Uncanny X-Men #3
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Jaime Mendoza, Al Vey, and Victor Olazaba
The short of it:
Several years ago a young Eva Bell stood up in front of her class and gave a speech about how much she admired Captain America and how much she wished Australia had a hero like him, and how she would want to be that hero. Today she stands in front of her house, along with her new classmates and the Uncanny X-Men, and they are face to face with Captain America and his A-team of Avengers. Cap wants Scott to answer for the murder of Charles Xavier, and Scott wants Cap to do the same thing. What proceeds is Emma breaking down what exactly they did during AVX, namely that Iron Man broke the Phoenix, which then possessed them against their wills and drove them completely out of control. And that despite the fact that they were being corrupted by power, their opening move was to feed the poor and save the world. Great comments to be made as onlookers start recording it, especially given how true it is.
It’s a battle of philosophy for the sake of the public, as countless people have surrounded them to watch and record the confrontation. Captain America makes as bad of a decision as Iron Man, trying to bring up the police and government officials that Scott and company have ‘assaulted’, but as is his way, he completely forgets about the mutants being persecuted. That the kids standing at Scott’s side were the ones he fought to protect from humans who see a mutant and assume them to be guilty. That despite having their species reborn, things are worse than ever. That a mutant can’t even manifest without a threat of violence against them by bigoted humans. Cap has done nothing; though he would tell you that he has Wolverine and Havok on his side. Hell, the kids even start to speak up. The Avengers answer? That the X-Men should understand that people fear what they don’t understand. Congrats, Avengers, your stance on intolerance is that ‘it happens’.
Scott tells them they can go to hell, and that’s when things get interesting. Big fight? Maybe. Revelations about the X-Traitor? Possibly. An awesome final line? Oh yes.
To me, my X-Men.
What I liked:
What I didn’t like:
Why is the Hulk wearing armor? That really doesn’t make sense.
I’d buy a book where every issue had Captain America made to look like an idiot about his personal politics.
Scott Summers mastered public relations at some point, because he has this ability to stand in one place, make a speech, and get the people present to spread his gospel for him. And it’s not even gospel! He simply states that he refuses to sit idly by while mutants are mistreated by ‘scared’ humans. A message of peace and tolerance by force if necessary. It’s not contradictory, he wants the peace and tolerance he speaks of, but he’s not afraid to fight for it. He’s the voice of the voiceless, the defender of the helpless, and even humans are understanding his mission.
Eva has a lot of potential, really, all the new kids do, but it’s something about the new female characters on the X-Men that radiate potential. Kitty, Jubilee, Pixie, Hope, X-23. Not even counting the full blown adults that have joined up.
Why does Magneto not have sleeves?
Between this and All-New X-Men, Bendis is essentially writing X-Men on a weekly basis. I like this. I like it a lot. Along with Bryan Q. Miller’s Smallville, this is about the only thing I want to read weekly. Keep doing what you’re doing, Brian, and I will drop four bucks every single week for the best X-Men in years. And I’ll review every issue!
Which I totally need to do for Smallville.
Seriously, damn near perfect books. Brian Bendis is must read on all things X-Men, and I am so happy to say it over and over again. The X-Men are finally must read again!