Uncanny X-Men #9

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Chris Bachalo

As one of the few X-Men titles following its own storyline, Uncanny X-Men has a great focus. This issue really does show how it separates itself from the rest because they have their own conflicts and having a smaller cast allows Bendis to develop the characters at a steady pace.

The dynamic that this new team brings I find more enjoyable than the rest at this moment. They are new, they are put into a position as well where their powers and psyches can be explored. The new students are given more time which is what I also liked as well as their interactions with the older students. It’s a story that can be serious but doesn’t take itself too seriously. While it’s not all fun and games, they still find a way to have some fun at the expense of pissing off S.H.I.E.L.D. even more than they already have.

The only disappointment is Dazzler’s part in the story. Everything was going great and I had expectations from her, and then the end came with Mystique up to her games again. I was already getting bored with her antics in All New X-Men and now it’s brought into Uncanny where her intentions are still far from clear. She just seems to be that obstacle in both teams paths. If there was some indication of what she was up to I’d like to know, but until then she just feels like a bother because I wanted Dazzler to be that character who finds herself conflicted on who’s right.

Score: 8.4/10