Written by Ruben Diaz
Color Illustrations by Juvaun J. Kirby
Ink Art by Caleb Salstrom
Cover Inks by Edwin Rosell
Calligraphy by AS & Comicraft / AD
Cover Dated January 2000
Look how cute that cover is! I don’t own every X-Babies appearance but the ones I do own, I do enjoy.
At one point, ToyBiz announced that the X-Babies were going to be made into toys for the Marvel Legends Wave 14 in 2006.
Jason R. Mink, who is the Man in the Anthill over at Fwoosh wrote a great article regarding what happened along with these two images
They did go ahead with the Mojo Build-A-Figure, but he looked lonely without the X-Babies present. I would have bought that First Appearance Daredevil just to get Shadowkitty.
The X-Babies are – Shower, Wolvie, Sugah, Creepy Crawler, Psychilde, Colossusus, The Prof (aka Boy X) and the adorable Shadowkitty.
You can read along with the comic, thanks to this nice website :
The X-Babies are playing in the Danger Playpen. There are two teams – Shower / Wolvie / Sugah and Creepy Crawler / Psychilde Colossusus. They are trying to capture a ball.
Shadowkitty wants in the fun but Prof X states she is too young.
Sugah grabs Crawler’s tail and takes his power – thus teleporting to the ball easier.
Shadowkitty wants a closer look, but doing so tampers with the Playpen. All the safety protocols are turned off – revealing the true dangers under the soft and plush equipment.
In Sugah’s zeal to win, she makes a dash for the ball. Prof X wants them to stop the exercise. Psychilde also wants to win, and dives for the ball. Sugah grabs the ball, Psychilde grabs Sugah’s exposed arm. The psychic backlash knocks them both for a loop.
Sugah has a memory of her and Kid Britain, that isn’t her own. Psychilde’s mind is separated from her body – temporarily.
There is an ad for the Pierce Brosnon Bond film – The World Is Not Enough. His third of four Bond films. That is the one with Denise Richards.
There is a sad half page panel of the X-Babies around a sleeping Psychilde. Shadowkitty looks to be on the verge of tears, and Sugah is crying.
Meanwhile, Mojo – the creator of the X-Babies – needs a new attraction to air on his network. His staff figure they can redo the process that created the X-Babies, and create something new.
There is a house ad for November 1999. Uncanny X-Men 376 – At last, the Twelve revealed! (It is okay, marks the ending to the 35th Anniversary era – after this, the crossovers begin anew.) Captain Marvel 1, a new series from the pages of Avengers Forever! (I love Avengers Forever, and am still waiting for Songbird to join the team – as she wasn’t really part of the Dark Avengers. Captain Marvel was fun, I am not a big Rick Jones fan – outside of his original appearances. Written by Peter David.) Captain America 25, The Falcon! Nick Fury! Dan Jurgens! Andy Kubert! (I must have read this issue and beyond but don’t recall anything.) Fantastic Four 25, Mr. Fantastic vs. Doctor Doom! ‘Nuff Said! (I will add just a little, this is Chris Claremont writing and Salvador Laccora on pencils – such a fun run and some great stories come out of this. He wrote volume three of that series, from issue 4 to 32. Issue 27’s cover, is what I picture when I think of that series. One day, I will get around to reviewing issues 6, 7 and 8.)
Psychilde screams so loud, it wakes everyone up. She is sadly melting away. They out her in a pot, which reminds me of Kitty Pryde when she was stuck in phase mode after Mutant Massacre and once she came out of the bullet, to a much lesser degree.
They have to go to Mojoworld proper, they live on the very outskirts. Sugah is going to carry the tank. Shadowkitty is allowed to tag along.
Sugah and Shower fly on their own, the others take the Blackbird – which is only a glider, powered by Shower and her generated winds.
Eventually, the Blackbird crashes. Shower asks if everyone is okay. Creepy Crawler states that he is walking funny. Which is a fun sight gag, as he is walking on his hands.
The X-Babies are trying to get to Dazzler and Longshot, as they have aided them in the past and they are the leaders of the renegades against Mojo.
Spiral finds the X-Babies, and tries to steal away with the tank containing Psychilde. She wants the material to create the next batch of creatues, as the material is hard to come by.
There is a screen with a turtle with a red bandanna and a gun.
The X-Babies fight Spiral.
Then we get eight pages of Fast Lane part two of four. An anti-drug story involving Spider-Man. It is not very good. I never read the other parts, as they were online and part two was not good at all. The very first time I read this, it was in a Spider-Man comic, so that was confusing. It is only six pages and Mysterio was the villain. This appeared in every Marvel comic that month, so I was one annoyed 18 year old. Once you skip it once, you keep skipping it, the opposite intention Marvel wanted, I’m sure.
Spiral is about to teleport away with the tank, when Creepy Crawler teleports in at the last second, and snatches the tank back. Spiral can’t stop her spell, so she teleports way.
The X-Babies continue their quest. Colossusus is told to hold Shadowkitty’s hand, which delights her.
They finally get to Dazzler’s home. Longshot is missing, and she is trying to bring him back. She recommends they visit the Textbook Sisters.
Mojo is told about Spiral’s defeat. He wants to fight fire with fire.
In Mojoworld, whete television is king – libraries are ghost towns. The Textbook Sisters attempt to cast a spell. They are interrupted by the new threat.
The Mitey ‘Vengers – Iron Ace, Big Boy, Wisp, Thunderson, Captain Amerikid and Hawkey.
All cute versions of the Avengers – Iron Man, Giant Man, Wasp, Thor, Captain America and Hawkeye. Also, as classic of an Avengers roster as you can get.
Of course, they fight.
Hawkey shoots an arrow, grabbing the tank. It is on!
Wolvie vs. Captain Amerikid. Shadowkitty vs. Hawkey. Sugah vs. Iron Ace. Creepy Crawler vs. Wisp. Colossusus vs. Big Boy. Shower vs. Thunderson.
Of course, Shower would fight Thunderson and Wolvie would fight Captain Amerikid, the other match ups are fun. Colossus tobbles Big Boy. Creepy Crawler grabs Wisp, then hits picked up by Big Boy.
Sugah punches Iron Ace. Mojo reminds Iron Ace, of his true objective. Shadowkitty distracts Hawkey, and Sugah knocks him to the ground, asking him where babies come from.
Shower and Thunderson finally knock each other out, after three pages.
Hawkey tells the two ladies all the work Mojo put into them, all the training. This angers Sugah and she takes off.
Iron Ace has brought the tank to Mojo, while the fighting was going on. He asks if what Mojo has plan, is the right thing to do. Mojo doesn’t like back talk, threatens to back hand Iron Ace when Sugah and Shadowkitty show up.
Captain Amerikid punches Wolvie’s head, hurting his hand as Wolvie’s head is coated in metal – which I always like that attention to detail.
Mojo is on television, revealing how far he is willing to go for his goals. He doesn’t come off well.
Spiral has the tank now. Sugah goes after her. She tells Shadowkitty, to not to take her eye off of Mojo. Shadowkitty takes out this giant eye telescope.
Iron Ace starts to fight Mojo.
Sugah absorbs Spiral’s power, thus she grows four extra arms. Those extra arms grab the tank. But due to the fight, one of these two fumbles and the tank falls into the remaining neoplasm. Iron Ace starts trying to fix the situation, as Sugah panics.
We get two pages of suspense, and a giant explosion.
Then we get the entire purpose of this one shot – to turn the British Psychilde and turn her into Japanese Psychilde, which is a clever twist, and not at all as complicated as what happened to Psylocke.
The combined babies all stand up to Mojo and declare and declare their independence from him.
Mojo isn’t going without a fight. He gets into a giant battle tank. He is about to blast the heroes, when the machine falls apart.
Shadowkitty phases through the cannon and they win the day.
The Mitey ‘Vengers and X-Babies create an alliance. The Mitey ‘Vengers base was an old Motivation Factory.
Issue ends with Mojo revealing to us, his latest babies – villains! Lizard, Kraven, Punisher, Thanos, Kingpin, Mister Sinister, Red Skull, Apocalypse, Brood, Doctor Doom, Green Goblin, Venom and Bullseye. It is an awesome panel.
There is a caption – Tune in Next Time for Another Uncanny Adventure with the X-Babies!
Which will be in nine years when the X-Babies and the Star Comics characters unite, it is pretty good. I own all four issues, so one day, I will review those.
The X-Babies do appear in one comic before that series. That would be 2005’s Uncanny X-Men 461. Which I do own, so that will come one day as well.
Back cover is a Got Milk ad with Spider-Man, remember those?