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Uncanny X-Men, Volume 4: Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. (Uncanny X-Men, Volume III #4)

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After relentless persecution and a near-fatal Sentinel attack, the Uncanny X-Men and their mutant revolution take the offensive! Their target? The international spy organization S.H.I.E.L.D.! But as the members of Cyclops' team fights to save their species, are they only digging themselves into a deeper and more dangerous hole? Who is the mysterious figure building ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Marvel (first published September 16th 2014)
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Jeff
Dec 17, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Most people in the Marvel universe want, at the very least, to punch Scott Summers aka Cyclops aka leader of the rebel X-Men aka murderer of Charles Xavier aka world-class douche in the throat. In this volume, Captain Killjoy has another axe to grind and his anger is the axis in which this story revolves.



Ha Ha! Who are you trying to kid, bub?

Scott Summers, also a fugitive from SHIELD because of the whole killing of Professor X thing, is having a problem with Sentinels trying to blow up his stude
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Anne
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If you haven't been keeping up with this title, there may be SPOILERS in this review.
{insert spooky voice}
You've been warned! Ooga Booga Booga!


As the title suggests, Cyclops and his Uncanny X-men declare war on S.H.I.E.L.D., and hilarity naturally ensues.

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Now, this isn't a spoiler since you're also getting things from Maria's POV, but all the attacks on the Scott's crew are only being made to seem like they're coming from S.H.I.E.L.D. I fucking hate typing out that acronym, and
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Kee Queen
Nov 30, 2015 Kee Queen rated it really liked it
The one phrase I can accurately describe the fourth volume of Brian Michael Bendis' The Uncanny X-Men with is that it's been 'a series of escalations'. The previous volume was comprised of oneshots that are more or less independent of one another. It's something I immensely enjoyed but perhaps a more critical reader will find the lack of a unifying arc as wasteful. Luckily, Bendis answered that expectation by getting us back on track with The Uncanny X-Men Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D which ran from issues # ...more
Sesana
Nov 05, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Wraps up some of the ongoing story threads, while leaving others intentionally dangling and opening up new possibilities. I was happy with the direction this book was taking, and the unfinished plot with Xavier's will seems like it's going somewhere interesting. Totally not thrilled with the Dazzler redesign, though. The angsty haircut-and-dyejob is just such a tired cliche, and I could have done without.
Terence
Nov 04, 2015 Terence rated it liked it
The Uncanny X-Men time and time again are being attacked by sentinels as soon as they teleport to help a new mutant as well as more random times like at a pro-mutant rally. Cyclops intends to get the truth of what's happening even if that means battling S.H.I.E.L.D.
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When Professor X's last will and testament is read, the X-Men learn some shocking new information.

Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. is a really misleading title because the X-Men don't really even fight them. This title should have been Answers becaus
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Stephen
Jun 06, 2016 Stephen rated it it was ok
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In the first half of the story we find out who's behind the Sentinel attacks that we have seen throughout the first three volumes. The reveal was pretty surprising. But the first half was boring it was the second half of the book were it got really good.

In the second half we get shocking news about Xavier that he has been hiding one of the most powerful mutants if not the most powerful mutant, from the rest of the X-Men. I won't go deeper into the details because it would spoil everything.

Volum
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Anthony
Jan 16, 2015 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, x-men
I can't help but think that when I decided to stick with All-New X-men monthly over this that I chose the wrong Bendis X-men book. A lot of plot lines come to a head in this volume (the identity of that guy who was on the cover of New Avengers that you forgot about who Bendis decided to stick into the X-men is revealed as well as the fall out between Mystique and Dazzler), making this a good read. As stuff is tied up, new plot threads begin as a new mutant is revealed who is closely linked to ...more
Joseph
Feb 12, 2016 Joseph rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. The outcast X-Men get hunted by both SHIELD and Sentinels, and She-Hulk shows up with the Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier. Because everyone hates Scott Summers now, there's a lot of that kind of banter going on, but over all it's balanced with what's going on with Mystique, Dazzler (sporting a new Mirror Universe look), and some new powerful mutant who has shown up.

I get that the X-Men are pissed at Scott for killing Professor X, but the hatred towards him is sill
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Michael Church
Aug 30, 2015 Michael Church rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
Oh man I still love this title. I know Uncanny has had its ups and downs over the last several years, but it's a home run for me. I love this team and these characters. I love the way that this moved the story forward and finally gave some closure to a couple of the larger threads that have been running through this volume of the series. Granted, it did feel a little rushed at times and there was really...no interesting motivation for the villain. But the action more than made up for it. If ...more
Jason Stalides
Just realized I finished this one already. That can happen when you are reading single issues and not a collected trade or graphic novel. This has been one of my favorite series, but the issues in this trade aren't very memorable. Lots of great moments, but some of the "vs. Shield" stuff felt forced. And speaking of forced, hello Original Sin tie-ins (the story has an Uncanny power to derail good storylines across many Marvel titles). I also say keep Scott as an unapologetic revolutionary. Much ...more
Quentin Wallace
Oct 03, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
This was the Original Sin Tie-In Volume, and we also had Xavier's will. This volume seemed like more of a set up for the next volume than anything else. Xavier reveals he existence of a mutant he's been "hiding" for many years who may be the most powerful mutant ever. His will requests the X-men look the mutant up, and this leads into the disastrous events of the next volume.

There is a subplot with the X-Men vs. Shield, but really it didn't seem to be the main focus of the volume. That could hav
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Chantaal
Aug 12, 2014 Chantaal rated it it was ok
I think my dislike for Bachalo's art colors (haha, colors - his palette has like, six of them) my perception of this volume as a whole. It's not very clear on some levels, from character motivations to the action scenes to the art itself.

Don't even get me started on punk rock Dazzler's redesign, Christ.
Stephanie
Jul 27, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic, secrets, death
This has been the best volume so far. I did love the last two books in this volume. I loved seeing Charles Xavier even if it was just a hologram. The story is progressing nicely however, I think I have to get caught up with the All New X-men to get the full picture.
Christal
Sep 24, 2015 Christal rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh, so good! Loved Dazzler, She-Hulk, and the Professor X reveal! Less exciting was who was actually behind the attacks on Cyclops and Co. Eager to see where this goes next!
Jonathan Roberts
Sep 05, 2015 Jonathan Roberts rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Not as bad as some of the past trades but Scott's costume sucks so bad I hate it....anyway interesting story and okay art. I will pick up the next one
Lionel
The first arc is an OK story.... then what a mess. I don't actually know why this is an Original Sin tie-in but you can't drop a bomb like that and leave it for after
Alejandro
Predictable storylines.


I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of writing a better overall review.


This TPB collects “Uncanny X-Men” #19-25.


Creative Team:

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrators: Chris Bachalo & Kris Anka


X-MEN VS SHIELD: DAWN OF PREDICTABILITY

There is a Mutant Revolution. Scott Summers aka Cyclops is its face.

And since the beginning of this run of Uncanny X-Men there was some hidden figure conspiring to put The X-Men (Scott’s
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Norman Kim
Dec 04, 2016 Norman Kim rated it really liked it
I'm enjoying this title much more as volumes. This one has a more cohesive and linear storyline than the previous one. It did have a bit of a TV show formulaic feel, but I didn't mind it too much. Obviously it could have been better, but it's a comic book come on what am I saying?

Maria Hill makes us hate S.H.I.E.LD.; Magneto makes us hate Mystique/makes us love brooding vigilante revolutionists; and Scott makes us hate everything. Obviously a biased take considering it's a mutant story. Really t
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Jen
Dec 05, 2016 Jen rated it really liked it
*A LOT* happened in this volume.

So, big bad guy was disappointing - almost a throw-away. I was hoping for someone actually closer to the team.

The Matthew Malloy thing is interesting, I want to see where that goes. And Logan has a great line during the reading.
Eskana
Aug 25, 2016 Eskana rated it really liked it
Another cool collection for "Uncanny X-men," this collection is much more focused than the last one and returns to the focus on Scott and his team fighting the mysterious sentinels.

The art is pretty smooth, and I like it. It switches up a little in the book, but overall is pretty consistent. Some of the action panels are confusing, but that's pretty normal, I guess... And I did like how in one issue they showed several panels in red-tint, so basically "Cyclops-vision." Always cool to see the wor
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Étienne Douville
Oct 06, 2016 Étienne Douville rated it really liked it
Finished this one during my french class today, because I was too excited about that ending. Many will probably say that it sucks and that it doesn't work with the comics from 1963 but... man I don't care! I'm new to the comics world, I've been reading comics for two years and I liked this storyline, so yeah, I do recommend it. Loved it!
Beckiezra
Oct 02, 2016 Beckiezra rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-manga
This is just an enjoyable group of mutants to follow. Maybe I just like Bendis's writing, I feel like I've enjoyed other books he's done. This is the end of one arc and the start of another, but I appreciate that I'm able to follow things pretty well by just continuing though the volumes in order. I'll worry about what I'm missing later, or never, whatever. Art is good, though one guy seemed to phone it in a bit, he didn't even give some people faces, just the marks some people use to line up ...more
Mike
(Going into this book I said to myself, "please don't suck like the last book, please don't suck", because I don't know if Bendis was off overseeing his craptastic Powers show on PSN or he had five other books to write at the time, but boy was that disappointing for a guy I consider The Machine of comics writing.)

Aaaand Bendis here is redeemed. This story was tense and escalated and off-centring enough to be a wild ride - too much fun not to read from one end to the other as fast as possible.

I l
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Maheen Masroor
Feb 05, 2016 Maheen Masroor rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-comics
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Shannon Appelcline
May 29, 2015 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-marvel
vs. Shield (19-22). The initial arc does a great job of bringing together all of the plot threads of the UXM to date, particularly the rogue Sentinels and the power problems. It all feels a bit rushed, and the reveal of the villain seems to come out of nowhere, but it's still nice to have a conclusion to this, and it's often epic and dramatic [7+/10].

The Last Will (23-25). In the second arc, temporarily getting the band back together is a nice plot point, but unfortunately the Will itself turns
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Greg
Nov 25, 2015 Greg rated it liked it
Writing: Finally, Brian Michael Bendis has written an X-Men arc where there is significant action and plot progression instead of just shuffling around his talking head mutants. Unfortunately, Bendis is still not tapping into the potential of the mutant allegory, but some spot-on character moments show that he still has an affinity and love for the X-Men. The villain twist is typically disappointing, but the The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier has enough intrigue to keep me interested. ...more
Matt Anderson
Nov 10, 2014 Matt Anderson rated it really liked it
Collects Uncanny X-Men issues #19-25

The best thing about this book is that Bendis is creating a new generation of X-Men characters, and each of them is unique and important in their own way. Some of them have become my favorite characters in the book, even over the established characters (namely Goldballs and Tempest, but I also really like Triage and Hijack).

Mystique is once again becoming a central figure in the X-Men universe, and I wonder if any of this special attention has to do with her e
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Adam Fisher
Dec 29, 2014 Adam Fisher rated it really liked it
Finally Uncanny X-Men is back on the upswing! A couple really great fights with SHIELD and with Sentinels don't cause there to be less of a story, but in fact, show the beginnings of a possibly reuniting of the two teams. Then, via a reading of the first half of Xavier's will, we learn of a new threat (?): Matthew Malloy, who appears to be the next Omega (or maybe higher?) Level Mutant. Will this be the force that brings the teams back together, possibly providing some forgiveness for Cyclops? I ...more
Travis Duke
Dec 29, 2014 Travis Duke rated it really liked it
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