Visiting Hour
Review for Uncanny X-Men (1981) 540-A

Comic Book by Marvel, Sep 01 2011
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July 13, 2011

Visiting Hour

Issue 540 can forever be known as the book of visits. The entire issue revolves around a handful of characters paying special visits to people. And while Kieron Gillen puts together a script full of tight dialogue, I'm not sure how much more I can say about this issue.

The issue starts off with Juggernaut crash landing at a small gas station 60 miles outside of San Francisco. This might be the coolest thing about this book, as the possessed Juggernaut turns the gas station attendant into his personal page. After being stricken by an enchantment, the attendant follows Juggernaut into San Francisco, announcing everyone's doom at his hands. This is a cool little twist for the Fear Itself avatars.

The next visit involves Scott Summers and the mayor of San Francisco. Despite these meetings always bordering on flirtatious, this one quickly deteriorates into a fight, as the mayor accuses Scott of having knowledge of what is going on with the "fearful" world around them.

Kitty Pryde continues the theme of visitation by meeting with Peter Rasputin to chastise him about his sister. In turn, Peter travels below Utopia to visit the imprisoned Ilyana. LAstly, Namor makes a surprise visit to Emma Frost's bedroom. We are left with an image of Juggernaut arriving in San Francisco, cars strewn everywhere.

The above description would normally merit a really low star rating from me. Gillen however creates a fair bit of interesting dialogue in this book. In fact, the pacing made me feel a little bit nostalgic about comic stories from the eighties, when the writers would take time to set up a story. Likewise, I actually enjoyed some of Land's panels in this book (the gas attendant's face was very well done!) which I rarely say.

The upcoming confrontation with the Asgardian imbued Juggernaut should be very interesting!


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