Uncanny X-Men #16 Escalates Cyclops’ War

by Tony Thornley

Each issue of Matthew Rosenbergs run on Uncanny X-Men has featured the X-Men facing overwhelming odds, yet overcoming them. However, this issue might put the team in the most dire situation thus far, one that they may not make it through unscathed.

Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larroca, Guru-eFX, and Joe Caramagna put the X-Men in their most dire situation so far.

A confrontation with Captain America forces Cyclops to reevaluate how things have been going for the team so far. This leads to changes for how the team is working, but it comes just as a new Brotherhood emerges led by Magneto! Are things really how they seem and will this lead to the fall of one of their own?

I love how much plot Rosenberg has been packing into each issue. Each issue could be a complete arc, but he doesn’t shy away from telling complete stories, while packing it full of character moments. He also makes sure to give important metaphorical beats, such as Juggernaut’s reasoning for standing with the Brotherhood echoing the statements of those with privilege standing with oppressed people in the real world. This remains one of the strongest X-Men stories in years.

Larroca’s strength in this issue is in the interpersonal moments. Though his action is fine, he conveys the emotional beats between characters really well. It ranges from Scott Summers’ stoic reaction to Captain America’s skepticism to Dani Moonstar’s horror on the final page. It makes everything work with what Rosenberg put in the script. Unfortunately, we still see some stiff and overrendered figures which pulls the reader out of the stronger moments.

Things haven’t been worse for the X-Men, but I still think that’s the best thing that could happen for the readers.

Uncanny X-Men #15 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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