Uncanny X-Men #537

Uncanny X-Men #537

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Kieron Gillen has certainly gotten his tenure as writer on Uncanny X-Men started with a bang. Like Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, Joss Wheedon’s fantastic Astonishing X-Men has been largely hailed as among the best X-Men comics of the last decade, but at the same time—with a few minor exceptions here and there—those storylines have been treated with kid-gloves by other writers. So I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to see Gillen dive right back into the aftermath of Wheedon’s “Breakworld” storyline as Kruun and his other Breakworld outcasts have taken refuge on the X-Men’s island of Utopia. Of course things aren’t exactly as they seem, as we saw at the end of last issue…

What I like best about this issue is the spotlight it throws on Kitty Pryde, turned completely intagible since her return at the hands of Magneto—one of the better goodwill gestures we’ve seen from him—she’s largely been relegated to the sidelines and science labs. As Kruun attacks in this issue Kitty takes charge and allows us as readers to survey the full extent of the damage caused by the former Breakworld leader. As this storyline wraps up in the coming month there will be a lot of loose ends to tie up and, I suspect, major repurcussions for Kitty Pryde herself. Things certainly look bleak as we reach the last page.

This feels like a natural follow-up to Astonishing X-Men, and I like that Gillen wasn’t afraid to dive in with such a sacred cow on his first storyline—or rather, his first as a solo writer without Matt Fraction. This book has a much larger cast than Astonishing ever did, and Gillen manages to spotlight the X-Men from Wheedon’s run and work them seamlessly into the larger group on Utopia. And, as always, Terry Dodson’s artwork—with inks from Rachel Dodson—is a marvel to behold. It’s simple, yet very fluid, full of action and never leaves you wanting for detail.

I can’t wait to see how all the loose ends get tied up next month, though, in true X-Men fashion, I suspect more than a couple will be left dangling to lure us readers back in the months to come. Nonetheless, this has been a stunning debut for Kieron Gillen.

tags: kieron gillen, terry dodson, x-men

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