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Comic: "Uncanny X-Men #511"
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Matt Fraction
Artist: Land, Dodson

Reviewer: Max Burbank
Posted: 6/25/2009

Plot: Red Queen Madelynne Prior and her Sisterhood are after a body to house her consciousness. And whose corpse could be a better fit than the woman sheís cloned from, Jean Grey? How will she find the body? Simple. She can track the DNA with a lock of Jeansí hair she ripped off from sentimental olí Wolverine.

Review: The X-Men franchise has become a vast, multi-book nearly impossible to follow stew. Between overexposure, especially Wolverine, (or as I like to think of him, the new Multiple Man) multiple possible time lines and continuities and more people coming back from the dead than a vampire membership drive. Itís sad because X-Men was my go to book for a large part of my life.

Thatís why itís nice that at least one book, Uncanny X-Men, is still a good read and still comprehensible without taking out a second mortgage to buy every other damn X-book up to and including ĎLockheed and the Brood: Deep Space Neutering.í

Matt Fraction has a nice mix of action and characterization, and he knows the players well. From Wolverine an Cyclops not speaking to Maddieís ex-wife issues, the dialogue is spot on. Greg Landsí artwork is, as always, awesome, particularly his facial expressions. His people donít just sit on the page, they act. Both Land and Fraction handle a huge cast better than anyone since the glory days of the Avengers with George Perez on board.

One quibble. I like San Francisco, but the X-Men belong in the mansion. Okay, so it got destroyed. Anyone want to drag out their back issues and tell me who often thatís happened? About half as many times as the X-Men have survived a plane crash, which is to say a lot of times.

So go ahead. You canít really keep up with the X-Men, but if you pretend hard you can feel like this is a solo book, and enjoy it the way you used to.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Member
Jun 26th, 2009, 02:35 AM
Max, I can totally agree. It's gotten so difficult to follow which book is crossing over with which and who's on what team and where (and sometimes when!) the heck are they. It's gotten rough just keeping up with the core books anymore. Still, hearing this gives me a little bit of hope and a pleasant surprise. I haven't heard of Land doing things since the Crossgen days. Nice to know an artist I like is doing a book I enjoy..when I can find time to read it.
pickled
Jun 28th, 2009, 02:00 AM
Man. What is Marvel's deal lately.
is hopped up on goofballs
Jun 29th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Greg Landsí artwork is, as always, awesome, particularly his facial expressions.
Is this sarcasm, or did he suddenly stop copying the same half dozen porno mags and learn how to draw sometime in the last few months?
Forum Virgin
Jul 1st, 2009, 04:07 PM
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So go ahead. You canít really keep up with the X-Men, but if you pretend hard you can feel like this is a solo book, and enjoy it the way you used to.
Best advice I've had in years, Max. I tried it today and it works brilliantly! Thank you for bringing enjoyable X-Men comics back into my life.