Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men #23

An Original Sin Tie-In

It’s one of the most visited cities in America but Charleston finally received some love in the pages of a comic. Albeit for a few pages where then explosions are aplenty as S.H.I.E.L.D. comes in fighting Skrulls. I’m not sure who this Matthew is but he has a pretty traumatic experience, and we’re left to wonder where is this story going?

Next up we see…She-Hulk? Is she the Attorney of the Superheroes? Anyway, one would think she could make some pretty good dough with all the superhero litigation. Why she is the one to receive this package I am not sure. Did it’s sender get a discount rate? Was Matt Murdock unavailable? I do hope when I die that my will does not take as long Charles Xavier’s took to get to those it concerns. Geez!

There’s a nice moment with Hijack and Cyclops as they discuss the events with S.H.I.E.L.D. in issue #22.

We also get a Dazzler freak out after finding Mystique missing from Madripoor, and some weird student teacher interaction with Cyclops and a student that is a little odd.

She-Hulk shows up at the Xavier mansion and the X-Men are dealing with the aftermath of last issue. They get the shocking news of Xavier’s will and then the even better news that they need to Scott Summers present. It’s like the line from the horrific The Godfather, Part III..“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Just when they thought they were rid of Cyclops, they have to deal with him again. 

We close with more Dazzler freak out and some running mascara. Also, why are scissors readily available in most stressed out person’s bathrooms? We also see our friend from the beginning of the issue freak out under repeated questions from his sister-in-law whom he hasn’t seen since the backdated incidents in the beginning of the issue.

Kris Anka on the pencils is a change from Bachalo but not a drastic one. The tone of the illustrations are the same. I’ve enjoyed his covers for the All-New X-Factor series so it’s nice to read an issue where he is present throughout. His noses are a distinguishing feature, sometimes off point and witch-looking. I think Bendis is lining up some major story for issue #25. Although this issue is seen as an Original Sin tie-in, I think that’s more of a marketing ploy. They could have done this story no matter what was going on in the rest of the Marvel Universe, in my opinion.

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