The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix - Milligan & Leon
Much like the previous mini where we learnt that Red and Slim raised Nathan in the future, this also sees Jean and Scott being pulled through time but now it's the 19th century. Following the death of their first child, Nathaniel Essex and his wife Rebecca are expecting their secind but some things weigh heavily on the scholar's mind.
Meanwhile, in the shadows, a dark force watches.
Essex is convinced that mankind has a further step of evolution coming.
Essex goes all Doc Frankenstein and starts creating a monster from parts of dead folk and animals.
After being ridiculed by his scientific contempories Essex gets led down to the sewers by a group called The Marauders. They show him people they have captured that they have deemed freaks.
The big A makes his presence known and Leon draws him in a great steampunk kind of way.
Finally Jean and Scott show up and learn that they are here to prevent Apocalypse's dark rise to power.
Marvel were putting out 12 X-books at this time.
Mini Apocalypse origin recap.
He confronts Essex and suggets.....a team-up!
Jean reiterates to Scott what is at stake.
Essex takes En Sabah Nur to the Hellfire club and he begins to like the idea of experimenting on live specimens.
He has second thoughts though and returns to his wife to where his heart lies.
En Sabah Nur starts planning his four horsemen.
Spurned by his now dead wife, Essex accepts Apoc's offer and becomes the man we know as Mr Sinister.
This was a welcome change from the heavy super cape stuff of concurrent X-books and has a dark foreboding tone that suits the characters involved. Milligan writes a good tale of discovery and rebirth and manages to stick in a bit of horror as well. Essex is shown to be a conflicted individual who made a couple of bad decisions and pays the price. Interestingly his situation very much reflects that of Scott in that he had a sick child and would do anything to save him. It's a good origin story and John Paul Leon, although slightly heavily inked at points, does a bang up job of capturing the era.
Uncanny X-Men 337 - Lobdell & Madureira/Larroca
Lots of reflection here as the aftermath of the Onslaught saga is laid bare.
I'll admit, the Prof has turned into a bit of a dick.
With Graydon Creed stealing all the headlines regarding his presidential campaign, JJJ wants the scoop on his connection to the mysterious Bastion.
Scott seems a bit clueless on the whole Onslaught thing. I don't think the Prof betrayed them, he just couldn't contain all the evil from Eric's soul anymore.
The real Beast is back. When did that happen? Must have been one of the multitude of tie-in issues.
Wait a second, Cyke's eye beams can bounce off mirrors without destroying them?
Joe Mad uses some really think black lines during some of the pages. It looks weird.
Logan continues his pep talk.
Was this Eleltra book any good?
I like the idea of dealing with how everyone is feeling post Onslaught but this issue doesn't have enough of it. Lobdell is definitely on a downward spiral as far as scripting as well. Art wise, I think I'm over Joe Mad.
X-Men - Lobdell & Kubert
The cover pretty much tells you what is going to happen. Val Cooper shows up and wants Xavier.
Not sure how many comic pages have had a leg that size drawn into the foreground. I'm guessing not many.
The X-dudes are split on what should happen to Charlie.
More mentions of Zero Tolerance and JJJ stands his ground.
No matter what his students have to say on the matter, Xavier decides that it's his decision to make and turns himself in.
This is a better issue than the last and promises a bit of a shake up in X-mansion tidings.