Spoilers for Uncanny X-Men #15
This is technically an “Inhumanity” tie in, but Bendis really makes the most of it. It basically gives him a free issue to play with, and he does with jokes on every page of at least the first half of the book. It’s not silly stupid slapstick though, and the beauty of the Bendis style of humor is that even when he makes a funny, he’s telling you something about these characters. The teen girls of Uncanny X-Men band together to make a united front, just like when you and your siblings tried to ask your parents for something together (for me and my sister it was always a puppy). This is all about having a school full of mutant soldiers who also happen to be teenagers, and when you have kids, well, I don’t care how militant you want to be, you have to entertain them, and this is the new Xavier school having to deal with the fact that kids are kids. The girls just want basic things, stuff, they want to go shopping! The whole “just like normal kids thing” really is funny and kind of heartbreaking at the same time. Luckily for them, when your headmistress is the former White Queen of the Hellfire Club, and one of your head teachers can teleport people in groups, you get to go on the kind of shopping trips that normal kids can only dream of! So yeah by the time it’s all said and done they’re in London’s Piccadilly Square, stop off to do the kind of eating they would never do in front of guys, and naturally things eventually get a little catty. Before they can ruin their own fun though, “Inhumanity” rolls in. An Inhuman cocoons right outside where they’re eating, and the whole world is obviously chaos as this is going on, with crowds of people and emergency responders everywhere. As he hatches the X-Men try to lend this guy a hand, but are only greeted with anti-mutant racism from this new Inhuman. He knocks them all out with his power, and then A.I.M. shows up and whisks him away. When the X-Men wake up Magik ports them out, and they ponder what impact global Terragenesis is going to have on the world, especially concerning human/mutant affairs. As fans we all have the same questions as these characters, but after reading this issue I feel assured that Bendis is going to make the most of the X-Men with whatever “Inhumanity” throws at him. Also, three cheers for finding out what Magik is doing when she disappears!