It’s a common trope in big event-style stories for the denouement to be full of punching. The best remembered versions of these stories add a wrinkle at worst, and avoid the trope altogether at best. How does the conclusion of X-Men Disassembled handle that?
Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson and Ed Brisson, bring us this finale, with Pere Perez, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna. This issue also has a great cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli. We wrap up X-Men Disassembled here, moving forward into the next era of the X-Men.
The X-Men- virtually all of them- pile on against X-Man and the Horsemen of Salvation. As the battle rages, Jean gathers the telepaths, hoping to separate the X-Man/Legion amalgam. This leads to a confrontation between Jean and her alternate universe offspring on the Astral Plane that may lead to the end of the conflict…
I really like it that the writing team leans into the tropes of a superhero brawl at first…then twists it. The confrontation between Jean and Nate is emotional, raw and very true to the spirit of the characters involved. The battle on the flip side is full of triumphant moments, and lots of “hell yeah” victories. It balances the superhero slugfest expectation with the emotional core of the X-Men.
Perez and Rachelle Rosenberg’s work is great. I cannot imagine depicting a brawl like this is easy, but they are able to do it deftly. Perez is able to capture characters’ personalities in single panels and individual moments, but also gives the leads each moments to shine. Rosenberg meanwhile is able to keep things from becoming too chaotic or confusing, and uses her skills to elevate Perez’s work.
So in the end how was the story as a whole? It wasn’t perfect event, thanks to dropped plotlines and some wheel spinning, but it was reliably solid throughout. The art through the ten issues was good to great, and really was one of the best parts of the whole experience thanks to Perez, Mahmud Asrar, RB Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Rosenberg, who in my opinion was an MVP here.
Thanks for the experience X-Men, and I can’t wait for what’s next.
Uncanny X-Men #10 is available now from Marvel Comics.