Friday, 23 September 2016

Uncanny X-Men: Superior, Volume 1: Survival of the Fittest Review (Cullen Bunn, Greg Land)


This is the third and final main X-Men book currently being published and, yup, it’s also a stinker - 0 for 3, Marvel, take a bow! 

The line-up in this one is: Magneto, Sabretooth, Psylocke, Archangel, Monet St Croix, and Mystique. 

A group of mutants and Inhumans called the Dark Riders are hunting down all mutant healers. The Terrigen Mist - this awful plot device that refuses to go away is an unavoidable feature of all X-Men titles these days - is sterilising/killing mutants and the Dark Riders don’t want anyone with healing powers stopping mutants from dying because of some warped Darwinist viewpoint. But mostly because they’re buttholes. Magneto’s lot need a target scummier than them to punch I suppose. 

Though it’s a cool line-up of anti-hero characters, Cullen Bunn’s pointless, uninteresting story renders them completely boring. Even Xorn and Fantomex are in this one and it’s still a yawner to read! 

When did Archangel become Juggernaut with wings? Sabretooth was turned “nice” in the Axis event but didn’t Secret Wars wipe that timeline out? And anyway wussy Creed sucks, Sabretooth should be a snarling badass! Isn’t this the “edgy” X-team that kills? And why is this group of people even working together? When did they decide to become a team? It’s just contrived dull rubbish. 

Greg Land’s art is as flashy as it always is but totally lifeless and, yes, all the women do look the same! This guy doesn’t learn. 

There’s really nothing else to say about this one. It’s about as unmemorable an X-Men story as you can get. Though they were once huge sellers for Marvel, given that their sales are in the toilet and their books are this bad, maybe Marvel should do to the X-Men what they did to the Fantastic Four and take them out of the picture for a while? 

Instead of this drek I recommend checking out Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine which is the only decent X-title Marvel are publishing at the moment.

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