(AVX) Uncanny X-Men #13

Uncanny X-Men #13

Written by: Kieron Gillen 

Art by: Billy tan 

Released: June 6, 2012

The most silent feature of this episode of Uncanny is the very low energy of the drama. Most of the book is told in flashbacks or short “elsewhere” vignettes rather than benifiting from lengthier sections of immediate action. It all gels nicely with the measured, logical personality of Unit, the dominant character in the issue, but it doesn’t really make me feel good about dropping four dollars to experience it

The real benefit of this issue is that Unit gives some justification for a few of the propagating events in the greater AvX storyline. In so far as this finally brings Unit’s horrifying brand of villainy to the surface, the book serves its purpose. The problem is that this simple plot point (which amounts to a villain monologuing) should be surrounded by a great deal more progression if this book is to feel substantial. As things are, the issue feels diluted – and artificially so. Fans should pick up this book, lest they miss out on a cool facet of the conflict, but similar difficulty could probably be avoided in the future if Marvel reduced the frequency of Uncanny X-Men releases by half. In all I would rate this issue a 7/19 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling!

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