Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Terry Dodson, and Rachel Dodson
Cover by Greg Land
“We’re the X-Men, Emma, and we’re PISSED OFF!”
This line from Scott Summers pretty much sums up the theme of this issue. Scott, Logan, Northstar, and Colossus hop into the Blackbird to try to intercept his ex-wife Madelyne Pryor and her Sisterhood (consisting of Spiral, Deathstrike, the Mastermind Sisters, and Chimera) before they reach the gravesite of Jean Grey. In the previous issue, Madelyne had stolen a lock of Jean’s hair from Wolverine’s quarters (creepy) and hopes to use her newfound powers as the so-called “Red Queen” to take possession of Jean’s body. Meanwhile at the X-Men’s new San Fran headquarters, Emma Frost, Dazzler, Storm, and Karma do battle with the rest of Maddie’s gang , which includes a mind-controlled Psylocke.
Surprisingly (spoiler alert…I guess), this issue does not wind up with Jean’s resurrection, so Marvel is at least letting that dead horse recover for a while. What this issue does offer, however, is a lot of clumsy dialogue, gratuitous butt shots, and hilariously exaggerated facial expressions.
Founding Pop! Star Jason Kerouac has already (and very eloquently) described Greg Land’s “art style” in this BLAARGH! column, and this issue provides more of the same from Land. As always, his art works well for pinups but does very little in the realm of storytelling. His drawings have little to no sense of movement, the faces of his characters are inconsistent from page to page, and well, we all know about the faces and poses. The art would (mostly) be forgiven if not for the sheer inanity of the dialogue. Matt Fraction can do really good work, but it’s hard to defend writing such as what is found on page 17, which is comprised only of one-word sentences:
I’m not really sure what Fraction was going for here, but on the page, it reads very awkwardly. Anyway, this issue marks a transition between arcs and a passing of the torch from Land and Leisten to the much more talented artist team of Terry and Rachel Dodson. The Dodsons illustrate the final two pages and set up the next arc, which judging from the issue desciptions on Marvel.com have something to do with Beast and the origins of the Hellfire Club. All in all, this was not a good issue of Uncanny X-Men to say the least, but at least the art looks to improve with Land leaving the title, hopefully for a good long while.
Rating – 2 out of 5 Photoshopped porn pics