New creative teams have taken over Uncanny X-Men and X-Men and the fans and critics are in agreement: X is where itâ€™s at for great stories and eye-popping art. Uncanny X-Men #475, by Ed Brubaker and Billy Tan, and X-Men #188, by Mike Carey and Chris Bachalo, have knocked readers out with their debut issues and the reorders for both books have been coming in at a Civil War-like pace.
Upon learning of the stellar reader reaction to X-Men #188, Mike Carey says, â€œI’ve got to admit, I was really nervous about how my first issue was going to be received – even more nervous after Ed’s spectacular open on Uncanny last week. You get so close to your own stuff, you never know whether it’s any good or not: but now I can breathe again. It’s really beyond cool that so many people have given us this vote of confidence. Now we’re going to live up to it.â€
On how he feels, Ed Brubaker admits, â€œOverwhelmed, is how I feel. I never imagined I’d be writing Uncanny X-Men, even as a kid – I wanted to pencil it once, but that’s another story — so to suddenly be here, and getting such a great response from both fans and retailers is really humbling. And seeing how much people are digging Billy’s art is a real bonus. I think Billy will go down as one of the classic X artists by the end of this arc, because all the stuff I’ve seen from upcoming issues looks even better. We’ve only scratched the surface of this story, and I can guarantee you, no one sees what’s coming up, especially not the X-Men.â€
The critical acclaim has been non-stop for both X-books.
Dave Farabee of Ainâ€™t It Cool News reviewed Uncanny X-Men #475 and says, â€œThis old school X-fan is willing to admit Marvelâ€™s mutants still offer a special appeal when done right. Brubakerâ€¦heâ€™s doing â€˜em right.â€
Dexter K. Flowers of BrokenFrontier.comâ€™s Uncanny X-Men #475 review says, â€œLike Steve McNiven on Civil War, Billy Tan has taken this opportunity to up his game, and after one issue heâ€™s running with it like Quicksilver would if he still had super-speed. You name it, Tan pulls it off in this issue with style and panache…This first chapter looks like the Uncanny X-Men story weâ€™ve been waiting for.â€
Marvel has also announced that both the â€œSupernovasâ€ and â€œThe Rise and Fall of the Shi’Ar Empireâ€ story arcs will not be collected until after their conclusion. Both the Uncanny X-Men and X-Men story arcs will be collected in an oversized hardcover first featuring all twelve issues of each arc.
The new X-writers are also creating waves in other areas of the Marvel Universe as Mike Carey is going to be taking over Ultimate Fantastic Four with issue #33 and Ed Brubaker is currently writing Captain America (last yearâ€™s Wizard book of the year) and the critically acclaimed Daredevil. Buckle up for a year of fantastic X-stories from these two expanding writers with art by the spectacular Billy Tan and Chris Bachalo. Just check out these preview pages from Uncanny X-Men #476 and X-Men #189 for further proof.
X-Men #190 (Jun062001)
Written by Mike Carey
Pencils & Cover by Chris Bachalo
32 Pgs./Rated a …$2.99
Foc â€“ 8/3, on Sale â€“ 8/23/2006
Uncanny X-Men #477 (Jun061997)
Written by Ed Brubaker
Penciled by Clayton Henry
Cover by John Watson
32 Pgs./Rated T+ …$2.99
Foc â€“ 7/13, on Sale â€“ 8/2/2006