Issue(s): X-Force #33
Fitzroy still needs to drain energy from someone to open a portal, but Cable tricks him into touching his techno-organic arm, causing a feedback loop that results in Fitzroy draining his own energy.
X-Force then jump through the portal. Paige Guthrie follows, making a weird "SHUKKTHkretch" noise as she activates her mutant power.
Meanwhile, Justice delivers Firestar to the Gamesmaster. But the Gamesmaster reveals that he knows that Shinobi Shaw is scheming against the Gamesmaster and that Justice is scheming against Shinobi.
The other New Warriors are investigating Graydon Creed after his Tribunals attacked them in the last chapter. They force Creed to tell them where the Upstarts' captives are being held. He points them to Shinobi Shaw's headquarters. Shinobi gets an assurance from Cable that X-Force will leave him alone, and then gives them the Gamesmaster's location. Shinobi says he's done with the Upstarts. We also see that his apartment is infested with mechanical bugs.
Before X-Force arrives, we see Karma, one of the Gamesmaster's captives, waking up. It turns out that when Siena Blaze captured her in the last chapter, it was really a ruse. Karma had possessed Blaze. Karma frees the other prisoners, but their freedom is short-lived. A now-unpossessed Siena Blaze returns and knocks out all the prisoners again with an explosion.
I should also note that there continues to be a minor mystery around Moonstar, who is wearing a mask but otherwise seems to be Dani Moonstar. Cannonball tries to get answers from Moonstar during their brief freedom, but Karma convinces him that now isn't a good time (and then they are knocked out by Blaze).
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part three of Child's Play. It continues in New Warriors #45.
Crossover: Child's Play
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBantam (XSE), Boom Boom, Cable (Adult), Cannonball, Domino, Empath, Firestar, Gamesmaster, Graydon Creed, Husk, Justice, Karma, Lucinda Guthrie, Magma, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Namorita, Nova (Rich Rider), Rage, Rictor, Shatterstar, Shinobi Shaw, Silhouette, Siryn, Speedball, Trevor Fitzroy, Warpath
This issue came out three weeks late.
Posted by: Michael | October 4, 2017 10:32 PM
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