The opening splash in Uncanny X-Men #273 is the happiest this project has made me. The X-Men! All in the same room! As a team! With captions! We have here Storm, Cannonball, Banshee, Boom-Boom, Jubilee, Cable, Wolverine, Psylocke, Beast, Archangel, Rictor, Gambit, Iceman, Sunspot, Forge, Cyclops and Jean Grey.
Well, I say as a team. In reality they are having a massive argument about what to do next, whether they should press on from their victory in Genosha to take out other threats. Cable is keen on that, Cyclops and Storm (by the way did I mention she's an adult again now?) less so.
Cyclops and Storm discuss where to base the X-Men, since the security basement of the mansion is a bit cramped. Storm agrees that moving to Australia was probably a mistake, but declines the offer of using X-Factor's Ship. Jean decides to use Cerebro to track down other friendly mutants (Longshot, Dazzler, Rogue, for example), but no, she hasn't got her telepathy back, and she is owned by the Shadow King, whose storyline is looming.
Apart from the SRS BSNS, there's lots of fun bits of new characters interaction. Wolverine and Gambit get some banter; while Iceman and Boom-Boom have a competition as to who is more immature (my vote is for Bobby). And Psylocke gets one of the best lines ever, in response to being asked whether she had told her brother (Captain Britain) of recent events yet. "And say what? Hullo twin, guess who this is. Back from the dead, just like you! Remember last time we met and you couldn't believe I had purple hair. Well, the hair's still purple."
Uncanny has stopped being a slog, if only for an issue or two. Onwards! But not long now until the end...