UXM got better after the first arc while WatXM's joke is wearing thinner by the issue.
Sorry Brevoort, Alonso and Lowe, but Jean Grey is a classic character. She'll outlive you regardless. :)
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The OP question has created an artificial notion that a reader has to like one book over the other. 'Both' is the best option. The x-books hit an enhance stride just as DC's reboot rebooted my butt out of buying their comics - the timing couldn't have been better.
I buy both, but I know I enjoy Uncanny more.
Has to be Uncanny for me. Gillen is a brilliant writer and understands all the characters. And i have to say I'm a fan of Land's art. Maybe it's just me but Uncanny just seems to be the more intelligent book (dealing with politics/racism/the extremes people will go to) whereas WATX seems a bit too young for me at times to the point where I am considering dropping it. Aaron seems to have a lot of ideas going on but as soon as he introduces one he has already moved onto the next. His ideas aren't really given the time to flourish.
Finally, I also have the impression that if anything truely significant is going to happen in the x-books it's going to happen in Uncanny X-men (and also X-force).
Last edited by Lost Shepherd; 05-03-2012 at 01:08 PM.
Can't wait for Jon Hamm to place his drink on top of Harry Potter's head.
Splitting the books up was brilliant, frankly. And keeping Rogue on a satellite, ancillary book away from everything? Even better.
I had to choose Uncanny. WATXM is cute (Idie and Broo are pretty adorable) and breezy, but I don't really find myself caring about what happens next or eager to pick up the next issue. Uncanny, on the other hand, has a cast full of strong personalities (more of whom I like than in WATXM) that have been given great voices by Gillen with a high potential for drama and conflict, and it's actually exploring thematically interesting plots and foes. I do think the art in WATXM is generally better, though I wouldn't want that style for Uncanny at all, but the storytelling in Uncanny is so much stronger to me that it wins. Uncanny is often one of my most anticipated books each month.
The other thing going against WATX for me is that aaron seems to just be throwing any idea out there without any natural progression to get to that point. Take for example Iceman kissing kitty...where did that come from?!? And then compare this to how Gillen is slowly showing the cracks in scott & emmas relationship (the flirtation with namor, scott burying his feelings (a natural character trait for him) about Unit forcing them together, emma being annoyed at scott's lack of jealously, etc). #natural progression.