(AVX) Uncanny X-Men #14

Uncanny X-Men #14

Written by: Kieron Gillen 

Art by: Dustin Weaver 

Released: June 20, 2012 

Kieron Gillen gets mad props for truly making his mark on Mister Sinister. I’d go crazy if he had him make speeches about Apocalypse or talked about whipping out his science kit to do some gene splicing again. No, Gillen sees him for what he truly is — a narcissist — and applies that to the mad scientist aspect of his character to pleasing effect. By the end of the issue, Gillen has neatly set up the battle to come, but there is a sense that he could have given us a more satisfying start to Sinister’s actual conflict with the X-Men instead of ending it with him literally sitting down to wait.

Dustin Weaver’s pencils are sound, but it’s Jim Charalampidis’s faded color palette that sets the excellent Victorian-era look for the book. An issue featuring the brightly colored battles of the X-Men might not have worked as well in this style, but the open countryside and sprawling Sinister London have a painterly look to them that show the influences of Sinister’s mindset on his new world. Melded with this dated look are sparse instances of glowing futuristic technology which all work well, save for the the journalist’s coat. It looks like he stole it off the set of Tron: Legacy. In all I would rate this issue a 7/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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