Written by Mike Carey
Penciled by Clay Mann
Inked by Danny Miki with Allen Martinez & Walden Wong
Colored by Brian Reber
Lettered by VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by Adi Granov
Special Thanks to Russell Jackson
Cover Dated February 2010
Earth Give Up Your Dead, Part One of Three
I own this issue and the next issue but not the third part. As I like to do, whenever I first dip into an older crossover, is to give a quick overview of the issues involved and how involved I was with the crossover. With this one, I feel like I was pretty involved with it, with how Cypher came back in the pages of new Mutants but let’s see if my memory matches the event itself.
While looking for a website that lists the reading order, I came across this website, that has a pretty decent overview of the event.
One of the nice things, in this modern age of comics, is that there was a handy checklist in the back of the title, of the issues and when they came out.
So the issues I own, in order are – Necrosha One-Shot / New Mutants 6 / New Mutants 7 / New Mutants 8 / X-Men Legacy 231 (naturally) / X-Men Legacy 232 /
I skipped Chapter Two (X-Force 21), The Gathering (which is mostly an issue to remind people of the characters), X-Force 22, Chapter Four (X-Force 23), Chapter Five (X-Force 24) and the Finale (X-Force 25).
So 13 issues, and I own six so just under half of the crossover. Once I was looking over the issues involved, I figured I didn’t actually own the main issues involved, which is typical me. Essentially, my need to collect all of Magik’s appearances, made me take an interest in this crossover.
Onto the issue itself. The issue is printed around the midway point. At this point, Selene’s army of undead characters, have invaded Utopia.
Four miles off the US Coast. The Dead Rise. Utopia Burns. Cyclops, Colossus and Psylocke are finding off the undead as the Cuckoos provide mental assistance. One of the undead, is Maggot – Cyclops makes short work of him. Blindfold shows up, and Cyclops is not that pleased or impress. Blindfold wants a private moment with Cyclops, which he has this great reaction of – we’re in the middle of a war, there are no timeouts. The Cuckoos get Cyclops inside Blindfold’s mindscape – I really like the choice of making the room light blue with the objects in the room, only white outlines. Blindfold has been blind, since she was a baby, so everything looks only like how it felt to her. Cyclops does a decent job of keeping his cool as Blindfold relates a story of what Destiny told her in a previous issue.
There is an ad for the Honda Civic, so go out and buy one of those!
Destiny told Blindfold about how Selene is on Genosha (now called, Necrosha) but there are serious threats on Muir Island.
Necrosha. The Palace of Selene. And its Dungeons. Destiny is in a cell, as Stonewall guards her. She offers to tell him his fortune, if he releases her.
The North Atlantic. International Airspace. Three Hours Later. Cyclops has picked his away team, lead by Nightcrawler, Colossus, Magneto, Psylocke, Blindfold, Rogue, Trance and Husk. Pretty random sort of characters, because it is Legacy, we knew Rogue would be on the team. I like her and Nightcrawler on the same team, Magneto makes sense, as the next page will show. Carey will use Trance later.
Trance implies that Blindfold is rarely correct, also I like how Trance doesn’t like Blindfold, or at the very least – they don’t get along. I imagine Blindfold is the freak amongst the freaks.
Magneto takes the opportunity, that he is sitting next to Rogue, to talk to her. They have a very rocky relationship. Rogue likes that Magneto is back on the side of heroes, he likes that he is being reminded of their intimate time in the Savage Land. Rogue reminds him that she lost interest again, when he started killing flatscans again.
Actually, he killed Zaladane – I guess that explains why we are not constantly getting stories about Polaris trying to prove if they were sisters or not.
Magneto tries to counter that they did share another kiss, in the middle of Uncanny X-Men 304 – Illyana Rasputin’s funeral after she died in 303. Which, really, is all that it takes for me to buy a comic.
Rogue reveals that she only kissed him so that she can weaken him.
The team lands on Muir Island and Kurt asks Trance to check the island for any threats. I like Magneto trying to offer advice and Kurt shooting it down as it is the obvious choice.
There is an house ad for Siege, an event seven years in the making. I read it, just the main event, and possibly one tie-in, the New Mutants issue. I like that tag line, as I feel like most events during this era could have just swapped the number of how many years.
Colossus decides to make some time with Psylocke but chooses to insult her, as he regrets that she only has her telepathy powers instead of her telekinesis. If she had the lather, she would be a heavy hitter, in response to this silly insult, she knocks him down on his back and stands on top of him. What a moron.
Rogue wants Blindfold to repeat everything Destiny told her. Blindfold reveals that Destiny was hoping to have spoken to Rogue instead of her would-be granddaughter.
Mortis, Dagger’s half-sister, is informing Selene that Stonewall has let Destiny escape. An unconscious Warpath is dragged into the room, with an editorial note stating to read X-Force 22, to learn more.
The X-Men have a clear path to Moira’s lab. They get inside the lab and don’t see any signs of anything. There have been two notable deaths on Muir Island – one, was Destiny at the hands of David Haller and the other, was killed by Colossus – Proteus!
Blindfold runs into Destiny and touches her hands, this is all Proteus needed to transfer bodies, from one undead to one very alive body. Rogue shows up, doesn’t notice that Blindfold isn’t speaking in that broken English way of talking, Protifold takes down Rogue, as the issue ends.