Sunday, 28 August 2011
X1C (v2) #8: "Adventure Into Fear"
Into 2008 properly this time, and it's special guest time again! Double trouble, no less, with both the Man Thing and Curt Conners making appearances. Actually, having Connors in again is a fun call-back to "The Bird, The Beast, And The Lizard" - I particularly like how nonchalantly he reminds Hank and Warren about that time he nearly ate them. Ah, memories.
Man-Thing pretty much seems to be here entirely to facilitate the "X-Men glimpse their potential futures" idea, which seems fair enough. It's certainly a nice idea for a single issue, especially since the nature of the book means that these glimpses of possible fates don't act as teasers (which can get tiring in comics), and just allow the characters to react. This spectres of the future approach is helped along by Nguyen's pale, shadowy artwork.
As for the visions themselves, they're all quite short, but interesting nevertheless ("Do any of us end up happy and retired?"). Beast gets his first glimpse of his upcoming transformation as they face off against a grey-furred feral Hank somewhere in a snowy forest (kind of a cross between Beast and Wolverine, in that sense). Jean ends up inside the body of her Phoenix Force-possessed older self, at the conclusion of a Days of Future Past style war (which is kind of interesting giving the hints Bishop's been dropping about how things turn out for Hope).
Bobby's future is perhaps the most interesting, as it finally returns to the only hint of an ongoing storyline First Class has had so far - the Midgard Vanir's interest in Bobby's potential destiny as an Elemental. In the reality the X-Men visit, this is indeed what has happened to hi, which has required Thor (special guest #3, for those keeping score) to show up and try to deliver a quick Mjolnir-ing to Iceman's sub-zero testicles. I don't know whether this is a sign that Parker will return to the idea, but it's good to know he hasn't completely forgotten about it.
There's also a brief Heart of Darkness river ride in the middle that seems a bit tangential, but as various enemies from history and myth start to attack, it's definitely fun, and provides the best lines of the issue (see below, also: "Oh, like a winged horse is perfectly natural and I'm all weird!").
This issue takes place over a single day, and Jean's narration tells us that last issue's rocket launch took place the day before. We also have to set this issue after X1C (v1) #2. Happily all of that can be done with the timeline we've already built.
Friday 14th April, 1979.
Yusufu Lule is sworn in as President of Uganda following Idi Amin's ousting by Tanzanian forces.
X-Men versus Nazi submarine!
"Das ist kein Deutsches Boot!"
"Die sehen wie Franzosen aus!"