Friday, 3 August 2012

X-Men #46: The End

X-Men #46 starts with our team having some time to grieve for Professor X - something that they had not been allowed to by the return of Magneto (er, despite them having a funeral for him). Amos Duncan turns up. We'd met him way back in issue #2, as the X-Men's liaison with the government, but he'd been most recently reintroduced in that role in the Origin of Cyclops backup strip. His first name does seem to have changed from "Fred", though.

They retire to the school, only to find Foggy Nelson (Daredevil's law partner, and therefore lawyer to everyone in the Marvel universe) there, with Xavier's legal will. It sets up a trust to continue the work of the school, with Scott in charge, and his personal belongings are divided between the five.

He's also left a lot of science stuff to them, equipment and projects. One of these is the ongoing imprisonment of Juggernaut, which breaks down in his absence. The escaped Juggernaut vows revenge on his half-brother, and pledges to kill him. The X-Men tell him the bad news, which he wisely refuses to believe until he sees the actual gravestone (although this being the Marvel universe I'm not even sure what the point of that is). The day is saved by Jean, using the telepathy that she'd been taught in those last days, and Xavier's machine kicking in again to teleport Marko back to the Crimson Cosmos.

When all these interruptions have passed, Agent Duncan finally gets to spill why he's there. Now that Xavier is dead, he is ordering the X-Men to break up - they present too large a target otherwise, and can fight evil mutants more efficiently when dispersed. Hank points out how ridiculously unconstitutional this is, but Scott decides to go along with it, and he reckons that's what Xavier would have wanted (despite Xavier's will containing no such stuff). Again, we'll see how long that lasts...

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