Rarely do I feel cheated on comics. Uncanny X-Men #4 felt like a cheap ploy. I am a big fan of titles being able to hold their own without having to read other titles. But Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men really do go hand in hand. So much that this issue was practically All-New X-Men but from the Cyclops Revolution Team’s P.O.V. But Marvel KNEW they could do this because people would read it to find out who left the X-Men to join Cyclops. Here is the big problem with that. Nothing really happened other than the reveal. And EVERYONE knew who was gonna leave! They have made him a whiny dick ever since they showed him! Way to make it a big twist Marvel.
Uncanny X-Men has been the main X-title for years. It has always been the best X-title with the exception of very few runs on Astonishing, X-Men, and New X-Men, but it always comes full circle to where Uncanny X-Men is the best title you can buy. Right now, that is not the case. It has been entertaining, until up to this issue. I mean this issue was awful. Even Chris Bachalo seemed to phone in the artwork this issue. And I don’t know what it is, but I don’t like these new recruits in either school. The students are becoming too important in X-Men mythos. If I wanted to read about X-kids I would read Wolverine and The X-Men, which started off on a great run until it turned into a complete joke for a series. I want to see Cyclops team recruit mutants that we have known over the years. Grab Sabretooth and Mystique! Grab Lady Mastermind! Take every mutant you can and build a team that can take on the likes of The X-Men. This is all building towards a battle between both teams so make Scott’s heel turn a real heel turn. Don’t keep him in this grey area. He is the new Magneto. I enjoyed the concept of Scott creating his own X-Men, but it is essentially the same team he already had during the Phoenix situation. Give him a real team of super villains! I’m not asking him to align with Sinister or anything, but grab a real team that aren’t a bunch of kids that no one will remember in ten years. Ask yourself where all the kids from ten years ago are today? Exactly.
Enough ranting about the actual title, time to rant about the actual issue a bit more. I wanted to enjoy seeing it from both sides but the Stepford Coo Coo’s are not exactly the most entertaining characters ever written. I would like a bit more explanation why Emma doesn’t talk the way she has for quite some time now. I would like a little bit of explanation about why they would even remotely allow Scott Summers to step foot on the school grounds? Granted that is also something I had beef with ANXM but they are both written by Brian Michael Bendis so they really need to step up it up a notch as far as content for each issue. Uncanny X-Men should be one of the best titles I read. Always. No matter what. This time around was not the case.