’t resort directly to that, leading to both the senior X-Men and the younger team trying to talk the conflict through before resorting to violence. It serves as a great counterpoint to what X-Man is saying, while feeling true to the characters.
Cinar’s work is very strong, but I’m happy to see an improvement over last month. His lines are cleaner, without completely losing the sketchier line he used last issue. His action is composed very well, leading the reader’s eye, while also telegraphing the events of the next panels in a way that conveys motion really well. Rachelle Rosenberg’s color work is still complementing the line art, and deepening the mood and depth of the pages.
We’re starting to be on the downhill side of this story, and my excitement for this new era of X-Men is building every issue.
Uncanny X-Men #6 is available now from Marvel Comics.