Review: The Uncanny X-Men #171

The Uncanny X-Men #171 cover
Cover by Walter Simonson and Bob Wiacek

The Uncanny X-Men #171
Published and © by Marvel, July 1983

Title: “Rogue”
Synopsis: Rogue comes to the X-mansion looking for help but finds angry X-Men – and an angrier Carol Danvers – instead!

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Walter Simonson
Finisher: Bob Wiacek

Review: Revisiting Uncanny X-Men #171 today it’s easy to see why Little Me always felt this issue was … a little off. To begin with, regular artist Paul Smith is missed. While guest penciler Walter Simonson does a fine job – and Bob Wiacek brings an admirable level of consistency to this fill-in – Smith had already managed to establish his style as the series’ signature look over the preceding six issues. On the story side, the introduction and immediate integration of Rogue into the book seems rushed, while the conclusion of Carol Danvers’ X-Men arc feels rushed. Still, this is an above-average comic.

Grade: B+

Second opinion: “There are almost too many subplots in this issue.” – John Jackson Miller, The Comics Buyer’s Guide to the X-Men (Comics Buyer’s Guide Presents), 2003 … No. 49 on Marvel’s “Greatest Marvels of All Time” list.

Cool factor: Hello, Rogue.
Not-so-cool factor: Goodbye, Binary.

Notable: Rogue joins the X-Men. … Illyana draws her Soulsword for the first time.
Collector’s note: According to the Grand Comics Database, there is a 75¢ Canadian variant of this issue. … According to MyComicShop.com, there is also a Mark Jewelers variant.

Character quotable: “Ororo or Storm, which is it to be.” – Storm, at a crossroad

Editor’s note: This review was written April 26, 2024.


  1. Quite agree that this issue was rushed.
    Never quite understood why Claremont built Binary up only to send her away here. Was there plans for a Starjsmmers ongoing?
    Turning Rogue so quickly here from vile evil harridan to misunderstood pretty heroine was confusing for the reader at the time too.
    The change of artist made thus issue feel like a fill-in inventory story we were used to seeing but actually it’s a major turning point key book

  2. Thanks for stopping by!

    I’ve read a ton of X-Men history over the years and have never heard a concrete answer to why Binary was cast off from the X-Men the way she was. In “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story,” Sean Howe suggestes that Claremont had rebuilt the character from what he and many others conisdered a mishandling in The Avengers #200, and that he was content to send her off into deep space away from other writers and editors meddling (particularly Marvel’s then-EiC Jim Shooter).

    Claremont also talked about Binary a bit in this AMA on Reddit.


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