Monday, January 20, 2014

Uncanny X-Men #16

Crossover-free, the latest issue of Uncanny X-Men deals with ongoing theme of Magneto's relationship with Cyclops' team of X-Men and just how trustworthy the former super-villain truly is. After talking with Dazzler (who isn't really Dazzler) at a pro-mutant rally, a frustrated Magneto takes her advice in checking out the goings on in Madripoor where mutants have set up a new home.

In the foreign country once ruled by HYDRA, Magneto will find old friends, the temptation of a new home, and learn Mystique's secret. Over the first fifteen issues of the series the idea of Magneto betraying Scott Summers and the X-Men has loomed large. However, Magneto's response to Mystique and her offer is far from expected.

Lost in the various discoveries Magneto makes is an offhand remark Mystique makes to her old friend (while in the role of Dazzler) suggesting the death of Charles Xavier may have damaged Magneto far more than anyone suspects. With the character getting his own series it will be interesting to see how this will be explored in the coming months. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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