But even if I'm not going to make any cheap wise-cracks, I have to ask: why are Zelda and Vera still going out with the two of them? If I saw them constantly abruptly end double dates to head home together, I know what conclusion I'd come to: that maybe the internal network wasn't exactly as advertised.
Maybe that's why they keep going to see that shitty beat poet, Bernard. Easier to believe your date bailed because he couldn't stand that sub-Kerouac bollocks than it is to accept that he's heading off to search for Iceman's pole again (DAMMIT!)
Actually, there's a lot to love in this issue, especially considering how limp much of Thomas' era to date has been. I'm not totally sold (to put it mildly) on the idea of Xavier trying to fix Jean and Scott up , but at least it moves us on, and seeing Scott and Warren bury the hatchet and decide to actually tell Jean how they feel is a long-overdue development. Admittedly, it doesn't pan out, but then that's the way it goes sometimes, you spend all your time screwing your courage to the sticking place, only to find the object of your affections has been busy moving on.
Also, it's a small detail, but it's nice to see someone finally using their brains, with Ted being smart enough to work out the disappearance of Scott and Jean and the arrival of Cyclops and Marvel Girl (whose voice and figure he presumably knows quite well by now) probably aren't independent events.
This issue takes place over a single evening.
Iceman states that today is Friday, and the Professor notes that the team has acquitted itself well against Banshee and Ogre, the Super-Adaptoid, and the Warlock "in recent weeks". It would make more sense if he'd said "in recent months", but this is a Thomas script, so we should just be grateful he didn't say "in the last ten minutes."
In any case, the earliest we can put this issue is the second weekend in December so that's what we'll do. Helpfully, the one image of trees in the issue show them stripped of leaves. Iceman also tells Bernard to "come back next winter", but given he just froze the poet's espresso, it may have just been one of the jokes for which Iceman is so rightly famed.
Friday 11th of December, 1979.
1 Marvel year = 2.11 standard years.
(Iceman is 38 years old.)
|"Er, you'll have to pardon our dust, |
gals, but, Hank and I gotta split!"