Uncanny X-Men #8 Flips The Story On Its Head

by Tony Thornley

X-Men Disassembled is reaching its climax with this week’s Uncanny X-Men #8. The issue of full of revelations, and shocking moments that might bring about the end of our favorite outcast heroes.

Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, R.B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Caramagna bring us the beginning of the final act of this event, with a cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli.

After last issue’s visit to the Age of Apocalypse, we rejoin the action back in the main universe… and learn that X-Man and the young X-Men have actually been sucked into Legion’s head, not another universe. While the larger team battles the Horsemen of Salvation, Bishop, Psylocke and Jean Grey try to rescue their friends. However, their actions may have dire consequences for the entire universe!

Every one of my reviews of this volume of Uncanny X-Men I’ve said that the new issue was better than the last. Uncanny X-Men #8 may be bringing that trend to an end. That’s not to say it’s a worse issue by any means- it’s still good event storytelling. However this issue turns mostly into set-up for the last act of the story.

That said, it’s still a good issue. The action is solid, and the characters drive a lot of what happens. Bishop gets a great spotlight here, really strongly bringing back the Bishop of old, while confronting him with his past mistakes. I really look forward to the end of the event so we can get more character moments like that.

On the art side, Silva and Di Benedetto are still doing fantastic work. They are able to pack a lot of detail in the action. They make the Horsemen very imposing, and compose the pages in such a way that they have an impact on the action. The final page especially is a fantastic example of how solid their work is, giving the revelation of that cliffhanger so much power and weight.

After this issue, I’m looking forward to the denouement of this story, not just to get the end, but to see the potential that’s been shown in glimpses really shine through.

Uncanny X-Men #8 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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