X-Men Annual '97 - Moore & Epting
Bold headline on the cover. Unfortunately it’s completely untrue.the story begins with Bobby and Joseph are running from a mutant hating horde. Same old, same old.
Except it’s not mutie bashers but instead, a bunch of Iceman groupies!
Cut ot the mansion and i felt like I’d missed a key issue somewhere as Rogue and Gambit are smooching away with no side effects from Rogue’s powers.
Now Scotty is walking around without his ruby quartz glasses. Something aint right here.
Yep, the legacy virus story line is still ongoing and finally Hank has cracked it and found a cure. Go Hank!
Going against the flow of most, Logan can differentiate between Mags and Joseph although the latter senses something is up.
Whoa, no one remembers Jeanie. Evil is afoot me thinks.
Joseph gets to work with cerebro to try and find Jean.
As the caption says, somewhere else…
The villain is revealed and I honestly didn’t expect Gamesmaster.
Holly tortilla chips, this guy is major powerful. Basically he’s saying he can rewrite reality.
Why is Magneto immune to GM’s psychic manipulations?
Good page here with nice use of colours and merged images.
Ah, so GM isn’t that powerful. He did however instill in the X-folk their heart’s desire which is why Gambit and Rogue were kissing and Beast thought he had cured the legacy virus (he hadn’t). As usual though for a comic book villain, his ‘motivations are his own’, so we just get left with more questions as to why he wanted Mags in his debt.
Jean backs up what we just learnt.
Barring a couple of cliched missteps I thought this was an enjoyable issue. Epting is solid on art duties and John Francis Moore proves he’s an underrated writer. I absolutely love his Doom 2099 stuff, maybe more than the Ellis run, and I might put that on my next to read list. Out of interest, what else did he do that is worth picking up?
Uncanny X-Men 341 - Lobdell & Madureira
It’s Christmas time and the gang are taking a stroll downtown. I don’t understand what the difference is between what the horse carriage dude is asking and what Joseph is saying.
It seems like every issue Lobdell chucks in at least a couple of panels with a character reciting what has recently gone on in X-world. It’s fine for new readers but gets tiresome.
Yeah, crush that puny skull Glads!
Irresistible force meets immovable object.
Back in town, Joseph thinks he might have a way of negating one of Rogue’s powers. When did he become a tech expert?
A tender moment. Good job Gambit’s not around!
Oh dear, Mr Lobdell makes Gladiator sound light he’s some kind of wise cracking hard man.
And there you have it. He comes in peace. It was all a misunderstanding. Ugh.
Glads transports our heroes across the galaxy to aid in some far flung conflict which he himself, like a naughty boy, has been barred from.
I’m not really a fan of those, ‘good guys fight each other only to then team-up’ stories and that’s what we have here. Joe Mad’s art has settled down a bit to at least be more consistent but I have to admit I’m not as big a fan as I was back in the day.
Uncanny X-Men 342 - Lobdell & Madureira
Nice opening double page plash that shows our heroes in a spot of bother.
Joseph’s past as Mags still hangs over his head.
Sam tries to explain hat happened but Logan isn’t taking it easily.
Beasty and Trish have a little heart to heart…
…and she changes into a ridiculous shi’ar outfit. Yowza.
Bishop is still struggling with learning the truth of the X-traitor plot and Rogue tries to comfort him. Do southern belle’s use the term ‘body’ a lot or that just bad dialogue from Lobdell?
After coming to terms with their situation, things take a new turn as they discover a non-populated starstation…
…and a surprising survivor.
I quite like a good space faring story but this one starts off pretty boring. Not much of real note happened apart from characters being moody and we haven’t seen the protagonists yet.