Characters Appearing: Boom Boom, Cable (Adult), Cannonball, Domino, Empath, Husk, Karma, Magma, Mirage (Dani Moonstar), Rictor, Shatterstar, Siryn, Warpath
Issue(s): X-Force #34
Frankly, i'm happier with that than anything else it might have been. Moonstar still refuses to tell X-Force why she's been working with the MLF, though. Also, her powers have mutated further.
This begins in the immediate aftermath of the Child's Play crossover and there are several new people around. Moonstar leaves. Paige Guthrie tells Cable that she wants to go to Professor X for training. Magma and Empath end their "relationship". Empath leaves, saying that Magma was his "last hope for redemption" (i.e. he's threatening to become a villain again). Magma accepts help from Siryn and Warpath to search for her real family. And Karma... well, Moonstar does say that Karma's "method of making decisions [is] completely avoiding them". So it probably shouldn't be a surprise that she disappears without a word and won't appear again until the Beast's 1997 series.
As for the main plot of this issue, it seems like an unnecessary delve into the revelation that Stryfe, not Cable, killed Rictor's father. That was already hinted at in the Cable miniseries and confirmed in X-Force #25, and that's all i really needed to know about that. All i really care about Rictor's past is that he was captured and tortured by the anti-mutant group The Right after his powers first manifested and he destroyed a city in Mexico. The fact that someone killed his father wraps up the need to bring in unnecessary background characters for him. The rest of his family could have been killed in the earthquake or just... who cares? That's plenty background for a team character; let him interact with teammates or make new friends to develop the character.
But this issue has Rictor going to Mexico to meet his cartoonish family of criminals.
Like a gun-running version of the Addams Family.
Rictor brings Cable and Domino with him and is slow to explain the whole clone thing to everyone so they get into a big pointless fight.
And WTF is a "liquid slide"? Wait, don't tell me.
We also get an extended flashback of the scene with Stryfe killing Rictor's dad.
Rictor eventually goes back with Cable and Domino, deciding he didn't like his family much anyway.
The trigger for Rictor going to his family is a report on the news on Mexican television, which Rictor is alerted to by Shatterstar. During Rictor's conversation with Shatterstar, Shatterstar mentions being grown in a vat.
As Michael notes in the comments, this seemingly contradicts the implication in X-Factor annual #7 and X-Men #11 that Longshot and Dazzler are Shattershot's parents (but keep reading the comments for the twists and turns on that idea).
Quality Rating: D
Chronological Placement Considerations: The "Younghunt" (last issue and New Warriors #46) ended only "hours" ago.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I actually liked this issue. We really got a sense of how awful it was for Rictor to grow up in a family of arms dealers and how desperately he wanted to be something better. Plus, we got a deepening of Rictor's and Shatterstar's friendship.
Posted by: Michael | October 17, 2017 7:54 PM
Doesn't Jean Grey detect that Dazzler somehow lost her baby before it came to term at one point? It’s still possible that Shatterstar is that missing fetus... Mojo is twisted enough to pull something like that.
Posted by: Jay Demetrick | October 17, 2017 9:06 PM
PAD explained it- the time travelling Rictor and Shatterstar took the baby, erased Dazzler's memories and dropped it off with the people who raised Shatterstar. The boy grew up to be Shatterstar and Longshot was cloned from Shatterstar. So basically, Shatterstar's his own grandfather.
Posted by: Michael | October 17, 2017 9:24 PM
@Michael - Wait, what?!? Oh, man, sounds like PAD loves that wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff just as much as Doctor Who. But it is good to know that someone eventually resolved the incomprehensibly tangled mess that Shatterstar's origin had become.
Posted by: Ben Herman | October 18, 2017 12:40 PM
Wasn’t it revealed in an annual that Dani joined the MLF as part of an undercover SHIELD assignment?
Posted by: Matt | January 24, 2018 6:34 AM
Sort of. The Annual revealed she was undercover, and a later story revealed she was undercover for SHIELD.
Posted by: Michael | January 24, 2018 8:04 AM
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