By Chris Claremont & Chris Bachalo
Dialogue Tony Bedard
Inks Bachalo, Holdredge, Irwin, Mendoza, Orlazaba, Parsons, Townsend & Vey
Colors Studio F’s Antonio Fabela
Lettering VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Dated June 2006
The First Forsaken, Part One of Three
I own issues 470, 471 and now this issue, because Kitty Pryde’s therapist from University of Chicago – Dr. Maureen Lynsinski, appears in this issue. I now own all ten of her appearances –
She is in all six issues of Mekanix, X-Treme X-Men 25 and those three Uncanny X-Men Issues. I will review these, someday but right now, we have issue 472. My next issue of Uncanny is issue 496, so who knows what happens in the next twenty issues.
Previously, Psylocke is back from the dead. Her insane older brother, Jamie, may have something to do with her resurrection. In Africa, Storm is doing some soul searching. This is after M-Day, and there are some killers that are going around, killing depowered mutants, in Africa.
Rift Valley Province, Northwest Kenya. A goon is about to kill a man, the goon wants the man’s children to join their army of children soldiers. Storm arrives and knocks some sense into the goon. She is running around with a tiger, which is pretty cool. Storm tells the tribe, that she defended, that it may be time to take the fight to the source, but they are worried that would mean war. Storm tells them that they are already at war.
The Xavier Institute, NY. Office of National Emergency, Mobile Operations Command Center. Since this is Post-M-Day, the government (in their brillance) want Sentinels to protect the remaining mutants of the world. These Sentinels, will never actually protect the mutants. The school will be constantly attack and the Sentinels are dealt with, so easily – every single time.
I do like that Valerie Cooper is running the show, she’s always been a great mutant government liaison. Colonel Reyes, the brother of X-Man, Cecilia – is the military representative.
They go around, checking in on the X-Men.
Rachel is in a mental therapy session with Kitty Pryde’s therapist, Dr. Maureen Lysinski. In the previous storyline, the Shi’ar straight killed all of the remaining Greys. It was rather intense! I’m surprised that doesn’t come up, every single time.
Bishop is visiting a wounded, Detective Charlotte Jones – I’m not sure who that is, I imagine someone from his District X days. Reyes hints that Cooper and Bishop have had a relationship – I must have missed that, too.
Cannonball and Husk are aiding the mutant refugees, as the school is housing every mutant that wanted to be safe.
Psylocke and Nightcrawler are in the Danger Room. The power shuts down, which isn’t suppose to happen. On the scene, is Jamie Braddock, who – instead of wearing tighty whities – he has graduated to boxers with gold hearts on them. Jamie takes care of the Sentinels.
Kurt and Rachel, who have plenty of experience against Jamie, are the first wave of attackers.
There is an ad for Marvel Legends, the Build a Figure is for Mojo. Shame the idea for the X-Babies didn’t go through. The action figures are – Baron Zemo (the father, and he has a maskless variant), Longshot (which makes sense), Falcon (with a modern variant), Original Iron Man (with gold variant), Psylocke and original Luke Cage action figure.
Psylocke and Cannonball join the fight but are taken care of. Bishop puts a gun to Jamie’s head, he laughs at the attempt. Bishop was merely the distraction, as Psylocke has used her focused totality of her telepathic powers, to put a psychic sword through Jamie’s head. I miss that she doesn’t talk like that, anymore.
Jamie convinces his sister to put her sword away. There is a bigger threat, that is coming. Uatu, the Watcher, arrives, as this could go horribly wrong.
Jamie explains how he brought Betsy back. Now she is no longer acceptable to being manipulated by beings likes Proteus and Shadow King – which I don’t think writers remember this being the case.
Once Jamie is done speaking, a hand brings him into a portal and Betsy knows that a being that is stronger than her brother – is a serious threat.
I can only imagine that everyone survives and the threat is dealt with.