Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men

Vol. 5, The Omega Mutant

Book - 2015
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The X-Men gather to unseal the last will and testament of their beloved leader, Charles Xavier - but what they learn will change Xavier's entire legacy! And as they hunt an all-powerful mutant whom Charles had secreted away, Scott Summers faces his own past. Thanks to his Phoenix-possessed murder of Professor X, Cyclops destroyed his former life and has become one of the world's most wanted men. But is the greatest threat to his safety lurking within the dark recesses of his own mind? Collecting: Uncanny X-Men 26-31
Audience: T+.
Publisher: New York : Marvel Comics, 2015.
ISBN: 9780785189398
Branch Call Number: YA Bendi
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Omega mutant


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FindingJane May 03, 2017

This is one of the more devastating comic books I’ve ever read and rather tops anything that I’ve seen in recent blockbuster superhero movies. It offers moral dilemmas as well as the threat of total annihilation of its superhero faction.

The X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. attempt to deal with the worst threat humanity has ever produced—a human being with the power to destroy the world simply through reflexive anger and instinct. The book takes the reader through various easy answers alongside uneasy solutions. Should Matthew Malloy be spared or killed outright? Charles Xavier refused to kill the boy when he was eight years old after Matthew had murdered his parents unintentionally (and we’re not sure how the professor could have managed it, anyway). Now he’s the X-Men’s problem. So far, every attempt to control, pacify, reason with or destroy Matthew has ended in failure.

The tale doesn’t focus solely on Matthew who, after all, is about as interesting as a hurricane in terms of character development. It springs back and forth among the various people who are drawn directly and indirectly into his orbit. The solution to the problem is at once so simple and yet so terrifying in its potential for future trouble that this reader couldn’t see it coming. While the ending does cause a sigh of relief, it raises other unnerving questions about its essential rightness and the unforeseeable hazards that lie in wait.

The character I most enjoyed reading was Scott Summers. How astonishing he turned out to be! I’d never thought him as the one contemplating using a mutant to scare humanity into accepting mutantkind. Admittedly, I’d seen hints of such an attitude when he argued with the professor about how humanity was making robots to destroy mutants and therefore a more forceful attitude needed to be taken with homo sapiens. I just never thought he would come to this.

Revolutions may start peacefully, with protests, picketing, leaflets and rallies. But history has shown us that pacifism rarely works, at least not in the long run. The votes for women, the end of slavery, et al.—so many of these issues get resolved with violence and warfare. Why should the fight for mutantkind be resolved any differently?

This is a comic that invites conversations and arguments and that’s a good thing. Morals and ethics should be clear cut but they’re not. What’s right? What’s wrong? Who gets to decide, especially if you can’t tell who are the good or bad guys?

The dialogue and artwork are stellar here (although the illustrators seemed to differ about whether Matthew should look in his late 30s or younger 20s). Without them, the story wouldn’t carry as much weight as it does. This is a monumental entry into the X-Men canon. Any X-Men afictionado will be electrified to read it.

Jul 25, 2016

Despite the intrigue of a character who can shift her way through time- she'd be interesting in the hands of another creative team- this ends up falling flat, for two reasons. First, most of the art is by Bachalo, who for whatever reason has his defenders but just never appealed to me. Second, and far more seriously, this is written by Bendis, who is by far the worst writer in the industry. His style consists pretty much solely of people yelling at each other and sounding exactly alike. Along the way, he continues to justify the existence of a team that shouldn't even be around, and props up a character, Cyclops, who's been ethically compromised for years.

Sep 26, 2015

A good story with a promising character that could have been a great story with a surviving promising character. It is a game changer for the franchise before and a coming out party for one of the young recruits, but by the end of it I was reminded of the feeling I had when I found out that Darth Maul was not going any farther in the Star Wars series.

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