Characters Appearing: Angel, Beast, Bishop, Cameron Hodge, Candy Southern, Forge, Jean Grey, Professor X, Quicksilver, Storm
Uncanny X-Men #306
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #306
Ok, the other purpose of the issue is to show that CAMERON HODGE IS BACK!!!!!! (Cue unanimous groans from the audience.)
Hodge is stopped (for now...!) thanks to a sacrifice by Candy, who was bonded to him.
Prior to Hodge appearing, Jean tried to scan Candy's mind, and learned that she was the "first of many".
And Hodge said there are "scores" more techno-organic sleepers, all able to pass for human even in the face of telepathy or Shi'ar technology.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: A footnote in the beginning says that this issue takes place between Uncanny X-Men #304 and X-Men #25. Which makes it sound like it takes place out of sequence. But the events of last issue (#305, which hinted at Cameron Hodge's return) are referenced, including a footnote to "last issue". So they really could have just said it took place before X-Men #25 (which it definitely does; the X-Men are preparing for the final confrontation with Magneto). For what it's worth, this takes place after Forge is made the liaison for X-Factor but we don't know how long that has been the case (Forge doesn't answer a question from Storm about how he's getting along with Havok).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Probably not enough to raise the HSR, but this is, in a sense, a prologue for the Phalanx Convenant.
Posted by: Jon Dubya | March 3, 2017 4:59 PM
I don't "get" Cameron Hodge. He just isn't deep enough a character to justify the number of time he's come back.
Anyone ever wonder if Candy Southern is a "Bond girl" name (ie, "southern candy")?
Posted by: Andrew | March 3, 2017 7:17 PM
Another example of how "Fatal Attractions" wasn't so much a crossover (excepting X-Men 25/Wolverine 75) but a shared story-branding.
As for the Candy Southern name ... probably. She was named by Roy Thomas after all. Not exactly a bastion of women's equality, that one.
Posted by: Jeff | March 6, 2017 12:52 PM
Jeff and Andrew, check the comments of Uncanny X-Men #31, Candy's first appearance.
As to Hodge, I kind of like his distinctive motivation -- he's actually driven by an *inferiority* complex and some stalkerish obsessions with regard to Warren Worthington III that he compensates for by hating all mutants -- but only Louise Simonson ever made the character work as anything more than a raving maniac. And by the time of Inferno, that's all he really was.
It doesn't help that this is the second time he's tried to hurt Warren by using Candy against him. Poor Candy Sothern; she was reimagined as a fairly strong character in New Defenders, but after that book was cancelled she turned into one more woman in a refrigerator.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | March 6, 2017 6:06 PM
I definitely think this should have a higher historical rating, for being build-up to Phalanx Covenant, and Candy's (final?) death, and I suppose for being another of Hodge's comebacks, too.
Posted by: Dave | March 10, 2017 8:08 PM
Obviously everyone is entitled to their own opinions regarding what they think is important, but in terms of my project i don't usually increase the rating just because it's the build up to a storyline (i guess unless it's a really important storyline, and i don't think that Phalanx Covenant qualifies) or when a villain comes back from the dead for the umpteempth time.
I can see the argument for Candy's death, but in my opinion her real death was in X-Factor #34. Candy's appearance here is kind of like Una's in Captain Marvel #40 or something like that. It's just a post-death appearance to give characters closure.
Posted by: fnord12 | March 11, 2017 12:23 PM
Just to clarify, I (sincerely) did not mean to "pressure" fnord about the HSR. I just tealized that the Phalanx Convinent wasn't mention at all in the write-up and so I thought it prudent to mention (to people coming at these books "new" or those who didn't recall) that this is "going somewhere" and wasn't the random one-off encounter that it might seem here. That's all. ☺
Posted by: Jon Dubya | March 11, 2017 1:17 PM
Techno-organic(ish) sleeper agents targeting mutants is an idea that will be reused for Operation: Zero Tolerance. My recollection is that the Phalanx storyline doesn't do much with it, or less than the OZT story, at any rate.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | April 15, 2017 4:58 PM
@Walter: I don't recall that being used much in Phalanx Covenant, either. I always got the sense that, aside from imperfect assimilations (of which there were many, from "Douglock" to Candy Southern to Sara Grey to even Stephen Lang himself), Phalanx agents were all truly drinking the Kool-Aid, so to speak.
Posted by: J-Rod | April 25, 2017 10:50 AM
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