X-Men 50 - Lobdell & Kubert
The issue opens up in the aftermath of a battle the results of which are no good for the X-Men. Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm and Bobby have been mysteriously whisked away and it's Bobby in particular who's in a bad way.
We learn that it's the sometimes X-friend, Gateway, who has done the whisking.....but perhaps against his will. Intrigue!
Bishops does what he does best and threatens people with guns....whilst topless. I'm a big Andy Kubert fan but around this time he started making everyone super muscled. For me, his peak on X-Men was around the period 17-39.
Kubert also started playing with contorted poses and perspective.
Here we learn that they are facing an enemy with the spine chilling name of Post. He is the herald of Onslaught and claims to know everything there is to know about the X-Men. Hhhmm, could Onslaught be a familiar face?
This issue closes with our heroes returned home and Gateway chatting with a strange entity.
It's a fairly by the numbers issue but I enjoyed it. The continued focus, albeit small focus, on Bobby is nice and the fact that he now might not be able to turn off his ice form creates some tension.
Uncanny X-Men 332 - Lobdell & Hitch
Bobby's had enough and opts to confront the White Queen re not only his recent hallucinations but also regarding the hole in his chest. There's plenty of drama and it's nice to see Bobby cut loose.
Elsewhere there's an explosion and the cause? The Beast or rather Dark Beast who has now infiltrated the mansion.
Hitch does some nice work here and does Shatterstar suspect something's up?
Bobby has had enough of Emma dancing around the issue and being all pretentious so he gets aggressive.
Nice house ad.
Ah look, Emma was just being passive aggressive to get Bobby to find it within himself to control his powers. What a teach!
Another fun issue that kept me guessing.
X-Men 51 - Waid & Ferry
The Prof picks up some strange readings and as Bishop, Gambit and Beast are the only ones around, those three get to investigate.
I might not like Spider-man but Jr Jr sure can draw him good.
To help remind the reader that this isn't the nice version of the Beast, Ferry draws him slightly evil looking.
Meanwhile, Scott and Jean are visiting her parents and we see that Graydon Creed's presidential movement has gained momentum.
In a nice touch, Scott is also testing the youngsters for potential mutant abilities.
Another house ad. Nice work making the title look flag-like.
People being experimented on and being mutated? It could only be the work of Mr Sinister.
I'm not convinced by Waid at this early point in his X-run and the young Ferry is a bit rough around the edges. It's not a stinker, just an okay read.
X-Men 52 - Waid & Kubert
Following on from the last issue, our heroes have been captured and Kubert gets to mess around with strange angled panels again.
More house ads.
Interlude - Some chump called Bastion is making waves. This appears to be the guy Bishop had visions of back in issue 48)
This issue also lets us catch up with Rogue. She's still on the run and has made it to South Carolina where she's looking for a place to stay.
She's still self loathing after all this time.
Wow, Kubert draws a great evil looking Beast. (oh yeah, they escaped Sinister by faking having the disease he was trying to infect humans with. Yes really)
There's a few duff bits here and I'm sure those that didn't like these issues first time round won't have changed their minds but I did and still do.