Uncanny X-Men #183
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #183
Speaking of feelings for Kitty, this issue starts off with Colossus breaking up with her. He tells her he met another girl during Secret Wars, fell in love with her, and that she died in his arms.
And that his feelings for Kitty have changed. He no longer loves her. He's direct and honest and trying to be kind. Kitty makes it back to her room before she starts crying.
Wolverine is pretty upset about the break-up. He thinks Colossus is acting ridiculous, and he thinks Colossus' love with Zsaji (who is never named in this issue) wasn't real. He intends to bring Colossus out to a bar in Manhattan and beat the crap out of him. Nightcrawler tags along.
But things work out so Wolverine doesn't have to get his hands dirty. Juggernaut is in the bar, in civilian clothes.
The cover spoils this, so it's not a surprise to the reader. Colossus accidentally dumps his drink on the Juggernaut, and Juggie's not accepting apologies. The two proceed to tear up the bar...
...while Wolverine sits back and watches (and Nightcrawler frets).
Juggernaut wins hands down, and classily drops a wad of cash for damages at the end. What no one knows is that Colossus probably saved the Juggernaut's life, because the lady that was flirting with him at the bar before the fight started turns out to be Selene, who intended to drain his energy (maybe his powers would have protected him; i don't know).
I think she winds up with John Byrne instead.
Rogue is not handling her encounter with Michael Rossi last issue very well.
Everyone loves a Juggernaut brawl. I think the break-up scene was done very well. And Romita Jr.'s art is looking very nice.
Quality Rating: A-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Xavier is said to be "off with the New Mutants" for the weekend. This must be an untold story. Valerie Cooper and Mystique are shown in the car on their way to visit Forge this issue. Next issue they arrive. Unless there was a lot of traffic on the way, next issue needs to take place pretty soon after this one. I'd place it directly after, but Rachel Summers needs to appear in the New Mutants #18-20 arc before she appears in Uncanny X-Men #184. Finally, we need to push all of the X-Men and New Mutants books back in publishing time to get Warlock's arrival on Earth prior to Marvel Team-Up annual #7 due to some Spider-Man dependencies. By publication date, the Juggernaut was last seen getting buried in concrete in Amazing Spider-Man #230. He subsequently appeared in a pair of continuity inserts that took place around the time of Secret Wars - Code of Honor #3 and Marvel 1985. The Code of Honor issue took place during Secret Wars, so Spider-Man and the X-Men wouldn't have been aware that he was on the loose again (assuming they missed the news reports when they got back). Marvel 1985 took place afterwards but the Juggernaut didn't actually cross paths with either Spidey or the X-Men in that story.
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: X-Men Classic #87
Inbound References (3): showBlack Queen (Selene), Colossus, Juggernaut, Lockheed, Magik, Mystique, Nightcrawler, Rogue, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Storm, Valerie Cooper, Wolverine
continuing to support my theory "villians win more often when out of costume."
Posted by: kveto from prague | November 6, 2011 4:53 PM
Claremont stated that Black Tom would return in this title or New Mutants in 1984.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 8, 2013 5:56 PM
I hadn't put two and two together, namely dat dis was the return of the Juggernaut since the infamous Spidey brawl. Funny how Romita drew both fights. It would've been nice to see how Juggy escaped dat cement. Unfortunately we'd have to wait over a quarter of a century for Uncle Rog to return to clear up dat story.
Posted by: JC | November 5, 2015 1:12 PM
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