The first issue of one of Marvel Comics' biggest flagship titles raised some questions but don't expect Uncanny X-Men #2 to answer them. While so many plot threads are hanging loose, the second issue focuses on bringing the fun side of X-Men instead of fleshing out the story's mysteries. At this point, we still we still don't know who's behind the strange chaos going on around the world or where Kitty Pryde and Apocalypse are held captive. Instead, the issue shows us what the X-Men are all about: epic teamwork that highlights their superpowers.
Extinct animals like mammoths and dinosaurs are stirring chaos around the world, plus an army of Multiple Man dupes are on the move, so the X-Men split into two teams to take down each problem. There are some spectacular panels like the whole battle against the Multiple Man army but the conflict looks more like something you'd find in a post-apocalyptic story instead of a superhero comic.
Thanks to the art done by the dynamic duo of R.B. Silva and Adriano Di Benedetto (X-Men: Gold) with wonderful colors from Rachelle Rosenberg, the action sequences look clean and fantastic even with a lot of word balloons obstructing them. The panels highlight the mutants' powers in spectacular ways. The conflict between Jean Grey's team and the dinosaurs rampaging in Montana looks like something you'd see in a Hollywood film, and Laura Kinney gets her moment to shine when she goes up against a Tyranassoraus Rex.
With only 23 pages, Uncanny X-Men #2 feels like a fusion of three solid X-books. There's a New Mutants-like tale with Armor, Rockslide, and Pixie separate from the rest of the action, and the way they mutants are split is probably why this series is subtitled "Disassembled". Although the epic battles feel like gorgeous fillers, it's a fun read that both newbies and old fans would enjoy. The final page of Uncanny X-Men #2 will get fans excited for the next issue. This ten-issue weekly story is just getting heated-up and I can't wait to see what the talented team of writers and artists are brewing in the upcoming issues.
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, & Kelly Thompson
Art by R.B. Silva & Adriano Di Benedetto
Cover by Leinil Francis Yu