Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Artist David Marquez
Color Artist Marte Gracia
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Dated March 2013
I love this cover so much! Kitty is the one true heir to Xavier’s legacy and dream.
Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Jean Grey wakes up to find Cyclops and Magneto standing in front of her. They want to take her away from the school. Wolverine crashes through the wall and stabs her in the throat, with his claws.
Jean wakes up from this intense nightmare. Kitty comes in to check on her. We learn that Jean is sleeping in Kitty’s room. I wonder where she is staying now. Kitty reintroduces herself to the young Ms. Grey. Jean has been through a lot in the last few days. Kitty is the new mentor to the Original Five X-Men. Poor Jean knows that her entire family is dead, dying horribly, but she also knows that she herself dies horribly. Kitty hugs Jean.
The hug reminds me of Uncanny X-Men 131, when Phoenix hugs Kitty on their first meeting.
Scott is having a rough go of things. Everyone just keeps staring at him. He is dealing with the information that he ends up killing Xavier. Just yesterday, he was the leader of the X-Men and the future was bright. He takes off with one of Wolverine’s motorcycles. Wolverine takes off after him, in a jeep.
Kitty tries to get Jean to come down for breakfast. Before they can leave the room, Jean is struck with hundreds of thoughts.
Thoughts are about : Taco Bell not being real food. Where is Angel? Too much hair in the bathroom drains. Wolverine smells like a dog.
Kitty gets Jean to calm down.
More thoughts : Someone’s arm hurts. Something about pizza, mac and cheese. Where is Angel? People are lying. Listening to endless Avengers hypocrites lecturing. People are thinking about Emma. Cyclops was right. Someone use to work at McDonald’s but they don’t walk around in their uniform all day.
Jean appreciates Kitty’s assistance. Jean knows Yoga, was that around in the 60s? Kitty tells Jean about the times Kitty has hung out with the proper adult Jean Grey, which I’m pretty sure those two barely have any real experience.
Storm enters the room, now those two have real history together. Storm tells Jean that she is the new leader of the Original Five, as they listen to her.
Scott is in Salem Center. He is confused over the advancements of phone technology. He is also concern with why there is water in bottles, which wasn’t a thing until the mid-80s. The grocery clerk recognizes that Scott looks like he could be the younger brother to Cyclops, who is on the cover of Rolling Stone. I would have bought that issue. He wants to buy the issue, but it is$4.99, which also surprises him. The surprises keep coming as he finds a wad of cash in the jacket he found on the motorcycle.
Wolverine is behind him now, and extorts him outside. Wolverine pulls Scott by the ear. He also calls him, Slim, which I’m not sure if Wolverine even calls Cyclops that.
On a production point, this Wolverine / Scott two page spread is suppose to be read from the top of the page then down to the bottom half of the page. But there is no obvious signal to read that way, so I read the left page in the traditional manner. Followed by being embarrassed that I didn’t notice the odd dialogue, but it just made sense.
Scott pushes Wolverine, discovers that he has unbreakable bones. Wolverine mentions how the X-Men have a deal with the town folk of Salem Center, to keep their mutant headaches and nonsense out of the town proper.
Wolverine makes the mistake of saying that Scott murdered Xavier. After reconfirming that he has unbreakable bones, he optic blasts Wolverine. Scott takes off on the motorcycle.
It took six issues but Warren finally meets his present day counterpart, Angel. Warren is taken back by Angel’s metal wings. The situation isn’t made any better when Angel reveals that he doesn’t remember how he got metal wings. Poor adult Angel has had an extremely hard life. I am so use to seeing Angel with long hair that it is nice to see short hair Angel in contrast.
Issue ends with some henchman telling Mystique about how a twelve year old Cyclops was seen around town. Mystique wants to see young Scott for herself.