With regret, I have to say that Uncanny X-Men #34 made me question what Marvel’s intentions are for the X-Men series as a whole, especially with Secret Wars creating a brand new universe.
Due to the drama at the X-Mansion, Illyana Rasputin plans a spontaneous getaway for herself and teammate Kitty Pryde in Uncanny X-Men #33. The plan: Find and save a mutant somewhere on an island filled with gigantic kaiju-like monsters.
After a quick skirmish, the pair follow Illyana’s portable Cerebro and discover a young girl, Bo, abandoned in a cave. Bo speaks a little English, and she explains how she accidentally hurt her mother before she was dropped off by her father. When Magik threatens to kill Bo’s father for leaving her, a monster comes to Bo’s rescue, leaving the young girl with no other choice than to unleash her powers.
The end is near.
As issues approach the Uncanny X-Men #600 mark that will end the series in time for Secret Wars, it looks like the spotlight has landed squarely back on Cyclops.
Matthew Malloy’s existence threatens all else.
And so Uncanny X-Men #31 brings the X-Men to the point of no return as Malloy wipes out the entire Jean Grey School, leaving Eva Bell and Professor Charles Xavier the dubious task of retroactively removing him from the picture.
My biggest criticism of the Uncanny X-Men series thus far has been its lack of a solid narrative with defining points.
The current volume started out strong as Cyclops gathered up his closest allies while being hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the other X-Men. After that, the plotting began to meander through various storylines that started off with huge potential only to fizzle away. Between focusing on the new members or developing the complex tensions between Cyclops and his own team — and don’t forget the bitter emotions embroiling Cyclops and his former X-Men — the story at large seems pretty watered down due to a lack of solid impact.