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Fallen Angels #7 (1987, October)

March 6, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Today, by Duffy, Gammill, Palmer, Scotese and Oakley, “Triple Cross.”

Triple Cross

Look at the massive shoulder pads on Boom-Boom’s coat. So very ’80s.

We start with Chance ready to fight for her life. Ariel’s people want to . . . give her a makeover. Horrors. Ariel is helping Warlock and Bobby pick out some new clothes, which look . . . not great. They hear Chance screaming, and rush to help her. When they find her, Bobby laughs at her freaking out over a makeover. Bobby’s a dick. Some girls don’t like make-up and fancy clothes, Bobby. And I’m pretty sure most women don’t like having that stuff pushed on them against their wills. So Chance doesn’t like getting new clothes. Doesn’t mean she’s not a “normal” girl, whatever that means, you misogynistic jerk! Ariel sticks up for Chance, at least, telling them not to laugh at her.

Then Bobby says her freak-out was “feminine weakness.” Dude. Bobby. Bobby. No. See, this is why he should never be let out of Dani’s sight for too long. She would beat his ass for a comment like that. Luckily, Boom-Boom overheard it, and offers to punish him. She tells him how good he looks and slaps his ass.

Fallen Angels #7

Shouldn’t have had that second helping of beans, Bobby.

He’s kind of a sexist dick in these opening scenes, honestly. He brought this on himself. He almost lashes out, but then remembers how he hurt Sam, which kicked off this entire thing, and he manages to walk away. Chance starts to feel bad, but Ariel said he had it coming, and Boom-Boom agrees.

Fallen Angels #7

“Who needs us?” is a great line.

Chance and Ariel quickly convince Boom-Boom that she’s invaluable, and not to tell the others, or even remember the conversation. Ariel reveals that the ability to con people runs in her family, and the Ariel character from Shakespeare’s The Tempest was one of her relatives. Siryn and Madrox show up to say the Vanisher has called a meeting, so they all go through a door to teleport to him, except they accidentally leave Boom-Boom behind. She gets annoyed and blows up the door, and a guy who sees her gets really excited. He says the Coconut Grove values mutants, but they haven’t had any for millions of years.

At the apartment where the Fallen Angels meet, Bill is wearing big glasses. This is important.

Fallen Angels #7

His emoji seems unimpressed.

Ariel talks about how great mutants are, and Madrox says the mini-Cerebro is getting a reading from her. She says it’s probably defective. He has Siryn give a small reading, and she loses control of her power, right when Jamie gets a reading from Chance.

Some of Ariel’s people show up, saying they have to take the Angels in. Ariel tries to convince them to go, but Bobby refuses. No one’s powers are working (and there’s another reading from Chance!). Gomi says that Chance, who’s going through puberty, is developing a mutant power. One that allows her to mess with mutant abilities.

Everyone’s subdued, including Chance. Ariel wants Chance released, but the leader of the society refuses, saying they need all the mutants they can get for their research. That ends up including Ariel, herself.

This is great stuff. We finally find out why Ariel and Chance were gathering mutants, and we get confirmation about Ariel and Chance being mutants, themselves. It became obvious a while ago that they were mutants, and what their powers were. It’s well-handled. Bobby is a dick early in the issue, but he does get over it. One criticism I will bring up is that, with the cast as large as it is, few characters get much focus. Ariel and Chance are major characters here, and Bobby gets some attention. And Boom-Boom is Boom-Boom, of course. She can’t help but steal any scene she’s in. But Siryn, Madrox, Vanisher, Gomi, Bill, Warlock, Devil and Moon-Boy don’t get much to do here. Devil and Moon-Boy did little throughout this series, really, and I’m not sure they were necessary. Ah, well.

There’s a lot of humour in this issue. But there’s also a ton of drama. And both are done really well. The art is also excellent. Gammill does a great job. Though, funnily enough, I think this series would have been a perfect project for Bret Blevins. I think his goofy cartoonishness would’ve really fit perfectly. Still, Gammill’s great. He does a good job with both the comedy and the drama. On the downside, he doesn’t do the final issue. This series changed line artists too often, probably. It was only 8 issues, but it sometimes felt like a different guy drew each issue. (It actually only had 3 line artists, but still. Three artists for 8 issues is weird.)

Just the same, it’s a great comic.

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