Thursday, January 8, 2015

Epic Beards of Review: Uncanny X-Men #199 (Comic-a-Day #8)

Uncanny X-Men #199 NOV 85 (w) Chris Claremont (a) John Romita, Jr. and Dan Green

Ann Nocenti is a liar.

I did not need to read The New Mutants #34 (they had an off-hand remark) and I'm going to safely assume that absolutely none of these X-titles have anything to do with one another. We'll see, however.

Other than that, I kind of liked this issue. I've unfortunately got little background information to go on as to why things are they way they are, but comics are like that sometimes. Cyclops is taking out his anger and aggression on the Danger Room, Wolverine is smoking a cigarette and this new chickie Rachel has hopped into the picture. Looks like there's plenty to be scared about, Professor X dying and whatever's going on with Rachel. "You're scared, I can see it in your thoughts." 

We get a nice picture of who Rachel is as she visits the cemetery and the grave of her dead mother, Jean Grey. We see her at her grandparents house then, babbling about timelines and witnessing telepathic ghost confrontations. No wonder she's scared, too. Looks like she's going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Meanwhile, Mystique (looking quite flattering in her white and black dress) visits Val Cooper to bring The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants under the employ of the United States government as a sanctioned team (and save their collective mutant bacon.) Give a hearty welcome to The Freedom Force. Their first order of business is to take out Magneto.

Cut to Magneto and Kitty Pryde at the National Holocaust Museum for remembrance to those who have fallen and those who have survived. Nice nods here to the plight of mutantkind, especially once Mystique and the rest of her team shows up. Magneto is fessing up to his own atrocities and hands himself in.

Where will they go next?!

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