Friday, May 3, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #17

Uncanny X-Men #17 is an awkward issue whose moral seems to be nobody ever gets what they want (and mutants, no matter how small the number, are still expendable to serve a larger plot). The comic jumps from the funeral of Wolfsbane to Wolverine and Kwannon who go in search of bloody revenge for another fallen friend. Because of the set-up, Wolfsbane's funeral is truncated, and because of the funeral Wolverine's vengeance takes place mostly off-panel.

The comic will likely be remembered for Wolverine in a suit, the end of Cyclops and Wolverine's short bromance, and the flashback of Wolfsbane's assault and murder by a pretentious douchebag group whose unwanted advances scare her into showing her mutant abilities and whose mutant abilities push the bigots into horrific violence. The entire scene is seedy, and Wolverine's eye-for-eye justice certainly doesn't seem to sit well with the legacy of the main X-Men title. Having it interrupted, and take place entirely outside of the events shown, comes off as cheap and gutless as well by a creative team that isn't willing to own all the questionable decisions made here. Pass.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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