Writer Dennis Hopeless
Art Javier Garron
Colors Chris Sotomayor
Letters VC’s Joe Sabino
Limbo. Illyana’s Lair. Colossus, finally at the spot where he failed a year ago – stands before Illyana’s black onyx door.
There is an ad for the Powers Season 1 BluRay, now I can watch that show! I do like how Michael Avon Oeming’s name comes before Brian Michael Bendis’, that is a nice touch.
The problem is that Darkchild is not at home. Madelyne Prior is also surprised that Darkchild is not sitting on her throne but she doesn’t care. The empty seat is ripe for the taking, and that’s all Maddie wanted.
Colossus and Domino share a moment, he is worried about their limited time in Limbo. Domino is whispering but that is pointless as Maddie has telepathic powers. Maddie can see what Darkchild is up to.
X-Headquarters. Unfortunately, Darkchild is about to switch targets in this war.
Scott shits himself, as the demons and their leader, are right outside his door.
Colossus wants to take everyone home to fight off his sister’s army. Havok and Maddie (and the others) laugh at the idiot. There is a giant forcefield that is keeping everyone inside Limbo. Darkchild and her army are no longer stuck, as they can use Nightcrawler, who is soulless now and being ridden like He-Man’s Battlecat. Colossus is sadden over Kurt’s current state.
Pryor tries to draw attention to the bright side of this. She is the new Queen of Limbo and Colossus got his evil sister, out of Limbo. Maddie implies that Darkchild was all powerful in Limbo, but out there, she is limited in her resources.
See an inch below Banshee? That’s Shadowcat, taking names!
Jean, who apparently didn’t die in the first issue, refers to the Nightcrawler themed creature as, Bamf Dragon. She reads its mind and realizes that it is Nightcrawler. This information stuns Scott.
Darkchild makes short work of both Captain Britain and Rogue. I sort of love this Illyana, completely free of her good side and playing for keeps.
Scott calls his X-Men, to him. They must keep the forcefield up or the entire city will be destroyed. The magic crew – Brother Voodoo, Forge, Nico, Vision and Broo come onto the scene. Scott isn’t happy as they are needed to keep the magical forces at bay. Forge claims that Beast and Doctor Strange can hold the forcefield together. That is when Scott realizes that Darkchild is not on the battlefield. With the protection spells, in place, Illyana can’t teleport into the building.
Beast and Doctor Strange are taken by surprised when Darkchild, riding Nightcrawler, comes into their room.
Domino has a quick chat with Colossus. She tries to finally get him to recognize that his sister is lost. Colossus has to realize that their fight is over. They kiss, as that’s all that they really can do.
Maddie calls the lovers’ attention to outside, as the forcefield crumbles.
Scott can’t believe that Darkchild has allowed this to happen. He asks her, foolishly, what is she doing. Her response is so awesome – I’ve won. Next issue is going to be intense!
Meanwhile, the issue ends with the reveal that Mister Sinister is the puppet master. It makes sense that he will show up, in this series, as he is the only player from the original crossover that hasn’t appeared yet.