Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Uncanny X-Men #2
Bendis, Bachalo & Townsend
The second issue of Uncanny X-Men doesn't necessarily pick up the threads left off from the cliffhanger in the first issue. Instead, Bendis decides to a take a deeper look at Emma and Cyclops. The comic is a good issue because it is a long look at a couple of the key characters in the X-Men franchise. The book suffers from a pacing standpoint as the issue is basically a talking issue, with a lot of text per page. The cliffhanger promises the next issue will pick up the pace. Ultimately, the direction of the comic book is a good one but this issue is definitely a foundation building issue and, as a result, isn't very memorable. It's an entertaining read but far from great.
This comic book explores Emma's emotions about losing her powers, losing her boyfriend (Cyclops) and her betrayal of him. The interesting part of this issue is neither party truly admits to doing anything terribly wrong and, yet, they both come to the conclusion that their relationship can't be salvaged. The discussion of love feels very shallow and distant which makes it appear as though Emma's ability to enter Scott's mind was really the cornerstone of the relationship. As I said this is a great character study with plenty of drama and undertones, but it is a slow read.
Bendis branches off this topic eventually as he explores some of the new mutant's personalities. Thankfully, there are only a handful and Bendis is able to give them unique enough dialogue that they are distinct enough characters. The book ends with quite a cliffhanger. Magneto is very much a background character in this issue.
Bachalo's art is an acquired taste. I happen to love it. The pencils are precise but the inks over them are thin and allow the art to blend together nicely. The drama in the issue isn't exactly crystal clear but the body language is perfect. It's a very good match to the dialogue and is definitely a highlight in this comic book.
I'm glad one of the X books has finally gotten around to Scott and Emma having a heart to heart. There probably is room for more of these types of conversations, but there seems to be a level setting in this issue to satisfy things for a while. The book is still in the character set up mode as no real threat is presented, even the good cliffhanger. It will be interesting to see where this title heads next. If it keeps shipping every other week it seems like we will have the clear direction sooner rather than later.
3 out of 5 Geek Goggles