Review: UNCANNY X-MEN #11

UNCANNY X-MEN #11
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Greg Land
Release Date: April 25, 2012

Well folks, we’re in serious tie-in season now. The first round of tie-ins are done and delivered and here comes round two. This book ties in to both Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 and #2 and shows a little ‘behind-the-scenes’ action of some of the goings on in this chaotic brawl. Gillen writes this story well, but I will admit it feels heavily constrained at all times by what is happening in the ‘main’ book. The issue checks in on the brutal battle between the Red Hulk and Colossus and fleshes that out nicely but the pages featuring Hope seem truncated which I found extremely disappointing as I feel Gillen has written Hope better than anyone in the Marvel stable so far. I’m not going to linger in the realm of negativity though, I’m going to talk about the meat of the issue: the Red Hulk vs. Colossus war. Gillen digs deeper into what this Colossus/Juggernaut beast really is and let me tell you, it ain’t pretty. It was great to read the mental anguish Colossus is in and this issue has made his actions throughout the entire Uncanny series make a lot more sense. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this battle and I certainly hope Gillen continues to dig into what Colossus has become.

On the art front, Greg Land is at times brilliant and at other times I found some of the art choices confusing. The Red Hulk/Colossus battle is simply epic. The splash panels and battle features magnificent artwork but the panels featuring Hope once again got me. Hope is pencilled as a full on vixen in this issue – the typical sexualized female comic character and lacks all of the naivety she has in all the series leading up to this point. She looks like a clone of Jean Grey in this issue and certainly appears to be beyond her age and experience. I do not know if this was a stylistic choice to show she is ready for the Phoenix Force, or that the Phoenix is making her more and more like Jean, but it did not jive with me. Part of the whole crux of AvX is that Hope is a kid in over her head and she did not look the part in this comic at all. So once again I am completely torn by this book, as one half was absolutely amazing and another just felt all wrong to me. Hate it when that happens….

Verdict: 7.5/10

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