X-Men 65 - Lobdell & Pacheco
Operation Zero Tolerance is now in full swing but before we get to that there is a completely pointless appearance by the alternate Iron Man. Jean has been whipped over to his universe only to be brought straight back. It's clearly just a plug for the Heroes Reborn stuff.
Cut back to our x-buddies and they're in troubs!
Gyrich goes on tv to expailn what's happening to a frightened and concerned joe public.
How vain is Bastion to give the new sentinels his face!
First appearance of Dr Celia Reyes. She'll get caught up in all this mess no doubt.
Bastion's origin still hasn't been revealed but it seems tied to the x-men and perhaps more generally, mutants.
Bastion has entered the x-mansion and somehow manages to imperosnate the Prof. That can't be good.
There's a big problem with this ZT story line. It's just spread across too many issues that it has become quite hard to follow. Well, that;s not entirely true, sure there's this guy called Bastion who is heading up a government mutant response unit but we still don't know his true agenda and more importantly, things happen in other books I'm not reading and the reader isn't really given any blurb to get them up to speed.
Uncanny X-Men -1 - Lobdell & Hitch
Nice Kirby style cover from Ladronn for this minus 1 issue. Yes, that's right, once DC took the zero and 1 million issue idea, Marvel opted for negative 1. Supposedly stories from before the MU began. Essentially they were just flashback books and not particularly enlightening ones at that.
Stan pops up to let us know what's happening just in case this is the first x-book you've ever picked up off the shelf.
The story with centers on Rachel as she follows Sanctity through time.
It all makes sense to Rachel. I wish it did to me.
We see a young Bolivar Trask trying to help his son who could end up being a mutant.
Lawrence starts having visions.
On his computer we see a reference to the XII. Is that something to do with Apocalypse?
Sanctity has gone back in time to prevent the Trask's doing something that will have a negative effect on the future. Oh course, isn't that what al time travel's about, changing the past for the sake of the future?
I'm not entirely sure why Marvel needed a whole event month to tell a bunch of flashback tales but ho hum. The art was fairly solid throughout and although I don't feel like I suddenly have a better understanding of how the mutant cause was affected by the actions contained within, Lobdell does a good job of capturing the era.
X-Men -1 - Lobdell & Pacheco
Stan's back with some pithy banter.
Wow, Charlie has been working out. Not sure about the speedos though.
Wanda and Pietro are working with Mags but aren't aware he's their father. When did they find out?
Choosing the derelict concentration camp of his youth as a meeting ground, Mags invites Xavier to talk and have it out.
To be honest it seems to be the same argurment and disagreements the two have been having for 30 plus years. Maybe that's the whole point though. Each one is so steadfact in their beliefs and opinions that they are doomed to repeat the cycle indefinitely. (Perhaps X-Men 25 broke the cycle)
Mags zings Chuck with a biting did.
Not a bad issue but it did seem like it was retreading common ground we've all seen before. Also, I think I'm going off Carlos Pacheco's art.