Onslaught: X-Men - Lobdell/Waid & Kubert/Miller
Why is Prologue spelt Prolog?
Regardless, this is a scene that first appeared way back in Uncanny 287. It’s the message Bishop replayed over and over in the future and resulted in him searching for the nefarious X-traitor.
The Prof calls in his X-Men to warn them of a foreboding threat.
He then goes on a wordy spiel that would make Chris Claremont proud.
Out of nowhere, up pops the villain!
Wait a minute, “Energy which only I wield and which in turn wields me”. Awful gobbledygook.
Enough though the Prof is inside the Onslaught ‘energy’, Scott still blasts away without thinking.
There is still the tease that it’s not just the Prof but also someone else, even though it’s blindingly obvious by this stage who it is.
Elsewhere, Franklin Richards is playing with his new invisible friend lil Charlie. What?
Pretty terrible issue with some bad scripting and overblown art. Not a good start to the whole Onslaught saga.
Uncanny X-Men 335 - Lobdell & Madureira
Apocalypse has risen (not sure when that happened) and he’s taking an interest in the X-folk.
Alerted by X-Man, the Avengers rush to help…
…and of course we get a hero v hero scuffle.
The realisation that our heros have to fight a form of Xavier weighs heavy on their minds.
Oh yeah, Dark Beast decides to side with Onslaught and is the Prof giving up?
Some cliched writing and not much in the way of story substance adds up to a lackluster issue.
X-Men 56 - Waid & Kubert
I thought it was Bastion who had control of the sentinels but apparently Onslaught is using them to control New York.
When did Joseph become an X-Man and get a snazzy outfit?
Of course, ice and fire don’t mix.
I’m confused. Who is this lil Charlie? Where is this scene taking place? Why should I care?
These Xavier Protocols seem very similar to the files Batman had that regarding taking down the JLA. Oh wait, Mark Waid wrote that story as well.
An Archie reference. Oh wait, Mark Waid writes Archie now!
Too many tie in books for my liking.
Not a bad issue but again, it’s trudging along too slowly and things seem to be either glossed over or vital story points are contained in other issues. Not great.
Uncanny X-Men 336 - Lobdell & Maduriera
Without all the lettering and logos that would be a cool cover. I’m guessing these scenes are taking place on the astral plane or psionic plane or some other kind of plane.
Apocalypse sure didn’t look like that in the movie.
Nice little bit here that emphasises Onslaught could be what Apocalypse aspires to and what he sees as the evolution of the species…a survivor.
Why are the people saying it’s Magneto’s fault?
Uh oh, Charles’ monster that he somehow created has now somehow taken his mental powers. Bad times!
If nothing else, these issues are playing up to the high drama and tension of the situation and the scale is pretty big.