Wednesday, 14 August 2013

X-Men Re-read: Uncanny X-Men: The Extremists

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The Great X-Men Re-read

Uncanny X-Men: The Extremists

Collects: Uncanny X-Men #487-491
Writer(s): Ed Brubaker
Penciller(s): Salvador Larroca

In which we explore the effects that the fallout from House of M (M-Day) have had on the Morlocks (the disfigured mutants who live under the sewers of NYC.

Quick Synopsis
Core Cast: Hepzibah, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Storm, Warpath

Caliban escapes from Masque and the Morlocks (including longtime ally of the X-Men Skids) as they kidnap Leech. Back at Xavier's, there are some nice moments between Warpath and Hepzibah as the later adjusts to life on earth.

Storm, Hepzibah and Warpath head to sewers to track down Leech, there are some nice touches to Storm's claustrophobia. They find a room full of precogantive writings that it is revealed that Masque has put into a book and is treating them as instructions to bring the future to pass that is written within.

The Morlocks are trying to get the book to Magneto and are using terrorist attacks to draw him out, such as putting a busload of people to sleep and letting Masque mutate them.

Skids is revealed to be an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it all comes to ahead as Masque is about to kill every person in a church, but is defeated by the X-Men. Skids takes the book, seemingly to S.H.I.E.L.D., but in a last page twist presents it to Magneto who hints at still being powered.

And thus, the pieces are arranged in Uncanny X-Men ready for Messiah CompleX.

Best Bit
Either Skids being revealed as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Magneto's cameo at the end.

Final Words
It's a good story, but has too many similarities in the McGuffin to Blinded by the Light which was published at the same (Destiny's Diaries vs Masques book).

8 / 10

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