Chris Bachalo On His New ‘Uncanny’ Bendis Book

What's going on with the new Uncanny? Will it even be the X-Men? The artist spills a bean.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker


Last week, Marvel teased a new book from Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo with one word: Uncanny.

On Bachalo's blog yesterday, he dropped this bit of art on us, as seen above, and gave a little information on what will be going on with that book. It looks as though it might be a new Uncanny Brotherhood as opposed to Uncanny X-Men. That said, the filename on the image was UNXMN001COVER_100.1, so make of that what you will. Perhaps I'm letting the presence of Magneto and his assertion that they'll be villains now color my perception – Cyclops is still in control, and chances are that means they'll still call themselves X-Men.

Here's what Bachalo said on his blog about leaving Wolverine and the X-Men for this:

Looks like the cats out of the bag. Its me an Bendis on a new launch of the series. This was a tough one as i was really enjoying my time on WX but Brian asked for me to help him launch the new Uncanny and how do you turn down that offer. Launches are tough as there's a lot of ground to cover to get things rolling. Characters are re-imagined, writing styles adjusted to, locations established. Its a tough learning curve that typically takes a few issues to figure out and grow comfortable with. We're still very early into the creative part so hard for me to comment on exactly what to expect. The daring part is that the tone of the book–feels like, its early–will be a little darker. Characters powers have been 'adjusted" as a result of the Phoenix five fall out and I was asked to redesign costumes for the entire cast. Everyone. Plus, as of today, there are two "new" mutants. Its a big jump that I'm sure will turn a few off but, we're betting on, that most will welcome and enjoy. One thing that you can count on Is that Brian will always give you something worth reading. He never fails to be interesting. Launch is two issues in February. LMK how I'm doing.


New looks for Cyclops, Magneto, Magik and everybody else that's on his side. Not sure how to feel about X-Face Cyke. Where are the goggles? Does he have ruby quartz contacts now? Is that even Cyclops? Probably, but you never know what kinda red herrings they'll throw our way.

He says it'll be darker, but compared to what? The previous Uncanny X-Men, or just to his fun, freewheeling work on WatX? Well, one thing's for sure, Bendis is surely taking over the X-Men, as has been talked about for many moons. He said he was doing "so much more" than that, though. One supposes that bringing the original X-Men forward in time in All-New X-Men might fill that bill.