The GeeksverseUncanny X-Men #544

Uncanny X-Men #544
Published on Friday, October 21, 2011 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Penciled by: Greg Land
Inked by: Jay Leisten
Colored by: Justin Ponsor
Lettered by: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: Greg Land w/ Leisten & Ponsor
Assistant Editor: Jordan D. White
Associate Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Editor: Nick Lowe

Normally I’m against stopping a long running series and relaunching it a couple months later under a new #1. It made sense for Fantastic Four when it came back as FF because that was a change in direction. It made no sense for Captain America (beyond the boost in sales from being a new #1). And Uncanny X-Men is stopping after 544 issues and restarting with a new #1 only a month later.

But in the case of Uncanny X-Men, it actually makes sense.

Gillen really does write an end of an era type story. This really does feel like the end of what Uncanny was previously about. With both Hank and Bobby leaving it does feel like the door is closing on that chapter. So in this case, restarting with a new #1 is probably the right thing to do.

Gillen does an excellant job with the closure in this issue. There are a couple of little things that show how much Scott has changed and what his vision of the X-Men is compared to what it was, like Hope walking by and giving him a salute. Bobby’s remark that he was never that much fun but is even less now really hits home how much things have changed. With none of the original X-Men remaining with Scott, it truly is the end of this version of Uncanny.

The conversation with Hank shows how big a rift there is between the former friends. It shows just how far Scott has come and how far he has gone. It’s interesting to be able to see the complete evolution and growth of a character in one issue, but Gillen manages to do it.

The pages with Sinister are interesting. I’m curious how he was able to know what was said and the actions of the X-Men. The process of change he puts himself through is intriguing and it looks like Gillen is setting up some big storylines with Sinister.

But this issue is really about the end of the era and the closure is perfect. This is about how much Scott has changed and how it has driven away his best and oldest friends. That he thinks of it as finally graduating shows how much this world has changed Xavier’s dream for him. Is he really protecting the dream or just protecting the species?

Land’s art is standard Land, at least what passes for it nowadays. I loved his early work on Sojourn and there are flashes of it here and there, but overall there is a lifeless quality to his characters. They’re stiff and seem posed, lacking in geniune emotion. I’m looking forward to Pacheco coming on board.

Uncanny X-Men #544 receives
4.5 out of 5

This volume of Uncanny deserves to end and start over and this is a fitting last issue.

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