Uncanny X-Men #24
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #24
The X-Men fight Locust and his bugs...
...but it's Professor Xavier, dressed up like, well, Gandalf the Wizard, who ultimately convinces the Locust to give up his activities.
At the end of the last arc, Jean Grey got a letter that said she had to leave Xavier's school. We learn this issue that it's for the perfectly logical reason that now that she's graduated high school, her parents don't see any reason for her to be hanging around a school with a bunch of boys, so they're shipping her off to Metro College.
When she arrives, she meets Ted Roberts, who will be a potential love interest for Jean (and, we'll eventually learn, the brother of Cobalt Man). Scott remains absolutely incapable of asking Jean out on a date.
Roy Thomas' original run on X-Men isn't all this bad, but it kind of shows you how he was flailing around.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place while Johnny Storm and Wyatt Wingfoot are in the Himalayas, so after Fantastic Four #54.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Marvel Masterworks: The X-Men vol. 3
Should it get a half-point historical significance boost for an early iteration of Roy's trademark walk-it-back caption? The Wyatt-Johnny thing reminds me of that Hitler-didn't-really-say-"Geronimo" caption in Invaders.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | December 15, 2012 12:47 AM
Come to think of it, I wish a lot more editors would use the walk-it-back caption. Imagine how, say, "Sins Past" would have been improved by a few of those: "Gwen didn't really have two kids with the Green Goblin, true believer we were just making sure you were awake!"
Posted by: Walter Lawson | December 15, 2012 1:02 AM
(I guess it's actually Stan's caption rather than Roy's, tho.)
Posted by: Walter Lawson | December 15, 2012 1:05 AM
I think that at the time, the caption would have been written by Roy, even if it was signed Stan.
Posted by: Michael | December 15, 2012 9:30 AM
Michael: Was that true even at this point? These are among the earliest issues that Stan wasn't writing himself, so i imagine he was actively involved as an editor. I know he didn't physically write the captions but he's probably the one that caught the fact that Johnny and Wyatt were unavailable (especially since Stan was still writing the FF).
I do know what you mean, though. I was disappointed when i first learned that the editorial captions were actually written by the writer.
Posted by: fnord12 | December 15, 2012 11:14 AM
It makes you wonder if the writers had a contest to see whose caption could sound the most like Stan.
Posted by: Erik Beck | January 15, 2015 8:05 AM
I never liked Jean being away from the team and couldn't wait for this plotline to end. That said, I found the Locust entertaining enough for what he was.
Posted by: Bobby Sisemore | November 8, 2016 7:28 PM
I never understood why the Locust never became a bigger villain. He has a good name, a cool costume, and creates giant insects. He's BIBLICAL!
Maybe some writer will come along and make him their pet villain, like Jason Aaron did with the Orb.
Posted by: Andrew | November 8, 2016 8:48 PM
Metro College never became the Marvel institution like Empire State University did, likely because the Spider-Man title based Peter's life in it while team titles like X-Men and FF had too much going on to develop Metro (that Johnny was even a college student there was completely forgotten).
I am pretty sure ESU is the Marvel counterpart of Columbia University. Do we have similar placement for Metro College? I suspect it would either be NYU or CUNY. I don't think ESU/Columbia comparison was established in this era, so it's possible Metro College was never developed enough that it became established with an actual real college counterpart.
Posted by: Chris | October 27, 2017 2:29 PM
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