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Uncanny X-Men, Volume 5: The Omega Mutant

(Uncanny X-Men (2013) (Collected Editions) #5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Everything has been leading to this: a turning point for the Uncanny X-Men! And it all revolves around their deceased former mentor and leader, Professor Charles Xavier! Scott Summers has swiftly become one of the world’s most wanted men. Thanks to the Phoenix-possessed murder of Professor X, he destroyed his former life and must now remain constantly vigilant in case of a ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by Marvel (first published March 31st 2015)
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Time travel stories rule!

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” #26-31.

Creative Team:

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Illustrators: Chris Bachalo & Kris Anka


Oh, this the other Charles Xavier I’ve heard about. The one that teaches one thing but says “The hell with it” when it’s convenient.

There is a Mutant Revolution. Scott Summers aka Cy
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix

Yes, Scott Summers it’s all about you.

Sure you’re hoisting the whole you-better-believe-mutants-are-people-too-or-we’ll-kick-your-ass movement on your shoulders, but your megalomania burns like the midday sun in Phoenix and its hot enough to make even Magneto blanch. Killing Charles Xavier has just accelerated the growing contempt and fear that had been festering for you in the Marvel universe.

So what happens when Charles Xavier’s will reveals that there’s a mutant out there that could split th
Oct 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
So long ago Professor X discovered a young mutant whose power was unfathomable. Rather than trying to teach or train him, Xavier instead put up psychic walls to ensure he couldn't use his power. He checked in on him yearly and would rebuild the walls as necessary. Problem is that now that Professor X has died, the walls have fallen and no one is strong enough to rebuild them. Xavier through his will has tasked his X-Men to put some spackle on the psychic walls to keep the mutants power contained ...more
James DeSantis
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Damn I was glued to the pages reading this one. Uncanny X-Men came from meh (Gave volume 1-2 2 stars) to this. A epic, big, scary, nail biting adventure. So our Omega Level Mutant is OUT OF CONTROL. Scott decides to try and help the young man but in the end wants to use his powers to top off this mutant revolution.

The volume mostly are conversations and arguments. This might not be enough for some. However, when the fights happen it's pretty goddamn epic. So with the time ticking down, every tr
Lᴀʏᴀ Rᴀɴɪ #BookDiet2019
This.... THIS! This has to be the crowning jewel of the entire series so far. Brian Michael Bendis' The Uncanny X-Men has really come so far from whatever forgettable trite that was its lackluster first volume. Anyone who decided to stop reading after that said volume is sorely missing out for the breadth and quality of the next stories that came afterwards. The last time I was this consistently stimulated and completely invested in the plot and character revelations of an X-Men title was durin ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I was really loving this volume. Then bam, time travel. Urgh. I've had about enough of time travel in Marvel comics lately. Aside from that, though, watching Cyclops actually make his move was riveting. Naturally, it doesn't go as he'd planned. I was also pleased to see a main X-Men book acknowledge that Xavier's ethics could be negotiable. And it's still fascinating to me that Cyclops is entirely beyond forgiveness because of something he did while possessed, but we should be kind to Scarlet Wi ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: x-men, marvel-now
This was a really good arc, and the two artists styles go nice together even though they're quite different. But the choice to use time travel to fix everything bothered be a bit. I'm guessing it's going to be something Bendis goes back to before he's done with X-men. And time travel (and even space travel) has been something that's been pretty important to his x-men (it's part of the premise for All-New, after all), so at least in that respect it doesn't seem completely pulled out of thin air. ...more
Boy can Bendis start off on a downer note when he wants to:

And this:

And he'll hamstring himself just for funsies, because storytelling is nothing if not arbitrary obstacles and how our protagonists work around them:

But - and this is a big provisional but - once Bendis gets Scott and Matthew down to the bare fundamentals of figuring this Omega mutant out, it finally gets real. Like, Matthew is terrified and convinced he's beyond saving - and Scott is hopeful, assured and convinced Matthew is wort
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Although I really, really, really hate time travel stories with respect to the X-Men, because it's so overused and redundant, it works here. There is a super powerful mutant that needs to be taken care of, because no one else can do it. Can't give away the whole plot, but Bendis weaves a strong tale that takes into account a lot of the history of the X-Men and their personalities as well.

Not sure if this title was being double shipped or not, but there are some shifts in artistic teams that don'
Jonathan Roberts
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
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Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Of all the ongoing series that I read, this one is my favorite. There is not a dull issue and the art is different but easy to appreciate in its own way; it just fits with the story. When it comes to the characters, Bendis does such a great job mixing the new with the old and then again with the new-old.
Uncanny X-men is sure to be a good read and this volume lived up to my expectations.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow just wow...this was an unexpected great read. Xavier hid an omega class mutant and he awakens to a world in which Xavier is gone. Whirlwind of whatifs and action.
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm really done with Bendis's stupid time travel crap. There is no consistency with any of it. He's littered both sides of his X-Men run (All-New and Uncanny) with time travel nonsense, and it's gotten to a point where he's completely destroyed any semblance of rules or consequences for what time travel can and can't do. The Original X-Men can't time travel NOW, but they can if they come from the future to the present, which they did in the previous volume. Going back in time and altering things ...more
Travis Duke
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Matthew Malloy is a new omega mutant who can't control his powers. Uncanny X-men continues to be a solid story line that cant help but like. Cyclops is still dealing with the grief of Xavier and both x-men teams are suffering for it. Chris Bachalo usually does some great art but I wasnt super impressed this time around.

Summery with spoilers.

Matthew is killing lots of innocent people because he cant control his power at all. SHIELD gets involved and probably wished they didnt because they are do
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
B.M. Bendis is a great writer. I have read many of his works and this is the first time I am reading his X-Men. In the Omega Mutant we have a story that in and of itself is probably not that great. No really. I don't like stories where the ending are solved not so much by the actions of the heroes, so much as it is by a deus ex machina (in this case- time travel). That being said, the story is saved by the writing. It's funny, dark and has quite a bit going for it. Bendis makes you care about ch ...more
Quentin Wallace
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This one disappointed me. The X-Men faced their greatest threat ever: a new mutant with the uncontrolled power to destroy the world. However, the ending was a deus ex machina that I thought was a let down. (view spoiler)

This series has been surprisingly interesting, and this storyline had a ton of potential, but that ending just didn't work for me. And also, we know have a power timetraveling mutant wandering around with the ability to change anything.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x-men-books
...and breathe!

Wowsers! Reading this for the second time gives me chills! I felt like I held my breath reading each comic book (that's how I read these volumes). An Omega mutant of immeasurable power and zero training or awareness comes to light... secondly it's time to read Xavier's will! Bendis superlative talent of writing real conversational speech is so on point here. This entire series is sooo good, admittedly not up to his best Avengers work but up there for the X-Men with early Claremont
Joe Jungers
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In which we discover that:

Charles Xavier has a will & Jennifer Walters is his lawyer.
Professor X had secrets of his own.
Sometimes there's no 'right' solution to a possible world-ending problem.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty damned good. A storyline that gets set up in the previous volume comes to fruition here, as a previously-unknown super-mutant suddenly explodes into being, and Charles Xavier conveniently has recorded a video prior to his untimely death in order to explain this mutant's existence.

The premise is stupid and lazy and convenient, but Bendis does a couple of interesting things with it -- 1), Cyclops' 15-year-long freefall into megalomania (hinted at during Grant Morrison's run an
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-comics
I feel a bit iffy giving this one a five star rating, but at the end of the day, it deserves it. Yes, reversing events in history mess things up and ruins the value of a good story. Yes, it's all played out and is probably accentuated at the time of publication because of the Days of Future Past film. Yes, nobody everrrr seems to stay dead. BUT if we view the story as a life lesson, a dreamstate perhaps for Scott Summers, we learn a lot about his mentality. He's a total dick, and he's full of ol ...more
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
I never thought I would be giving a Cyclops title 5 stars, but damn! Two words: Eva Bell. Her story throughout this series has blown me away. I love her and I really hope she gets brought into the main storyline and not dismissed to the place where newly-created mutants are banished. I see several reviews calling the ending a deus ex machina, but Eva's time travel abilities have been set up throughout the story and even with them, it's not an easy fix. There is tons of emotional turmoil and now ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Public library copy.

My favorite writer continues to unimpress me. Either the desire to keep continuity intact or he's stretched too thin by writing too many titles. Anyway, thank God the Xavier Last Will & Testament is over and done. Bendis had a remarkable Ultimate X-men run, but both of his mutant books have me leaving these titles toward the bottom of the to-be-read pile.
Paul E. Morph
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just... wow. This volume of Uncanny was amazing and the final chapter left me with both a tear in my eye and the desperate need to find out what happens next.
Well done, Mr. Bendis; you knocked me flat with this one.
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
My favorite of Uncanny so far :)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sadly, no matter how powerful the new mutant is made out to be, he kinda falls flat. Good thing he kills a few named characters, although this is done in fast-forward too. Time travel is again the solution, but the repercussions are too well controlled to explain why the same X-Men are always afraid to manipulate the timestream. Butterfly effect be damned. Or not? Who knows?

A single character solves the whole thing with complete disregard for repercussions. Worse, the ARE NO repercussions for so
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Continuing the great x-read of 2017/18...

Holy cow. Now that's how you kick a story into high gear. Wow. So I am technically reviewing volumes 4 and 5 together as I read both of them today. (for the record, I enjoyed volume 4 slightly more than 5...)

Really, these volumes are everything you would want from an X-Men comic. They're exciting with some great twists and turns. There are some great character moments (for the record, I still feel like this series short changes Emma, but it is slightly le
Adam Stone
After a lull in both this title and All New X-Men, its nice that both books picked up around the same time. Here, we get to see what would happen if An Even More Powerful Then Omega Mutant had been hidden by Professor X, only to have the safeguards wear down after Xavier's death. What follows is all of the elder statesmen of the X-books trying their own approach to keep peace with humans.

But it takes some new school thinking to actually solve the problem.

I think this book is solid even if it's s
Marcus Leong
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
Scott makes some really difficult choices here, and while they are extreme, they are understandable given his experiences with his father figure, and the eventual betrayals he has only recently learned.
Despite all these, he stands by his newly aligned moral compass, and accepts all consequences of his actions.

The X-Men, on the other hand… hypocritical.

The resolution of the Omega Mutant crisis however is incredibly lazy! 🙄
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this story around an all-powerful mutant coming to terms with the scale of his powers and the mutant factions keen to direct him towards their aims. Cyclops presents a more interesting character than usual and there is room for some of the newer mutants to stake interesting claims on the story, even if the solution is a bit tidy, predictable and unsatisfying all at once.
Roman Colombo
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
This was more confusing than anything else. What was with the Mystique reveal? They did nothing with it. And all it did was create a massive plot hole. Maybe it will be explained? Still fun and Scott had some important development....but confusing.
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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