Characters Appearing: Angel, Apocalypse, Avalanche, Beast, Cannonball, Carly Alvarez, Cyclops, Gambit, Graydon Creed, Iceman, J. Jonah Jameson, Jean Grey, Joseph, Ozymandias, Psylocke, Pyro, Quicksilver, Storm, Wolverine
Uncanny X-Men #338
Issue(s): Uncanny X-Men #338
I'm sure literally no one cares, but the credits keep going back between Mark Powers being an Associate Editor and Bob Harras being Editor to Powers being listed as the Editor and Harras the EiC. I'm also sure their roles weren't actually changing between issues, but i'm listing them as they're presented.
Angel is molting, and Ozymandius shows up to tell him it's Apocalypse's doing.
As far as i can tell, nothing ever comes of this. Seems like Apocalypse is handing out gifts with no strings attached. Maybe Cable should have accepted his offer to cure the technovirus in Cable #35 after all.
Meanwhile, the X-Men are using the Danger Room to try to remind Joseph of his past. At the end of that session Psylocke tears right through the dang comic book.
I guess she's meant to be teleporting via shadows? It's a post Crimson Dawn thing. And her surprise that the X-Men are surprised is a sign that something's wrong. Psylocke then shows the X-Men the feather that she found in X-Men #57. Angel himself is missing, having been mysteriously drawn to a church where Pyro is nervous about a woman.
The rest of the X-Men use Cerebro to track down Angel. They get into a fight with Pyro.
Maybe this is nitpicky, but the first time Pyro met (the real) Magneto was when he went to arrest him in Uncanny X-Men #199. Pyro's incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants had at best a tenuous connection to the original thanks to the Blob (who wasn't even a main member of the original team).
Not that it matters (because nothing about Joseph matters) but showing Joseph footage of his own self seems to have made him more aggressive, to the point where Wolverine of all people steps in to stop him. Or maybe Wolverine is just jumping the gun here.
Anyway, Pyro makes vague hints that its seems were meant to set up a Days of Future Past-like storyline where Mystique and the Brotherhood try to kill Graydon Creed.
But that was supposed to happen in X-Factor and that story got derailed, making all of this is meaningless. Pyro's dialogue really is a master class in how to drop seemingly important clues without actually saying anything. It's also not explained how Angel was drawn to this place; maybe it was secretly Apocalypse for some reason?
Pyro is (once again!) seemingly killed by an effect that suspiciously looks a lot like Avalanche's power.
Meanwhile, Iceman and Cannonball have infiltrated Graydon Creed's campaign, using some really clever aliases.
Guthry with a Y. They'll never guess! The woman is Carly Alvarez, who falls into that category of characters that i have to tag because they're named and recurring, but who never actually do anything.
J. Jonah Jameson is also at the campaign, doing his journalism.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Apocalypse does not appear in this story but per Ozymandias he is causing Angel's wings to regrow, and that counts as a strong behind-the-scenes appearance. Psylocke found one of Angel's feathers in X-Men #57, so that either takes place concurrently with this issue or he started shedding feathers before the full molt at the start of this issue. Takes place before X-Men #58.
Pyro seemingly died in Daredevil #355 but that's not addressed here. Daredevil #358 takes place in the aftermath of Onslaught so it doesn't really make sense to try to push #355 forward. It's not like we saw the body, i guess.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
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