As per usual, this post contains spoilers that shouldn’t matter to anyone who’s familiar with the contemporary X-Men. It’s also Part Nine of my quest to read UNCANNY X-MEN in its entirety, but you don’t need to check out my previous posts in order to read this one.
(If you want to, though, they’re available under my dedicated X-Men tag.)
These twenty-five issues are written by Chris Claremont. The twice-monthly schedule that rules a portion of this period means a large number of artists contribute their talents. Jim Lee co-plots and pencils ten issues, with inks by Scott Williams, Josef Rubinstein, and Art Thiebert. Marc Silvestri pencils seven issues, most often with inker Dan Green but once with Steve Leialoha. Bill Jaaska and Mike Collins contribute two issues each, all with inker Rubinstein, while Rick Leonardi (with inker Kent Williams) and Homage Studios also take on an issue each. #273, which concludes a crossover, features a few pages each by Whilce Portacio, Klaus Janson, John Byrne, Rick Leonardi, Marc Silvestri, Michael Golden, Larry Stroman, and Jim Lee, with inks by Scott Williams throughout.
And with these issues, I fear the bubble has burst. As of #251, we’re into another boring patch.
From where I stand, that's down to the lack of a coherent team feel. By this point in the X-Men’s history (ie, the late 80s/early 90s), Marvel’s mutants are spread across multiple books that take them on all sorts of divergent adventures. I’ve often cited UNCANNY X-MEN as a flagship title, but during this period it becomes a check-in title instead. Many of the issues carry subtitles like, “Featuring Storm/Magneto/Rogue/Wolverine/Whoever.” They give us a chance to see what individual characters are up to, possibly in company with another familiar face or two, but the sort of battles they fight mean there’s no need for the big team-ups that are an ensemble book’s bread and butter. The only larger arc we see across these issues occurs in small slices across many, many issues.