Tuesday, 3 September 2013

X-Men Re-read: Uncanny X-Men: Manifest Destiny

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The Great X-Men Re-read

Uncanny X-Men: Manifest Destiny

Collects: Uncanny X-Men #500-501, Free Comic Book Day 2008, Stories from Manifest Destiny #1-5
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction
Penciller(s): Greg Land, Terry Dodson + Others

The X-Men move to San Francisco.

Quick Synopsis
Pixies and Demons (X-Men: Free Comic Book Day)
This focuses on Megan Gwynn aka Pixie as she goes back to her Welsh home after the disbanding of the X-Men in Messiah CompleX. The story is simple enough, there are some demons (the N'Garai from early issues of Uncanny, e.e. 96, 143, 159) kidnapping children to feed to their leader, Pixie investigates calls the X-Men and they sort it out and invite her back to San Francisco.

SFX (Uncanny X-Men #500-503)
Picking up after Uncanny X-Men: Divided We Stand, this story sees the X-Men relocated to San Francisco, who have embraced the mutants. Mostly. There's a new Hellfire Cult (i.e. speciesist nut-jobs wearing the distinctive mask of the Hellfire Cult) who beat up mutants including Pixie, when she leaves one of Dazzler's gigs.

The San Francisco people decide the best way to welcome the X-Men is to build a museum, including deactivated Sentinels. I mean what could go wrong with that? Well, before you can say dumb-ass idea, Magneto rocks up using powers based on technology and causes a kerfuffle.

The X-Men go after the Hellfire Cult, using Karma's powers to draw them out. Cyclops mock tortures one of them to find their base of operations. The X-Men take them apart, but the leader escapes and thwarts the X-Men. Pixie gets her mojo back and takes him down.

Essentially, it's a coming of age tale for Pixie, where she takes the role of the young girl on the X-Men team, like Kitty Pryde in the mid 100s and Jubilee in the mid 200s of Uncanny.

There's a sub plot that involves the return of Madelyne Prior and the creation of a new Sisterhood of Evil Mutants, the book ends with Cyclops learning that his ex-wife is still alive.

Manifest Destiny Shorts (From X-Men: Manifest Destiny #1-5)
Some anthology tales, in the manner of Divided We Stand, exploring characters in this new status quo. The pick of the bunch being Emma Frost coming to terms with being a respected member of the X-Men.

Best Bit

Final Words
Story is nice enough but the art... well you just have to google Greg Land and you'll find lots of stuff on him. I don't mind that most of it is at best photo inspired and at worst photo traced, I just find it flat and motionless at times.

8 / 10

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