X-Men 45 - Niceza & Kubert
This is Niceza's last issue as I'm in direct contrast to ChrisS as Niceza nd Lobdell are my favourite X-writers. I'm fully aware that my opinion is skewed as this was the time I first started reading X-books but still. That being said, this isn't the best issue as it seemed that it would be a big reveal-all book but nothing really gets resolved. Since kissing Gambit, Rogue has been on a road trip with Bobby and now, after picking up a memory from the Gam-Kiss, they're off to Seattle. Gambit plays a massive hunch and, without actually knowing that's where she's going, heads there himself.
Interlude - Graydon Creed for President!
Drama is all well and good but unfortunately we get too much and it gets repeated too frequently. Overall is like an episode of Dawson's Creek. Angst ridden teen drama.
It might be a bit cheesy but I really like the composition of the above page.
The big reveal happens right at the end of the issue and even then it's not satisfactory. Ok, so Gambit has a linked past with Mr Sinister but we don't find out what it is. It kind of leads us down the path that he is in fact the traitor that Bishop is hunting but we'll see.
Uncanny X-Men '95 - Kavanagh & Hitch
It's another one of those extra/fill in/special issues and it's by the numbers. Sam and Paige go back to the old homestead to see the family and it just so happens that a mutant hating cult has popped up in the area. There's only two things of note. The Nimrods look like a cross between Ultron and The Beetle.....
...and one of the bad guys is named after a biscuit.
There are some nice splash pages by Hitch though.
Essential reading? No. Inoffensive and kind of okay? Yeah sure.
Uncanny X-Men 326 - Lobell & Madureira
The main content of this issue is the Sabretooth stuff and more debate and hand wringing over the Legacy virus.
Even though he is now supposedly 'neutered, Joe Mad still draws Creed quite animalistic in some early scenes.
Gambit is also still not happy with 'tooth due to previous happenings from their past while in Paris (see X-Men 33). Meanwhile, there are some nice scenes with Prof X and Hank about whether Sabretooth is a victim himself of his mutation. (my image uploads are getting cropped for some reason so the whole page isn't being shown. Annoying)
Shifting to the Legacy virus, in a pre-planned attempt to help lessen fears, the Prof appears at a scientific conference and tries to downplay the whole thing.
Moira has an idea it's less like a virus and more like a.....
I liked this issue as rather than just have drama for the sake of it, there are weightyer questions raised.
X-men 46 - Lobdell & Kubert
Part one of a fun two parter and although there are some scenes where we're not sure who the mystery guests are, the cover gives it away. After seeing images of the White Queen on his road trip, Bobby wants Jean to go inside his head and have a look around.
Here are the little blighters in full.
Interlude - Onslaught!
The plot line from about 40 issues past is still going strong and Bishop still has a hard on for the ragin' cajun.
Interlude - Magneto!
Another enjoyable issue with Bobby, Bishop and Gambit all getting some good story time.
X-Men 47 - Lobdell & Kubert
The villains of the piece are revealed and it's Gog and Magog.
That's some looong legs.
Was Dazzler supposed to be pregnant? Was this ever followed up on?