Martin Starr AND Karen Gillan, sign me up! And they did! Plus, Kate Mulgrew!
I wasn’t much of a Paul Scheer fan prior to this show, that he created but I have since become a fan.
Onto the issue :
Ten Miles off the Coast of San Diego and 500 Feet below the Surface. The Greek god, Poseidon is woken up when the President of the Navy, steals his pitchfork – he has a pitchfork collection.
I like how they recreate the show’s title sequence in eight panels, that’s pretty cool.
Meanwhile, at NTSF : SD : SUF ::… Someone wonders how the Greek gods could be in San Diego. Kove explains that the Greek gods were the first terrorists. 3,000 years ago, NTSF : Athens :: Chariot :: defeated the gods and buried them in the San Diego ocean as statues as they are not really from Greece, it was a cover up. Kove commands the team gets together and meet her at the NTSF Heli-SUV.
Deep in the Alaskan Wilderness. Alphonse is recreating the scene from Edward Norton’s Incredible Hulk, citing that it has been 65 days since he has had an accident, of his spirit animal coming out.
The Louvre – Paris – Night. Piper is fighting to prevent a guy called, Skull, from – once again – re-animating Hitler and starting World War III.
Burj Khalifa – Dubai – The World’s Tallest Building. Trent, the leader and played by creator Paul Scheer – is retired (yet again) and is now a simple window washer.
Five minutes later. The team is assembled. The five attacking Greek gods are certain locations – Medusa (Wonder World), Prometheus (San Diego Stadium), Cyclops (Gaslamp District), Athena (La Jolla), Hades (San Diego Trolley) and Poseidon (off the coast of San Diego). The team wants to prevent San Diego from becoming a second rate Los Angeles. Each team member is going to a specific location, via the tele-transportationing room. The blonde (I’m not sure who this is suppose to be) wonders why they all of a sudden have all of these fancy pieces of equipment. Almost as if they have an unlimited budget, the benefits of a comic book over a 15 minute show on Adult Swim.
Wonder World. The blonde is wearing glasses that will reverse Medusa’s stone-turning abilities. Instead, she is so unattractive that Medusa willingly turns herself into stone. Looking at the Wikipedia page, is this character is probably the one Rebecca Romijn played?
The Underworld. Hades has took the San Diego Trolley and forcing the last top to be Hell. Alphonse is taking him on, and lets out his spirit animal – The Vole. He is able to throw Cerebrus and Hades into a giant lake of fire.
The Bitley’s. Sam is about to take on Cyclops and he wins by throwing darts into his sole eye.
Scripp’s Park, La Jolla. Athena is confronted by Piper, she tries to come up with a snappy one-liner but instead, just opens fire and takes out Athena.
San Diego Stadium. Trent and Prometheus go at it, he throws a baseball bomb and blows up the fire stealer.
Somewhere near the San Diego Convention Center. This location made me think that this was a San Diego Comic Con exclusive but I’m not sure if it is. The Heli-SUV dumps oil into the ocean and that makes Poseidon turn away. Issue ends with him opening up a portal in the sky and aliens come out – so this is clearly after the Avengers film was released.
Writers Sean McQuaid, Stuart Vandal, Ronald Byrd, Michael Hoskin, Mark O’English, Chris Biggs, Eric J. Moreels, Mike Fichera, Al Sjoerdsma, Barry Reese, Chad Anderson, Madison Carter, Anthony Flamini & Richard Green
Cover Artist Keu Cha
Cover Dated 2006
A year ago, we lost Herb Trimpe and today, we look back at another comic that I have of his.
Unfortunately, Trimpe only has one spotlight that features his art. Outlaw Kid, a character I really enjoyed in Blaze of Glory, a series that I would buy another sequel of, at any given time. He was also used to nice effect in Dan Slott’s She-Hulk series.
The profile that got me to keep this issue is –
The N’Garai, art by Thomas Derenick. Which, of course, mentions the incredible and legendary adventure of Kitty Pryde one fateful Christmas Eve.
Other Entries worth mentioning –
Night Nurse, only note worthy due to her inclusion in the Daredevil Netflix series.
The New Warriors’ Night Thrasher gets two pages
The Marvel Proper version of Nighthawk gets two pages
New Warriors’ Nova gets three pages
Orge, who I liked in Thunderbolts, get a page
Onslaught gets a page
Younger Avengers’ Patriot gets two pages
Generation X’s Penance gets a page
Mockingbird rapist, Phantom Rider gets three pages
Genis-Vell, Captain Marvel’s son, who is going by Photon apparently.
Original 66 X-Men villian, Plantman gets a feature.
Runaways’ parents, the Pride, gets a page
Proteus, gets two sweet pages.
The first attempt to try to create a Pre-Captain America in, Protocide, gets a page. I really dug this guy, back in the day. He got replaced with other characters, over the years.
Spider-Man off again on again pal and villain, The Prowler gets two pages.
Also getting two apes, Puma! Who I guess now didn’t pay for the Parker honeymoon now.
Cover dated February 2001, also this is a 100 Page Monster, so there are three reprints in the back of this issue.
We join several X-Men as they are having a snowball fight with some local children in Salem Center.
Neal Shaara, the latest mutant to take the codename, Thunderbird. With Neal, is Nightcrawler and Iceman. Opposing them is Colossus, Archangel and Psylocke.
Neal jumps at Warren and Betsy blocks him. They roll in the snow and have quite the moment that makes Warren jealous. Betsy states she is a grown woman, and if she wants to flirt, she going to get her flirt on.
Rogue and Gambit show up and this at the time when Rogue has access to every power she has ever absorbed, she just can’t control which power will kick in, or the power itself. Except, if she wants to pop some claws, then that works whenever she wants.
This is also pre-X-Treme X-Men, in fact, this entire issue feels like it should end with a giant advertisement and a “follow the story here” tag. Storm wants to find Destiny’s Diaries and keep those books and the knowledge of them away from Xavier. As far as I know, that team only ever found three of the fabled 13.
Then we get this awkward cut to the circus where we see Kurt and Cercise hanging out as Kurt does his circus act. I had forgotten that Cercise shows up here and it is always nice to see her again. I must have flipped between the last page with Storm and this current page with Kurt a couple times as there is no transition.
We see Colossus avoiding a giant anvil and he sees a young blonde girl and she reminds him of Illyana. Nice that he is constantly remembering her.
We see that Warren is a big baby and breaks up with Betsy. Just let her flirt, he should know that she is loyal and it is all in good fun. But Warren is blue so there’s that.
We cut to Bishop helping out the police, but he calls one of them a fireman, but he is in his blue shirt and black tie.
Next is Wolverine and Viper, who is his wife at the moment. They are paying their respects to Mariko. Viper is there to deliver a box from Kitty, it is one of Logan’s bone claws that she apparently had. It is her way of telling Logan that she is save. We haven’t seen her in a few issues, last we saw, she was with one of the NEO, which that story also never got picked up either.
We see Rogue and Gambit at a Nativity scene. Rogue gets a headache and starts shooting Cyclops’ optic blast. She claims she can’t turn it off, but really, she should be able too. Scott can’t control it due to a head injury he suffered as a boy. She doesn’t have that problem, so she should be able to control the power. I suppose one could say that in her panic, she overreacts, but I also suspect that it was an oversight.
At The Xavier Institute, presents are exchange. In Storm’s attic, we essentially see the formation of X-Treme X-Men. Gambit is not joining as Rogue doesn’t want him near her as she is worried of hurting him. Logan isn’t joining as he needs to be the point of contact for Storm at the mansion. To replace these two, Sage shows up. Gambit and Wolverine will both eventually join X-Treme X-Men.
Issue ends with Storm being given a modified version of one of her old outfits by Xavier.
On the letters page, we get told to check out Uncanny X-Men 390 first, and come back for X-Men 110 for the aftermath. Two awesome issues.