Friday, 22 March 2013

Uncanny X-Men #248: They Keep Losing X-Men

Uncanny X-Men #248 sets up the Reavers as an alliance consisting of people who have a grudge against the X-Men and Wolverine: that is original reavers plus Donald Pierce, Lady Deathstrike and those three guys who had originally been Hellfire Club minions.

Headcount: Wolverine is off on a solo series. Rogue went through the Siege Perilous in #247 and hasn't been seen since (she'll make only two more appearances until 1991). Longshot leaves in this issue, and won't appear again until Chris Claremont leaves. The X-Men are down to a mere five: Storm, Colossus, Dazzler, Psylocke and Havok: the smallest that team has been since the 1960s.

So, since the Reavers wish to attack Wolverine, and he's not around at the moment, they wait and watch as as Nanny and the Orphan-Maker attack the X-Men. This results in some transient de-aging, and a dead Storm, which I am going to be enormously cynical about and will therefore predict will not last very long. Four X-Men! X-Factor outnumber them! All in all, this Australian trip is proving to be a bit of a disaster. No wonder they don't like to talk about it much.

1 comment:

  1. the smallest that team has been since the 1960s.

    Technically, they were down to four when Wolverine and Kitty were off having their adventure in their own limited series (unless you count Xavier as a fifth member) and then down to three/four when Storm lost her powers and left. Not that Wolverine and Kitty didn't return shortly thereafter, of course.