Wolverine is back. Jean Grey’s been resurrected. Xavier has returned. But where is Uncanny X-Men?
Marvel’s original mutant title – the title that introduced the X-Men and gave them their most iconic adjective – hasn’t been on shelves for over a year, since the fourth volume of the title concluded with #19 in May 2017. After that, the entire X-Men line relaunched under the “ResurrXion” banner, with two titles - X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold - taking the role of the franchise’s core titles.
Meanwhile, other X-Men titles arrived including Astonishing X-Men and X-Men Red, but Uncanny X-Men remained dormant – even when Marvel’s “Legacy” era restored many other titles to their original numbering, and even amidst the return of many of the team’s core members.
So with even Fantastic Four now returning, and Blue and Gold coming to an end in September, the time is right for the original X-title to make a comeback.
Even the Avengers – the team that succeeded the X-Men as Marvel’s widest-expanding team franchise – have gone back to a single core title stacked with a big-guns line-up. Even alongside X-Men Red (which, let's face it, could simply drop the color designator and take the place of Uncanny's adjectiveless sister title), there's room for the classic title.
And of course, Marvel has some big plans ahead for the X-franchise. This summer’s Extermination crossover may result in the return of the time-displaced original five X-Men to their original place in the time stream. But their absence will also leave a void.
But with Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Charles Xavier all recently back from the dead, their reunion - along with some of their merry mutants friends of course - could be that next step.
In other words - Uncanny X-Men.