Uncanny X-Men annual #7
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men annual #7
The Impossible Man's on a scavenger hunt. He and his people are competing to determine who gets to be the leader of their new planet. Poppy starts by showing up masquerading as Galactus...
...and he steals the X-Men's Mansion.
After that, he grabs Nick Fury's eyepatch, Zabu, all of the Wasp's costumes, the window to Dr. Strange's townhouse, and the Black Queen's (which would have meant Jean Grey's) Hellfire Club outfit. This means guest appearances by Fury and Valentina (Steranko-ish tribute)...
...the Avengers (thought balloons make it clear that Iron Man is James Rhodes, not Tony Stark)...
...Dr. Strange, and others.
Then he heads to Marvel's Studio to try and collect Stan Lee, but he's on the west coast.
The X-Men catch up with him there (and there's cameos by a lot of Marvel creators and editors).
Next a group of aliens show up to extract vengeance from the Poppians for all of the nuisances they've created...
..but Lilandra is able to mitigate the situation.
The MCP lists Jean Grey's father Dr. John Grey as appearing in this issue, but i think that must be a mistake.
It's actually a well-written and cute story. But i can't overcome my dislike of the character.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Lilandra is still with the X-Men, but there's talk of her having to leave for the Shi'ar Empire to deal with her sister's takeover (she's sure taking her sweet time about it, though), so this has to take place before Uncanny X-Men #177 and New Mutants #13, when she leaves, but after Uncanny X-Men #174. And despite what the cover shows, Cyclops does not appear in this issue, suggesting that it takes place after his wedding in #175. Iron Man's appearance (actually James Rhodes) needs to be on the East Coast for this appearance; MCP has him here between Iron Man #175-176. Ka-Zar and Shanna the She-Devil's appearance is relatively context free; they just have to be on friendly terms. In between issues #28 and #29 of Ka-Zar the Savage works well enough.
Cross-over: Assistant Editors' Month
Continuity Implant? N
Reprinted In: N/A
Inbound References (3): show
Black King, Colossus, Contessa Valentina Allegro De La Fontaine, Dr. Strange, Dum Dum Dugan, Impossible Man, Jarvis, Ka-Zar, Lilandra, Lockheed, Magik, Nick Fury, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Shanna the She-Devil, She-Hulk, Storm, War Machine, White Queen, Wolverine, Zabu
I noticed you've mentioned a couple times the Rogue absorbing Shulkie bit (here and in the Questprobe 4 review) but I would like to see some panels of it since it does feel like certain Rogue absorption are important.
Added the scans!
Wow, Rogue's ripping out of her outfit and is growing her classic hairstyle...I think Jen had just as good an influence of her as Carol. (well j/k on the last part)
Odd at the end, the choice of then-nearly-40-year-old Tom Selleck as the iconic sex symbol for two teenagers to go wide-eyed and drooly over. I know Claremont had a running thing with the New Mutants being fans of MAGNUM, P.I., but my recollection of the time is that Selleck was a little out of these girls' demographic. His biggest fans were women more Moira MacTaggert's age. Kitty and Illyana would be into a twentysomething actor or musical performer, and there were a lot of them to choose from in 1983. But I guess Selleck in a Hawaiian shirt (or Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones get-up) does read more clearly than would a panel of Matt Dillon or the singer of Duran Duran.
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