Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils Stuart Immonen
Inker Wade von Grawbadger
Colorist Marte Gracia
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Dated January 2013
When this issue was first being promoted, there was a lot of theories involving the man between the two teams.
This issue is the first appearance of both Triage and Tempus, but before they got those X-Men names.
This was also Bendis’ first issue of his still current X-Men run. What a way to start!
Uncanny X-Men Volume Two ended, so his start to its third volume hadn’t started yet so Cyclops’ side haven’t donned their revolution outfits yet. Feels like forever since they’ve been in their current outfits. Two years, but hundreds of appearances by now. Well, close to a hundred. This takes place right after AvX : Consequences.
Issue opens with Cat Beast crashing to the ground. He is narrating that he is dying.
Gold Coast. Australia. Eva, later Tempus (not this issue), is out on the town with her lady friend. They are there so Eva can finally flirt with David – a guy she has been crushing on for a while. Apparently, he has only seen her in a tracksuit up to this point.
Eva’s brother, Steven, shows up and punches David. His five friends start beating up Steven.
We have not learn more about this past life of Eva’s in the next 27 issues of All New or 21 issues of Uncanny X-Men. Like all good mutant soldiers, they have to completely abandon their previous life. That’s how dad did it and that is how Cyclops does it now.
Eva creates a time bubble around the block, it lasts 20 hours. Cyclops, Emma and Magneto show up – I sort of miss these old costumes, even though I saw them for years, it is nice to revisit them. Cyclops calming explains the situation to Eva. Emma finds a way to calm Eva calm and to close the time bubble.
Once down, the military and police come rushing at Eva. Totally apeing for the cameras, Cyclops, Emma and Magneto come to Eva’s rescue.
Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Storm, Kitty and Iceman are not happy with the latest news coverage.
This is during Kitty’s pink outfit phase.
Iceman makes a reference to how young Scott would not be happy with his older self.
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Police Station. Bendis must like Ann Arbor, as he had Ultimate Spider-Man go there as well. Which was in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 7, the start of the Crossroads arc.
Christopher, later Triage – who is younger and skinnier than he appears on the back cover. Which is the direction you want to go in.
He has been arrested for healing his lady friend. Apparently, she was reported dead, and he brought her back.
Cyclops and Magik, in her New Mutants uniform, bust Christopher out of the police station. Cyclops finds the camera in the room and makes an announcement. Why they released it to the media, to help him spread his message – is beyond me.
Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Iceman wants to take Cyclops down. Storm doesn’t has she doesn’t want a Mutant Civil War.
Kitty, now in the uniform she has worn for a decade, at least – doesn’t like that Cyclops is going to undo all the hard work her and the X-Men have done over the years.
Iceman makes the mistake of repeating his comment about past Scott hating his current self, so Beast hears this and gets a lightbulb over his head.
Cut to page five of Uncanny X-Men 8, which came out in November 1964. Scott is writing Jeab a letter, confessing his love to her – which you should never do. Hank is going to quit the team. He is tired of the anti-mutant hysteria.
They go out in the hallway where they see present day Beast. Hank recognizes him.
Bobby makes a joke about if that is what Hank looks like if he doesn’t shave. Then he makes a great Back to the Future reference – is it our kids?
Beast wants to take the Original Five to the present to prevent a mutant genocide caused by Cyclops. This is clearly a lie but he needed to convince them to go quickly, before Xavier mindwiped them all.
To give a sense of the time frame – Wolverine and the X-Men 20, had just come out.