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Uncanny X-Men: Divided We Stand

(Uncanny X-Men (1963-2011) #495-499)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,174 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 8th 2008 by Marvel
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Paul E. Morph
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
James DeSantis
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel-unlimited
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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 stars. The stuff with Nightcrawler, Colossus and Wolverine was pretty dope. The other story with Cyclops and Emma was just OK.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
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
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
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.

Christina Nightengale
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Judah Radd
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics
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
David Edmonds
Aug 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, x-men
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 ...more
Blair Conrad
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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,
Terry Murphy
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
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. ...more
Rick Sand
Jan 09, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 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
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel, x-men
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 ...more
Adam Fisher
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-read
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
William Thomas
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, bland
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 ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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