Writer Jeff Lemire
Penciler Humberto Ramos
Inker Victor Olazaba
Color Artist Edgar Delgado
I had to add three of the variants to my Wishlist.
Issue opens Storm reflecting on what got her to this point. Old Man Logan comes into her office and she opens up about her concerns. There is a slight chemistry between the two, even with the age difference. Forge walks into the room and clearly interrupts something. He has news, Cerebra has located new mutants, lots of them.
Over 600 of them, all in Tokyo. Storm explains where the rest of the team is. Magik and Nightcrawler are in Mexico. Iceman and Jean are in Toronto, so the X-Men present are the options. Colossus wonders if they should enlist Sunspot but Old Man Logan isn’t trusting him.
Old Man Logan volunteers to take Colossus and go find these mutants. Colossus dismisses this suggestion as he wants to take his crew of students and give them some field experience. Storm agrees.
Colossus’ students are – Glob Herman, Ernst, Martha and Anole.
Cerebra doesn’t like that they are attracting a crowd. As we all know, nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd. She gathers these group of young X-Men (and their mentor) to where the 600 mutants are suppose to be.
Colossus rips the door apart and reveals Sugar Man. Which I like, as it reminds me of Generation Next. Which also worries me as that probably means Colossus is going to leave these students to die, at some point. Sugar Man should totally reference this, as he was there for all of that.
I like the idea of Cerebra being there, to give us a quick two paragraphs of who Sugar Man is. Sugar Man shows a skill I didn’t know he had, as he grows to Sentinel size. I knew he could shrink but when could he grow? Those two fight and that activates Sugar Man’s machines. Turns out, he has 600 mutant embryos, that have been spared being affected by the Terrigen Mists.
Cerebra gets back in the fight and tells Colossus to protect the Ark. Since Colossus is an idiot, he can’t stop the machine, he needs Forge. Cerebra has sent a distress call so hopefully Magik can get there soon.
The Art starts to spark, freezing the students in place. Colossus tries to free them from the electricity.
All of these sparks are due to an emergency measure, as the Ark begins to fade away, Sugar Man shrinks and runs into the light.
Before he can get there, Magik and the X-Men arrive to break up his cabbage patch. Illyana is worried as she sees her older brother behind a giant glass door.
Old Man Logan does something that should have happened before now, he slices Sugar Man’s extra long tongue down to size.
The Ark is gone and Magik becomes very annoyed. He can’t talk but Jean tries to read his gross mind. Jean learns that the B-Team have gone to the future. Old Man Logan echos my thoughts exactly, that the X-Men being in yet another time travel story is so silly. Didn’t Secret Wars 2015 was suppose to fix this?
Forge can recreate the time machine, and it sounds like he can do it rather easily.
Storm needs Illyana to stay behind, so that she can guard X-Haven. Which makes sense but also tells me that Magik is probably not going to be in Apocalypse Wars.
The X-Men are torn into the future. While there, they are confronted by adult versions of the youngsters. So Colossus hasn’t killed them but it does appear like he abandoned them. Ernst looks even older but not much, she’s taller now. Martha is in body armor, we can still see her brain but also a lady face too. Glob looks buffer and Anole is also bigger and scalier. Clearly more than a few minutes have passed.
This chapter ends with the new horsemen – Colossus, Deadpool, Moon Knight and I’ve been told, a Venom stand-in. Moon Knight is a surprised entrant.
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Writer Jeff Lemire
Artist Victor Ibanez
Color Artist Sotocolor
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
So last issue, I thought Ibanez was Olazaba, I got my Victors confused.
Greenwich Village. Manhattan. Five Days Earlier. Magik brings Sapna to New York City. Illyana is bringing her new friend to see a doctor.
With a knock on a doctor, we see Doctor Strange, now with battle axe! If you are not reading Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Doctor Strange series, you are really missing out. I also like seeing Strange and Illyana still hanging out.
Magik recaps that Strange, Brother Voodoo, Shaman and Wanda all helped in protecting and moving the Jean Grey School to Limbo. Strange isn’t taking a side in the silly Inhumans v Mutants controversy.
Strange casts a cursory detection spell on Sapna, as there is more to her power than we’ve been let on. Which the only thing we’ve seen so far is that she can command demons, while in Limbo.
Strange hints that Sapna’s powers are not magical but linguistic in nature. She’s a high functioning Doug Ramsey – she can absorb, translate and fully understand languages of anything and anyone around her. Which, Doug was pretty power upped when he came back from Necrosha.
Ironically, Sapna doesn’t quite understand what that means. Magik further breaks it down. Sapna was in Limbo so she absorbed all of the magical knowledge that the dimension had to offer.
I like Sapna trying to process the information. If she was in a math classroom, she would have absorbed all of math, making Marcus du Sautoy very proud.
Strange explain that she may still have that chance but her body is still shifting through the knowledge, so once her body and mind settles down, she can absorb more languages.
Strange noticed something else in Sapna’s mind but Magik missed it. Strange takes the two ladies back inside Sapna’s mind.
Once there, Strange is lightning bolted out of commission. Magik prevents a second bolt from hurting her, as we see it come from a dark Starro.
Magik and Doctor Strange are slashing at Starro and Sapna tells it to go away, which it does.
Sapna wants to go home, that was pretty scary. Illyana tries to assure Sapna that Starro is not coming back for her. Strange lets Magik know that she is right. Dark Starro wasn’t after Sapna, but for Illyana! I wish it stated where or when this story will be continued in.