Characters Appearing: Colossus, Cyclops, Garokk, Lee Forrester, Magneto, Nanny, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Storm, Wolverine
Uncanny X-Men #149
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #149
Xavier informs her that individual costumes are awarded at graduation time and that she can't wear one prior. She's not supposed to go with the other X-Men (Down to four members plus Kitty with Cyclops and Angel gone), but of course she sneaks aboard the plane and Wolverine sniffs her out.
The X-Men don't find Magneto at the volcano base, but they do discover that the base has been excavated after the volcano eruption, and they run into Garokk...
...who Magneto rescued from his seeming fall to death and ordered to guard the base. He winds up getting dropped down another endless pit.
Meanwhile, at the strange island in the Bermuda Triangle that Scott and Lee Forrester are on, Magneto reveals that he recognizes Scott as Cyclops.
The X-Men's Danger Room is still being repaired as of this issue, for what it's worth.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Storm reveals the Angel has left the X-Men as of last issue. Carol Danvers will be with Xavier in Uncanny X-Men #150, which also starts with the remaining X-Men flying the Blackbird and Kitty still wearing her self-made costume. Rather than have the X-Men appear in Uncanny X-Men #149 and then show up at the X-Mansion to meet Carol Danvers in Avengers annual #10, and then return to the Blackbird with Kitty still wearing her costume, it makes more sense for Avengers annual #10 to have taken place before Uncanny X-Men #149, with Carol just not on panel for this issue.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: X-Men Classic #53
That's one snazzy shirt Scott is wearing!
Posted by: Berend | February 10, 2014 8:22 PM
Cockrum couture, natch!
Posted by: Vin the Comics Guy | May 4, 2017 9:23 AM
This issue seems to be the first time since her introduction that Claremont brings up the disruptive effect of Kitty's phasing powers, since she accidentally wipes Xavier's data by phasing through a computer bank. Later, her phasing can also hurt Garokk; in fact, it's the only reason the X-Men win. It seems as if he's playing with the idea that her power can disrupt all sorts of energies, an idea taken to a creepy conclusion with the "Nazi Excalbur" version of her that shows up some years later.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | June 10, 2018 5:22 PM
This issue also contains an interesting letter from a reader whose hands and feet are not ordinary, and who sees Nightcrawler as "a terrific reminder ....that 'freaks' and 'normals' share at heart one common human experience.....There aren't too many characters -- in books, comics, movies, or elsewhere -- that us real-life 'misfits' can lock onto form or celebrate positive images of ourselves."
It's an interesting example of why the X-Men-as-metaphor element has value, and an example of reader response to soem of the themes Claremont was emphasizing.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | June 10, 2018 5:26 PM
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