Uncanny X-Men #30 vol 3,
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
BONUS REVIEW by Kevin Healy
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo
Cover by Kris Anka
Welcome Home Variant Cover by TBA
In the fallout from AXIS, the Uncanny X-Men return to the Xavier school to lick their battle wounds. But for some, the events that transpired may have left a deeper wound than anyone realizes. Wounds heal, but sometimes the scars become too much to bear, and the ruby glasses come off.
Date Available: 01/28/2015
"To me, my X-Men." One of the best lines ever in comics. It's the kind of line so good it becomes a cliche, but is irresistible even to a new writer who knows its a cliche- Joss Whedon did a great job with his in 'Astonishing X-Men'. If it ever gets said in a X-Film, people will probably get up and run around the theater (and sign me up if that starts). As far as I can tell, Bendis! hasn't used it yet. It's been more difficult, what, with Charles dead and all, but that's no excuse. Given that Charles, still dead, is in this issue, it might be easy for you to think how and why it pops up again. You'd be wrong.
There are giant events in this book, not the least of which IS Charles. He gets got better than he gets in talking to Eva Bell. The only thing harder on him than her words are her memories. It's a possibility that the X-factor for Secret Wars starts here, but that's just me speculating. What's certain is that by the end of this issue, we have no fewer than four dead X-Men, no fewer than two founding members (Charles included), and no fewer than ALL of the agents of SHIELD either at risk to be all kinds of dead. Bendis handles all of this with sharp wit. Chris Bachalo's art presents it all clearly- his bevy of inkers works to the art's advantage for one- putting the whole thing together as a gem of a book, and wait until you see who gets to say it.
I give it 8 out of 10 Grahams