Uncanny X-Men #176
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #176
...but it gets better, by which i mean a fight with a giant
Meanwhile, Wolverine confronts Mariko again now that Mastermind is no longer manipulating them.
She still loves Wolverine, but because of her responsibilities to her clan she will not marry him.
Also meanwhile, Henry Peter Gyrich meets with Frank Lowell from the CIA, Dr. Valerie Cooper...
...and a Judge Richard Petrie, regarding Magneto's failed attempt at getting the world powers to disarm their nuclear weapons, and the possibility of exploiting mutants to further national security goals. Gyrich is actually the voice of reason at the meeting, which means the proposals are pretty radical.
And the core team of Morlocks (Callisto, Masque, Sunder, and a reluctant Caliban) scheme to wrest control of the Morlocks from Storm.
They'll start by making Kitty Pryde fulfill her promise to marry Caliban.
The shark and octopus fall into the "unnecessary threats to get some action sequences into an otherwise entirely downtime issue" category, but still a nice issue. JRJR's art on X-Men is very good, and he's beginning to go beyond the typical Marvel house style into his own stylized angular art.
Cute memo reprinted in the original issue regarding the cover.
Quality Rating: B+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: X-Men Classic #80
Inbound References (1): showCaliban, Callisto, Cyclops, Henry Peter Gyrich, Madelyne Pryor, Mariko Yashida, Masque, Sunder, Valerie Cooper, Wolverine
Claremont's two prologue scenes in Uncanny #176, "Decisions", each flag up dubious moments from Claremont's own run: the Valerie Cooper scene gives a detailed recap of Uncanny #150, which featured Magneto attempting to force the countries of the world to disarm - a somewhat noble goal, albeit tyrannical in execution. The X-Men stopped him, effectively allowing the governments of the world to keep on building bombs and weapons. The Morlock scene reminds us of a much more recent adventure, wherein the X-Men encountered a group of underprivileged, disenfranchised, self-loathing mutants and reacted to their plight with no compassion.
Posted by: Nathan Adler | April 13, 2015 10:56 AM
I hope Wolverine gets frequent flier miles because he's been going back and forth to Japan a lot.
Posted by: Erik Beck | May 14, 2015 6:14 PM
I hope those ruby quartz visors waeren't the only protection Scott was wearing, becuz he going back and forth inside Maddy a lot this issue.
Posted by: JC | January 13, 2016 6:57 AM
The National Security Adviser in this issue is a judge named Petrie. There was a Salia Petrie in Coaremont’s Ms Marvel. It’s an instance of Claremont reusing names, but there could be a link between the judge and the astronaut Salia—maybe he’s her father.
Posted by: Walter Lawson | July 14, 2018 11:56 PM
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