Uncanny X-Men #600 is the capstone to the Brian Michael Bendis era with the X-Men. Check out our video review of this, the "last" X-Men story before the final incursion that set off Marvel's Secret Wars event. In this issue, we see some drama involving many of the relationships among our merry band of Mutants, including an "Iceman Cometh" moment where young Bobby and older Bobby deal with the fact that young Bobby has come out of the closet. We also see a sibling reunion, and a romantic triangle that bodes ill for the team. Oh, and we see what old Cyclops is up to with his "Mutant Revolution."
This issue brings together many different strings and sub-plots that the writer, Brian Michael Bendis, has beeen developing for some time now. Bendis, in his run, has killed off Professor X, made Cyclops and his followers into Mutant terrists, ala the old Magneto, and he has made Beast (who plays a central part of this storyline), into a less-than responsible hero when he brought back the young X-Men from the past. Oh, and he made the Iceman (Bobby Drake), gay. Which brings to mind many prior storylines that involved conversations between Bobby and Warren (The Angel), as well as brings into question Bobby's romantic interests of the past, who include Polaris and Kitty Pryde. Controverys seems to have surrounded the Bendis era, which, considering the long history of the X-Men, is not necessarily anything new.
Overall, this is an interesting issue to read, particularly if the reader is a fan of the our band of dysfunctional Mutants, and/or has followed the trials and tribulations inherent in the Bendis era. The artwork in this issue is by several different artists, which creates some discordance, but overall, this book works. Buy it and read it. Note, the video review contains different content than this textual review.
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