Jonathan, son of Kevin:
Uncanny X-Men #141-142
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #141, Uncanny X-Men #142
A small group, including Wolverine, Magneto, Colossus, Storm, Kitty (now Kate) Pryde, Franklin Richards, and a new character, a redhead telepath named Rachel, are running a gambit to reverse the history.
That's the plot of this arc, but the overall concept is more powerful, showing that the stakes the modern day X-Men are playing for are higher than we thought. If the X-Men are unable to establish a proper balance between mutant/human relations and fighting for mutant rights, this dystopia awaits them.
Thanks to the efforts of the group in the future, right after Kitty passes her first Danger Room test - which simply requires her to walk across the room phased...
...letting all the death traps pass right through her - Kitty's body is taken over by the older Kate, and she warns the X-Men that an assassination attempt today on Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kelly will set into motion the events that leads to Kate's future.
The X-Men head to Washington DC to find that the assassins are a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. They are led by Mystique, a shapeshifter we have seen (mostly behind the scenes) in Ms. Marvel. With her is Destiny, an old lady with precognitive abilities, and Avalanche and Pyro, who have control over earth and fire, respectively. We've seen these characters in some continuity inserts, but these are their first actual appearances. And rounding out the group is the Blob, presumably to give some cred to the Brotherhood name, although the Blob was only tangentially a member of the original team.
The X-Men stop the assassination after a rough fight with the Brotherhood.
The new Brotherhood is pretty tough, but the X-Men's internal problems also contribute to the fight, especially the conflict between Wolverine and Storm over Wolverine's lethal methods.
There's a scene where Storm orders Wolverine to stop using his claws during the fight, and he nearly turns on her in rage. Storm is now team leader, and she worries in general that she's not the leader that Cyclops was. There's also a noted similarity between Nightcrawler and Mystique that causes hesitation (Claremont has stated that his original intention was that the shape-shifting Mystique was actually Nightcrawler's father and Destiny was his mother, but that isn't the way things actually turned out. Mystique tells Nightcrawler to ask Margarli Szardos, his demon step-mother, about their relationship.).
It's actually Kate who stops Destiny from killing Kelly. Doing so sends her back into the future, although it's not shown what she finds there... scenes from the future so far have shown the remaining members of the team getting killed by Sentinels.
Despite being rescued by the X-Men, Senator Kelly is still convinced by Sebastian Shaw to go forward with a meeting with the US president to enact Project Wideawake, a clandestine government-run Sentinel program. Henry Peter Gyrich, previously the man in charge of the Avengers, will run the project.
As always, great art by Byrne, especially depicting the battle scenes (both the Brotherhood fight and the future scenes with the Sentinels).
And of course the dystopian future introduced here has a lot of significance and adds strength to the mutant rights themes in this book (even if it will be overused in the future). These issues re-establish the theme that was subtext in the early Silver Age stories. The Brotherhood of "Evil" Mutants are well used here as a group that wants to fight humans, not necessarily to take over the world, but to prevent humans from oppressing mutantkind. Destiny rightly believes that Senator Kelly is a key figure that will cause problems for mutants. But the Brotherhood's solution, to kill him, would result in even more draconian measures against mutants. So their actions would have made things worse. By contrast, the X-Men have to fight to save a man that would oppress them, and when it's all over it's not even clear if they've actually made things better. So the fact that these issues have a scary future sequence and a cool fight with a new "supervillain" team are only part of the reason why these issues are great. That future shows the stakes that the X-Men are fighting to prevent, and the present day sequences make a clear distinction between the mutants following Professor Xavier's dream vs. the "evil" mutants who don't believe that integration with humans is possible. This is the core theme of the X-Men, and it's rarely depicted so well.
Here's how this arc was advertised:
Quality Rating: A
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Days of Future Past TPB
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The title to #141 is taken from the 1967 album by the Moody Blues.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | September 11, 2011 1:31 PM
Worth noting is that the dystopian future we glimpse in there issues takes place in that far off year of ... 2013.
(Too bad they couldn't have gotten the movie out a year earlier)
Posted by: Gary Himes | August 24, 2013 11:38 PM
"Mystique tells Nightcrawler to ask Margarli Szardos, his demon step-mother, about their relationship.)"
Margali Szardos isn't a demon, she's a sorceress.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | August 26, 2013 4:54 PM
She's green and has ram's horns!
Posted by: fnord12 | August 26, 2013 6:09 PM
Was there any other tension between Wolverine and Storm after this issue? Wolverine says the conversation isn't other by a longshot, but I don't recall it ever being addressed again.
I always found Wolverine's attitude toward leadership odd. He was extraordinarily hostile towards Cyclops, although he often praised him when he wasn't there. Yet he became fairly supine about anyone else being the leader. One could argue it was a sign of Wolverine maturing, but I always took it that Wolverine simply personally disliked Cyclops for whatever reason (perhaps because Scott had the girl Logan had a crush on).
Posted by: Chris | August 26, 2013 10:00 PM
Cyclops became the de-facto leader after issue #150. I noticed a similar moment to the one you mentioned during the whole Brood saga, except he actually apologized to Cyclops. In any case he had his miniseries after that, and I recall he became more pleasant and a team-player. However Cyclops retired shortly after only to come back briefly, but he and Wolvie had little interaction even during Inferno.
Posted by: AbeLincoln1865 | August 26, 2013 10:21 PM
"She's green and has ram's horns!"
lol! You mean from Uncanny X-Men Annual #4? The ram's horns are a headdress. As for the green, that was probably just part of the spell to scare the hell out of Nightcrawler & company. In later appearances she has normal coloured skin.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | August 27, 2013 3:05 AM
Margali is also demonic looking in Man-Thing #11, and then we learn in Doctor Strange #57-58 that she was possessed by a demonic source through her wand. And then i admit to not having read any of her appearances in Excalibur, beginning in #76 (1994). But i'm sticking with demonic as a descriptor at this point in time! ;-)
Posted by: fnord12 | August 27, 2013 7:33 AM
Hm. I remember seeing her with normal skin. Probably was Excalibur then. It seems she turns green when she's using her magic.
Posted by: Jay | August 27, 2013 3:30 PM
The first title of the arc everyone knows, but just realized that "Mind Out of Time" is probably a Steely Dan reference to their song "Time Out of Mind", off their 1980 album "Gaucho". (good album BTW)
Posted by: Ataru320 | October 25, 2013 12:53 PM
Was this the first time that the X-Men mentioned Wolverine's healing power? I am reading the series chronologically and haven't seen them mention this earlier...
Posted by: Ryan | January 24, 2014 9:58 PM
I tracked an earlier mention in Uncanny X-Men #116.
Posted by: fnord12 | January 24, 2014 10:05 PM
The movie is a bit different from this, but if you're watching X-Men movies to match the comics then you're long beaten. Very much alternate universe.
One thing that matches is that the movie and these Sentinels are quite brutal.
Posted by: david banes | June 15, 2014 1:25 AM
Claremont stated in Amazing Heroes #134 that he wanted to do Nightcrawler's origin around this time, but decided it was a "dud" and skipped it.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 8, 2014 4:28 PM
"Storm is now team leader, and she worries in general that she's not the leader that Cyclops was."
Posted by: clyde | February 21, 2015 11:13 PM
Posted by: Luis Dantas | February 22, 2015 12:11 AM
As SPECTACULAR as this site is, this particular review doesn't do Days of Future Past justice. Throughout the plot lives the conflict that the x-men face. They need to save the life of the politician who wants to take away their freedom in order to prevent an even worse future. It's stunningly deep and complex for comics at the time.
THIS is a story to tell your friends to read to get interested in comics. I own every issue of x-men (until I gave up comics in the late 90s). This two-issue story is the best.
Posted by: Tabe8 | February 22, 2015 10:03 AM
I was always intrigued by why Havok was noted on the cover of Uncanny X-Men #141 as "Apprehended," but never appeared in the story.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | April 10, 2015 7:30 PM
Maybe him being merely apprehended inspired future writers to come up with the Summers Rebellion?
What I always found interesting is that the dystopian future really needs Franklin to age and since he never does, what is everyone so worried about? Keep Franklin a kid and bob's your uncle, right?
Posted by: BeastCharming | April 11, 2015 6:54 AM
I deliberately skipped this while going through because it's one of the few comics I still have and I wanted to read it again carefully and now that I have, several things stand out to me.
1 - I have this as the 1989 reprint which Marvel did rather than reprint it in Classic X-Men (ironically, Classic X-Men changed names right at the point, just as X-Men became Uncanny X-Men at this same point). The Gyrich panels are not present in the reprint. Also, on the cover of #141, the "Apprehended" that Nathan Adler mentions is no longer there - Havok is there but the banner across his face has no writing on it.
2 - I had though that perhaps Franklin isn't given his full name, but it is there, just once, listed him as the last surviving member of the Fantastic Four. The panel clearly states that Franklin, Rachel and Magneto were never X-Men.
3 - There is a lot of talk about the gradual redemption of Magneto beginning in #150, but in a sense, it really starts here with his partnership with the X-Men (and his willingness to sacrifice himself).
4 - Havok is not on a gravestone, though Lorna is. Nor is here among the pictures of heroes shown as killed, though neither is Lorna. The biggest absence there I would say is Thor - what would have happened to him? Returned to Asgard, perhaps?
5 - While it's clear in the Dark Phoenix Saga that Kitty thinks Peter is cute, their romance is clearly given a long-term approval here with their marriage, before we see anything real between them in the present.
6 - While Rachel has been living in a concentration camp and is understandably mal-nourished and beaten down, there is nothing in the original version of her as drawn by Byrne to suggest she will one day be one of the premier Marvel hotties. She, like Rogue, has continually been drawn to be better and better looking as the years go by, as if you can't have ordinary looking female heroes.
7 - Rachel, of course, isn't mentioned as a Summers here. But, more importantly, the future is changed at the end of this book. Anything post #141 isn't her timeline because the Kelly assassination is stopped, so in theory she never should have ended up in the X-Men's timeline, nor should have Nimrod. I'm not certain that Marvel ever adequately explained that. If they had gone back prior to #141, that would have made sense, but we see them both arrive after that.
8 - Fnord, you should put in the panel of the X-Men's reactions to Kitty walking through - Wolverine's laughter is especially nice to see since it happens so rarely.
9 - Comics.org correctly points out a Lois and Jimmy cameo in #141 (fourth panel, second to last page). It's interesting to look at how Byrne drew Lois here, as opposed to in 1986 when he took on Superman. But what isn't pointed out is the Doonesbury cameo - in the middle of #142, the couple running away, based on their dialogue, are clearly Rick Redfern and Joanie Caucus.
10 - I have never been a huge fan of Storm and always have been a huge fan of Cyclops. But that said, Storm clearly develops as a leader quite well. Contrast this to what happened to poor Captain Marvel when she took over the Avengers. Storm learns well on the job and her stand-off against Wolverine here is quite impressive - it's a sign of her leadership and his understanding of being on the team that has grown in both of them that allows for this scene to work.
11 - The art truly is fantastic, especially the death scenes in the future.
12 - The future itself is what makes these two issues so important. I know that various futures have come into play in the past, but this is one that Marvel keeps coming back to and the big one to try and avoid. Truly important, important issues.
13 - So important that they provided the plot for an entire X-Men film and some basics for the first X-Men film.
14 - And a sign of how truly great this was, perhaps the greatest run on any comic ever - Claremont and Byrne on X-Men, with the battle against Magneto, the stuff in Japan, Alpha Flight, Proteus, the Dark Phoenix Saga, more (even better) Alpha Flight, and then to send them off in style, Days of Future Past. Truly amazing work.
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 29, 2015 7:55 PM
I have a perfectly good scan of Wolverine laughing right here.
No, i added the scan. Thanks for the other thoughts and observations, Erik.
Posted by: fnord12 | April 29, 2015 9:18 PM
I looked at that Ross Andru scan you linked to. Then I threw up in my mouth. :)
Posted by: Erik Beck | April 29, 2015 9:46 PM
Regarding 3: I think it was deliberate. Just look at the way he's introduced, with the wheelchair coming in. There's no way that wasn't a conscious parallel with Xavier on Byrne and Claremont's part. Certainly Claremont ran with it. [Then again, why was Magneto even alive at that point? You'd think the Sentinels would have made sure to kill him first.]
Posted by: ChrisW | April 30, 2015 6:21 AM
@ChrisW: What was even more obvious was that Claremont's intended battle with Xavier and Magneto against the Shadow King around #300 would not only have Charles killed, but would leave Magneto in a wheelchair as a hint history was running toward this timeline again.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | April 30, 2015 8:53 AM
A late response to Erik's point 7: it was generally a Marvel rule, particularly in the Gruenwald years, that going back in time would cause a separate timeline to split off, but no change would have occurred on your return to your own future. Marvel Two In One 50 is a famous example of this rule. Which would obviously be quite depressing for the future X-Men, but they don't know this, and they've nothing to lose. In other time travel fiction, their awful future might have disappeared once the timeline changed. Sadly, the MU version of Marty McFly would have returned to 1985 and found his Dad still a wimp. All that happened is Kate made things better for an alternate universe, but she would have returned to a world with even more dead friends, at which point I think she quickly shouts the "Dark Phoenix" phrase that sends Rachel (+ followed by Nimrod) back to the past, even if they don't show up till 40 issues later. Brian Cronin at CBR said Byrne + Claremont had a disagreement on the text with Kate kissing Kitty and whether the DOFP timeline vanished or not, but under usual Marvel rules it would have been unchanged by the time travel. It's good for these issues that they leave it open though.
Posted by: Jonathan | September 5, 2015 5:45 PM
There's one thing I still really want to know about this story. And excuse me if it's been explored at some point over the years, my Marvel knowledge is better than a layman, but nought compared to regular commenters on here, I mostly know the major story arcs, smatterings here and there, and very little of non-616 Marvel; hence reading through this chronology project as I attempt to actually build a collection worth the title.
Anyhow the one thing I really want to know, is how on earth did the sentinels manage to kill, destroy, neutralize The Hulk, per the 'destroyed' heroes in the second slide?
One assumes they did as everyone seems to do and simply expelled him into space or something, because the things he has survived I don't think any sentinel is even making a dent, surely? I feel sorry for Kitty if Jonathan is right and she is returning to the same future, because Hulk is coming back there sometime as well, and well Hulk Smash!
Posted by: WinterPhoenix101 | July 31, 2016 2:24 AM
I always wondered that too. Not the Hulk specifically, but these robots that are maybe capable of outfighting the X-Men have beaten the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and every other hero? Doctor Doom never got involved? Dr. Strange couldn't reset time?
You could maybe make an argument that the 'kill mutants' imperative was *SO STRONG* that the Sentinels took a quiet approach to killing everybody else. Shoot Bruce Banner in the face when he's least expecting it. Shoot Reed Richards in the face. Shoot Captain America and Tony Stark in the face. Shoot Donald Blake. And then after you've done that, openly reveal the Sentinels as the mutant-killing monsters they were programmed to be.
Um, ok, I think Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm and Sue Richards are gonna have a few things to say about that. As will the Vision, the Wasp, Hank Pym, the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver [and the Inhumans] Spider-Man and everybody else you can think of. The Absorbing Man might not go along with the robotic overlords. Or Dr. Octopus. Or the Wizard. Or the Morlocks, the Mole Man, HYDRA, or anybody else.
If nothing else, you're right, there's never a sense that any of these characters were defeated. I'm just free-associating about the Hulk, but what if shooting him just makes him angry? I don't like the Hulk when he's angry.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 2:47 AM
To be fair, I don't like the Hulk when he's happy. He and I just don't get along. I think it's because he's a Scorpio...
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 3:00 AM
Yeah, when the question first occurred to me it was specifically linked to Hulk, but frankly, everything you say is correct, I simply cannot see Dr. Doom being destroyed by Sentinels. Even in their most overpowered presentation (like the extremely powerful Sentinels in the DoFP film) how are they surviving a concerted effort from what would surely be ubiquitous resistance superpowered folk? I mean even if they didn't actively mention all the other heroes who had been 'destroyed', it would be a question that pops up in your head, 'what the hell happened to Dr. Strange' etc.
Would shooting Bruce Banner kill him? Or would he simply turn into the Hulk? Hulk healing factor is insane so you gotta think no matter how close to death Banner is becoming Hulk is a sort of like a panacea. I'm not an encyclopaedia on Hulk's powers though, I wonder whether his healing works on a cellular level, like if Banner found a way to be permanently Hulk, would he even age?
Anyhow I've gone way off-topic there lol None of these questions mar the brilliance of this story, easily top 10 in my favourite comics, frankly.
Posted by: WinterPhoenix101 | July 31, 2016 3:02 AM
Yes, Ben's grave is seen. Yes, the montage of kill-shots includes a lot of non-mutant superheroes. Don't nitpick the point, that there's a lot more superhumans on Earth who won't take kindly to robots killing everybody. If the Sentinels can take out the Hulk and Dr. Doom, why are they still vulnerable to the few remaining aged X-Men? At least we see them beating the X-Men.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 3:11 AM
Wouldn't "Secret Wars" have been so much better if the heroes and villains had been transported to that alternate future? Doom and Galactus could still have their ultimate plans, but all the characters would have been forced to fight for whatever they could get in a world beset by the Sentinels. It's an alternate universe so if someone dies it's not permanent, but it would have given the villains something to fight.
WinterPhoenix, being off-topic isn't really a bad thing around here. Just do your best to stay on-topic and enjoy the conversation.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 3:21 AM
I don't know how it fits into continuity, but as far as I'm concerned, if you put a bullet through Bruce Banner's brain, the Hulk dies too. I think it makes both characters more interesting. And I'm fine with a story that has Banner being shot but turning into the Hulk at the last split-second. I don't think that's how the Hulk should be, but I'm fine with it for any particular story.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 3:29 AM
I actually really, really like that alternate vision of 'Secret Wars', I'm a big fan of 'Secret Wars' as is (not the sequel though) but the benefits of setting it in an alternate universe are apparent as you point out, plus it would have added a more gritty atmosphere to the whole thing, as well as giving the villains more to do as you say.
I think it would depend where and with what kind of ammo you shoot him, in my own head anyhow I'm thinking you have to kill him outright and immediately, else the transformation is triggered and the wound is healed. So like Magnum to the back of Banner's head = dead, pistol shot perhaps not necessarily, if you follow. Obviously there's that scene in the Avengers movie, where Ruffalo says that he tried to kill himself but the 'big guy, spit the bullet out' now that I would have an issue with, because you put a gun in your mouth and fire, you're severing the spinal cord and your dead, no time for transformation. I don't have any issue with him turning at the last minute either, in individual circumstances like you suggest, might become a cop out if it was used too much in that manner. I do wonder about whether he would ever age in Hulk form though.
But yeah all in all my original thoughts were triggered by the absurdity that the Sentinels could be thwarted by an aged Storm, Wolverine etc, but had no issues in ridding themselves of the myriad other super folk who'd object to robot overlords. Suspension of disbelief is of course a key skill for any prospective comic book reader though.
Posted by: WinterPhoenix101 | July 31, 2016 4:01 AM
Considering the Hulk that existed in Claremont and Byrne's imagination circa 1981 would have been the Bronze Age era Hulk, I have no issue with Sentinels tracking down the Hulk, waiting for him to revert to Banner and flash frying him, ala the death of Wolverine. As for the the aged X-Men, the Sentinels are the number one enemies they train against. I can see how they would have an advantage over every other superhuman in the world on that basis and could last a decent amount of time in a fight. Where I need the suspension of disbelief is that they were left alive in the first place. Neither Magneto nor any X-Man should have been allowed to live in the camps. They should have been killed long ago. Handwaving the reason for that is a hard slog.
Also, has anyone noticed that Colossus has a different patronym in #141? It's supposed to be Nikolievitch not Alexandreivich!
Posted by: Brian C. Saunders | July 31, 2016 5:25 AM
Mark Waid's recent run on the Hulk explores what sort of marksmanship it would take to take down Banner with a headshot, somewhat.
Posted by: Max_Spider | July 31, 2016 6:39 AM
Bendis's Civil War II series involved a special arrow Banner created as a failsafe that could kill Banner without causing him to turn into the Hulk. It's possible the Sentinels used a similar weapon. Also, note that the Hulk didn't have a healing factor at the time this story was written.
Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2016 9:03 AM
Agreed that the Hulk and Thor both have human forms that are vulnerable, at least in theory. I'd like to think Odin would have gone wreaked great vengeance on the Sentinels should that have happened, but I guess Odin of the 60s and 70s is frequently a jackass who might just have washed his hands of Midgard for their ungratefulness, and banned the rest of his kingdom from venturing there again and getting revenge.
It does seem a bit of a stretch (though not necessarily impossible) for the Sentinels to have defeated Dr. Doom, Absorbing Man or Juggernaut... though I guess the latter two could have been banished to space or something. Or if the Sentinels are mostly just based in North America at this point, Creel and Juggy, being non-mutant criminals, just decided it wasn't worth the hassle and went to other countries (we have for instance seen Juggernaut in Edinburgh in X-Men 217, and I think circa Avengers 185 Creel thinks about skipping out to a different country to get away from the Avengers).
Howsabout the Doom pictured as being "crossed out" was just a Doombot? :) The real Doom is in Latveria, no particular interest in the USA at all now Doom's greatest foe and his family have been killed. He'll come back and conquer the USA eventually, but for now he's concentrating on Europe...
But yeah, the worst plothole in the whole thing does seem to be the idea of keeping Magneto of all people alive. Even with a "they can counter his magnetism" handwave, he's still one of the most powerful and dangerous mutants on Earth, possibly the most powerful that Claremont & Byrne would have been aware of in 1981.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | July 31, 2016 10:11 AM
We do see later on that Sentinel tech from this timeline (or one of its branches) can hurt the Juggernaut, since Nimrod comes close to executing Juggy in Central Park.
But then, the Shaw-model Sentinels, not to mention to DoFP Sentinels more generally, never do anywhere nearly as well any other time they turn up, and their menace is greatly diluted by the introduction of the aforementioned Nimrod and by cyborgs like Ahab.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | July 31, 2016 1:52 PM
Good catch on Nimrod vs Juggernaut (I've never been convinced that those sonics should work on Juggernaut, but never mind).
Personally I think Nimrod keeps up the threat level of the DoFP Sentinels. In his 1st appearance he takes on the team and Juggernaut, and in his 2nd appearance he takes on the whole team and the Hellfire Club. After that he gets melded with Master Mold and then goes through the Siege Perilous. I'm unfamiliar with his appearances since then, but at least in his 2 Claremont battles against the X-Men he doesn't detract from the idea that even if other Sentinels are less powerful than him, an army of them could still be a very credible threat.
On the other hand, when the actual Omega Sentinels are apparently brought back by the Beyonder in Uncanny X-Men 202, the team manage to destroy a few of them without Rachel's help and without anyone being disintegrated with a single Sentinel blast. So yeah, very diminishing returns. And yeah, Ahab would have been better left a mystery, which was probably the original intent for him.
Posted by: Jonathan, son of Kevin | July 31, 2016 2:22 PM
Ya I'm willing to accept human vulnerabilities for both Thor and Hulk - though like son of Kevin says, I'd tend to believe some nasty vengeance from Odin was waiting for the sentinels in the case of Thor's demise, but he is frequently a complete jackass that is also true.
I can get with it being a Doombot as well, that makes sense to me, can see him focusing on Europe as opposed to North America with most if not all of his interests in the US nullified.
As for Strange, I'm sure a surprise attack could kill him, I find it hard to believe he would be surprised by these sentinels though. You gotta figure he would be on full alert the moment mutant non-mutant heroes alike start getting taken down.
RE: Hulk's healing factor - my knowledge is spotty as I admitted above, is it's non-existence at this point merely because no writer has thought to point it out as an extension of Hulk's abilities? Or is it because it's an ability he physically gets endowed with in an event in a later comic? I know the distinction if of little significance as far as this issue goes, because as far as the writers were concerned this was a less powerful Hulk, and thus not as unbelievable to them as it was to me for the Sentinels to take him out. Just wondering why exactly he has no healing factor at this juncture.
Posted by: WinterPhoenix101 | July 31, 2016 5:39 PM
Oh I also agree with people that it does seem to be a greater plothole for the Sentinels to actually keep mutants like Magneto alive, he would at this time have been one of the most powerful mutants - if the most powerful - in the universe, it would really only be logical to make him a priority target - especially if these sentinels were capable of taking down all the aforementioned heroes anyhow.
Posted by: WinterPhoenix101 | July 31, 2016 5:44 PM
The Hulk's healing factor wasn't introduced at this point- it was PAD that first introduced it during the Fall of the Mutants Hulk tie-in issue.
Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2016 5:51 PM
And to clarify,PAD treated it like a power the Hulk always had and nobody noticed.
Posted by: Michael | July 31, 2016 5:52 PM
With Magneto, there's also the "criminal" part. Nimrod was certainly programmed to fight criminals, the other Sentinels would have been programmed in similar ways, recognizing escapees from the internment center, recognizing the classifications of 'mutant,' 'human' and 'likely to breed a mutant,' etc.
Never mind the questionable decision to let a guy who can remold the very material Sentinels are made of live, he's been an active criminal for a long time. The other X-Men would simply be mutants and could be treated as such, but Magneto?
"The other guy spit it out" scene is one of those examples where I don't see much of a problem with shooting Banner and it fails [just because Ruffalo sold the dialogue so well, and I could go on and on about how awesome Banner's role in the movie was.] If you really want to think about it, simply working up the guts to pull the trigger is what caused him to change in time to stop the bullet. Why he would survive a sniper a half-mile away would be a lot harder to explain.
With Doom, I don't see it. I do like Johnathan's idea that he just loses interest after the FF have been killed. I like that idea a lot, that ruling the world was always of less importance to him than proving to be Reed's superior. In the far-distant future of 2013, he'd still be telling himself he'll get around to world conquest as soon as his schemes are in place, but the fire would have died. Latveria's relationship with his European neighbors would take precedence, he might try to court allies in Africa or South America, Russia and China are still there to deal with. The guy can build a time machine and Doombots, but he can't add more hours to the day, and he's left adrift without Reed as a focus for his energies.
That said, I would think he would be working on defenses against Sentinels from the first time he hears about Bolivar Trask, and incorporating other giant robots like the Sleepers into his preparations. Unless the Sentinels just nuked Latveria without any warning whatsoever, I have to think Doom would be prepared for them. If he had to go to the Latverian Embassy or the United Nations, he would be prepared for anything, and it would be even harder to get him there.
It was just a top-of-my-head idea, but I'm beginning to like this "What If Secret Wars Took Place in Days of Futures Past" idea. You still have the Beyonder, Galactus, the Molecule Man, etc. but it would add something to heroes and villains alike to see what would happen to them in the future. They've been ordered to fight each other, but they still have to defend against the robots. You can add characters like Spider-Woman and Titania, it builds to a climax as Galactus simply destroys the Sentinels who are interfering with his machine, then Doom beats Galactus, then the Beyonder...
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 8:34 PM
By the way, here's a commission John Byrne did recently, and he explains his thinking that the heroes were fighting the villains and then the giant robots showed up.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 8:39 PM
Or maybe this link. It's there somewhere.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 8:57 PM
My version of "Secret Wars" wouldn't even need to be "Days of Futures Past." Evil dragons from another dimension have conquered Earth in the far-distant future and that's where the Beyonder sends everybody. Communists, orcs, aliens, they would all get the same point across.
Posted by: ChrisW | July 31, 2016 9:30 PM
Brian C. Saunders: Also, has anyone noticed that Colossus has a different patronym in #141? It's supposed to be Nikolievitch not Alexandreivich!
Always noticed but never really registered. It's probably not a coincidence that a guy with Rasputin for last name has his patronyms switching from one Romanov Czar to another, but it's a different question if it is a genuine mistake by Claremont or written one by Magneto or rather a subtle pun.
Them Alexanders always seemed like more decent guys than Nikolays; A the Second especially goes as The Great Liberator, which is something to think about at the South Bronx mutant internment camp. I could see Magneto with his having always been at continuous odds with the Soviets to make the joke that Pjotr might be likely to get. A little pep talk for the job ahead them.
Posted by: Teemu | August 11, 2016 1:51 AM
So this is the infamous Days of Future Past... Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't think much of this story, especially since it traps the X-Men in the shadow of this timeline, never to fully break free of the gloom and doom that lies at the end of this divergent timestream.
Posted by: D09 | September 9, 2016 7:37 PM
So this is the infamous Days of Future Past... Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't think much of this story, especially since it traps the X-Men in the shadow of this timeline, never to fully break free of the gloom and doom that lies at the end of this divergent timestream.
Its especially odd, since this story ends with them *averting* it, at least in their own universe. Even the revisiting of the timeline with Rachel and Nimrod was about Rachel adjusting to a very different world and Nimrod starting to reevaluate its own programming as it started to recognize that mutants are not, in fact, pure living evil.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | September 9, 2016 9:28 PM
@Omar Karindu: We all interpret stories in different way, I guess mine is just an outlier from the norm. But please tell me, have the X-Men ever visited a timeline where instead of it being negative like Days of Future Past or Here Comes Tomorrow, it was instead positive?
Posted by: D09 | September 9, 2016 10:02 PM
@D09: Minority, perhaps, but you speak my mind exactly.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | September 9, 2016 10:29 PM
@D09: I read DoFP in real time. Because it's been copied and sequelized so much, its power now is not as great as it was at publication. It's unarguably true that the ending was a let-down, leaving the X-universe in a Schrodinger box, neither doomed nor free, but nothing like it had ever really been done in comics before. The scenes of the surviving X-Men in their apocalyptic future remain some of the best and most iconic in comics history.
Posted by: Andrew | September 10, 2016 7:52 AM
@D09: In answer to your other comment, I'm sure House of M occurred to you seconds after you hit "Post". That was so positive I'm surprised none of the heroes suggested the option of just leaving things as they were.
Posted by: Andrew | September 10, 2016 7:57 AM
Thank you for reminding me about that wreck of a run! Besides it only reversed the usual human-mutant dynamic seen in alternate timelines, still negative in my opinion.
Posted by: D09 | September 10, 2016 12:31 PM
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