(The Isle of Man's Inhumanity to Man)
Do people on Stornoway really say "nowt"? It seems a bit incongruous, but who knows where the word originated from?
Well, these people do, and unless our Hebridian bystander (a "Mister Stu'rt, apparently) is pretending the X-Men are cows, I call foul on Claremont's attempts at evoking the local ergot.
Anyway, the team are in the Outer Hebrides to go check up on Muir Island (ding! Score another point for Claremont in the "Major Contributions to X-Lore" tallying), since Jamie Madrox (ding!) has been left looking after it and Moira hasn't heard from him in a while. They hire a hovercraft from a bad-tempered local, and manage to ride in it for all of the top half of a double-page spread before someone blows it up.
That "someone", of course is Magneto. As is so often the case with comic companies, the sudden appearance of one of the X-Men's deadliest enemies (as well as the first mutant they ever faced in combat) is rather undercut by him being mentioned by name in the "Next time on X-Men" banner in the previous issue. Also, by this book's cover, but I'm inclined to cut them some slack on that front, if only because I love the callback to UXM #1:
Indeed, Colossus mentions that it will be good to get back into action following their vacation at Cassidy Keep. Assuming he isn't being sarcastic (which would be unlike him), that certainly suggests the X-Men had time to unwind following their near-death experiences.
We'll therefore place this story a week after the defeat of Thomas Cassidy and Cain Marko.
Wednesday 13th January, 1982.
1 Marvel year = 3.67 standard years.
(Storm is 34 years old.)
|"He's toying with us!"|
The Air Florida Flight 90 crash, in which a Boeing 737 collides with the 14th Street Bridge in Washington D.C..
"Why is it that every time we ride in something mechanical, it crashes?" - Nightcrawler.
 Actually, we already know it has. Some kind of terrible force has been let loose from behind a door marked "Mutant X". Oh, and that bug-faced woman from the Ani-Men has gotten out as well, but it's tough to get too worked up about someone so stupid she can't remember her bosses' voice from one moment to the next.