Guest Writer Jay Farber
Guest Artist J.J. Kirby
Guest Colorist Chris Walker
Letterer Randy Gentile
Cover Dated September 2002
Issue 8 is the last issue of Devin Grayson and UDON’s time on X-Men Evolution, hence all of the Guest creative teams.
Issue opens with Xavier explaining that he is leaving for the weekend.
Xavier explains (mostly for our benefit, as the cast would already know this) that Storm, Beast and Wolverine took most of the students on a training exercise. So these six students are now, Home Alone – hence the cover. Scott is in charge of – Nightcrawler, Spyke, Jean, Rogue and Shadowcat.
At school, Kurt (for some silly reason, that is beyond me) tells Freddy that the mansion is completely empty of adults. Freddy, like a dick, announces that there will be a party at Xavier’s. For another reason, the student body accepts this invitation, even though they should know that guy isn’t living at the Institute. Scott is not happy with this announcement.
Danger Room. Spyke is telling Scott that the party should be fun.
Kurt is sure that Xavier wouldn’t know, but Jean has to remind him that Xavier can read minds. Kitty says that Xavier forbids reading their minds. But he still does it, as we all know. Jean raises the second problem, that the Institute isn’t exactly a safe place.
Kurt says that a party will get them closer to the human students of the school. Kurt also mentions how none of them live with their parents. Besides Kitty and Spyke, none of them have parents to speak of. Maybe Jean, but her parents may think she is crazy. Scott agrees to have the party, hoping everything goes well. Also, the time to turn down the party was immediately, not the day of.
Naturally – Toad, Blob and Avalanche, come to the party, no one wants there. Scott tells the X-Men to watch the Brotherhood kids.
Jean and Kitty follow Blog, who almost enters the Danger Room. Jean uses her telekinesis to keep the door close but tells Kitty to come up with a plan to distract Blob.
The outfits that Kirby has Kitty and Jean wearing, the heck! Sexy isn’t the right word, but I do like them having party clothes but these seem out of place. Jean is barely wearing a half shirt. Kitty’s is at least modest.
Kitty’s plan is to bring the big lug to the kitchen.
Avalanche (a word I still can’t spell, unassisted) and Toad find the empty hanger. Scott and Kurt confront them, a quick fight occurs until Freddy shows up. Kurt teleports Avalanche and Toad into the woods.
The party isn’t getting out of hand. The final straw was some kid rolling around in Xavier’s wheelchair. The party guests are told to leave, they do, angrily.
There is an ad for the Ultimate Titles. Ultimate Spider-Man 24, The Secret of the Goblin’s return. Ultimate 20, the issue before Ultimate Shadowcat’s debut. Ultimates 7, new storyline (so the team isn’t fighting each other) and Black Widow appears.
Kitty shuts down the music, but the electronics blow up, causing a slight fire. Kurt teleports the equipment to the river. The team puts out the fire and Blob has eaten himself into a deep sleep.
Xavier returns, and they try to play it off like everything was okay. Issue ends with Scott confessing everything that happened, so Xavier states that he does trust them now. His smile indicates that he read all of their minds when he first arrived.