Saturday, 16 February 2013

Uncanny X-Men #232-#234: The Temptation of Madelyne Pryor-Summers

Uncanny X-Men #232-#234 has as its main action plot a Brood infiltration of planet Earth, starting in Denver, which the X-Men must prevent. This is rather a delayed follow-up to Havok and Polaris finding a Starshark in #218, over a year ago now. You'll be unsurprised to learn that they defeat the Brood invasion. The Brood are an odd fit for this storyline: they're usually more for the mass eating rather than the deep cover work we would expect from Skrulls. This all intersects with William Connover, a reverend who they rescue from the Brood, and is depicted as sympathising with the mutants, throwing the entire weight of his church behind them. This mirrors contemporary religious attitudes towards LGBT issues, where the more progressive groups were starting to "come out", as it were.

Meanwhile, Madelyne has been left in Australia. She catches a news interview with Cyclops and Marvel Girl in X-Factor costumes. She recognises Scott immediately, and then realises who that other person must be. Suddenly it all clicks. In that instant she understands why Scott left her. But little Baby X is still a concern. Where is he? S'ym has an offer to make.

Incidentally, I refuse to believe that the use of the name Harry Palmer, coming in a year when a cinema depicted in London was showing "The IPCRESS File", is a coincidence.

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