(Cats, blackbirds, and wolverines.)
And so... it begins! Chris Claremont has arrived to mould the X-Men according to his vision, and in doing so create the bedrock that still holds up the series to this day.
First item on the agenda is writing out the '60s X-Men - all but Cyclops. I always thought their reason for leaving - to "live their own lives" made absolutely no sense, but since the book couldn't really support thirteen mutants simultaneously (Sunfire having already quit like a bitch, as mentioned yesterday), I can see why it had to be done. At least Cyclops refusal to leave, ostensibly because of his fear of hurting people, though I don't think we're supposed to believe that, works well. Jean doesn't come across as too sensitive, though. "Now that you've risked your life to save us, I'm abandoning your surrogate father. You coming, or do you just never want to see me naked?"
But Scott stays, and it's a good job he did, because after a few weeks of putting the new team through their paces in the Danger Room (featuring the welcome return of the world's gayest robot), Count Nefaria suddenly appears on the scene and swipes control of the US nuclear missile system. Nefaria has to be one of the most brilliant super-villains around. It takes a unique kind of twisted genius to put together a team of henchmen that make this bunch look impressive:
Friday 7th November to Sunday 7th December, 1980.
X+2Y+221 to X+2Y+251.
1 Marvel year = 4.43 standard years.
(Iceman is 26 years old)
|"Listen, midget, one more word|
out of you and..."
Voyager I passes Saturn.
A TV record is set by the number of people who tune into Dallas to learn who shot J.R.
Ryan Gosling and John Terry are born, and Mae West passes away.
"The Avengers couldn't make it. We're the X-Men." Poor Scott. He spends three years of his life fighting evil, and all it gets him is a job as ringleader to the Avengers' understudies. Not to mention the fact that said superhero team have already allowed one of his former subordinates to join, due to him having the special power of Being Very Blue.