The GeeksverseUncanny X-Men #534.1

Uncanny X-Men #534.1
Published on Thursday, April 7, 2011 by

Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Carlos Pacheco
Inked by: Cam Smith w/ Dan Green & Nathan Lee
Colored by: Frank D'Armata
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Carlos Pacheco w/ Cam Smith and Sotocolor
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

This .1 issue deals with a question that the X-Men needed to confront. What happens when the world learns that Magneto is living on Utopia? There are plenty of villians in the X-Men’s ranks, and on the island, but the world at large wouldn’t recognize them. But this is Magneto.

Awhile ago they hired a PR expert and now they put her to the test. Meanwhile the rest of the X-Men deal with a supposed AIM plot.

I liked the way Gillen paced the hunt for the A.I.M. scientists. The “Namor Activating” part was great. That part moved along great, keeping the story moving. Gillen also nailed the conversation between Kate and Magneto. We see Magneto coming to terms with what he has to do, soften his image.

And the joke by Namor was nice. Namor isn’t one to joke, but this didn’t come off as out of character.

This could have as easily been a transition story from the end of Fractions run to the start of Gillens, so I’m what purpose making it a .1 served. It’s not a great jumping on point and it doesn’t put the next storyline into motion.

Pacheco’s art is great and this story shows it. Except for a couple of scenes and problems. Since when has Kate Kildare been a young hottie? I don’t know who it was that Pacheco was drawing, but it wasn’t the PR expert the X-Men hired. And in the aforementioned scene with Namor, Pacheco draws Frost with camel toe.

Uncanny X-Men #534.1 receives
4 out of 5

A strong story, but not a good jumping on point.

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