Review: Uncanny X-Men #539

Published on July 5th, 2011

I think I made it perfectly clear in my Mighty Thor review a few weeks back that I am not what one would call a “Marvel” person. I, however, read eleven issues of Uncanny X-Men this past week, including the latest issue, #539. Now, I will criticize Marvel in the fact that apparently #540 comes out this week. I’m happy that I don’t have to wait and see what happens, but that’s a little silly. Not as comparatively silly as bringing back Animal Man, but that’s a whole other universe. I feel myself moving off on a tangent, so I will stop before I get too far away from topic.


I love these young characters they’re incorporating in Uncanny right now. Hope is proving to be very interesting as the “Messiah” for Mutants. Apparently, she was the first in a long time to have an active X-Gene. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I’m just getting into this whole world. I only watch X-Men in cartoon form. Anyway, I really love the tension between Hope and Wolverine. Is something going on there? He seems very protective of her. I mean, there are dozens of reasons to be, but it somehow seems more loving than just protecting what Hope represents. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I like a healthy dose of romantic tension between characters, especially in the X-Men (from what little I know about them).

And so Hope is kidnapped by some sort of group. Her friends run off to alert the elders, so to speak. Kieron Gillen’s writing is fantastic. He is able to do so much with so few words. I suppose that the art helps. However, I like the fact that he doesn’t over write the characters to the point where I am annoyed. Sometimes, I can get annoyed hearing every bit of inner monologue. Mr. Gillen know when to provide it and when to let the characters speak for themselves (this entire issue was characters talking). Not to mention, I loved the art in this issue. I know that comic books do not move, but I felt like I could see the characters come to life. When Laurie started to fly, it was like she flew off the page. I give all kinds of props and kudos to Ibraim Roberson for that. When I can feel for a character based on how she is drawn, that is a rare feat. This is a book that demonstrates why I consider comic books to be a very expressive art form.

So far, I’m very happy with my journey into Marvel, though it seems that I am picking some very excellent books. I’m sure there is just as much crap as there is good stuff. I’m just happy that Uncanny X-Men is the good stuff.

Susan Damon