Uncanny X-Men #325
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #325
This is a double-sized "anniversary" issue. It's also the conclusion to the Gene Nation storyline, which was apparently a soft crossover with Generation X. I'm missing those chapters, but we open with the two teams playing a sport they apparently invented called Fashion Victim Baseball.
The game is interrupted when Colossus shows up with (a fully armored?) Callisto.
When Callisto wakes up, she tells the X-Men about Gene Nation.
The guy with the yellow costume and see-through gut windows in Callisto's hologram will turn out to not be a member of Gene Nation; he's called Ever and he'll later been seen with Havok's Brotherhood.
Today is the anniversary of the Mutant Massacre, and Gene Nation intend to kill a human for every Morlock killed during that event. Callisto leads the X-Men to Gene Nation while passive-aggressively blaming Storm for the Massacre (until Colossus puts a stop to it while also quasi-apologizing for blaming Professor X for his sister's death).
Hemmingway (aka Pain) looks exactly like he did in Callisto's hologram, but Callisto is amazed at how he's further mutated.
Storm winds up in a duel with Marrow (Gotta love Storm's "Pa! She's cheatin'").
Storm is forced to kill Marrow because there was a bomb in her body.
Callisto then takes custody of the rest of Gene Nation.
Callisto does not, in fact, look older.
Meanwhile, Rogue and Iceman are still on their roadtrip. Rogue calls Gambit and says they're headed to Seattle, which sends Gambit into a panic. Gambit heads to Seattle too, and we see that Mr. Sinister is keeping tabs on him via Threnody.
It seems that Storm killing Marrow was an editorial decree and one that Lobdell struggled to execute in a way that made sense. I won't say that he succeeded but at least there's a "reason" for the dumb idea.
I've been reading Paul O'Brien's old X-Axis reviews (via Wayback Machine) to make sure i'm not missing the implications of anything as i go through these (since i'm not reading a lot of the surrounding books) and it's funny how often what happens here gets reversed or doesn't make sense:
[Callisto] also claims that Gene Nation were "testing" the X-Men in their previous encounters, which seems implausible given that the X-Men just stumbled across them. And she claims that Gene Nation are "renegade Morlocks", which is shown to be untrue in the Storm miniseries, where they are shown as close allies of Mikhail Rasputin.
Basically we're all just getting strung along as Lobdell makes up stuff as he goes.
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after X-Men #44 and Generation X #6.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAngel, Banshee, Beast, Bishop, Callisto, Cannonball, Claudette St. Croix, Colossus, Cyclops, Gambit, Iceman, Jean Grey, Jubilee, Marrow, Mr. Sinister, Nicole St. Croix, Pain (Morlock), Psylocke, Reverb, Rogue, Sack, Skin, Storm, Threnody, Vessel, Wolverine
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