Uncanny X-Men #264
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #264
In any event, a good portion of this issue is a Forge solo story, or rather, a story that teams him up with Charlotte Jones, the police officer and Angel's love interest from X-Factor. The issue opens with Forge being chased by the Genosian Magistrates.
Jones' partner is killed, and Forge and Jones have to flee into the sewer.
Jones still isn't sure what is going on, and Forge telling her that they were (foreign) government agents doesn't help at first, but he's able to explain.
What's going on with Claremont sticking Forge into the origin for Misty Knight's bionic arm? I don't like that.
Forge gives Jones an X-Men costume, which remember at this point provides body armor.
Meanwhile (after a scene with Colonel Alexei Vazhin and Val Cooper that basically repeats the info from their last meeting but names the Shadow King as the head of the final faction), we move over to X-Factor. Claremont does a good job playing up the problem with being mutant heroes living in a tower that looms over the city.
Also note Jean making the point that there shouldn't be any difference between the X-Teams.
Forge and Jones fight their way through some Magistrates and make it to X-Factor's ship. Colossus and Callisto are also there, as are Phillip Moreau and Jenny Ransome, the two that the Genoshans are actually after. Phillip must be a latent mutant, because regular humans are not allowed to enter Ship.
The Genoshan Press Gang show up, and Wipeout uses his power to cancel out powers to deactivate X-Factor's Ship. Then the others attack.
Thanks to a stunner grenade built by Forge, he and Jones are able to stop Wipeout, and that allows Ship to disable the other Genoshans. Jones then tries to arrest the Genoshans, but the police commissioner, under orders, shows up to let them go for diplomatic reasons.
The good news is that Beast has passed the story on to reporters Neal Conan and Trish Tilby, hoping that the bad publicity will keep Genosha from acting so publicly.
At the end, Colossus decides to leave X-Factor's Ship with Callisto.
Speaking of Callisto, i should note that she doesn't say a word in this story and i can't tell if she has her real memories or not. She is shown to still have her fighting abilities but with no muscle behind them.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP places this during X-Factor #56, after the first 10 pages.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBanshee, Beast, Callisto, Charlotte Jones, Colonel Alexei Vazhin, Colossus, Debra Levin, Forge, Hawkshaw, Jean Grey, Jennifer Ransome, Neal Conan, Phillip Moreau, Pipeline, Punchout, Ship (Prosh), Trish Tilby, Valerie Cooper, Wipeout
Note that Philip Moreau is able to enter Ship despite not being a mutant.
Posted by: Michael | May 7, 2015 9:56 PM
There seems to be a growing number of supposedly non-mutants being granted access to Ship as of late - IIRC, Moira, Prof. Corbeau, Philip Moreau and Charlotte Jones.
It would be best to simply have Ship overcome that limitation retroactively.
Posted by: Luis Dantas | May 7, 2015 11:11 PM
As was shown with Jean's parents at the end of Inferno, Ship can build structures outside of its hull that regular humans can enter. They're just not allowed inside Ship itself.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | May 8, 2015 4:50 PM
This issue was placed during X-Factor #58 because Marvel Girl arrives @ Ship wearing this kinky X-Men outfit there but then changes back into her X-Factor uniform to search for Archangel which means there was a gap of time where this story takes place.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | May 14, 2015 12:47 AM
Forge reveals he was behind the bionic arm of Misty Knight, yet earlier it had been mentioned to be Tony Stark's design. So what's the business? Was Forge an employee of Stark Industries? Or did he pinch Stark tech to design it? If so, surely Tony would have gone after Misty during Armor Wars!? So what's up?
Posted by: Nathan Adler | May 17, 2015 4:10 PM
Forge might have been an R&D contractor doing work for hire. Maybe Stark developed the theoretical basis or early prototype, and Forge completed it. I like the idea that Stark doesn't have to invent EVERYTHING for his company.
Also, Stark didn't go after everyone who ever used his technology. He only went after those people who used specific technology based on his armor. I think we can assume Misty's bionic arm is not classified and was meant to be for commercial sale.
Posted by: Chris | May 17, 2015 5:54 PM
Ah, but Jay Demetrick, Jean shows up with a costume with sleeves. Here she has no sleeves. Because, you know, it's too hard for editors to do their job and make things consistent.
I liked the Genosha / South Africa allegory when Genosha first appeared. But here, going after other mutants? It's not like South Africans could just come to the US and do what they wanted with blacks (Lethal Weapon 2 not withstanding).
Posted by: Erik Beck | October 4, 2015 9:09 AM
Hm, I wasn't a fan of the spasmodic way of keeping X-factor and X-men seperate either, but this is a such a sudden change of course headlong into the opposite direction that it is hard to digest. The strangest thing is that the New Mutants are being kept seperate for a while? It kind of starts with ignorance of Rusty and Skids being in trouble and the New Mutants needing to fight Freedom Force on their own, while Archangel is being mauled by Sabretooth and Iceman goes out shopping for a Kate Bush CD. Jean, Cyke & Beast go out to dinner (talk about priorities). They don't seem to care that much about Moira or Cable meddling with their wards, though an offpanel conversation between Cable and Cyclops is mentioned (I think).
Posted by: Spikey | December 19, 2016 4:12 AM
I didn't give this much thought on the previous Genosha arc, but it seems to me that the Wachowski Brothers borrowed Pipeline's power for the Matrix movie. It's exactly the same concept. Interesting.
Posted by: Bibs | December 23, 2017 5:15 PM
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