by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Kieron Gillen, Art by Carlos Pacheco
Published: December 2012
The world is still reeling from the destruction left in the wake of the Phoenix. The entity not only returned to Earth, but possessed numerous mutants, multiplying its damage. The most destructive of its vessels was Cyclops, who now sits in special high-tech cell in a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility not on any maps. Things aren’t going well for the X-Men, not by a long shot, but at least the worst has passed.
Or has it?
That question resides at the core of Uncanny X-Men #20 as Cyclops gets a surprise visit from Kate Kildare, who presents a much bigger threat than anyone could have anticipated. Her meeting with Cyclops brings to mind Hannibal Lecter’s meetings with FBI agent Clarice Starling, only the psychopath is the one sitting outside of the cell.
Meanwhile, across the globe in Siberia, Colossus sits in a field, surveying the ruins of the Phoenix farms.. Like Cyclops, he also gets a visitor. Unlike Cyclops, his scene isn’t nearly as entertaining. I love Colossus, don’t get me wrong, but I nothing invested in his relationship with Magik, so watching them go toe-to-toe does absolutely nothing for me.
Finally, there’s a third issue thread with Danger and Unit, and while Unit is a fascinating character, I just don’t have enough concern for these characters to care about what’s going on. The scenes themselves aren’t inherently bad, and it’s not as if I have a special place in my heart for Kate Kildare. Cyclops and Kate’s scenes carries much, much more weight with it than either of the other two, so they both pale by comparison. Reading the Colossus and Danger material just makes us long for the situation with Cyclops. Gillen struck gold with his Kate Kildare twist and I can’t help but think that this could’ve been a really solid issue had he devoted more time to that.