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Reeling from the events of Messiah Complex, the surviving mutants reassess Xavier's dream amidst the rubble of the mansion. Betrayed by one of their own, and mourning the loss of former allies, is peaceful coexistence still an option? The only thing that's certain is an uncertain future for mutantkind. Is anyone safe in a world without X-Men? Collects Uncanny X-Men #495-49 Reeling from the events of Messiah Complex, the surviving mutants reassess Xavier's dream amidst the rubble of the mansion. Betrayed by one of their own, and mourning the loss of former allies, is peaceful coexistence still an option? The only thing that's certain is an uncertain future for mutantkind. Is anyone safe in a world without X-Men? Collects Uncanny X-Men #495-499.


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Reeling from the events of Messiah Complex, the surviving mutants reassess Xavier's dream amidst the rubble of the mansion. Betrayed by one of their own, and mourning the loss of former allies, is peaceful coexistence still an option? The only thing that's certain is an uncertain future for mutantkind. Is anyone safe in a world without X-Men? Collects Uncanny X-Men #495-49 Reeling from the events of Messiah Complex, the surviving mutants reassess Xavier's dream amidst the rubble of the mansion. Betrayed by one of their own, and mourning the loss of former allies, is peaceful coexistence still an option? The only thing that's certain is an uncertain future for mutantkind. Is anyone safe in a world without X-Men? Collects Uncanny X-Men #495-499.

30 review for Uncanny X-Men: Divided We Stand

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I really enjoyed this one; it was just SO MUCH FUN! It reminded me of how superhero comics were when I was a kid, before they got all grim and dark. Great stuff.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So...I finally found a comic/run by Brubaker I just did NOT like. I never knew this day would come. Divided we Stand is basically a mixture of bringing back the old school feel of x-men with a bit of darkness splashed in between. I guess x-men got too dark with Messiah Complex (Which was excellent btw) and so they wanted to go back to more adventure feel of X-Men. In this one we follow Emma and Cyclops trying to figure out a secret plot and alternate reality thing going on. Wolverine, Nightcrawl So...I finally found a comic/run by Brubaker I just did NOT like. I never knew this day would come. Divided we Stand is basically a mixture of bringing back the old school feel of x-men with a bit of darkness splashed in between. I guess x-men got too dark with Messiah Complex (Which was excellent btw) and so they wanted to go back to more adventure feel of X-Men. In this one we follow Emma and Cyclops trying to figure out a secret plot and alternate reality thing going on. Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and more go on their own mission. Dunno why it's called Divided we Stand though... Good: Some solid interaction moments with Emma and Cyclops. The colorful art is also a positive. Bad: I thought the storyline was pretty dull and lifeless. The dialog between the villains and heroes is really bad. It feels like Brubaker was just not in to this series and this was his last go at it all. Overall this was okay. Just like most of Brubaker's x-men stuff it's not horrible but I can't see myself ever revisiting this. A 2 out of 5.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nicolo

    In the aftermath of Messiah CompleX, the X-Men are disbanded and homeless. It looks like the writer enjoyed X-Men: Liberators, a 90's miniseries starring Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler because essentially, it has been remade as a B-plot for this storyline. I can't shake the feeling that Brubaker is phoning this one in because this was his last storyline as solo writer. Matt Fraction would come in a few issues later to co-write and then take over Uncanny X-Men as solo writer. The best part a In the aftermath of Messiah CompleX, the X-Men are disbanded and homeless. It looks like the writer enjoyed X-Men: Liberators, a 90's miniseries starring Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler because essentially, it has been remade as a B-plot for this storyline. I can't shake the feeling that Brubaker is phoning this one in because this was his last storyline as solo writer. Matt Fraction would come in a few issues later to co-write and then take over Uncanny X-Men as solo writer. The best part about this story is the Mike Choi art. It's just too pretty for words. I wonder if he's still doing comics.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Maybe I should have read Messiah Complex first. I kind of know what happened before this book starts, but I'm pretty fuzzy on the specifics. I wasn't entirely lost, but it might have been nice to know exactly what was going on. Not sure how much that would have helped. The book starts strong, with Iron Man trying to tell Cyclops that the merry mutants need to get registered. You can guess how that went over. It's a good scene, and it's always nice to see somebody remember to connect the X books t Maybe I should have read Messiah Complex first. I kind of know what happened before this book starts, but I'm pretty fuzzy on the specifics. I wasn't entirely lost, but it might have been nice to know exactly what was going on. Not sure how much that would have helped. The book starts strong, with Iron Man trying to tell Cyclops that the merry mutants need to get registered. You can guess how that went over. It's a good scene, and it's always nice to see somebody remember to connect the X books to the rest of the Marvel universe. But the rest of this collection was nothing to speak of. It felt a lot like treading water until something more interesting could happen. And something finally does happen, at the end of the book. But everything between the first scene and the last was so dull that I'm struggling to remember what happened. Not even including Nightcrawler, my absolute favorite, in roughly half of the scenes could save it. It's just a really skippable volume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    James

    3.25 stars. The stuff with Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine was pretty dope. The other story with Cyclops and Emma was just OK.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Just groovy, comrades. Cyclops and Emma Frost turn on / tune in / drop out into Flower-Power late 60's San Francisco on a trippy search for a re-routed and lost Angel. At the same time Wolverine and Nightcrawler accompany a despondent Colossus on a present-day trip to his motherland that predictably takes a turn for the worse. Probably not essential reading, but still fun and the artwork is fantastic. The detailed attention to minor visual details during Cyclops and Emma's 'Frisco' segment - like Just groovy, comrades. Cyclops and Emma Frost turn on / tune in / drop out into Flower-Power late 60's San Francisco on a trippy search for a re-routed and lost Angel. At the same time Wolverine and Nightcrawler accompany a despondent Colossus on a present-day trip to his motherland that predictably takes a turn for the worse. Probably not essential reading, but still fun and the artwork is fantastic. The detailed attention to minor visual details during Cyclops and Emma's 'Frisco' segment - like their hippie clothing and the police cars (accurately rendered as '65/'66 Dodge Polaras, BTW) - was a definite highlight of this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nelson

    This was a really fun book. Nothing amazing, but still a pretty good interlude between Messiah Complex and the X-Men's move to San Francisco. If anything, I think Brubaker nailed the "road trip" vibe. It was a very nice change of scenery on all fronts. We start off with Emma and Cyclops on vacation in the Savage Land, which is a nice reprise from the craziness of Messiah Complex. It was nice to see them relax a bit, and the change of scenery was welcome (especially since they weren't in the Savag This was a really fun book. Nothing amazing, but still a pretty good interlude between Messiah Complex and the X-Men's move to San Francisco. If anything, I think Brubaker nailed the "road trip" vibe. It was a very nice change of scenery on all fronts. We start off with Emma and Cyclops on vacation in the Savage Land, which is a nice reprise from the craziness of Messiah Complex. It was nice to see them relax a bit, and the change of scenery was welcome (especially since they weren't in the Savage Land for a mission). Eventually they get contacted by Angel who is with Iceman, Warpath, and Hepzibah, about something weird going down in San Francisco. When they get there, the whole city has been reverted back to a '60s hippie town, including their friends. Turns out the cause is a telepath, so they end up having to get to the bottom of it. It was cool to see Cyclops easily kick four of his friends' asses single-handedly, proving his combat prowess even regardless of his lasers. Brubaker is the perfect person to write about a hippie town given his past, and it really shows in this arc. On the other side of the coin, and of the world, we have Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. They are in Russia visiting Colossus' parents' graves, when they get abducted by the Red Room. This part of the comic turns into a great action story where they try to escape and have to battle a very powerful mutant. This serves as good contrast to the other story, providing a darker, more action-oriented flavor reminiscent of X-Force. Lots of fun. These three characters have amazing conversational and combat synergy, and Brubaker really gets how to write them. Eventually the two groups meet in San Francisco where they have cemented plans to set up their new base there. As for the art, Michael Choi's art is pretty great as usual, and Sonia Oback's colors are equally as good. The last issue features art from Ben Oliver with Jason Keith on colors and it's even better. Solid art all around. All in all, this was a fun little break from all the craziness in Messiah Complex and the rest of Brubaker's run, like the Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire. Nothing wholly special, but it serves its purpose perfectly. It goes back to basics, which is very refreshing given the intensity of recent events. Fun adventure, great character interactions, and great pacing between the two stories. I give it a solid 8/10. Some might say it's filler, but that's exactly what this run needed at this point in time, and it did move the X-Men from the East Coast to the West Coast.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I have read many of the X-Men comics right before and after this in the timeline of events, so this was a nice filler for me. I don’t know why, but I ha e always enjoyed Scott and Emma’s relationship and this volume is no different.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ronyell

    Brief History: Alright, so I am basically new to reading “X-Men” comics and lately, I have been reading these X-Men comics out of order lately. The first X-Men comic I have actually read was Joss Whedon’s run on “Astonishing X-Men” and then I read the classic X-Men storyline that put the X-Men on the map “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” Now, I am reading “Divided We Stand,” which is a stand-alone story that comes after the “Messiah Complex,” which I have not read yet, but will probably read soon. Brief History: Alright, so I am basically new to reading “X-Men” comics and lately, I have been reading these X-Men comics out of order lately. The first X-Men comic I have actually read was Joss Whedon’s run on “Astonishing X-Men” and then I read the classic X-Men storyline that put the X-Men on the map “The Dark Phoenix Saga.” Now, I am reading “Divided We Stand,” which is a stand-alone story that comes after the “Messiah Complex,” which I have not read yet, but will probably read soon. What is the story? After the events of the “Messiah Complex,” the X-Men have gone separate ways and basically, this event focuses on Emma Frost, Cyclops, Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler. On one side of the story, Emma Frost and Cyclops are enjoying a quiet time in the Savage Lands until they get a distressed call from San Francisco and realize that the city has somehow reverted back to the 1960s! Meanwhile, Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler all journey to Russia and they found out that weird things are happening there! What I loved about this comic: Ed Brubaker’s writing: Ed Brubaker has done a great job at writing this stand-alone story about the five X-Men characters, Emma Frost, Cyclops, Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler. I loved the way that Ed Brubaker crafted the character interactions between the characters, especially through Emma and Cyclops. I loved seeing their loving relationship with each other and I loved how Emma tried to comfort Cyclops in his insecurities about being a good team leader while they were in the Savage Lands. I also enjoyed the scene where San Francisco was mysteriously changed back into the 1960s era since it provided a surreal quality to the story. But probably my favorite part in Ed Brubaker’s writing was how he had written the friendship between Colossus, Wolverine, and Nightcrawler as they were shown being very close to each other and communicating with each other in a friendly and humorous manner. I also loved their fight with Omega Red, one of my favorite villains as the scene and the dialogue that took place was quite intense. Michael Choi’s illustrations: Oh my goodness! Michael Choi’s illustrations are simply dazzling in this stand-alone story! I loved the way Michael Choi illustrated the background scenery for the Savage Lands as there are exotic trees surrounding Emma and Cyclops and I loved the images of the animals such as the dinosaurs being drawn in the Savage Lands, which gave the Savage Lands a very exotic feel. I also loved the way that Michael Choi drew the characters in this story as they all look extremely realistic and gorgeous. My favorite images were of the core characters, Emma, Cyclops, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler as they all look gorgeous and I loved the fact that Nightcrawler is wearing a suit at the beginning of the story. I also loved the way that the fight scenes with Omega Red were illustrated as it was epic and it was interesting seeing Omega Red without a suit on and he really looked like a real human being with tentacles. The characters: I have to admit that all the characters in this story were done extremely well! Probably the best characters in this story were Nightcrawler, Wolverine and Colossus since their friendship has been strong for years. I loved how Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Colossus always joke with each other about the recent events and how they tried to comfort each other after the aftermath of the events in “Messiah Complex,” especially when Colossus was morning the lost of his sister and Kitty. I also loved the relationship between Emma and Cyclops as they are truly likeable characters in this story. What made me feel uncomfortable about this book: The only problem I had with this book is that it was a little bit too slow in many places. I really liked Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler’s side of the story better since it was more action-packed than Emma and Cyclops’ story and I loved seeing the relationship between Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler as that was my favorite part of the older X-Men comics. Even though it was interesting seeing the interactions between the characters, the plot was a little slow in pacing and I find myself skimming over most of the scenes in this story. Final Thoughts: Overall, “Divided We Stand” might be a bit too slow in some parts of the story, but this was a really interesting read as a stand-alone story and for X-Men fans that enjoyed reading about the character development through these characters and enjoyed the character interactions will definitely enjoyed this story of the X-Men “Divided We Stand.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina Nightengale

    I really enjoyed this story! I love the Hippie era stuff and getting to see the Summer of Love illustrated so beautifully in an X-men comics was awesome! Mike Choi's art is wonderful! Emma coming up with Hippie disguises for her and Scott was great! Scott had never looked better! I love how he was a big fan of the look! I really want to cosplay Hippie Emma with a Hippie Scott now! It was great to see also Hippie Warpath, Angel, Iceman, Hepizbah, and Martinique! This was such a fun arc! It was ni I really enjoyed this story! I love the Hippie era stuff and getting to see the Summer of Love illustrated so beautifully in an X-men comics was awesome! Mike Choi's art is wonderful! Emma coming up with Hippie disguises for her and Scott was great! Scott had never looked better! I love how he was a big fan of the look! I really want to cosplay Hippie Emma with a Hippie Scott now! It was great to see also Hippie Warpath, Angel, Iceman, Hepizbah, and Martinique! This was such a fun arc! It was nice to see Emma Frost and Scott Summer's Savage Land vacation. We got to see lots of moments of why they were a great couple together. Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine's buddy trip was even nice, but not as great as Emma and Scottt's. The Russian Red Room parts were cool and getting to see Omega Red in action again was worth it! Omega Red is such a great villain! He is so purely despicable and yet you love him for it! He is one of the X-Men's greatest villains! You should all read this! It's nice when they have an X-men story that has a more lighthearted feel to it and that focuses more on the character then the actions around them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Judah Radd

    Yeah baby!!! With all the drama and doom of the last few X arcs, I had forgotten how much damn fun it could be. This was a blast. It starts off with some quality Scott and Emma down time, and quickly evolves into a story in two fronts; in Russia, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine are getting in trouble, and in San Francisco, Cyclops and Emma have stumbled into a psionic fantasy world that resembles the 60s. The whole thing is engaging, funny and exciting. This is a concise, punchy story that g Yeah baby!!! With all the drama and doom of the last few X arcs, I had forgotten how much damn fun it could be. This was a blast. It starts off with some quality Scott and Emma down time, and quickly evolves into a story in two fronts; in Russia, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Wolverine are getting in trouble, and in San Francisco, Cyclops and Emma have stumbled into a psionic fantasy world that resembles the 60s. The whole thing is engaging, funny and exciting. This is a concise, punchy story that gets to where it needs to go without any filler. I really loved it. It reminded me of some of my favorite aspects of old X Men. Brubaker’s run on this title was much better than anyone gives him credit for. As far as the art goes, two words; Mile Choi. Need I say more? Attractive panels, gorgeous splash pages, and well characterized faces. All of it had a nice glossy sheen to it, and it was a pleasure to look at. This isn’t too heavily mired in continuity, so it’s one of the rare UXM arcs anyone can pick up and enjoy... but it’s also well aware of where it fits in relation to M day and Messiah CompleX. You’re gonna love this no matter who you are

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Edmonds

    Well, needless to say, the very first follow up story to Messiah Complex didn't quite live up to the appeal of its predecessor. Cyclops has decided to disband the X-Men after the events of Messiah Complex, or has he? Why is he sending some of the X-Men remaining on Earth to San Francisco? And more importantly, why is San Francisco reverting back to the 1960s? And how is this a decent continuation of the great story that was told in Messiah Complex? And what's the point of the story following Wol Well, needless to say, the very first follow up story to Messiah Complex didn't quite live up to the appeal of its predecessor. Cyclops has decided to disband the X-Men after the events of Messiah Complex, or has he? Why is he sending some of the X-Men remaining on Earth to San Francisco? And more importantly, why is San Francisco reverting back to the 1960s? And how is this a decent continuation of the great story that was told in Messiah Complex? And what's the point of the story following Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler in Russia? Unfortunately, after such a great comeback (at least in my eyes) that happened with Messiah Complex, this collection falls short. Hopefully it's just staging the groundwork for some better stories in a new location (San Fran).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Blair Conrad

    Fairly unmemorable. In fact, sitting here 2 days after reading it, I find myself thinking, "what was it about"? Really, it seems like a bridge arc - something that was written just to transition between two larger, heavier arcs (not that I've read anything on either side). The artwork was acceptable - I liked Michael Choi's style, but not as much as Cassaday's work on Astonishing. I did enjoy seeing Emma and Scott again - for some reason that relationship actually appeals to me, and there was so Fairly unmemorable. In fact, sitting here 2 days after reading it, I find myself thinking, "what was it about"? Really, it seems like a bridge arc - something that was written just to transition between two larger, heavier arcs (not that I've read anything on either side). The artwork was acceptable - I liked Michael Choi's style, but not as much as Cassaday's work on Astonishing. I did enjoy seeing Emma and Scott again - for some reason that relationship actually appeals to me, and there was some humour - Angel's code name, for example. But that's about it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Arturo

    The art is really amazing, i was worried they were going to change the artist midway like they always do when the art is that great. But it was only half of the last issue? The writing, considering its an X-men on vacation story, is great. I mean it's Brubaker. Cyclops and Emma are in San Francisco trying to solve the mystery of the Hippie town. And that leads to where the future of the X-Men are headed. Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler take a trip to Russia. And it's the return of a great vi The art is really amazing, i was worried they were going to change the artist midway like they always do when the art is that great. But it was only half of the last issue? The writing, considering its an X-men on vacation story, is great. I mean it's Brubaker. Cyclops and Emma are in San Francisco trying to solve the mystery of the Hippie town. And that leads to where the future of the X-Men are headed. Wolverine, Colossus and Nightcrawler take a trip to Russia. And it's the return of a great villain. With great battle scenes, a Great fight, beautiful art. With Iceman, Angel, Warpath and Hepzibah Guest-Starring.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    The hippy story was a little too goofy. It mixes with a grim Russian story. The two don't play off each other very well. But they at least feature some of the more interesting characters. The hippy story was a little too goofy. It mixes with a grim Russian story. The two don't play off each other very well. But they at least feature some of the more interesting characters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    C

    Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... I just love it when I hit a string of volumes that are strong, fun reads. This one is just... fun. Something that has disappeared a little from comics it seems. The 60s subplot with Cyke and Emma was great fun and made me like those two a little more. (I do feel that it would have been better/more fun if we also saw the story from the POV of the X-Men that were there and involved prior to Cyke/Emma's arrival...) The backstory with Nightcrawler, Wolverine, Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18... I just love it when I hit a string of volumes that are strong, fun reads. This one is just... fun. Something that has disappeared a little from comics it seems. The 60s subplot with Cyke and Emma was great fun and made me like those two a little more. (I do feel that it would have been better/more fun if we also saw the story from the POV of the X-Men that were there and involved prior to Cyke/Emma's arrival...) The backstory with Nightcrawler, Wolverine, and Colossus was pure 80s X-Men fun. Good to see Omega Red again as well even though he didn't put up that much of a fight. Oh, and the art was fantastic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Terry Murphy

    A very ho-hum, placeholder arc from Brubaker. I'm not quite certain why the 60s sojourn in San Fran requires 5 issues to tell, not what the overall story in Russia revealed or showed us. Frankly, this story felt less like a meaningful follow-up to recent events and far more like a one or two issue story padded out long past where it needed to go. Perhaps worse still, this was Brubaker's farewell to the title. Quite the inauspicious adieu. Here's hoping the new creative team has something excitin A very ho-hum, placeholder arc from Brubaker. I'm not quite certain why the 60s sojourn in San Fran requires 5 issues to tell, not what the overall story in Russia revealed or showed us. Frankly, this story felt less like a meaningful follow-up to recent events and far more like a one or two issue story padded out long past where it needed to go. Perhaps worse still, this was Brubaker's farewell to the title. Quite the inauspicious adieu. Here's hoping the new creative team has something exciting to offer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    I've read this book at least three times since it came out, and all I can ever remember about it is "The X-Men go to San Francisco, and have to deal with a 1960s time distortion. All while spouting absolutely trite dialog, whether you're in the 1960s or 2008." It also includes some of the storyline from the Wolverine Origins/Wolverine storyline, which is not a plus. I've read this book at least three times since it came out, and all I can ever remember about it is "The X-Men go to San Francisco, and have to deal with a 1960s time distortion. All while spouting absolutely trite dialog, whether you're in the 1960s or 2008." It also includes some of the storyline from the Wolverine Origins/Wolverine storyline, which is not a plus.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rick Sand

    Collects Uncanny X-Men 495-499. At the end of the previous story, Messiah Complex, Cyclops declared that there were no X-Men. The school was destroyed by berserk sentinels. Prof. X was shot in the head, though it's suggested he did not die. It's not followed up on here. As this story starts, we find out the disbanding was a hoax - maybe. That's the question in this follow-up story. Is there a future for the X-Men? Well, of course there is. Not like X-Men comics are going to end. What will this fu Collects Uncanny X-Men 495-499. At the end of the previous story, Messiah Complex, Cyclops declared that there were no X-Men. The school was destroyed by berserk sentinels. Prof. X was shot in the head, though it's suggested he did not die. It's not followed up on here. As this story starts, we find out the disbanding was a hoax - maybe. That's the question in this follow-up story. Is there a future for the X-Men? Well, of course there is. Not like X-Men comics are going to end. What will this future look like though? We have to wait until the next story to find out. This volume reads like an X-Men vacation. Cyclops and Emma Frost are actually on vacation in the Savage Lands, unwinding after the events of Messiah Complex. Colossus is returning to Russia to be reminded of things he doesn't want to remember, but thinks he does. Wolverine and Nightcrawler come along for the ride. Chaos ensues. Omega Red inevitably shows up. There needs to be more international mutants. Omega Red showing up in a story taking place in Russia is so predictable. There's a cool scene where the Russian government(?) is torturing Wolverine and threatening to kill Nightcrawler, if Colossus doesn't give him what he wants. Colossus doesn't really seem to care. Dude is tough as well - his own skin. The other story is that of the "Hippie Goddess." Seriously. It's so silly but taken seriously. That's one powerful mutant altering reality to make it seem or actually be the 1960s around San Francisco. Not to mention her wicked mind control. At first I thought it was going to be the return of Scarlet Witch. Then it wasn't. I have no idea who this mutant in this story is. She's cool though. Overall, it's a decent story. Worth the read. Nothing stands out as excellent really. Most of the reflecting on past events is brief and superficial, which I had mixed feelings about. Messiah Complex was full of tragedy and a few open plot lines asking, "What next?" In that regards, this story doesn't really deliver much when it feels like it should. Out of that context, as a standalone book, there's a lot of fun and chaos here to enjoy. Cyclops loses more points with me in this story, because he lets Emma just read his mind all she wants. She even tells him to stop talking at times because she already knows what he's going to say I take it. Talk about invasive.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    Pretty great. Scott and Emma go to the savage land to clear their heads post-Messiah Complex. Then they visit San Francisco and get caught up in hippie times made by Lady Mastermind. It's a cool plot with great art and color. Then there's a b-plot with Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Colossus visiting Russia. Good character work there. It all leads to them choosing SF as their new base. Pretty great. Scott and Emma go to the savage land to clear their heads post-Messiah Complex. Then they visit San Francisco and get caught up in hippie times made by Lady Mastermind. It's a cool plot with great art and color. Then there's a b-plot with Wolverine, Nightcrawler and Colossus visiting Russia. Good character work there. It all leads to them choosing SF as their new base.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    I don't know what it is with Brubaker and these X-Men stories, but he just keeps swinging and missing. So far, every one of his smaller, non-crossover X-Men stories has started with a solid idea and then just thoroughly fizzled by the end. This one starts with an interesting premise: the entirety of San Francisco has reverted to the 1960s. Some sort of mystical force has everyone believing they're hippies, including the X-Men who were visiting. It's presented as a mystery with a vastly powerful m I don't know what it is with Brubaker and these X-Men stories, but he just keeps swinging and missing. So far, every one of his smaller, non-crossover X-Men stories has started with a solid idea and then just thoroughly fizzled by the end. This one starts with an interesting premise: the entirety of San Francisco has reverted to the 1960s. Some sort of mystical force has everyone believing they're hippies, including the X-Men who were visiting. It's presented as a mystery with a vastly powerful mutant at the center of it, and Cyclops and Emma Frost show up to get to the bottom of it. I was genuinely intrigued by about 3/4ths of this book, but then, when they finally encounter their enemy, bloop, it's over. The whole time we've been led to believe this is a massive, dense illusion, or even an actual bending of reality, that even Emma Frost's considerable power can barely withstand. If that's the case, why does this end with Cyclops basically bonking the bad guy on the head and saving the day in about 3 seconds? There is just SO MUCH buildup and SO LITTLE payoff. The backup story in this works the same way. Wolverine and Nightcrawler accompany Colossus back to Russia for a little homecoming. They get there, nothing really happens for a while, and then all of a sudden they're captured by some Russian mad scientist who wants to experiment on them. This happens pretty much out of nowhere, and they escape just as rapidly. I don't have any idea why we were shown this extra storyline, except that it feels like Brubaker just needed to fill some pages. This is also one of those instances where you have to wonder how Wolverine is managing to track down Mystique in Afghanistan in the concurrent (and way, way better) story Get Mystique, while also being captured and experimented on in Russia. It's pretty impressive, I have to say. Brubaker has long been one of my favorite writers. Everything he does with Sean Philips is amazing, and I loved his Captain American and Daredevil. It just feels like X-Men is the one thing he really can't do, and it's disappointing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mouse

    It's funny because I often pick up X-Men trades when I go to the library and it's a total crap shoot-I never know what incarnation of the X-Men I'm gonna get or when or where it's going to take place. It really is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. Many of the past trades I've picked up have been confusing and pretty bad to be honest. This one was pretty good it turned out. So this book takes place after the events of the Messiah Complex and apparently X-man Bisho It's funny because I often pick up X-Men trades when I go to the library and it's a total crap shoot-I never know what incarnation of the X-Men I'm gonna get or when or where it's going to take place. It really is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get. Many of the past trades I've picked up have been confusing and pretty bad to be honest. This one was pretty good it turned out. So this book takes place after the events of the Messiah Complex and apparently X-man Bishop shot Professor X in the head and killed him! Wild huh? Yah...I actually have no idea what any of that s**t is about because even though I've read like 100 X-Men trades over the past couple of years, apparently that's one I missed? Don't you hate that? Anyway, in this book we get basically two stories: One takes place in Russia with Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler and we have the second story taking place in Haigh-Ashbury, San Francisco with Cyclops, Emma Frost, Angel, Ice-man, and a few other X-Men that I don't care about. The point is that these are our favorite X-Men, right? It would've been great if Jean Grey was there but whatever! When was the last time we got to see our original favorite X-Men together like this? It just never happens! Usually there's some lame-ass second rate X-Men with really stupid powers or some teen X-Men crew that has to prove something. So this was a pleasant surprise. This book is connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe pretty much only in the first page when Iron Man shows up and tells Cyclops to get registered. After that it's a true X-Men book on it's own and that's pretty nice actually. This book was small time as compared to many of the X-Men's past adventures and as far as necessary books are concerned...this isn't one of them. It's still a fun diversion and the art was really well done...at least up till the last story where it all kind of changed for some reason?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Despite a rocky start with his first story-arcs when he took over the long-running flagship Uncanny X-Men title just a few short years back, Brubaker finally hits his stride by showing that he is indeed the stuff of legends when it comes to his writerly pen. (I admit to not having read the story-arc Messiah CompleX, which precedes this and follows the Extremists, which I reviewed last month.) In Divided We Stand, which collects issues 495-through-499 of Uncanny X-Men, our attention is divided bet Despite a rocky start with his first story-arcs when he took over the long-running flagship Uncanny X-Men title just a few short years back, Brubaker finally hits his stride by showing that he is indeed the stuff of legends when it comes to his writerly pen. (I admit to not having read the story-arc Messiah CompleX, which precedes this and follows the Extremists, which I reviewed last month.) In Divided We Stand, which collects issues 495-through-499 of Uncanny X-Men, our attention is divided between two plot-lines: Scott and Emma’s confrontation with the mysterious Goddess who has cast a 60s-induced acid trip illusion on the denizens of San Francisco; and Logan, Piotr, and Kurt’s run-in with the nefarious Omega Red when they journey to Piotr’s motherland, Russia. Both are strikingly realistic in the depiction of our beloved band of outcast mutants who are struggling with finding themselves after the loss of Professor Xavier, as well as the destruction of their long-time base of operations, the School for Gifted Youngsters, nestled in the quiet suburbs of Westchester County, NY. The Omega Red appearance didn’t ring any bells for me as I haven’t read this title since the late 80s -- previous to Brubaker’s last few story-arcs, that is. But the mysterious Goddess who injects an acid-trip-like delusion did turn out to be the daughter of a long-time X-Men nemesis who I thought was done in by Jean Grey way back when….well…let’s say that I won’t ruin who it is, as any old-time X-Men fan could probably figure it out based upon the clues I’ve already provided. Another plus of this recent story-arc is the remarkable pencils and inks by Mike Choi -- reminiscent of John Cassaday and (in an odd way) Frank Quitely -- not to mention the stunning colors by Sonia Oback. Who deserves an Eisner, if you ask me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    This slight story fills in the gaps between Messiah Complex and Manifest Destiny, offering little big action, but at least it's enjoyable. Cyclops and Emma have fun in the Savage Land before unraveling a psychic disturbance in San Francisco that brings hippies back. It's the kind of bizarre story that's totally okay in comics, but I feel like Grant Morrison would've added more flourish to it. Meanwhile, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler travel through Germany and Russia, catching up before b This slight story fills in the gaps between Messiah Complex and Manifest Destiny, offering little big action, but at least it's enjoyable. Cyclops and Emma have fun in the Savage Land before unraveling a psychic disturbance in San Francisco that brings hippies back. It's the kind of bizarre story that's totally okay in comics, but I feel like Grant Morrison would've added more flourish to it. Meanwhile, Wolverine, Colossus, and Nightcrawler travel through Germany and Russia, catching up before being caught by Soviet-era villains. Their story completely ignores Colossus - Bloodline, but it's also fine but brief. Michael Choi's artwork is similarly acceptable but not memorable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    Right after the events of Messiah Complex, as Cable escapes off to the future to raise the baby, we see the X-Men taking time off and thinking about what to do next. Half the book deals with Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler in Russia visiting Piotr's family graves, only to come into contact with some agents and the deadly Omega Red. They win out (obviously) and get the call to come back to the States. The other half is about Cyclops and Emma Frost first taking a vacation in the Savage Land, t Right after the events of Messiah Complex, as Cable escapes off to the future to raise the baby, we see the X-Men taking time off and thinking about what to do next. Half the book deals with Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler in Russia visiting Piotr's family graves, only to come into contact with some agents and the deadly Omega Red. They win out (obviously) and get the call to come back to the States. The other half is about Cyclops and Emma Frost first taking a vacation in the Savage Land, then heading to San Francisco to rescue Warpath, Hepzibah, Angel, and Iceman as they experience a telepaths' attack on the city, drawing everyone into 60's hippie culture. This story is fun and kind of funny, and leads to the only important part of the book: The X-Men setting up a new base in San Fran. Otherwise, this particular graphic novel is skippable, yet lightheartedly enjoyable. Recommend, but only for a low key read.... and a laugh at X-Men dressed like hippies.

  26. 4 out of 5

    J.

    It's nice to see a comic where the major players don't save the entire universe from imminent destruction. Here, the X-crew have a nice, solid, fun adventure with only minor danger looming. We get some nice jokes, nice fights, Omega Red (one of my personal favorites), and we even get to see some downtime (that used to happen a lot in old X-men comics, or at least in my memory.) Pair all of that with some really luscious colors, and this book is quite refreshing. The only thing keeping it from bei It's nice to see a comic where the major players don't save the entire universe from imminent destruction. Here, the X-crew have a nice, solid, fun adventure with only minor danger looming. We get some nice jokes, nice fights, Omega Red (one of my personal favorites), and we even get to see some downtime (that used to happen a lot in old X-men comics, or at least in my memory.) Pair all of that with some really luscious colors, and this book is quite refreshing. The only thing keeping it from being a 5 is a rather abrasive artist shift in the last book. It's mediocre, I guess, but seems totally out of place in comparison to the rest of the book. It's so jarring that the big finale seems sort of....dumpy? in comparison. Anyway, distracting. ************* Second reading, September 2014, almost exactly three years later. I'll stick with my original review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Labyrinth Rossiter

    This takes place after Messiah War and is a "transition arc." Now that Professor X is gone & House of M has decimated the mutant population, what now? If you like Scott & Emma, there are some nice panels depicting them all snuggly on vacation in the Savage Land. Then they return to the US to investigate why San Francisco (and their buddies Angel, Warpath, Hepzibah, & Iceman) has reverted to the 1960s. The hippie versions of the X-Men are amusing. This story alternates with Wolverine, Nightcrawle This takes place after Messiah War and is a "transition arc." Now that Professor X is gone & House of M has decimated the mutant population, what now? If you like Scott & Emma, there are some nice panels depicting them all snuggly on vacation in the Savage Land. Then they return to the US to investigate why San Francisco (and their buddies Angel, Warpath, Hepzibah, & Iceman) has reverted to the 1960s. The hippie versions of the X-Men are amusing. This story alternates with Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Colossus on a road trip across Europe and into Russia that ends in being briefly captured & tortured by Russian Intelligence, who are angry that their mutants lost their powers on M-Day while the X-Men continue to function. This culminates in a confrontation with Omega Red. The arc ends with the X-Men deciding to relocate in San Francisco. They have a new home.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Trieu

    I'm really only giving this 3 stars for Wolverine/Colossus/Nightcrawler's light-hearted story at the beginning. These guys' lives always seem to take a turn for the worse so it's nice seeing them have a little fun. Other that than, this is just another forgettable arc. At the end of Messiah CompleX, Cyclops decided to disband the X-Men. Didn't really understand why there... Fives issues later, he decides to regroup them and move to San Francisco. Didn't really understand why here either... I'm gla I'm really only giving this 3 stars for Wolverine/Colossus/Nightcrawler's light-hearted story at the beginning. These guys' lives always seem to take a turn for the worse so it's nice seeing them have a little fun. Other that than, this is just another forgettable arc. At the end of Messiah CompleX, Cyclops decided to disband the X-Men. Didn't really understand why there... Fives issues later, he decides to regroup them and move to San Francisco. Didn't really understand why here either... I'm glad Matt Fraction is coming on as a writer after this. I'm hoping he can give this series some much needed depth.

  29. 5 out of 5

    William Thomas

    One of those books that takes it's own sweet time between more important stories in order to fill up space and set up the next big thing. Not anything impressive on any front with the exception of the appearance of Jason Wyngarde's (Mastermind) daughter, this book is ridiculously uneventful and gives the reader no real indication of the future of the X-Men in the aftermath of M-Day or Initiative or any of the other big crossovers that came before it. Hideous computer generated colors make it har One of those books that takes it's own sweet time between more important stories in order to fill up space and set up the next big thing. Not anything impressive on any front with the exception of the appearance of Jason Wyngarde's (Mastermind) daughter, this book is ridiculously uneventful and gives the reader no real indication of the future of the X-Men in the aftermath of M-Day or Initiative or any of the other big crossovers that came before it. Hideous computer generated colors make it hard to stomach the anime-like artwork.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mairi

    The X-men are scattered and have lost their home in Westchester after the events of Messiah Complex. An adventure in hippie-ified San Francisco leads to the X-men making their home there, while Colossus (along with Wolverine and Nightcrawler) travel to Russia and encounter various problems. The parts of the story dealing with the aftermath of Decimation and the mutant birth are satisfying and provide some character growth, while the stories in Russia (and to a lesser degree SF) are less notable.

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