Another possible future.
Uncanny X-Men #525
Second Coming: Chapter 10
I was so busy that I was unable to really pick up books for about a month. This story arc was the singular reason that I pretty much avoided any Comic related sites, topics, or forums. I could not have this masterpiece be spoiled for me. I can’t believe I was successful for 3 weeks. From the first page, I knew it was worth my quarantine.
I was relieved to see that Land didn’t do the art for this book. Dodson isn’t my absolute favorite, but much better to my pallet than Land. I haven’t liked a lot of the characterization issues that Fraction had when he started his run on Uncanny, but they have died down. The one thing I’m wondering though is how much of this was editorial mandate. I just can’t figure out who is running the show, it just seems too consistent to believe that there isn’t a senior writer calling the shots.
This story picks up right where chapter 9 left off. Hope is pissed at Cyclops for sending her Father and X-force on a suicide mission. We already know that Hope resembles a trio of famous Marvel redheads, but in this issue we get to see another characteristic manifest that leaves readers to wonder, who or what hope is? Could this be power related or have some deeper connection to her origin.
The Fantastic Four join the Avengers and the X-Men Science Club outside of the dome to examine it for a weakness, all the while, knowing that genocide is taking place on the other side of the dome. Even combining forces the field seems invulnerable.
Emma aids Cyclops in organizing troops and coordinating efforts within the dome as wave after wave of Nimrod class Sentinels pass through the sphere to destroy the future of mutinanity. (I’m making that the mutant version of humanity…maybe it will catch on.)
Towards the end of the book we get to see Cable and X-Force in the future and they are presented with a horrible image of the future of not only themselves, but everybody the left behind in the past. Before they have enough time to discuss the situation they are greeted by human manned Sentinels.
This book was so good, that I’m sure people were jonesing for more when they pulled closed the back cover. I may have had to wait an extended time to get this book. But my anticipation is cut short as chapter 11 is sitting right next to it in my “needs to be read” stack. This story arc should be in everybody’s “NEEDS TO BE READ” stack.
5 out of 5 Slain Mutants