X-Men #500 Review: Happy, Shiny San Francisco

Uncanny X-Men #500
“SFX, Part One”
Writer: Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction
Artists: Greg Land and Terry Dodson

Uncanny X-Men #500 cover

The week I’m in New York City on vacation is the same week the X-Men head west for San Francisco.

It figures.

But it also feels somewhat incongruous.

The Marvel version of San Francisco (a lovely city, by the way) is just a little too happy and a little too shiny for my tastes.

And the alternating art by Greg Land (happy smiles, shiny white teeth) and Terry Dodson (big-breasted women) is equally incongruous and jarring, especially for mutants who purport to protect “a world that hates and fears them.”

So paint me apprehensive when it comes to this new mutant world order.

Uncanny X-Men #500 cover And don’t forget the stunning Alex Ross variant cover…

From Marvel (preview): “Sentinels? What? And Magneto? And is that the Master Mold? What the hell is going on in San Francisco now that the Uncanny X-Men have relocated there? They’ve got a new Headquarters and a new status quo as the gauntlet is thrown for a new era of mutantkind. It’s all here in the double-sized anniversary issue that sets up the plotlines that will be developed over the next year in UNCANNY. And it’s all brought to you by the hot writing team of Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction (Immortal Iron Fist) and fan favorite artists Greg Land and Terry Dodson. New creators, new home. The future begins now.” On sale July 23, 2008.

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  1. I think it’s ok, there are now different times than before when the mutant population was increasing, so in my point of view it’s normal that different circumstances are required. Also, I suppose now the paranoia against mutants must be calmed now that mutants are just a few hundreds.

  2. I’ll have to disagree with you here Digg. While I wish Logan was removed from Astonishing and Uncanny storylines, this wasn’t the bright sunny atmosphere you painted this out to be. I was honestly expecting bunnies and rainbows to pop out at me, but instead I found a enjoyable and average storyline. Sure there was some random hot chick smiling on every panel, but the artwork was very enjoyable.

    Oh well.

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