WotR Damage Report: Mutants, and Valkyries, and Criminals, OH MY!
War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #1
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrator: Pere Perez
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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With a huge war waging against all of Midgard, it would only make sense to bring in a certain team of mutants into the mix. Cyclops and the rest of the X-men, minus Wolverine who is out doing his own thing at the moment, are still taking care of potential threats to the image of mutant kind. While taking down their current targets, one of which being a goofy looking armor plated egg-person, Dani gets the feeling she needs to be somewhere else. Without explaining a thing, she leaves her team to fend for themselves. Not long after, as the X-men argue about the disappearance of part of their team, Magik appears from a portal to explain that Dani is in need of help, and the X-Men are teleported to all of the excitement happening in New York. Immediately they are overwhelmed with Frost Giants and Dark Elves and are forced to find cover, but not before a giant opens up a hole in the street, in which Wolfsbane and a Jamie clone fall into. Not long after, we get a moment of brutality that made me actually put out an audible growl after reading. Banshee comes flying through the front of a Frost Giant’s face, followed by the also recently arrested Hope Summers. Despite just shooting her grandfather’s eye out, Scott is convinced they could use all the help they can get. Magik then goes down into the opened up hole in the street to save Wolfsbane, and Hope and Chamber follow after. Soon after they find Wolfsbane and Jamie, but without Magik. Being swarmed by more Dark Elves, Hope taps into a mysterious mutant’s powers, but you can only speculate whom that may be at this point. Back on the surface, Cyclops, Banshee, Jamie Prime, Havok, and Karma track down Dani, but now she’s darning Asgardian armor. The issue ends with a shot of a blood soaked New York street and Dani exclaiming how the she was too late to help her Valkyrie sisters.
I was excited to see that the “Uncanny” title was getting a three part tie-in to WotR because of how Matthew Rosenberg has developed this new X-team. Because this story revolves around a lot of not-so-known mutants, I admit I had to read the issue a couple of times because of all of the characters involved and separate events occurring at once, but that doesn’t take away from how much I enjoyed the actual story in itself. Rosenberg relies on his artist to fill in any blanks when it comes to dialog, and I believe that is how a comic book should really read. The biggest example of this would be revealing that Dani as ties to the Asgardians and the Valkyries. None of this is mentioned in this issue verbally, but in the end that is all very obvious. However, I will say that could be confusing for some readers that are just coming into this title and aren’t was versed in the histories of the newer team members, but I can forgive that. Rosenberg great at delivering minimal, yet engaging dialog, but he is a master at mapping out the visuals for the artist to take over. This book seems to flex this ability to it’s fullest.
The art in this book is awesome. Drawing a team book can be tedious when so many characters are in the same panel, and often consistency suffers. That could not be further from the case with Perez’s art in this issue. When drawing the not-so-familiar characters, consistency is even more important so that the reader can grow closer more easily. The color done by Rachelle Rosenberg is amazing, as always, and adds that much more beauty to the visuals this issue has to offer. This art team actually delivers my favorite panel in all of comics this week, and that being Banshee screaming through the back of a Frost Giant’s skull. When it comes to the art in this issue, I could not have been more pleased.
I am really loving how this event is not leaving any body, or team, out of the war, despite how freshly alive again they may be. I had no idea what to expect when diving into this issue, but I was very surprised to see how smoothly it all transitioned from the main “Uncanny” story. I like that we are more focused on the newer team members through this story, which I feel can only help the “X-Men” books down the road. I look forward to the next two issues, and can only imagine where this mini-series goes into the second act of The War of The Realms.