Sunday, 26 June 2011

UXM #23: "To Save A City"

("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")


The evidence building up in favour of Xavier being a dickwad is really building up at this point. After setting a lunatic robot on his charges last issue, and having a childish strop about not being able to go skipping through the daffodils alongside them, he removes their ability to psychically contact him without so much as a by-your-leave.  Obviously, I get why he wants his legs back (even temporarily) ASAP, but you'd send out a mental note or something, wouldn't you? When I can't be disturbed for any reason, I let my girlfriend know ahead of time.  And she hasn't been attacked by super-villains even once.  A goose chased her a few months ago, but that's about it.

It's oddly comforting that even in a universe as chaotic and magical as Marvel's, the first assumption the US government will make following an attack on Washington is that the Russkies are responsible.

I wish I had a scanner.  On page 7 Plantman is either sporting the world's largest bow-tie, or grown his moustache out to Dali length and General Melchett width, and I could do with a second opinion.

Thank God for those "special, large-denomination certificates... redeemable in gold anywhere in the world", huh?


This issue follows on directly from the previous one, and takes place over one day.

Well, that's that settled, then.  We're in June, as we learn from a nameless man in the street. Given that the Sentinels story was clearly set before winter, and the latest Magneto hijinks took place against a backdrop of barren trees, there's not really any point in revising too many of the previous dates.  We'll just bring forward last issue, and leave it at that.

Divided -- We Fall!: Thursday 31st of May to Friday 1st of June, 1979


Friday 1st of June, 1979.



Compression Constant

1 Marvel year = 2.49 standard years.

(Iceman is 35 years old.)

"Wait'll I put the ice-cold kibosh
 on that slippery eel!

Contemporary Events

Ian Smith stands down as the last Prime Minister of Rhodesia, and is replaced by Abel Muzorewa, first Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia.

Standout Line

"You didn't enlist to understand, corporal!  Just duck in that tank and fire!"  From mocking anti-Communist fanatics, X-Men happily pours scorn on the US military.  This book is Sarah Palin's worst nightmare.

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