X-Men #122 (1979, June)
So I made it back to my mom’s house for the next week. I made sure to bring comics to review, of course. For example, today’s story, titled “Cry for the Children!”
The X-Men are finally back home, and Colossus is in the Danger Room. He’s straining against a hydraulic press, while Cyclops and Wolverine are in the control room, talking about how he’s nowhere near the limits of his strength. Wolverine pops his claws into the control panel, then goes down to stand between the press with Colossus, forcing him to get over his doubts to stop the press. Cyclops sets Wolverine to repairing the press, then gets ready to go to the phone company with Colleen Wing. We then cut to Charles and Lilandra at her coronation, then to Scotland, where Jean bumps into Jason Wyngarde. As she returns to Muir Island with the others, she sees Wyngarde watching from the street. There’s something very odd about his shadow. And about the way he talks about her soon belonging to the Hellfire Club. That’s a bit unusual, too.
Scott and Colleen get an ice cream soda, while Ororo gets Wolverine to drop her off in Harlem. As he does his errands, he sees Mariko in the car’s side mirror, but doesn’t get the chance to talk to her. Ororo explores Harlem, disappointed at how it seems. Her father found it, despite its problems, a place of magic and life. She finds the magic gone. She visits her father’s old apartment, and finds it full of young heroin junkies. (The walls are full of graffiti, most of which, naturally, consists of the names of various people at Marvel. The kids attack her, and she summons up a hurricane to hold them back. One of them gets ready to stab her from behind, but he’s stopped by Luke Cage, who showed up with Misty Knight. Luke waxes political about society letting the kids down. Scott takes Colleen down to a train station, where she leaves for a job. But she gives him an envelope with a key to her apartment.
We then see Black Tom and Juggernaut on a plane, hiring Arcade to kill the X-Men. You know what that means! The next issue is going to be awesome!
This issue was good. I’m mildly disappointed we didn’t actually get to see the X-Men go home, but that’s not a big deal. We got a lot of nice character stuff from everyone but Nightcrawler and Banshee. Scott and Colleen pursuing a relationship was interesting, even if nothing ever came of it. Wolverine’s interest in Mariko was good. Ororo visiting her old home in Harlem was interesting. And Colossus finally getting over his doubts was nice. It was starting to get tiring. Good issue all around, even if nothing actually happened.
Also in June was Power Man and Iron Fist #57 (which takes place chronologically before this issue), by Mary Jo Duffy and Trevor Von Eedon. The previous issue ended with them encountering the Living Monolith. This issue starts in the same place. Iron Fist mentions having learned about the Monolith from Havok during a short stint with the Defenders (it lasted less than a day, in Defenders #63-65). The Monolith slaps them away and grows to leave the building. Outside, Colleen, Misty, Scott, Nightcrawler and Storm are walking down the street to visit Luke and Fist when they see the Monolith. Scott has Ororo follow him while they go check for survivors in the building the Monolith destroyed. The X-Men try to stop him, but don’t succeed. Cage and Fist end up solving it, finding out how he’s getting his power and cutting it off. It was an OK issue.