Characters Appearing: Algernon Crowe, Angel, Beast, Bishop, Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Widow, Brendan Rathcoole, Bronwen Gryfnn, Captain America, Captain Britain, Che, Clementine, Colossus, Cyclops, Dark Angel, Death's Head II (Minion), Dr. Strange, Eadmund Porlock, Gambit, Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Gregory (Warheads), Hulk, Human Torch, Iceman, Invisible Woman, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Killpower, Leona McBride, Meggan, Misha (Warheads), Motormouth, Mr. Fantastic, Nick Fury, Nightcrawler, Noble Kale, Professor X, Rogue, Sersi, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), She-Hulk, Stacy Arnheim, Storm, Thing, Thunderstrike, Tigon Liger, Vision, Wolverine
Mys-Tech Wars #2
Issue(s): Mys-Tech Wars #2
I commented on Hercules and Thor's beards last issue. Apparently Colonel Liger wanted to get in on all the beard action.
Meanwhile, a big effort is made by the X-Men and Dark Angel to fight the demon that was sent to the X-Mansion. The demon is defeated thanks to Dark Angel, who sucks the creature into her costume-portal.
This also destroys the X-Mansion, but as we know, that thing can self-repair itself on a moment's notice, so no big loss.
After the big effort that that the X-Men go through, i thought it was funny to see Thor knocking out the demon sent to Avengers Mansion in a single blow.
I was like, "Yeah! Of course Thor can easily defeat what it takes an entire team of X-Men plus some shenanigans from Dark Angel to stop!". But it turns out this demon was weakened thanks to the loss of its twin. Tsk.
But these two big demons are only the first of many. Poor Spider-Man is killed by some.
That's when i realized that this story had to end in a reset, which was disappointing. Then i turned the page and saw Ghost Rider and Johnny Blaze together and was very happy that the story will end with a reset, since for placement reasons they shouldn't be together during the period where i wanted to put this.
We also see Excalibur fighting demons, and also not having any luck, although they aren't shown to be killed. Motormouth and Killpower, on a tropical island, are also attacked by a demon, but Killpower is able to kill it.
You may notice that the art has basically collapsed since issue #1. There are two inkers on this issue, so i assume the deadline was part of the problem.
The heroes from the X- and Avengers Mansions get together and go after Mys-Tech at the base hidden in the Museum of Pagan Antiquities in London. They have to face Mys-Tech's Psycho-Warriors.
Wolverine convinces Captain America to split off from the group to rescue Nick Fury, since they both got a message from him. But he's dead.
On their way back, they run into Motormouth and Killpower and mistake them for Mys-Tech agents.
Once Spider-Man died this kind of moved into the What If category for me. It makes placement easier, but the potential impact of the story goes way down. Some characters will remember what happens in this crossover, so it's not totally a waste, but it does put me in a different frame of mind. I'd say that at least we get to see the first meetings and interactions between various characters, even if it winds up being forgotten, but the writing is mostly focused on the plot mechanics and the coordinating of the vast number of characters, so there's little room for characterization.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: See above regarding Ghost Rider and Blaze. Spirits of Vengeance #4 should be the first meeting between Ghost Rider and Blaze after the situation with Dan Ketch being dead is resolved, and that takes place after Infinity War. There might have been ways to resolve that problem anyway, but since Ghost Rider and Blaze won't remember this encounter, it doesn't matter. Death's Head II #5 and Warheads #11 both continue the meeting on Un-Earth, and should go before Mys-Tech Wars #3.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Sure was nice of Thor to pop his helmet on for that one panel just to let us know it's definitely meant to be Eric.
Posted by: AF | May 2, 2016 5:50 PM
You are right about Spider-Man scene: as soon as I read that page I totally lost interest in this story.
From that point on I read it as a "What If" story. You can kill anyone You want (as You probably will, right?)
Posted by: lucascorso | March 1, 2018 1:37 PM
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