Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Epic Beards of Review: Uncanny X-Men 200 (Comic-a-Day #13)

Uncanny X-Men #200, DEC 85 (w) Chris Claremont (a) John Romita, Jr and Dan Green

Magneto on trial!

This issue comes in three parts: exposition from NPR broadcasts with Neal Conan (no joke!) as well as actual trial and some caper featuring the X-Men. This is their book, so I suppose we should give them time on the page.

The trial is a nice little writing technique that introduces the story telling us who and what Magneto is all about...and why he stands on trial. There's not much that we didn't already know if you know anything X-Men history, but it does revolve a bit around a confrontation with Mutant Alpha wherein Magneto gets zapped back to babyhood and forced to live his life again. A big crux of the defense trial hinges upon this.

And in a weird little scene, we see a brother and sister team (who look suspiciously like Jamie and Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones) who're going to somehow stick it to the X-Men.

In the meantime, the X-Men are zapped from the annual issue's jaunt to Asgard, luckily bringing them right to Paris. Professor X isn't doing so well, but he's not letting on about it. While the X-Men are getting their feet back under them, there are attacks of foreign soil, signed by the X-Men.

Could this be what the creepy brother and sister team have been up to?!

All in all, a well-paced issue with not many surprises, but satisfying interactions from all angles. Oh, Corsair and Lilandra show up at some point and make no effort to check in on Madelyn Pryor, probably because the imminent death of Professor X is more important than the imminent birth of her child. Go figure.

Special shout-out goes to Kitty Pryde who finds out that she needs glasses. Classic.

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