Brian? Can I call you Brian? I feel that over the last year or so I’ve really gotten to know you through your writing, but just one thing. What’s in the damn Will, other than Xavier married Mystique, that is soooo incendiary? See Brian, I just feel that everything in this issue was not that big of a deal. I’ll explain below, with some spoilers….and some pros and cons.
Con: Another $4.99 priced book. Yer killin me Marvel.
Pro: Isn’t this book so pretty. Can I just point out straight off the bat that this is some of Bachalo’s nicest work in a while. I’ve been really enjoying his work recently, and it seems he really took his time with this book. Loved the art on this book. Cheers Bachalo and your phalanx of inkers.
Pro: Tom pointed out the fact that Charles uses the same Charlie persona to get closer to Malloy that he later will use on Franklin Richards in the Onslaught saga.
Pro: in the first two pages we see the phantom of what will later become Cerebro from the Hunt for Xavier Saga.
Tangent: I have this theory about everyone’s chronic disdain for Cyclops and his murder of Xavier while possessed by the Phoenix force. It’s like everyone acts under a certain respect for Cyclops. They seem to be mad at him, and somewhat hypocritically in some examples, like Storm, Iceman, Beast and Wolverine. All four of them have done questionable things and committed atrocities over others in the possession of or in the name of science, Death seeds and the like, but when Cyclops does something it’s like they hold him to a different standard. Like, “yeah we did this stuff at one point or another, but you’re Cyclops. You should know better.” It was the same with Wolverine. In that one Aaron issue toward the end of his run, Wolverine tried to convince Cyclops that he was the one to be a hero and should stand aside when a morally grey situation could be handled by Wolverine.
Yeah, People hold Cyclops to a higher standard. Should they? Is that fair in the world they all live in? Either way, the set of three panels below suggested that Storm and Cyclops were coming to an understanding.
Pro: Interaction 3, Ice Man And Cyclops. Iceman’s dig at Cyclops. Their whole interaction was interesting, and while the drama and tension is high, this seemed right. I love Cyclops’ response with an optic blast. Take that Ice man. However, I enjoyed Ice man’s threat back.
Pro: Interaction 4, Dazzler and Beast. Dazzler rocks this look, and attitude, and doesn’t cater to Beast’s probing. She sees through it.
Pro: Mrs Xavier or not… I’m Still going to Kill her with my bare hands. And this is something I wouldn’t mind seeing.
Pro: Rachel in this book.
Con: Not really any Emma or Magik. Come on, this Uncanny X-men.
Pro: This whole story reminds me of that Twilight Zone segment where the omnipotent kid makes himself a family out of random terrified strangers. This whole story is Xavier’s answer to that problem. To use a horrible Frozen analogy (forgive me, my kids love that movie) Conceal don’t feel. This is Xavier’s sin. He’s an egotistical, self righteous sociopath. His big deal all along was that mutants should not abuse their powers for the benefit and acceptance of all human kind, but he flies in the face of that whenever and however he wishes. I’ll elaborate more at the end of the article but the pro her was Cyclops instantly called him out on it, despite him calling out a non-responsive hologram.
So here are the questions.
What was the big reveal? Xavier Xavier secretly psionically lobotomized a boy for the “Greater Good.”
Did it make sense? Yes. In a weird way we understand Xaviers motivations. But here he just proves how flawed he was as a man and mutant. Which is good. It’s the flaws that sometimes make us.
Was there precedent for it? Hell yes. This is the man who Kept Danger a secret, Who harbored Onslaught, who had a creepy infatuation with Jean Grey (that he kept secret) Who could not figure out that a pen and paper system of memo’s might make the world of difference to Forgetmenot. Keeping Vulcan’s existence from Scott. Who knows what else he did?
All in all I loved this issue, but do we really have to wait for the X-men to deal with Malloy before we can hear the rest of the damn will? What did you think? Did you love or hate this issue?