[One Man’s Worth] Gambit & the X-ternals #2


When we last left our heroes, they were hitching a ride through space thanks to Lila Cheney’s teleportation powers.  They end up in the Shi’ar galaxy, staring down the Imperial Guard.  Their leader Gladiator tells them to surrender, but Gambit chooses to run.  The Guard pursue them, but after a brief scuffle that involves Gladiator hitting Strong Guy with a huge boulder and Strong Guy responding by punching him out of the atmosphere, they manage to escape.

They don’t make it far into the forest though until they are taken prisoner by the plants.  That’s right, on this planet the plants are sentient.  I was kind of hoping this might be the planet that the Dark Phoenix destroyed in the main timeline, but apparently not.  A half shi’ar alien who was been exiled on the planet finds the heroes and explains to them what is going on.  In this reality, D’Ken came to power, overthrowing Deathbird and killing Lilandra, therefore leaving him free to abuse the M’Kraan crystal’s powers as he chose since Lilandra couldn’t call upon the Professor for help.  As such the crystal is going haywire and occasionally blinking planets out of existence, and the one they are currently on is next.

This bout of exposition is interrupted by the Imperial Guard, who have been led here by Rictor, who hitched a ride with the X-ternals.  But they don’t truly have time to fight before the world starts turning to crystal.  Lila can’t tap into her power again, so it would seem like things are hopeless.  But fortunately the Starjammers save them in the nick of time, and in this reality they are led by Deathbird.  She tells them that the crystal is much more than they ever imagined, and it wants their help to fix what’s going wrong.

Then Gambit rips some wires out of a console on the ship for no good reason.  I have no idea.

I enjoyed the change of scenery after so much apocalyptic bleak landscapes I’ve been subjected to in the other series, but this issue did have its problems.  Jubilee’s sarcasm is cranked up to 11, to the point where even I can’t enjoy it anymore.  Lila starts the first half of the issue naked, then magically gets a costume that couldn’t have possibly been given to her by the alien, so was it and its bulky belt and headband hiding in Gambit’s purse?  And then there’s that last bit of Gambit seemingly trashing a ship he just got rescued by.  It’s there mostly so he can raise the wires charged with kinetic energy over his head while he proudly proclaims that he’s going to save the universe.  You want to draw something cool, I get it, but it should really make sense in some way.  If I was Deathbird I’d drop him off in the vacuum of space for doing that.

[One Man’s Worth] Weapon X #2


Logan finds Jean trying to help the humans who have ridden across the atlantic on sentinels into Europe.  Unfortunately, two of Apocalypse’s followers, Box and Copycat, have also snuck in among them and start shooting like crazy.  Logan takes them down, but Jean doesn’t want him to kill.  It seems the two of them are starting to grow apart.

Logan heads over to give the high council information, but he’s stopped by Mariko.  They hint at their past and briefly tease us by reminding us of their history in the main reality before she tells him she does not trust Brian Braddock.  They are interrupted by an explosion as yet another terrorist group is attacking, this time a group of altered humans who in the main reality make up the Reavers.  I have no idea where they got an airship from or why this is suddenly a steampunk world, but regardless Logan decides to jump into the flames and hope his healing factor will keep him alive long enough to take the Reavers down.

He manages to do just that, even with all the hair burned off his head (and isn’t it interesting that his pants don’t burn up like his shirt does?), but as he’s done he hears Jean telepathically telling him goodbye.  She’s making her way back to America to warn them about how the Human High Council plans to blow it all sky high.  He manages to catch up to her before she takes off, but she tells him he’ll have to kill her if he wants to stop her, and we all know he can’t do that.  Well, unless she’s the Phoenix in a movie we don’t want to talk about.

This is an extremely quick issue.  I guess because it’s primarily action and not much else.  The Mariko bit feels completely unnecessary, but otherwise its paced fairly well.  I like that it hints at a past between Logan and the Reavers without actually spelling it all out for us.  It just leaves you wondering and able to make up the reasons for yourself.  Beyond that there’s really not much to say because it’s over and done so quickly.