After the big revelation of the new Horsemen in the previous issue (You can read my review of Uncanny X-Men #3 here), we finally find out the Omega-level villain behind the world's chaos in Uncanny X-Men #4.
The X-Men mansion just exploded and Nate Grey, A.K.A. The X-Man is making big moves, and he's clearly an overpowered mutant who will remind you of Jesus Christ. Artist Pere Perez vividly brings the villain to life in just a few panels, and there's a fantastic full-page look of X-Man projecting his message into every mind on the planet.
Writers Ed Brisson, Matt Rosenberg, and Kelly Thompson continue to balance the various conflicts going on around the world. This is more like a build-up issue with some minor battles between the X-Men and The Horsemen of Salvation (Magneto, Omega Red, Blob, and Angel). Despite being disassembled, every X-Men group seems to serve a purpose in fighting an epic war: Storm's team is in the middle of a conflict between the soldiers and villagers but compared to previous issues, the battles are less chaotic. Beast is clearly up to something and will probably discover something bigger later on but it's too early to tell. Jean Grey's team is dealing with Omega Red, Blob, and a huge shark but I think the most interesting part is with the young mutants and Legion.
The fourth Uncanny X-men issue definitely continues the epic conflict the first three issues developed but it still feels like a beginning of a feature-length film, and there's definitely a cinematic quality to the way the various plots are juggled throughout the story. X-Man and the Horsemen of Salvation put a twist to how we view villains. While the dialogues and characterization portray them as individuals who are fighting for a cause they think is good, their ultimate mission is still unclear. X-Man somewhat reminds me of Madara Uchiha from the Naruto series in a way that he seems to have a vision of what he wants for the future but unlike the anime villain, his objective isn't well-developed yet.
The scene with Glob and Multiple Man in the final page of this issue seems to hint that Multiple Man is still the key to winning the epic war against X-Man and the Horsemen of Salvation (as Legion suggested) so we know that there's still hope.
Final Verdict: Uncanny X-Men #4 may not be as epic as the previous issue but it continues to develop an epic story that raises the question: "How can the X-Men defeat a villain who's essentially like a god?" The talented team of writers and Perez are giving fans what they love about X-Men and possibly building-up to something we haven't seen in any X-Men comic or movie before.
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, & Kelly Thompson
Art by Pere Perez
Cover by Elizabeth Torque