UNCANNY X-MEN #33
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Kris Anka, Antonio Fabela, and Joe Caramagna
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Uncanny X-Men has focused a lot on Cyclops lately, and the Black Vortex crossover event has only increased the neglect that many X-Men characters are experiencing. Kitty Pryde and Magik have been playing the support role, but these two deserve to take the lead in stories, and they finally do in this one-shot. Magik and Kitty teleport to Monster Island, a Savage Land-like place where giant creatures roam free. Magik is on a mission that she usually does solo, but this time she brings Kitty to help her.
I like how Brian Michael Bendis writes Magik. She knows that being one of the X-Men has always meant something: it’s not just about having powers, but using them for good. Magik and Kitty meet a new character here who is in a needy situation, and we see them work together to change the outcome. Bendis reminds readers that what makes the X-Men so compelling aren’t the battles, but the characters and their relationships. Kitty and Illyana have had one of the best friendships in comics for a long time, but it’s been overlooked in recent years. Hopefully this marks a shift back to being close friends.
Kris Anka is known for his eye for fashion, and the sleekness he gives Kitty and Illyana shows this. Illyana’s boots look intimidating with their blade-like fringe, and they match her headpiece perfectly. Antonio Fabela’s colors light up fight scenes: the opening scene where Magik swings the Soulsword is energized by the electric blue tone. Glowing flashes of bright purple and orange pop off the page when we meet the new character. Anka’s use of rain to set the mood without obscuring the action is also impressive.
This issue feels like a final pause before the X-Men dive into the events of Secret Wars. Kitty and Illyana remind us that the X-Men are not just superheroes who save lives, but they are family to each other. It’s thrilling to see Kitty and Illyana together as best friends once again. I wish they could have had even more dialogue, and at a slower pace. Bendis gives them an enjoyable self-contained story where they can be real with each other.
The Verdict: 9.0/10