REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #12 – BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 4

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis

Art By: Chris Bachalo / Colors by: Marte Gracia / Inks by: Tim Townsend, Mark Irwin, Jaime Mendoz, Victor Olazaba & Al Vey / Letters By: VC’s Joe Caramanga

Price: $3.99

Cyclops and his team of Uncanny X-Men meet the Original Cyclops & Jean Grey! But whose side are they on? And will they help the young, on-the-run mutants?

At S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, Maria Hill, Dazzler and a handful of agents discover the newly-arrived team of future X-Men and Maria Hill reveals she doesn’t hate mutants. Just Hank McCoy. At Utopia, The Uncanny X-Men meet with Young Cyclops and Jean Grey. Cyclops thinks it’s a good idea to help them escape and stay in the present rather than be sent back to their original time.

What could possibly go wrong?

Emma disagrees. Pretty loudly. Back with the Future X-Men, Kitty & Rachel argue that Young Scott and Jean should be able to stay and live their lives (because that’s gone so well so far). Just about everyone else agrees it’s an all around bad idea.

Emma telepathically leads the Future X-Men and Co. to Utopia to help send Scott and Jean back. But Emma sees Jean and all hell breaks loose.

I’m utterly baffled at almost everyone’s motivations here. Cyclops barely gives any reasons on just why it’s a good idea to help them stay, especially considering how he was almost erased from existence.

No, no! But by all means! Stay, I’m sure you’ll be completely safe for the rest of your life.

Angel flipflops and decides leaving is the best route to go now. And then there’s Emma. Who can’t help but pick a fight with Jean yet again. Emma actually pointed out Scott’s lack of rationality for wanting to help Young Jean and his younger self, accusing him of not thinking straight because of his emotions. And  then as soon as she found herself in front of an adult Jean Grey she did just the same and suddenly it’s cool to supposedly jeopardize the time stream… Surrrrrrreeee.

Of all people, Magneto’s the voice of reason in this issue and comes off making the most sense.

Honestly a lot of this issue was retreading familiar territory. The “OMG, X-MEN FROM THE PAST! THIS IS ALL SO CONFUSING!” thing was just a little too overdone here, and it made the issue come off as filler and more of a set-up, than anything.

On the art side of things, Arthur Adams’ cover was beautiful. Nothing remotely similar happened in the book, but it’s great to look at nonetheless. Chris Bachalo’s art is hit and miss really. He’s dynamite with closeups and the like. Facial expressions and figures are all on point. But far away? His characters lack detail. Five inkers seems like overkill for one issue too.

While this certainly isn’t the most important issue in the event, it’s not completely terrible.

Score: 7.0

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One Response to “REVIEW: Uncanny X-Men #12 – BATTLE OF THE ATOM PART 4”
  1. Stan Lee says:

    I agree. This is getting ridiculous now.

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