Sunday, 30 September 2012

Uncanny X-Men #143: Rite of Passage

Uncanny X-Men #143 turns its attention to the new girl. Ordinarily an issue doing this ought to be a good idea. However, this isn't just Kitty-centric, it's a solo story, with her fighting the monsters alone for page after page. At this point I'd rather be finding more about how she interacts with the team - but then I'm not reading this for the punching. The N'Garai demons aren't Claremont and Cockrums's best invention, either, and their appearance here is more or less random. I believe this is the first time that the Danger Room gets trashed, something that will become a staple.

This issue is the first to establish that Kitty is Jewish. I wonder if this was always the plan. "Katherine" is a saint name, but that's no impediment.

At the end we find out there have been some "gruesome murders" in Salem Center, which oddly appears to be a throwaway to delay the X-Men arriving back at the mansion, rather than a plot point worthy of investigation.

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