Uncanny X-Men #14 (Marvel)

Uncanny X-men 14

Rating: 5/5 – A Terrific Done in One Story.

One of the hallmarks of the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe is its huge cast of characters. The diehard fans love the variety, while outsiders often complain the books are inaccessible. While that debate will rage for years to come, I believe both camps can read Uncanny X-Men #14 and appreciate this book.

The book is a great done in one story. It features one of the newest mutants to Cyclops’ team, Benjamin Deeds and how his seemingly insufficient power set can be used to help the team.

The character moments and story beats are superbly written and by the end of the book Deeds is transformed from one random background student to a developed character you can’t help but to cheer for. Writer Brian Michael Bendis was at his creative best constructing this issue. The dialogue was crisp and vibrant and each character had their unique voice.

While some art choices were a bit excessive or odd (especially Emma Frost’s wardrobe choices…), the hero of this issue is Chris Bachalo. To avoid spoilers, I won’t disclose Deed’s power set, but only a top notch artist could pull it off and make it come across effectively.

Bachalo’s panel to panel story telling was some of the best work I have seen this year. While his heavily stylized art may not be appealing to some, I think everyone can appreciate the skill it took to put this issue together. The colors were also well chosen and appropriate for this story.

Even if you are not a fan of X-books, this is a must read. You don’t need to know anything about the extensive history of the X-Men to be able to enjoy it and it is a done in one issue. Issues like Uncanny X-Men #14 are what make the mutant line of books at Marvel some of the best on the shelves. With Bendis shaping the X-universe we are in a new golden age for the title.

Reviewed by: Hank Johnson – hank@comicspectrum.com
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