Uncanny X-Men #2 Introduces Global Threats

by Tony Thornley

In week two of X-Men Disassembled, the X-Men find themselves under assault on multiple fronts. But are these attacks linked?

Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson and Ed Brisson are joined in this issue by art team R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, & Rachelle Rosenberg and letterer Joe Caramagna.
[**Spoilers ahead!]

The X-Men are alerted to threats across the globe- creatures that have been extinct for eons are suddenly appearing and attacking humanity. The team has to jump into the fray, but split up to investigate a strange Madrox-related occurrence in Kansas. Meanwhile, a familiar face returns to the mansion…
Now, if you read my previous Uncanny X-Men review, you might remember that I enjoyed the issue. Something was kind of missing, though. On further reflection, I realized that it was a clear mission statement, a unifying thread to the story.

This issue quickly rectifies that, retroactively solving the issue- the disparate threads are linked and the team has to figure out how. On top of that it’s full of character. The humor in the story is all based on the characters, their personalities and relationships, as is much of the drama and conflict. It’s incredibly well done.
Silva and Di Benedetto’s work is really well done. They have an expressive, detailed style, that just skirts the edge of cartoony. Their action work is great, and the character work is top notch. Rosenberg’s work adds to that, conveying a lot of mood, whether excitement, or fear, or even disorientation.

It’s great to see an issue build and improve on a debut, and for the X-Men, that’s what they needed here.
Uncanny X-Men #2 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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