Shots Fired With Rich

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Shots Fired with Rich
Uncanny X-Men #10
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Ken Lashley
Colors: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Daniel Ketchum
Marvel
I feel a little backstory about myself is needed for this review. X-men comics are the reason I started reading comic books in the first place. I loved how every character was diverse in style and powers and thoroughly enjoyed the family/team dynamics. So when I say the current books have lost their damn minds, it comes from a place of love for the characters and a great amplitude of confusion on why they are what they are now.
Uncanny X-men post Secret Wars has been probably one of their stronger X titles in my opinion. The art has been top notch and all 10 issues, despite the unorthodox group assembled, has flowed well. With that said they probably could have just called the book “Uncanny Murderers We Wanted To Write About” it would have been the same end result because this is not an X-men team. The current Roster is Magneto taking the team lead role, Psylocke as second in command, The Mindless Shell of Archangel, still morality shifted Sabretooth and Monet because she is cool and never used. Throughout the series there are scattered guest appearances from Mystique, Fantomex and Xorn.
Issue #10 wraps up an Apocalypse/Archangel related story that has moments of being weak but to judge it fairly I think this story line was forced on the book because of the movie this summer. I am expecting stronger writing coming up in the future once Bunn gets a bit more freedom. This issue balances an internal struggle, Psylocke trying to reach Archangels psyche, and the external threat of dozens of Archangel clones being fought off by Magneto, Fantomex and Mystique. There is also a sub plot that sees Sabretooth and Monet battling Empath in the sewers trying to defend the new Morlocks. Overall I think it was an OK read, nothing amazing happened and nothing awful happened. I enjoy morality shifted Sabretooth, I think he retains enough of his inherent grit to be an interesting character but he feels out of place in this roster. The biggest plus for this book is it eliminates one of the three Warren Worthingtons that currently exist in the books. Which one? Better read to find out, or not, whatever.
Final Verdict: 7 out of 10

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