The past 18 months have marked a rare period in Marvel’s history where there’s been no ongoing Uncanny X-Men comics. Sure, there have been plenty of other X-books during that time, but no clear contender for the flagship book of the line. Therein lies the appeal of the newest volume of Uncanny X-Men. Not only does it just feel right to have Uncanny as a regular part of the Marvel lineup, it’ll be nice to have the franchise re-center itself around one book and one central conflict. That was the hope, anyway. Judging from the first issue, Uncanny X-Men won’t be the cure-all solution this franchise has been needing.
With this relaunch, Marvel is basically applying the Avengers: No Surrender formula to the X-Men line, bringing together multiple writers for one weekly epic. That story in this case is called “X-Men Disassembled,” an obvious nod to 2004’s status quo-shattering “Avengers Disassembled” storyline. The hope is that this new series will have a similar impact on the X-Men, providing a fresh jumping-on point, an exciting new mutant conflict and a general quality boost for a franchise that’s been all over the place for the past four years.