Death's Head II #1-4
Issue(s): Death's Head II #1, Death's Head II #2, Death's Head II #3, Death's Head II #4
Death's Head II and Tusk have holed up in the present-day town of Paxton, Oregon. But they've recently acquired the Sapphire Lotus, and its presence is attracting the attention of all sorts of mutants and super-powered individuals.
One of these, Kite, will later turn out to be a splinter of Death's Head II's arch-foe, Charnel that had been sent into the past.
Another character of note is Wrathchilde, the one in the red cloak in the middle of the scan below. He'll turn out to be the main villain for these four issues (but won't appear again after that).
Here's another random pair. I guess Death's Head must be over 65 since he qualifies for Medicare.
The Sapphire Lotus' energy also attracts the attention of the X-Men, although Rogue's butt seems to be attracting Cyclops and Beast's more immediate attention.
The X-Men dive in to attack, no questions asked.
Rogue stops the fight after absorbing some of Death's Head's psyche and realizing that he's not the bad guy.
Meanwhile, Wraithchild steals the Lotus and kidnaps and corrupts Tusk with its power.
Death's Head and the X-Men go after Wraithchild.
They also have to contend with some constructs called Raptors that were not sent by Wraithchild; they were sent by "the Creator".
It turns out the Raptors were sent by the creator of the Sapphire Lotus, who turns out to be an alien that Death's Head rescued in his mini-series.
Her name is Phaedra and she built a world along with the Lotus, not realizing how bad it would be if the Lotus got into the wrong hands. Wraithchild has now taken control of her Raptors. It had actually first been stolen by Master Order and Lord Chaos to serve as the prize for their chess game, as we saw in the Warheads book.
Sharp somehow manages to make Psylocke's costume even more uncomfortable than usual.
Phaedra, on the other hand, must be as comfortable as you can get (as long as it's not too cold).
The X-Men and Death's Head have managed to get Tusk away from Wraithchild, but she's suffering from withdrawal since she became addicted to the Lotus' power. But Phaedra disguises herself as Tusk to trick Wraithchild.
And then Wraithchild, who is also starting to look a lot like Charnel although i think that's just a coincidence, is defeated.
Phaedra is not able to fully heal Tusk, so she is sent back to her homeworld, the Robin Hood themed Lionheart. Death's Head is sent after her, but we'll see next issue that his travels are disrupted by the Mys-Tech War.
Meanwhile, Dr. Evelyn Necker tracks Kite. I don't know what the hell else she is doing.
The art does give the impression of being a bunch of pin-ups of ladies in skimpy clothes, but Sharp's action shots and alien designs are pretty cool, and Dan Abnett does well with giving Death's Head funny lines. I feel like the X-Men must be exhausted after all of the Marvel UK characters they have to meet and greet, but they're handled better here than in the other books.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Warheads #7 when the Sapphire Lotus is acquired. Tuck is sent away in this story and doesn't return until Death's Head #6-12, so she shouldn't appear elsewhere in between.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showAngel, Beast, Colossus, Cyclops, Death's Head II (Minion), Evelyn Necker, Gambit, Jubilee, Kite, Phaedra, Psylocke, Rogue, Tuck, Wolverine
I really think Marvel UK like are very awful to read. It also the art and writing and the unlikeable characters. Meh!
Posted by: patrick houchard | April 30, 2016 4:54 PM
The X-Men and Spider-Man seem to guest star in so many Marvel UK books that they must have dual citizenship.
Posted by: AF | April 30, 2016 5:37 PM
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