Uncanny X-Men #4 Causes A Schism

by Tony Thornley

For an arc called X-Men Disassembled, Uncanny X-Men hasn’t actually featured a lot of disassembling. That changes in #4, as the cracks are starting to show in the team, and the threat is fully revealed.
Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #4
This issue was brought to us by Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson & Ed Brisson, Pere Perez & Rachelle Rosenberg and letterer Joe Caramagna, with a great cover by Elizabeth Torque. The issue might be the best of the storyline so far, with some great conflicts, and strong art.
Narrowly surviving the Horsemen of Salvation’s attack last issue, the X-Men now know who their adversary is- Nate Grey, the X-Man. However, the X-Men are torn in how to deal with it. The veterans want to face Nate and the Horsemen head-on, while the younger generation sees that Legion might hold the key to their victory…
Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #4
The story continues to make a strong showing here. The team has peeled back the mystery box and laid their cards on the table–their antagonist has a name, a goal and a deadline, adding a layer of urgency to the story. They also continue to do some of the best character work the franchise has seen in a long time, with Armor’s bold stand being a particular (and slightly meta) highlight.
Perez’s line is very sharp and clear, with a lot of detail. I was already a fan, thanks to his Rogue & Gambit miniseries with Thompson earlier this year, and he continues to provide some amazing work into character interaction. He also has a great sense of motion, with his art never quite feeling static. It makes the X-Men fighting a megalodon scene just as weighty as five young X-Men staging a defiant jailbreak.
Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #4
Rosenberg’s colors continue to provide a unifying thread through the story and just is top notch. Caramagna deserves a call-out too, for some touches he makes with his lettering choices and effects that help carry the story. Legion’s dialogue is especially effective, with his rants getting cut off by panel gutters squeezing his word balloons.
Each successive issue of Uncanny is better and better, and that definitely means you should continue to pick it up.
Uncanny X-Men (2018-) #4
Uncanny X-Men #4 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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