Issue(s): X-Force #31
Banshee and Black Tom both competed for the love of a woman named Maeve Rourke, and Banshee married her. "No one" was aware that Banshee was an Interpol agent or a mutant, but his duties with Interpol kept him away from home for months at a time. During one of those missions, Maeve had Siryn and then died (how she died is unspecified here). So Tom raised Siryn (Siryn says that Tom is Banshee's cousin, but she nonetheless calls him uncle). When Banshee returned and discovered that his wife was dead, he took his anger out on Tom before Tom could tell him about Siryn. Tom's leg was broken thanks to Banshee's attack, requiring him to use what became his signature cane.
After the attack, Tom decided to keep Siryn a secret. Acting as an Interpol agent, Banshee later arrested Tom for illegal activities. Siryn was away at a boarding school at the time. Tom met the Juggernaut in prison.
Letting Siryn believe that she was an orphan is what gave Siryn her emotional problems that have driven her to drinking. She began at school, and it got worse when she learned that her "uncle" was involved in illegal black marketeering.
In the present day, Black Tom is on the run from the police due to having attacked his family lawyer last issue. We learn that the process that turned him into a tree wasn't complete when Juggernaut "rescued" him, which is why his body and mind are now deteriorating. Between that and the fact that Siryn thinks that Tom might never have turned to illegal activities if he wasn't burdened with raising her, Siryn wants leniency for Tom.
We learn a lot of all the above thanks to a reporter and childhood friend of Siryn, Kelvin Doneghann, who has conversations with Warpath and Juggernaut. Warpath gets Juggernaut to agree to get Tom to turn himself in to Interpol and/or SHIELD, where he'll serve time but also get treatment. Doneghann thinks that a reckoning between Siryn and Tom will resolve both their problems. They arrange for Tom to meet Siryn at Maeve's grave.
Tom agrees to turn himself in, and Siryn quits drinking.
Juggernaut is allowed to walk, despite being as wanted as Black Tom, and even though Juggernaut says that he can always spring Tom if he wanted to. Juggernaut also tells Warpath that once Siryn quits drinking she may not "need" Warpath anymore, but Warpath is willing to accept that risk.
The story is no Demon In A Bottle, but it's a decent character driven story.
Statement of Ownership Total Paid Circulation: Average of Past 12 months = 572,892. Single issue closest to filing date = 409,300.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: Last issue we saw Siryn and Warpath deciding to go to Ireland, and Black Tom and Juggernaut returning to their Irish castle (and attacking their lawyer when they arrived; in this issue it's said that the lawyer didn't die). It's said in this issue that Siryn and Warpath have been in Ireland for two weeks (and they didn't necessarily leave for Ireland the moment after they decided last issue). Next issue will show Siryn and Warpath in Kentucky and Siryn will say that she saw her mom's grave in Ireland a week ago.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBlack Tom, Juggernaut, Siryn, Warpath
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