As I was reading Uncanny X-Men #9 I repeatedly found myself giggling and getting more and more excited. It was an exciting issue, especially for longtime X-Men fans.
Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, Yildiray Cinar, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna team up for this penultimate issue of the event.
X-Man and Legion have merged into perhaps the most powerful mutant in the history of the world. The primary strike team faces him and his Horsemen of Salvation, and find themselves taken apart. However, Jean Grey is able to contact the entirety of the X-Men, virtually every living X-Man ever, and summons the largest team of mutants to face the X-Man.
Rosenberg, Thompson and Brisson have all shown how big fans of the X-franchise they are, and this issue shows it. From the exciting culmination of Armor’s storyline, to Jean’s two-page call to arms, to the final page cliffhanger, it’s exciting event storytelling. Really, where the story falls short is in the fact that it’s an event and misses some of the soap opera-style hallmarks X-Men stories, but it’s a minor quibble in such an exciting, fan-servicey issue.
Cinar and Rosenberg’s art continues to be great. The action is well-done, and doesn’t go crazy or chaotic. If there’s any concern, some panels and pages are sparse on backgrounds, and a few characters were slightly off model. They’re not major quibbles, but concerns worth noting.
In the end, I believe this will be seen as a fun event in the grand scheme of the X-Men, not perfect, but definitely generally well-regarded.
Uncanny X-Men #9 is available now from Marvel Comics.