Marvel NOW! is progressing nicely overall with some solid titles, mostly The Avengers by Jonathan Hickman but the new Fantastic Four is also quite good. Coming in April Brian Michael Bendis and Frazer Irving bring Uncanny X-Men into the NOW! with an all-new story starting with issue #5 that follows the mission of Marvel NOW! completely. The idea is that books in this initiative will start new stories and directions for characters so that lapsed readers can jump back in but current readers will still appreciate the story because it still exists within current continuity.
Uncanny X-Men #5 finds Cyclops deep in the caverns of the old Weapon X facility training the next great generation of Mutantkind in the Charles Xavier School for Mutants! With new mutants popping up all across the Marvel Universe, Cyclops and his team must race to recruit. Cyclops has a new team and a new master plan and it all begins to unfold in April when Uncanny X-Men #5 hits comic book shops and digital apps.
Check out the cover for Uncanny X-Men #5 here below.
“Brian and Frazer are bringing you a whole new take on Mutantkind — and it will have major ramifications on the Marvel Universe,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “Whether you root for Cyclops, hate him, or a little bit of both, everything you thought about Mutants will be turned on its head.”
Uncanny X-Men is one of the tentpole series for Marvel and I am one of those lapsed readers. Bendis did such a great job with The Avengers over the last few years that he is giving me hope that I will again be obsessed with an X book the way I was in the ’80s.