After last issue's ho-hum feeling I was anticipating something amazing from Spencer as he is wrapping up his run on UCXM, and I think he delivered a solid final issue.
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-We start at a mental hospital that is housing Alex Summers. A mystery man is there to see him and everytime he walks by people they age rapidly and die
-Alex is seeing Cyclops in his cell with him, the mystery man also can see Cyke but apparently not the orderly.
-We get the Ultimazation of Layla Miller, nothing unique in terms of design but apparently she is a coporate big wig and is working with the mystery man
-Apparently Xavier, Mags, Wanda and Cyke are "ghosts"
-The mystery man is revealed and it is none other than Sinsiter, and he is back to worshiping the mannequin version of Apocalypse.
Well this issue was certainly a page turner for me. Spencer's run on this title has been really up and down for me and luckily this was an up issue, seeing Havok again was also nice not to mention his cell mate :). I will say this about this issue, despite me really enjoying the issue I felt a pang of sadness knowing that we won't be revisiting this story for while now that Wood is taking over. We kind of got an answer on the "risen dead" plot, but it wasn't very satisfying and tbh it stll felt like we aren't getting the whole story. This is actually kind of true since Spencer won't get to complete his story, but he did good with what he had. The reveal of the mystery man from today's issue was not a surprise at all to me, and his "ink" was the wrong color but maybe that was done on purpose. Also he apparently has a new powerset, which didn't really fit in with his previous appearances but I guess it could be tech or something like that.
Spencer's overall story completely feels like it was cut short and since Wood is heading in a different direction it makes me feel like the whole run was kind of pointless. Granted this can all change once we see what Wood brings to the table, but that's how I feel today. The story is definitely intriguing and I really wish we were getting more, we just aren't
As for the writing itself, I hope Wood gets these characters as much as Spencer has. I really do enjoy reading the dialogue Spencer gives the characters. They feel like they all have their own personalities and it makes the story that much better.
Art, I haven't had a lot of complaints about the art since issue 1 and that isn't changing. Only one thing was weird and it was very minor, just some tattoo's being an odd green color, even then that's completely on the colorist I would imagine.
Overall probably couldn't have asked for much more in terms of cutting a story off at it's knees and having to wrap it up.
Spencer's entire run as a whole: 8/10