The GeeksverseUncanny X-Men #531

Uncanny X-Men #531
Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction & Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Greg Land
Inked by: Jay Leisten
Colored by: Justion Ponsor
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe
Cover: Land & Ponsor

Normally I save comments on the art for last, but ever since the preview I’ve been waiting to review this issue and it’s because of the art. Or more accurately, two panels.

Generation Hope brought a new mutant, Idie Okonkwo, an African girl who has been said to be twelve. Remember the teasers that Greg Land did? The ones that showed her as alot older then 12 and with an afro? That character makes an appearance in two panels in this issue and is identified as Idie Okonkwo. She’s definately not a twelve year old. Yet she looks ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like she goes in Generation Hope, the book that she is one of the main supporting characters of.

I can understand the teasers being different. It was the first attempt at her, things/ideas changed on how she’d look/how old she’d be. That’s understandable. But to carry that over into this book after she’s made appearances in Generation Hope already?

Really?

This book has four levels of editors, and none of them thought that they should make sure the characters all look alike across the X-Men books?

Sloppy. Very sloppy. Disappointing too.

The rest of this issue is alright. There’s some good one liners. Namor and Wolverine make bad patients. The Sublime fake-mutants come across as tripping, which as it’s explained, they are. That’ll be interesting to see what happens when they come down. Not much happens in this issue as it moves the various plots along.

The non-sick X-Men run into the Collective Man. Dr. Rao attempts a radical way of curing the virus and proving it’s not lethal to humans. Fantomex does a dumb thing when dealing with Sebastian Shaw.

Besides a flashback to one of Emma’s secrets, there’s not much that happens in this issue. As the second part of the arc it works well, moving all the pieces further along the board, well providing a bit of backstory. Not much in the way of action or development, but it is the second part of the arc.

It’s an odd place for a new co-writer to come aboard. It was revealed the Gillen is onboard to help out as Fraction will be doing the “Fear Itself” crossover next year. We’re still 4+ months away, so couldn’t Gillen have waited for the next arc to come on board? It’s not like Gillen’s work affects this issue as it feels and reads the same as the previous All-Fraction issue did. So what was the impact of having Gillen on board? It’s somewhat understandable that the first issue wouldn’t have much of a change, as it’s probably still Fraction for the majority, but that again makes it odder that it happened in the middle of an arc.

Having Gillen come onboard at the next arc would have given the co-writers more time to gel and have both their voices come through. Maybe the next issues of Quarantine will have more of a Gillen voice, maybe not.

Land’s art is better in this issue then in the first part. Besides the Idie problem, and to me it is a big one, there aren’t as many bad panels as the previous issue. The single panel of Storm last issue still stands out to me as horribly bad. This issue, none of those. Land does make Dr. Rao more attractive then she has been before.

His faces vary from panel to panel though, characters looking slightly different. The page where Rao injects herself, her face changes differently in each panel.

Uncanny X-Men #531 receives
3.5 out of 5

Nothing really exciting storywise, decently artwise except for a few spots and one huge spot. But really, for a flagship title it’s suffered some bad art lately starting with Whilce Portacio and now Land’s recent work. Bring back the Dodsons.

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