Review: Uncanny X-Men #530

Published on November 29th, 2010

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and you know what I’m thankful for? Seeing Greg Land’s art in the new issue of Uncanny X-Men. I was pretty disappointed with the work on the last story arc, but this new storyline looks to be much more interesting. There’s a lot of stuff going on this issue and it definitely looks like the X-Men are gonna have their hands full.

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The issue starts with Emma Frost, Kitty Pryde and Fontomex heading off to a still undisclosed location with their prisoner Sebastion Shaw after Frost got him out of the X-Men’s prison to make sure Namor never realizes that she didn’t actually kill him. Back on Utopia, Anole has come down with a new form of the flu. After conferring with the doctors Cyclops finds out that this flu is the beginning of a pandemic, and if it gets off the island an outbreak could ruin the already in trouble relations the X-Men share with San Francisco. Cyclops decides to put Utopia on quarantine, which means nobody leaves the island, and nobody comes on to the island.That leaves the only active X-Men on the mainland to be Dazzler, Northstar, Pixie, and Angel.

Meanwhile with even Wolverine out of commission, the Collective Man has gone to China Town to undermine Wolverine’s status as the Black Dragon and take over the protection racket that Wolverine had under control. And if that’s not enough we got Sublime recreating mutant powers in normal people who have enough money to go out and buy super-powers. Knowing that he’s gonna have more on his plate than he can handle Angel decides to call in Storm to help out until things on Utopia are taken care of. The issue comes to an end when a robbery is attempted on a security truck, the robbery comes to a stop when Sublime’s new team of super people shown up resembling the five original X-Men.

There’s a few reasons I was happy to read this book, first off I much prefer Greg Land’s art to Whilce Portacio’s. I also think that this new storyline is going to be a lot more interesting than the last one. The X-Men could take on any super-villain in the Marvel Universe, but now they have to fight, the flu! It sounds kind of lame, but I think it’ll be cool to see the small team led by Angel handle the super-hero stuff. I’m not so sure about the pseudo-original X-Men team, we’ve seen the evil versions of the original team before, so I hope Fraction has something that can make these guys more interesting. Overall I was pretty happy with this book, I just hope it can stay on track and be as good a storyline as I want it to be.

Ken Zeider
Ken@ComicImpact.com