I got it for the excellent David Finch sketch covers for the first chapter.
There are other features such as a short story. Lists of trades. Also a Phoenix brief history.
Written by Chris Yost
Penciled by Harvey Tolibao
Inked by Sandu Florea
Colored by Jay David Ramos
Lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Dated July 2010
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
The solicit for this miniseries was not promoted as Magik stuck in Limbo and needs rescuing. So I didn’t get the series pulled for me until issue two. Issue one was impossible to find anywhere, for me.
I’m just reviewing this issue as I got it for Father’s Day.
This miniseries takes place during the events of New Mutants Volume Three Issue 12, part three of Second Coming. The storyline that brought Hope and Cable back to the present day.
Magik is only on the first two pages, setting up the miniseries.
New York. Yesterday.
One of the cool things the villains did in this crossover was that they made a huge attack on all of the teleporters.
Magik was about to teleport the team away. Once her stepping disc opens up, demons grab her and pull her in.
Colossus freaks out!
Colossus tells Cyclops that he is going after his sister. He will not lose her and poor dead Nightcrawler, on the same day.
Cyclops tells him that he can’t spare him. Hope is what matters now. I simply love Colossus throwing Cyclops against the window, cracking it. Colossus is leaving.
Scott tells him that he isn’t going but he is sending an away team to rescue Illyana.
Cannonball is gathering a team. He must have gone to Cyclops first. During New Mutants, Karma lost her leg on Sam’s watch. He isn’t going to leave Magik behind.
Pixie is on the team, as she can get them to Limbo. She doesn’t want to, as Magik took a piece of her soul. She makes a mistake of calling her a monster. Colossus almost kills her!
Anole is on the team to try to convince Pixie to go. He isn’t sure if Magik should be saved. Last time he was in Limbo, he lost his arm. So he now has a massive arm.
Dazzler is on the team. She’s cool about it.
Northstar is on the team. I like how these two are X-Men, you tell them they are on a mission, they are on a mission.
Trance is going, but she isn’t bringing her body. Her name is Hope, that isn’t good.
Gambit is the big name on this team. This is right after he was an Horseman of Apocalypse, as we are going to see in this story.
Anole convinces Pixie to go on the mission.
The Hangar. Cannonball goes over the best case scenario. Northstar wants to go over the worst but Cannonball doesn’t think that will be necessary.
Of course, in an incredible double splash page, it is the worst case. Pixie has instant regret.
The team starts fighting off a horde of demons.
Gambit disappears and we see his eyes as his Horseman persona is coming out.
Issue ends with who I thought was Blackheath, but the Internet has told me it is N’astirh. Whoever that is.
There is a bonus back up of the origin of Magik’s soulsword – from the excellent fourth issue of Magik’s miniseries from the 80s.
Taken from the first issue of Wolverine First Class, and minus the silly Wolverine part!
Actually, now that I’m looking at the cover proper, it looks like it is inspired by that cover but it isn’t exactly the edit job I thought it was!
So I don’t know where that image for the shirt comes from! It seems so familiar though
Cover Artist Olivier Coipel
Cover Dated November 2008
To promote X-Infernus, Marvel released this one shot, collecting –
X-Men Divided We Stand 2
I want this so much!
Marvel Chess Collection did a proper Marvel Heroes collection for their first set. Then came Wave Two, which included the X-Men. I read somewhere, that Wave Three is going to be Spider-Man and his Friends and Foes. So that means no Kitty Pryde and Lockheed like I was hoping. I do like how Magik was included. These cost $25 so it might be a while before I own one. Plus, they are not sold in stores, so I will probably not be buying it anytime soon.
Writer CB Cebulski
Artist David Aja
Colorist Frank D’Armata
Letterer Dave Sharpe
Cover Dated June 2006
Before Magik came back, this was basically the type of story us fans had to hope for.
This story takes place soon after Colossus returned from the dead, and before Magik did. He is visiting both of grave statues that the X-Men created.
I really love Aja’s art style and D’Armata’s coloring gives it a nice painted style.
Cebulski, I feel, is a super fan who got to write his favorite characters.
The flashback sequence is from right after the Mutant Massacre. Magik wants to try to save the dead Morlocks.
There are two little continuity mishaps that took me out of the story for a page. With only eleven pages, I had to bounce back quickly. Colossus reverts back to his flesh form, but after the story, he was stuck in his steel form. The other, Illyana mentions how calm Kitty is being, but how could she be calm as she is stuck in her phasing ability, and may never become solid again.
Magik realizes she can travel back in time to save the Morlocks.
Colossus makes comments about how final death is. Even though the two Rasputin siblings know people who have died and returned from death.
Magik sees one of the Morlocks getting brutally murdered. She realizes that death should be final.
Magik came back, has her brother promise to always be there for her. Issue ends with him at her statue, asking for forgiveness – as even in death, he has left her alone.
How to be an Artist
Writer Neil Kleid
Artist Mike Oeming
Colorist Pete Pantazis
Letterer Dave Sharpe
Colossus is in an art class that is having a gallery showing that evening. He can’t be inspired to paint anything.
Issue starts with a quote by Matisse, Creativity takes courage.
A classmate offers the advice to look back on his life for some pain and torment, as that is where the best inspiration comes from.
Which gives us our story as Colossus reviews his life and questions if he is an artist or warrior.
I like how Oeming, like most artists, has Colossus’ art being simple. He is not meant to be an uncanny artist, it is a hobby he enjoys but he couldn’t make a living doing it.
Colossus thinks back to Serbia, how the harsh winters would cover the beauty of Mother Russia. We get Oeming drawing a young Illyana, when she was happy.
I like the excellent observation that his torment didn’t start until he came to America.
How awesome is that drawing of Lockheed?
If you were going to paint an image of your (kid) sister, would you draw her with big ol’ boobs?
We also get recreations of Uncanny X-Men 137’s cover and Colossus’ sweet death.
There are a lot of preliminary drawings of Kitty, which I like, and it makes sense as they are together again.
Now that I think if it, every time we saw Kitty and Colossus together – outside of Astonishing X-Men – must have been between Danger and Torn, as Torn leads directly into Unstoppable. Kitty doesn’t return from that story, so that must be the timeline. That is a lot of appearances squeezed between those stories.
Cyclops, Wolverine and Kitty are at the gallery with Colossus, as the story ends. They like his painting – a warrior standing by a tree with no fight nor purpose.
I want this so much! Look how great Lockheed is too! Apparently these have been available since June 1, 2016 but I can’t find them at Target, Hastings or Wal-Mart. I keep looking, apparently she goes for $20 so I’m saving up.
I don’t quite understand why there is a Magneto / Onslaught helmet packaged with her.
Writer Danny Fingeroth
Penciler Ron Lim
Inker Keith Williams
Colorist Tom Vincent
Letterer Gary Fields
Cover Dated Mid November 1989
Splintered From Inferno
There is something about this issue that makes it feel epic and important.
Issue opens with how this a quick recap of how we came here, a full two pages will fully explain it but we get a crash course right off the bat. The X-Men and X-Factor were able to defeat N’astirh but S’ym was waiting close by and absorbed all of N’astirh’s power. Combined with the help of the Goblin Queen, they were able to overpower the mutants, killing most of them.
Wolverine tried to save Jean but Madelyn kills her and S’ym turns Wolverine into their demon pet.
In classic What If fashion, a bunch of dark shit happens in this issue but nothing as truly horrible and tragic as what happens next. Madelyn puts poor sweet baby Nathaniel on a slab and S’ym sacrifices the baby! Which, I’m sure I read as a young boy and just flipped the page to the story but as an adult and father of an almost three year old, that nonsense takes me out of a story and I have to just sit there thinking about that act. With his death, S’ym and Madelyn have permanently left a giant portal open between Limbo and Earth, so they are all powerful.
Uatu the Watcher sets up the question, What If The X-Men had Lost Inferno?
Demon Wolverine is standing on the cart that has Alicia Masters (who I’m pretty sure should be secretly Lyja the Skrull IF she’s dating Johnny Storm – which she is) in it and a few others. These humans are going to be feed to some demons. We see Diamon Hellstrom and Alpha Flight’s Shaman are on their way to a meeting.
Before we get into the crux of the story, Uatu the Watcher tells us what happened in the original timeline and uses the next page to set up what was different.
Magik had originally opened a portal from Limbo to Earth and demons started flooding out of t. Rachel Summers and Excalibur came across the pond to help but Rachel was turned into a mannequin. Doctor Strange was trying to reclaim his body from Dormammu (that we covered already earlier this month) and Spider-Man helped fight some inanimate objects turned demonic.
In this timeline, Magik put all of her dark magic into sealing the portal, ending it by throwing her soulsword through the closing portal. S’ym grabbed the soulsword, opened a small portal and came back to Earth.
S’ym and the Goblin Queen are a couple, at least in the early days. S’ym straight up gives Demon Wolverine a baby to eat and he totally enjoys it.
Meanwhile, in the Federal Reserve Bank (that is abandoned now that gold isn’t respected anymore) the humans are trying to come up with a rebellion.
The mages are using a cloaking spell to keep the demons away. They are – Doctor Strange, Margai Szardos, Jennifer Kale, Doctor Druid, Hellstrom, Dakimh, Baron Mordo and Shaman. I’m not sure who Dakimh is but I recognize everyone else. Who knew his whole name was – Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo? Baron, of course, is his sweet title.
The human characters, or the non-demonic heroes are – Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Human Torch, Thor, The Captain (America) and Shadowcat! It is an odd group of characters. She-Hulk wants to punch someone, she’s not one for hiding.
Demons Hulk & Wolverine kill Doctor Druid and Jennifer Kale, in the first wave. Next, Demon Hulk kills Shaman as the heroes try to fight back. Demon Hulk kills his cousin, She-Hulk, as Demon Wolverine kills the Captain.
Human Torch is holding his own, while Spider-Man gets clawed from behind. The mages try to work on an escape plan but S’ym arrives and shuts most of the mages down. Thor gets into the fight.
Thor sacrifices himself as Doctor Strange, Shadowcat, Human Torch and Baron Mordo escape.
The four heroes make it to the Daily Bugle, an odd choice now that Spider-Man is dead.
Meanwhile over at the Baxter Building, Demon Doctor Doom and Demon Reed Richards are working for S’ym and Madelyn. The two geniuses are working on a way for the two superpowers to take over the multiverse. Which is an awesome motivation that I’m surprise isn’t always brought up in the What If issues.
An hour later. Strange detects a great power and leaves, while not telling Mordo which causes resentment in the lesser magician. The power source is Rachel, still in that wedding dress and still smiling.
Rachel shakes off the effects and together with Doctor Strange kill some demons and teleport away.
Kitty and Rachel are reunited, like the great friends that they are. Mordo is acting like a jilted lover towards Strange. Strange reveals that his fear is that the Living Tribunal is going to take notice of Earth and the unbalance scales of mysticalism and wipe the Earth clean and start over. If these heroes can stop the demons on their own, life as they know it can continue – instead of a completely fresh start.
Strange wants to use Rachel’s connection to the Phoenix Force to bring the cosmic entity to Earth to balance the scales – without wiping out everyone in the process.
Kitty is the one to bring up that the purge of demons means that everyone who has been taken over the demons will be dead. But those characters are so far removed from who they were, they are essentially other people now, wearing their friends’ old faces and clothes. Kitty, of course, is against genocide – for several reasons.
Once again – S’ym, Madelyn and Demon Wolverine – come crashing into the building. Baron Mordo is a traitor and revealed their location – surely that will backfire on him later. Human Torch tries to fight everyone back but Mordo strikes him down.
Human Torch tries to go super nova, or as close to as possible but not to burst Strange’s force field that is keeping him, Kitty and Rachel safe. Poor Kitty feels pretty useless in this fight, all she can do is watch.
Rachel gets the Phoenix Force’s attention. S’ym is able to strike at Strange, so Strange goes off to fight S’ym.
Madelyn Pryor and Rachel start fighting over the Phoenix Force, as neither has a full connection to it. Demon Wolverine tries to murder Strange, from behind! Kitty tackles her old mentor.
Look at that truly horrific panel at the top! Demon Wolverine straight kills Kitty! Mordo tries to kill S’ym.
Mordo tries to kill Strange next and is able to pick up Magik’s soulsword to claim complete victory. With the death Kitty, Demon Wolverine sort of comes to his senses. He kills Mordo, the same way he killed Spider-Man, claws to the back.
With Mordo’s dying breath, he burns Demon Wolverine down to his adamantium skeleton. Poor Rachel has to keep note of the room around her and is shock to see her dear friend Kitty’s dead body. Madelyn tries to take advantage of the shock.
Madelyn is taken out by the adamantium skeleton’s final action. Rachel calls out to the Phoenix Force. The Phoenix Force confronts the Living Tribunal and all of the demons are purged.
Issue ends with Alicia Masters delivering her son, Jonathan Storm, with the aid of Doctor Strange and Rachel Summers. So everything should work out, most What Ifs don’t try to end on such an upswing.
What Now?~ letters from – Tod Preece of Austin, TX / Craig Lloyd of Canada / Dom Beaudoin of Montreal Quebec, Canada / Joe Decker of Lynn, IN / Robert Kowaiski of Detroit, MI / Jon Trouten of Harmony, MN / Hurricane Heeran of Van Nuys, CA / Shane Hutchison of Dickinson, TX / Rudy Mangual of Gardena, CA / David Moran of Elk Grove, CA / Jeff Lewonczyk of Newington, CT.
Next issue, What If Wolverine was an Agent of SHIELD? I don’t own it so it won’t be for us.
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With this, we end Doctor Strange Month!
Writer Chris Claremont
Guest Pencilers Stephen Platt and Angel Unzueta
Guest Inkers Matt Banning / Jaime Mendoza / Harry Candelario Rob Hunter / Jason Martin
Colors Wayne Robinson
Letters RS/ComiCraft/Emerson Miranda
Cover Dated September 1998
I wonder if something happened between issues 127 & 128, like did Claremont change his mind and was going to do more than four issues but decided to only do four? It feels like two issues were skipped, at least one for sure.
This issue starts with Wolverine, Shadowcat and Sabretooth already being taken prisoner by the combined forces of the Hand and Hydra. Last issue ended with them about to make their attack, knowing it was a trap. So we are definitely skipping scenes, and we are not given a flashback sequence so time is being saved here.
Hydra wants to just kill the three intruders but typical Hand wants to brainwash them. Since the Hand is more involved in this mission, Hydra allows them to attempt to corrupt their souls.
The Hand leader, Matsuo Tsurayaba – who has Logan’s very distinct hair style, points out to Hydra Commander how the Hand is more committed, manpower wise, to this operation. I’m not sure how Kitty can be phased and unconscious. Since Claremont is writing this that means Kitty’s natural state is to be phased so that’s probably the rationale. Most other writers either don’t know that part of her history or just have her being in a traditional state of being. The Hand plans on corrupting their souls and turning them into Hand agents.
We see Kitty’s mindscape first. This isn’t a bad outfit for her, except that besides the mask, it is essentially just a black unitard. Kitty sees Logan and slits his throat, killing him (somehow).
There is an ad for Wesley Snipes’ first Blade film, the anti-Howard the Duck. Such a good film.
Now that Kitty is a killer, she shreds the one outfit into a new more appropriate one. But shouldn’t it be red, or would it look too much like Elektra’s? So instead, it is purple so it looks too much like Psylocke’s. It could have stayed blue but still revealing and at least be in her color scheme, or black & yellow.
Dream Kitty has adamantium claws too but Sabretooth really has those and still didn’t kill Wolverine.
Hand and Hydra leaders are still bickering over the right course of action. Hydra didn’t want to be part of this and this is exactly why.
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We catch up to what Hydra is planning. Just good old fashion brainwashing as they have – Viper, Tyger Tiger and Jessica Drew – all still in green. So Tyger and Drew were taken after issue 125 and Viper after 126. Viper and Drew are former agents of Hydra, so their brain patterns are already on file.
Thanks to editor Mark Powers, we learn that Tyger has extensive modification, as seen in Uncanny X-Men 229, Page 13, at the hands of Marauder, Pretty Boy. I own issues 225 – 227 and then 230, so I’ll have to take his word for it. I like having the page marked, that’s pretty handy.
Wolverine’s mindscape, is back to the days of the All New All Different X-Men, this is post Krakoa as Beast, Angel and Iceman are still around. They turn on Wolverine and he has to fight for his life.
There is an ad for the upcoming X-Men 35th Anniversary –
This was in 1998, my first San Diego Comic Con and I was obsessed with these images. The printed ad includes Mutant X, which I was also nuts for. I had asked the Marvel guy (I wish I knew his name) but he said I couldn’t have them. If I was older, I would have offered to buy them, but I approached it like I was doing him a favor for not having to pack the big posters away. I was 16 so I wasn’t thinking in a way to outsmart a grown adult. My last SDCC was in 2004, when Spider-Man 2 was coming out. I still remember seeing that footage of Doc Ock waking up and the arms going on a murder spree, I was so hyped for the film after that. Still the best Spider-Man film, for my money though the costumes have gotten so much bigger since they moved to the white eyes for Spider-Man’s mask.
Jean is about to kill Logan when Sabretooth interrupts the sequence.
Meanwhile, Kitty saves Viper. Kitty is in yet another outfit, she’s getting as good as Jan van Dyne. Kitty isn’t holding anything back in this fight against Hydra.
Wolverine wakes up and Sabretooth agrees to save Kitty and Viper but not after they fight about it.
Kitty is in super killer mode, though she hasn’t killed any of these drones yet. Viper knocks Kitty out, before Kitty can kill anyone.
Once Logan and Sabretooth are done fighting, though it mostly looks like odd hugging, but they’re just going through the paces. Sabretooth is taken out by Tyger Tiger
Tyger is about to kill Sabretooth, somehow, when Kitty phases Sabretooth at the last moment. Viper wants to kill Sabretooth for starting this entire adventure. Kitty phases the boyz out of there and Viper swears vengeance.
Issue ends with Kitty and Logan recapping the adventure. They are wanted fugitives on Madripoor, and Logan & Viper are still married.
I believe that this whole time, Viper is being mind controlled by Ogun, but we’ll get to that in a later issue.
Cutting Edge, letters from Michael Boyce of East Cleveland, OH / Wonda Rackard / Brian Campos of Ontario, Toronto, Canada / Wayne Chilcott of London, England / Hannah Page of Jackson, MS.
Next issue promises Wolverine against Wendigo, which I do own and will eventually review.
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Happy eighth wedding anniversary to my wife and best friend! Thanks for the continued best years of me life.
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Also, this is Post 1,250!!!