Comic Review: Uncanny X-Men #11 by Kieron Gillen & Greg Land
This the first issue of Uncanny X-Men to tie into the Avengers vs X-Men event, with the events of AvsX #1 and 2 covered here. To be honest I didn’t get much from this issue that I hadn’t already gotten from reading the AvsX issues. The start of the battle with Cyclops facing off against Captain America plays out exactly the same way here only with Namor narrating his thoughts on Scott Summers. From a continuity standpoint its good to have the two books match up like this but going over the same events again was a little uninteresting for me. The moment where Cyclops blasts Cap and kicks off the war didn’t have anywhere near the same weight to it that the same scene in AvsX had because it didn’t benefit from a slow build up. Though Greg Land’s artwork did lend it a very cinematic quality. I’m glad he is handling the art for this arc, his style is perfect for these kind of big events.
On the other hand the fight between Red Hulk and Colossus benefits from more room to breath in this issue. It’s not just the quick fight we saw in AvsX #2 this is a real brawl between to very evenly matched opponents with Colossus’ magical transformation into the Juggernaut providing an interesting element to what could have been just another slug-fest. Another moment that carries over is Wolverine taking on Hope, this time narrated from Hope’s point of view. Kieron Gillen has always written Hope very well so this time I didn’t mind the repetition so much. It was good to get inside Hope’s head for this moment to hear her wonder why no one trusts her and that more personal viewpoint did add something to the scene.
I thought that Scott Summers came across as being much more sympathetic here than he has elsewhere, he’s another character that Kieron Gillen has a strong grasp of. Elsewhere during this event Scott has been portrayed as very single minded and quite arrogant. Here though we really see that he is just a leader trying to do what right for his people. His open letter to humanity which ends this issue makes this point better than anything else so far during this event.
I’m a bit torn on this issue. It does add a bit of depth to events from AvsX but due to the limitations of being a tie-in to an event comic it can’t advance the story at all or give us anything really new, which makes it feel kind of unnecessary. That’s just the nature of event comics though so I think that tie-in books just aren’t for me right now. I might sit this title out for now and just stick with the main Avengers vs X-Men book until the event has finished.