750879._SX1280_QL80_TTD_Uncanny X-Men #16

Marvel Comics

Written by Matthew Rosenberg

Art by Salvador Larroca

Colors by GURU-eFX

Letters by Joe Caramagna

After the bloody conflict with the MLF, Cyclops decides to turn over some of them to Captain America. It’s not the ideal situation, but with no headquarters to turn to, they can’t turn Harry’s Hideaway into a de facto mutant prison.


Instead, Scott decides to trust Cap, but not entirely. When his decisions are questioned by Alex, Scott tells him why he’s taking counsel from Logan. When Mirage chimes in, Scott tells them all to gather so he can make a decision. In a surprise decision, Scott cedes his leadership of the team. It’s a bold move that comes at a bad time when the reformed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants decides to attack a military base.

The Brotherhood is being led by Magneto with Juggernaut as muscle. The X-Men go on the attack and discover the true identity of this new “Magneto”. When he decides to tell them what he is doing by picking up the mantle of Magneto, an attack from an assassin with a familiar face stops all the talk long enough for Mirage to make a fateful conclusion.

Matthew Rosenberg crafts a compelling and entertaining story in this issue. Having Scott give up leadership and forge a new path for the team is an interesting development. One worthy of continued examination. I like the fact that Alex and Scott go back and forth over the direction of the team and the realization from Scott that he is part of a team of mutants who have been leaders on their own. It’s going to be interesting to see how this dynamic sustains itself going forward. The story is taking a darker tone as well with some real gut punch character moments and that’s a good thing for the sustainability of the series.

The art by Salvador Larroca is brilliant in both the details and the level of energy he puts into the action.

Uncanny X-Men #16




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