|Uncanny X-Men #17 cover by Chris Bachalo|
By Brett White
Cyclops’ revolution has evolved.
With mutant hunting Sentinel robots threatening the lives of his X-Men and the entire population of newly super-powered teens, Scott Summers must kick his plan into high gear to preserve the future of the mutant race. After spending the first action-packed year of UNCANNY X-MEN gathering the troops, writer Brian Michael Bendis plots to take the book to the next level.
“All of the groundwork has been laid out and now it’s time to blow the roof off the place,” Bendis reveals. “All of the characters have been introduced, all of the relationships have been cemented, the new status quo is locked and loaded—now it’s time to deliver on the promise."
But there's a wrinkle in Cyclops’ plans: a Helicarrier-sized one.
|Uncanny X-Men #18 cover by Alexander Lozano|
The climactic Battle of the Atom throw down revealed that the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D. has their very own Sentinels at their disposal, meaning that the X-Men's enemies might be less outright evil than they thought. With Scott Summers now an outspoken icon for mutant rights and peace rallies popping up on college campuses across America, can he risk going head to head with an agency perceived by many to be on the side of good?
“I think it’s a bigger risk for him at this point not to take on S.H.I.E.L.D.,” explains Bendis. “Something’s wrong over there and their lives are in danger. He made a promise both publicly and privately to his people that he would fight for them and protect them. Something is going on [at S.H.I.E.L.D.] that is putting mutant lives in danger. One would have to imagine that it’s better to be alive than have goodwill.”
As UNCANNY X-MEN progresses into 2014, Bendis says that this new mission statement will be the impetus for many stories:
“Many people have asked in what form Cyclops’s revolution will take. This is it.”
|Uncanny X-Men #19.NOW! cover by Chris Bachalo|
By Cyclops’ side will be his team of revolutionaries, which now include Kitty Pryde and her students, the time-displaced original teenage X-Men who made their debut in the pages of ALL-NEW X-MEN. But even with heavy-hitters like Magik and Emma Frost around, Bendis assures readers that new additions Tempus, Triage, Goldballs, Hijack, and Morph will play a major role in the future.
“[They'll have] big-time prominence,” he promises. “This is their bar mitzvah. It is time to find out if these characters, including the all-new X-Men, have what it takes to fight the fight. I hope everybody makes it out of this teenager storyline alive. I hate when young mutants die for the cause.”
UNCANNY X-MEN enters All-New Marvel NOW! this March with issue #19.NOW! by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo