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Uncanny X-Men #485

April 10, 2007

Quick Rating: Fair
Title: The End of All That Is (The Rise and Fall of the Shi’Ar Empire Chapter Eleven)

It’s time for Vulcan’s wedding… but is that all?

Writer: Ed Brubaker
Pencils: Billy Tan
Inks: Danny Miki & Allen Martinez
Colors: Frank D’Armata
Letters: VC’s Chris & Joe
Editor: Nicke Lowe
Cover Art: Billy Tan
Publisher: Marvel Comics

The penultimate chapter of “The Rise and Fall of the Shi’Ar Empire” takes us right up to the wedding that will forever link Vulcan to the ruling family of the Shi’Ar empire. Xavier and Darwin are captured, and the X-Men and the Starjammers are planning a final assault to save the galaxy.

I was afraid for a while that the whole issue would be build-up, but the final battle actually begins this issue, thankfully. The fight is swift, viscous and brutal, which at this point is exactly what you want. Brubaker also manages to work in a few nice character moments – Corsair’s horror at the things his son is capable of, for example, or Nightcrawler taking a moment to cross himself before diving into battle.

I’ve rarely seen fans as divided over a storyline as I have with this arc. It seems that some fans absolutely love it, claiming it a return to greatness for the X-Men. Others seem to hate it. I’m squarely in the middle. It’s not that bad, but it will certainly appeal mostly to those readers who are fans of the cosmic, spacefaring aspect of the X-Men, which is something that has been neglected in recent years.

Billy Tan’s artwork continues to be strong. He and the inkers and colorist all put together a very impressive visual package.

With just one issue left in this storyline, the fans are either excited for the conclusion or just anxious to get it over with. A case could be made for either perspective. I’m just not finding myself terribly invested in it either way.

Rating: 6/10

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