The real fight has now begun. Uncanny X-Men have joined the conflict and seeing how everything has been since the start, it was no surprise that they acted against the other X-Men’s wishes to send the Original X-Men back. While the stances each took on the matter were predictable, it was the tense atmosphere that usually comes with this book that sold the moment.
The one thing you take out of this issue is how dysfunctional this team is. We already know those affected by the Phoenix are broken, but everyone’s reactions to this conflict show just how dysfunctional they are in terms of being on the same page about what is right for the past X-Men. It adds to the fact that this may be creating another schism amongst all the X-Men involved. Something you’d expect to happen sooner or later though you have to wonder if this is turning a simpe situation into something more difficult than it really should be. This part of the crossover event shows just how layered this really is between the Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, future X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. who will more than likely throw in a bit of chaos of their own trying to dictate sending everyone back to where they belong.
While the X-Men aren’t tied to Age of Ultron or Infinity, you do see how they have a hand in creating the problems the world faces now. Henry is a big problem when it comes to messing with space and time, something Bendis addressed well with Maria Hill showing her disapproval of anyone who acts so freely as Henry.
For any fans of Jean or Emma, the fan service at the end between the two was really the highlight of this issue. It’s something you want to see but you also question.
If you aren’t following this crossover event because of your stance against them, do yourself a favor and pick it up if you are an X-Men fan. Everything after AvX has been leading to this moment and Bendis has left no stone unturned. This was a good transition into the thick of it by bringing the fight to the Uncanny X-Men. The layout of it is something to point out as well, such as noticing how Bachalo is able to give Magik that demonic look as she uses her powers given how much they’ve changed over time, and how it overlaps the other panels.