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X-Men #98 (1976, April)

December 16, 2012

I’m at my mom’s for Christmas break now. So if my update schedule gets weird, that’s why. Anyway, today’s issue is titled, Merry Christmas, X-Men – The Sentinels Have Returned!”

Merry Christmas, X-Men - The Sentinels Have Returned!

Nice cover.

The X-Men are in New York for Christmas. Kurt and Peter follow some ladies (Amanda Sefton being one of them; she would become a notable character later on), Banshee and Moira go off sight-seeing, Wolverine and Storm I guess do their own things. We also learn that the new team has apparently been together nearly a year. Jean shuts him up with a kiss, much to the conternation of Stan and Jack (cute cameo, even if there was no way Sta and Jack would’ve been hanging out with each other back then). The good times don’t last, as two Sentinels rip off the roof. Jean and Scott wreck one, but the other grabs her and blasts him. Scott isn’t quite dead, but the Sentinel taking off damages the building, and Scott almost dies. He’s hanging on to a radio mast, but can’t move. It  cuts back a couple minutes, to when the first Sentinel’s wreckage hit the streets. Banshee and Wolverine fly off to help, Storm follows and sees Scott dangling. Scott tells her he saw Banshee and Wolverine plucked out of the sky by a bunch of them. Another Sentinel shows up to kill Scott, but Storm whips up a hurricane to blow it up.

We cut to earlier that day, where Xavier was out on a small yacht (the “Dejah Thoris”) with Peter Corbeau, talking about his dreams. A Sentinel shows up, and Xavier manages to hurt it with a mental blast. He still gets captured, though.

Cut to four days later, where Steven Lang is gloating to the captured X-Men. A technician mentions that Wolverine’s readings are different from the others, and wonders if he’s a mutant. (This was supposed to be part of an eventual reveal that Wolverine was actually a mutated wolverine, one of the High Evolutionary’s experiments. This idea was dropped, though it would be recycled for Spider-Woman, before being retconned away.) Jean calls Lang a Nazi and argues with him for a bit, and he eventually backhands her. Wolverine doesn’t take kindly to this. He pops his claws and breaks out of his shackles. He scraps a Sentinel and frees the other. Banshee’s shocked to learn Wolverine’s claws are a part of him. Jean is annoyed at how short he tears her dress. The three of them fight through some more Sentinels, and are making their mistake, with banshee carrying them, when his sonic scream suddenly goes silent. Back at the Mansion, Cyclops is scanning for the missing X-Men, when Corbeau shows up. Corbeau realizes the Sentinels arn’t on Earth, and we see the three X-Men drifting in space.

This is a great issue, and it’s where the series fully came together, I think. The N’Garai issue was kinda silly, but this one was solid. Great characterization, good dialogue, a cool story – it’s all good, and it stays good going forward. This arc also leads into the Phoenix Saga, the first of Claremont’s countless epic storylines. This issue is really where Claremont’s long run truly begins.

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3 Comments
  1. Hamburger Time permalink

    Huh. Didn’t know Steven Lang showed up this early. He always seemed decidedly ’90s to me.

    Also, random thought unrelated to this post, but could Legion’s sudden random Scottishness possibly be due to the Moira personality that rewrote reality in Age of X?

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