[One Man’s Worth] Amazing X-men #1


The humans are gathering in Maine because word has spread that they may be able to escape America thanks to the plans of the Human High Council.  Unfortunately for them, Apocalypse’s forces are always watching.


Copycat pretends to be one of them in order to gain some information on the coming rescue, and reports back to her team.


But the humans still have a small glimmer of hope thanks to the X-men, who plan to hijack a sentinel and import him with a virus that will see them as friendlies and therefore allow them to aid in the rescue.  This portion of the team is made up of Quicksilver, Storm, Iceman, and Banshee, who we’ve seen to varying degrees already, as well as Dazzler and Exodus making their first appearances here.


We have further proof that this version of Iceman is far more advanced than his normal counterpart in that he seems to have a way of converting other people into moisture, thereby allowing him to freeze them and transport them from place to place.  I can’t imagine why they never tried to bring that into the main universe.  However we don’t get to see an example of how this works now because Magneto reveals to Exodus that he in fact has the ability to teleport people and he should use that now.  Despite having never done it before, he brings them all exactly where he needs to be.

This is the second time that Magneto has hid someone’s powers from them, the first being Lila Cheney over in Gambit and the X-ternals.  Here he says he never told Exodus because he was afraid his powers would corrupt him.  I guess this is all supposed to be a reference to how Exodus acts in the main timeline, but as it is it’s quite silly.

Storm heads out to the ocean and brings up a hurricane to try to mask the oncoming sentinels from Apocalypse’s forces.  It’s difficult, and we’re told Storm does something she normally doesn’t do – pray.  Then she says “thank the goddess” not long after.  I guess the situation is getting her in touch with her religious side?

Storm’s interference works and the Sentinels show up.  The X-men enact their plan to hack into the sentinels, and while they at first think it works, a sentinel then completely obliterates Iceman.


But hey, no worries, remember Checkov’s Iceman’s special ability? The characters assure us he can rebuild himself even from that state.  As they ponder why their hacking didn’t work, it is immediately explained to them by this world’s version of the Brotherhood.


Their programming was switched so that the Brotherhood is protected from the Sentinels while the X-men are still seen as foes.

This issue is pretty firmly average. We’ve got a decent amount of set up, but not much else. We have conflicting writing, where they keep trying to present Storm as someone different from her main timeline counterpart, but then have her use her same religious catchphrase that completely contradicts that. The misdirect is well handled, and Iceman being destroyed did shock me initially, but having it all solved so quickly kind of spoils the suspense.

[One Man’s Worth] Weapon X #1

The last we saw of Logan and Jean, they had just brought some information from Sinister to the Human High Council in England, informing them that Apocalypse intended to betray their truce.


Their reward for their efforts is to be sent on a rather dangerous mission to try to penetrate the Atlantic Sea Wall and take out its control center.


Apocalypse’s goons call in Havok to help fight them off.


Their fight is really just there to grant us a bit of exposition.  We find out that Logan lost his hand to Cyclops while rescuing Jean from Apocalypse’s camps and he took out one of Cyclops’ eyes in revenge.  Havok throws a lot of nasty words at Jean and Logan pounds him for it.


Their battle is interrupted by dozens upon dozens of sentinels being launched, and a footnote assures us we’ll find out what that’s all about next time in Amazing X-men #1.

Meanwhile Cyclops informs Apocalypse of Sinister’s defection while Beast interrupts to let them know that Havok fused with a sentinel hand when he was teleported out, and this dark version of Beast is about to gleefully use a bonesaw to free him.


It’s a quick little moment but it’s also pretty twisted and amusing.  Of course it may just be that any temporary reprieve from Logan hates Scott and Scott hates Logan is always welcome with me after so many years of following the X-men.  Like so many other men in a love triangle, you just want these two to kiss and make out already.

But for now, Logan is making out with Jean instead.  And while doing so he assures us that he loves her completely, though he worries that she only cares for him because he rescued her.  For what it’s worth, I like the chemistry and partnership the two of them have going on in this issue. They seem good for each other in this crazy world they are living in.

Once they’re done kissing they rejoin the human high council which at this point is shown to contain Mariko Yashida and Brian Braddock besides Emma Frost, and Moira and Bolivar Trask.  I think there were some errors in the art here, as it seems like Braddock wants to let Mariko talk, and then strongly disagrees with her shortly afterward.  Regardless, some of the humans want to give peace a chance, but Brian does not.


Their discussion is interrupted with a loud THROOM when Magma drops in on them to attack.  Despite the fact that they don’t truly trust him, Logan kills her to protect the council.

Why Wolverine is so popular in one easy page: He dispatches an enemy with little effort and then shrugs off the fact that his entire arm is on fire.

However she assures him that she won’t be the last mutant they see, and that Apocalypse is determined to kill them all.  Brian says this proves his point, and that they have no choice but to launch a nuclear strike on America aka Apocalypse’s territory.

The art in this issue seems a little sloppy to me over all, and when I looked at the credits, I noticed it said “Adam Kubert – breakdowns, Karl Kesel, Dan Green, Chris Warner – finishes” so I guess that means they were a bit pressed for time on finishing this one.  As such I won’t be too harsh.  There’s not a whole lot happening here, and I had to go back and review a few moments to see just what was going on exactly.  But I do like that Logan and Jean’s relationship shines through as something positive amongst the mess.

Next time I’ll be covering Amazing X-men #1