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S.W.O.R.D. #1 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

S.W.O.R.D. #1
by Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti & Marte Gracia

S.W.O.R.D. S.W.O.R.D. (the Sentient World Observation and Response Department) was introduced in the first arc of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men in 2004. As originally presented, they were a sister agency of S.H.I.E.L.D. (hence the name), focussed on alien and extraterrestrial security threats. They had a series before in 2010, which only lasted for five issues.

COVER / PAGE 1. The cast, obviously. Interesting to see Magneto given so much prominence here.

PAGE 2. An epigraph from Abigail Brand (of whom more in a bit). Unlike the usual Krakoa-era epigraphs, the graphics are overlaid on an image of sunrise from space. The metal ball is Magneto flying up to S.W.O.R.D.’s space station, as we’ll see in a couple of pages.

PAGE 3. Magneto approaches the Peak.

The Peak, S.W.O.R.D.’s orbital base, also dates from the Whedon/Cassaday Astonishing X-Men run. Now under the control of Krakoa, it’s covered in Krakoan foliage – as we’ll see, the mutants have been integrating Krakoan plant-based technology into the station. But it still remains predominantly technological, something which marks it out as unusual for the Krakoans. Of course, it’s also a good long way from the island.

Krakoa was blasted into space at the end of Giant-Size X-Men #1, so I suppose it’s not a surprise to learn that its plantlife can survive out there.

PAGE 4. Recap page and cast diagram. We’ll get to all these characters in due course, so I’ll come to them in due course. Otherwise of note here:

  • The Krakoan text top right reads SWORD ORG CHART.
  • Six of the characters are marked with a Sword logo that identifies them as “assigned to _____X”, with the last word mostly redacted. They’re the Six, and we learn more about that later.
  • Cable’s security department has a secondary role that’s redacted out.
  • Peeper answers to an unspecified “Psionic analyst” who is also redacted out.
  • Instead of getting its own small print, S.W.O.R.D. uses X-Men‘s “mutants of the world unite” line.

As for the material in the recap:

  • I believe Abigail Brand resigned from command of Alpha Flight in Empyre Aftermath: Avengers, which I haven’t read. (Again, we’ll get to Alpha Flight when it comes up.)
  • Krakoa liberated the Peak during the “X of Swords” crossover, specifically Cable #5. It had been overrun by the invading Vescora.

PAGE 5. Magneto arrives on the Peak.

“Hope you survive the experience” refers to the often-referenced cover of Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #171 (“Welcome to the X-Men, Rogue … hope you survive the experience!”).

PAGES 6-7. Cable greets Magneto.

Note that Magneto’s metal shell turns into a little floating sphere that hovers around next to him.

Cable has his own solo series, obviously. He’s played young here – he makes jokes about Magneto’s age – but he comes across as rather more sensible and professional than he does in his own book, where he’s something of a clown. The org chart identifies him as “Security Director”, and he’s accompanied here by his two subdirectors. Neither of them speak, but they are…

Risque. Gloria Munoz debuted in X-Force vol 1 #51 in 1996, and she was a prominent X-Force supporting character for a few years in the late 90s. She was a thief/mercenary type who wound up in a relationship with Warpath. Risque was killed off during the Grant Morrison run in 2001, and aside from a brief appearance as a zombie during the Necrosha arc, this is the first we’ve seen of her since then. Evidently she’s been resurrected on Krakoa. She had joined the X-Corporation shortly before her death, but she’s a slightly odd choice for a position of seniority. More on that in a bit.

Random. Marshall Stone III debuted in X-Factor vol 1 #88 in 1993, and he’s a Peter David / Joe Quesada creation. Again, he was a mercenary. Having started off as something of a breakout character, he hasn’t done much of anything in years, though we’ve seen him on Krakoa before. He’s a shapechanger with a general ability to develop countermeasures to other people’s powers. There used to be an angle that he was using his shapechanging to pretend to be older than he really was, but he’s scaled back his size a bit since then, and presumably we’re now seeing something closer to his true form.

PAGE 8. Abigail Brand greets Magneto.

Abigail Brand was introduced alongside S.W.O.R.D. in their first appearance, initially as something of an antagonist, but winding up as a supporting character in a relationship with the Beast. She’s rather drifted away from the X-Men again in recent years, and she was being used as a supporting character in Captain Marvel until recently, working for the current, alien-defence version of Alpha Flight.

Brand is half-alien, but her human mother was a mutant – something that was rather obscurely established in Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences #4 (2012). Not much has ever been done with that, and it’s not central to her character. There’s some suggestion in this story that it still isn’t particularly important to her – she wants to represent the whole of Earth and treats Krakoa mainly as the current state that’s willing to resource her in doing so.

PAGE 9. Data page: an extract from Abigail Brand’s log.

  • “Feels like years” – well, that’s Marvel time for you.
  • “A tight six-division structure” is basically what we see in the org chart, so presumably this was written at some point in the past.
  • The Vescora infection was seen in Cable #5. Urquhart might have been the guy that Marvel Girl met on the Peak in that issue (who threw himself into space).
  • “Danvers” is Captain Marvel, and as Abigail says, she would be the obvious successor to run Alpha Flight – if people were being sensible.
  • “The Kree/Skrull Emperor’s wedding” is presumably something that happened at the tail end of Empyre, which I haven’t read.
  • Peter Corbeau was a scientist character who cropped up quite a bit back in the 70s, and was an ally of the X-Men for a time.
  • Eugene Judd is Puck from Alpha Flight.

Henry Peter Gyrich is a long-running obnoxious government official character. He was originally introduced in the late 70s to torment the Avengers by doing outrageous things like objecting to them launching Quinjets without a permit and, er, insisting that the team had to include at least one member who wasn’t white. Well, that was 1979 for you. His main connection with the X-books was through his involvement in Project Wideawake, the US government’s Sentinel programme. He was also involved with the previous version of S.W.O.R.D. during its previous run, when his xenophobic attitude to aliens caused all manner of trouble. He’s hopelessly unqualified to run Alpha Flight, except on paper.

PAGES 10-11. Magneto meets Wiz-Kid.

Wiz-Kid. Takeshi Matsuya was an orphaned mutant technological genius who had a prominent role in the X-Terminators miniseries from around the time of Inferno, and sort of drifted off the radar after that. He’s been floating around in books like Avengers Academy, mostly as a crowd-filler.

The Six. As we’ll see later, the Six another group of mutants working in combination to achieve remarkable feats. A data page in X-Men #11 also had the X-Men discussing possibilities for expanding this approach to other groups. But note that these characters have been selected for their powers, rather than necessarily their personalities or other qualifications – just as the Five include Proteus, a character you wouldn’t normally allow anywhere near a position of responsibility. That might explain some of the odder choices for roles in the new S.W.O.R.D. – though Wiz-Kid is a relatively sensible one. Magneto is tremendously taken with the Six and gets much more excited about Wiz-Kid on learning that he’s involved.

PAGES 12-13. Brand discusses her philosophy with Magneto.

As already noted, Magneto is keen on the nation state and mutants; Brand’s focus is on the planet as a whole. As for the intergalactic threats she mentions:

  • The galactic economic crisis may have been mentioned elsewhere too, but it was certainly in the Empyre tie-in issues of Fantastic Four.
  • The Snarkwar is a recent storyline from Ewing’s Guardians of the Galaxy arc.
  • The “something roaming through space killing and eating whole planets” is the Venom villain Knull, as part of the build-up for King in Black.

PAGES 14-16. Magneto meets Frenzy.

Frenzy. Joanna Cargill debuted in X-Factor vol 1 #4 as a member of the Alliance of Evil, but wound up spending several years as a member of the Magneto-worshipping Acolytes cult – which she mentions here. She had another prominent run during Mike Carey’s run, where she wound up joining the X-Men. She’s billed on the org chart as an “ambassador extraordinary” – typically, in this context, “extraordinary” would mean that it wasn’t her regular job but a temporary assignment. (It’s the sort of “extraordinary” that you only really encounter these days in the phrase “extraordinary general meeting”.) Then again, this is Marvel, so maybe she’s just an ambassador who’s extraordinary.

Frenzy’s punching-based diplomatic style might seem ill-advised, but the Marvel Universe is full of quasi-feudal violence-based cultures. Speaking of whom…

Paibok. Paibok the Power Skrull is a 90s Fantastic Four villain, serving here in the standard role of “a Skrull, but one you’ve heard of”. As he mentions, the Kree and the Skrull are now allied following the events of Empyre.

The emperor’s mother-in-law is the Scarlet Witch, who the mutants still despise for her role in M-Day, when she nearly wiped out mutants from Earth during a breakdown of sorts. The new Kree-Skrull emperor is Hulkling, formerly of the Young Avengers; his husband Wiccan is the Scarlet Witch’s son.

PAGE 17. Magneto meets Fabian Cortez.

Fabian Cortez debuted in X-Men vol 2 #1 in 1991. He seems to have founded the Acolytes as a device to get himself a bunch of cultists and ingratiate himself with Magneto. He himself was not ultimately a Magneto worshipper, despite putting on the act, and eventually it all went rather badly wrong for him when Magneto and Exodus seized control of the Acolytes from him. Cortez was killed during the Matthew Rosenberg run (who wasn’t?), but he’s had cameos on Krakoa before, so clearly he was resurrected.

For understandable reasons, Cortez is trying to ingratiate himself to Magneto, with no success. Cortez is a member of the Six, but Brand doesn’t say so in terms, and it’s not entirely clear if Magneto knows. Presumably Cortez was selected for this role because his unusual mutant power – to supercharge other people’s mutant powers – was essential for the power-combination they had in mind. There’s no earthly reason why you’d put him in charge of anything otherwise.

Brand’s comments seem to confirm that they’d get rid of him if the opportunity presented itself. In the next scene, she rather implies that Cortez has nothing to actually do on the station except when he’s called upon to boost the Six’s power. Cortez’s job title is given as “Executive Producer” on the org chart, which is weird.

Cortez apparently wants to talk to Magneto about “the Council’s edicts regarding humans”. It’s not clear what he means here, unless it’s the law against killing them.

PAGES 18-20. Magneto meets the teleporters and Peepers.

Five members of the six are standing on their coloured hexagons. The empty yellow one belongs to Fabian Cortez, who is just entering the room. Standing next to the green hexagon is Armor, the deputy ambassador, who we haven’t seen yet in this issue. She appears all the time so I’ll assume you know who she is.

On the orange hexagon is Manifold, the lead teleporter. Eden Fesi is a Jonathan Hickman character from Secret Warriors and Avengers, who’s also been used more recently in Black Panther. He’s a mutant, but the X-Men haven’t had much to do with him until now. He and his fellow teleporters are listed on the org chart as “logistics”, and Manifold himself is described as a “quintician” (which is not a word, according to the OED).

The other teleporters hanging around with him are:

  • The Vanisher (“Telly Porter”, if you believe that), a villain who debuted in X-Men vol 1 #2 and had a reluctant stint in a version of X-Force.
  • Lila Cheney, the intergalactic-scale teleporter from the original New Mutants, who was Cannonball’s girlfriend. She’s also a rock star.
  • Blink, presumably the mainstream Marvel Universe one.
  • Amelia Voght, the teleporter from the Acolytes, who was a fairly prominent character in the 90s but hasn’t done anything beyond cameos in yeaars.
  • Gateway, the X-Men’s teleporter from the Australian period, who’s been serving this role already in issues of X-Men.

On the purple hexagon is Peeper, billed as a visual analyst. Unusually, this character does have a history with Magneto, but not from the X-books – he was a member of a version of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that appeared in Captain America Annual #4 (in 1977). They went on to call themselves the Mutant Force, and later the Resistants. Peeper’s appearances in the X-books have mainly been in Frank Tieri’s Wolverine run. Basically, he’s a harmless and somewhat meek minor villain whose superhuman vision and other eye-related powers are much more suited to this than they ever were to combat.

Magneto and Peeper have barely interacted in years. Magneto is making a show of it here to annoy Cortez.

PAGES 21-22. Data pages on the Six. It starts off by describing routine teamwork like the Fastball Special, moves on to the Five and their resurrection role (which must be very familiar by now), and presenting the Six as the next aspect of that. Apparently, their function is to combine their powers to reach across the universe and multiverse to locate and retrieve things for S.W.O.R.D./Krakoa.

The Krakoan symbols are just the first letter of the members’ roles, as listed on the next page.

All of the participants have backups with similar powers.

  • Any old standby teleporter will do; Nightcrawler and Magik are suggested.
  • Wiz-Kid’s backup is naturally Forge, who has similar powers but is mainly busy on Krakoa.
  • Cortez does have a back-up but his name is redacted out. They must be seriously dodgy if Cortez is being chosen in preference.
  • Armor’s back-up is Skids, a member of the New Mutants in the late 80s, who had force field powers vaguely like Armor’s.
  • Manifold is apparently irreplacable. Apparently it’s his navigation rather than his teleportation as such that’s the big deal.
  • Peeper’s replacement is “Doc”. I can only assume that’s the otherwise-unnamed mutant coroner who appeared in Uncanny X-Men #450, who did indeed have super-vision.
  • Risque’s backup is Shen Xorn, the one with a black hole for a brain – presumably because it can generate the same condensing effect as Risque’s powers. Seems a bit loose but they’ll make do.

The narrative here indicates that the Six navigate to some location or other, identify the redacted-out thing they’re looking for, and are apparently able to condense it from Kirby-homaging “kirbon particles” and retrieve it.

PAGES 23-25. The Six play out what we’ve just seen described.

  • Mysterium tremendum: This is a term coined by the philosopher Rudolf Otto in his book The Idea of the Holy (1917). Broadly speaking, he used it to refer to something awe-inspiring and numinous.
  • White-hot room of secret fire. The White-Hot Room is a sort of afterlife for Phoenixes, as seen in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men. If the Six are messing about with something associated with the White-hot room, then that’s probably a very bad idea.
  • Excelso Prae Omnibus Aliis. High above all others.

PAGE 26. Credits (miles into the book, which is always a nice trick). For some reason S.W.O.R.D. uses the pre-“X of Swords” layout that all the other books have dropped.

PAGES 27-30. The Six retrieve their pyramid.

The Peak is now in geostationary orbit 22,000 miles above Krakoa. Um, isn’t a giant hovering sword over the island a little ominous…?

I don’t think we’re meant to recognise the thing that the Six have retrieved – though cosmic objects in simple geometric shapes perhaps echo the good old Cosmic Cube.

PAGE 31. Closing quote from Doctor Doom, which speaks for itself.

PAGE 32. Trailers. The Krakoan reads NEXT: BLACK.

Bring on the comments

  1. Andrew says:

    I’m yet to read this issue but this article was a blast for reminding me of so many characters who were prominent for a short while in the late 80s and early-mid 90s before fading away.

    The last time I remember most of them appearing together at least was in Scott Lobdell’s terrible last hurrah on the books in 2001’s Eve of Destruction which I suppose was the effective capstone to the 90s era as far as the X-books ultimately were concerned before moving into the Morrison era.

  2. Allan M says:

    Brand does indeed quit Alpha Flight in Empyre Avengers Aftermath #1 (page 23). Source: I bought it.

    Is this the first time it’s been indicated that “Telford Porter” is just an alias instead of Vanisher’s real name?

    The best joke in the issue is on the org chart data page, where the org chart line conspicuously goes around Cortez, rather than indicating that he’s in charge of anything.

  3. Luis Dantas says:

    Doesn’t Hope Summers have the same power that Cortez has, among others? Maybe she is his backup and is the second option simply because she is to be presumed busy with the Five in normal circunstances?

    IIRC the Goddess had a variety of geometric solids that were related to the Cosmic Cube back in the 1980s Infinity War. Maybe the Six have rescued one of those?

  4. Salomé Honório says:

    This has to be the strangest combination of characters in any recent, post Hox/Pox X-title… Cute with the multiple Acolytes, and I loved Carey’s Frenzy. I loved the sudden turn from gradual exposition to overly dramatic cosmic shenanigans.

    “Wiz-Kid’s backup is naturally Forge, who has similar powers but is mainly busy on Krakoa.”

    This, I found a little off. Wouldn’t Trinary have made more sense? As I understand it, Forge isn’t a technopath, although he is exceptionally gifted as a designer and an engineer.

  5. James Hayes-Barber says:

    This issue also debutes code numbers for Mutnats

    001 seems to be the OG x-men
    002 the 1970s post giant size team
    003 the new mutants

    so Nightcrawler being ntcr/002/01 establishes him as the first member of the All New X-Men with Wolvie as the second and collosas at the 6ith

  6. James Hayes-Barber says:

    The Far Shore was set up in Ewing’s past work with the Ultimates as basically past the edges of all reality. Its called FarthEST Shore here which makes me think we are going even further beyond

  7. Taibak says:

    Out of curiosity, why so few people who can replace Peepers? Presumably Eye-Boy or M should be able to replace him.

  8. Rob says:

    Probably important context bits on Cortez: He founded the Acolytes as a plot to kill Magneto as part of the Upstarts competition.

    Also, under his leadership the Acolytes became particularly bloodthirsty toward humans — they would target random locations like schools (UXM 298) and hospitals (X-Factor 92) for mass murder terrorist attacks.

  9. The Other Michael says:

    As noted above, this cast has a rather respectable contigent of ex-Magneto followers–Fabian Cortez, Frenzy, and Amelia Voght all from the Acolytes, and Peepers from that brief incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. (Also, Random was an Acolyte in the post-Magneto era.) I wonder if we’re going to see any sort of power struggle which might lead to this faction pushing back against other loyalties.

    I notice that medical is pretty much blanked out at the moment. My suggestion is Lionel “Scramble” Jefferies, brother to Madison Jefferies, whose ability to manipulate organic matter and body functions makes him ideal, both for the job and for Ewing’s sensibilities. (Wouldn’t you like a medical professional with a history of mental instability and body horror on YOUR space station? Yes, please…)

    While I doubt this is the case, a reasonable alternative for Cortez might be Chance, from the original Fallen Angels mini, who could “double or nothing” mutant powers, and who might work for the enhancement factor.

    Another replacement teleporter might be Ariel, also from the Fallen Angels. Slipstream might also work, making him both useful and relevant for the first time in many years.

    I really enjoy the use of obscure, lesser-known, and long-dormant characters in the current status–at least one good side effect of the Krakoa resurrections premise is that we -can- have all these wonderful toys back again, and creative writers can find a way to utilize them to break out of the “household names only” frame of mind.

    Oh, and seeing Magneto utterly diss Cortez in favor of -Peepers-, someone he worked with -once-, was hilarious. Suck it, Cortez.

  10. Sword of Damocles says:

    Cortez’s back-up is probably Michael Nowlan, who has similar abilities but his power boosting is highly addictive.

    The Peak hanging over Krakoa is now a literal Sword of Damocles.

  11. Jon R says:

    Yeah, all of these random characters being used is pretty wonderful. Especially because the general setup lets you use people creatively. Having people like Peepers and Wiz Kid getting to show off how awesome they are is pretty great.

    I’d forgotten this was Ewing until partway through, when they started delving into their probe for the whatever-it-is. It became quickly obvious that it was him in Ultimates-mode, which I am completely and utterly fine with.

  12. David Goldfarb says:

    I think you’ll find that the origin of “Welcome to the X-Men…Hope you survive the experience!” was not Rogue in #171 but Kitty Pryde in #139.

  13. Anthony says:

    “Welcome to the X-Men, hope you survive the experience” was first used for Kitty back in Uncanny 139.

    Great write up but I have to disagree, I think Magneto is genuinely fond of Peepers lol

  14. NS says:

    If we’re pulling obscure characters, wouldn’t Slipstream be a better teleporter replacement than Nightcrawler?

    And doesn’t Sage have similar power amping abilities to Cortez (though I believe her upgrades were permanent and she was resistant to using it)?

    And Trinary definitely makes more sense than Forge.

  15. The Other Michael says:

    “Cortez’s back-up is probably Michael Nowlan, who has similar abilities but his power boosting is highly addictive.”

    Dang, nice call for an obscure character. He’s been dead for what, 34 years? But that’s no obstacle for Krakoa these days…

  16. Ben says:

    Liked this issue a lot, I trust Ewing to do something interesting.

    Wish things weren’t so vague though, but that’s HoxPox standard.

    Calling Cortez an “executive producer” is a rib on him. The Hollywood cliche is that executive producers on tv/movies are just vanity credits to make people happy/pad their salary. Executive producers don’t actually do anything.

    There’s a theory on Reddit that comes from Young Avengers: The Children’s Crusade. In which Wanda tries to repower all the depowered mutants, but can’t quite do it. So that’s what the little pyramid will be used for. Which fits in with the Wanda/Hulkling/Wiccan mentions in this issue.

  17. Ben says:

    Oh and the final quote is by Doom, who was hooked up with Wanda and the big bad of Children’s Crusade.

  18. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    So this issue is just exposition upon exposition, and the only sort-of action scene is unknown in purpose and surreal in execution.

    And I still loved it. Ewing packs a lot of characterization into these little interactions, the art is great (except smiling Magneto, who comes off as weirdly… rubbery?). But even more than just the execution of the art – I love the designs, the costumes, the Star Trek colour schemes for various divisions. Many of these characters have never looked better.

    And the characters Ewing has chosen are a perfect mix of weirdos, has-beens or almost-have-beens. I loved Frenzy in Carey’s run, for example, can’t wait to see what Ewing does with her.

    Also that trick of switching mid sentence from the data page to the splash page of cosmic weirdness was great.

    Basically, not much happens in this issue and I don’t understand the part that does happen, but I loved it all.

  19. Adam says:

    I really dig the art style of this one, too, which strikes me as similar to Silva’s and Larraz’s. I’d be all for it as a house style if it didn’t take so much skill.

    Though also yeah, Magneto’s face kept looking weird.

    Looking forward to the next one.

  20. Ben says:

    “Henry Peter Gyrich is a long-running obnoxious government official character. He was originally introduced in the late 70s to torment the Avengers by doing outrageous things like objecting to them launching Quinjets without a permit and, er, insisting that the team had to include at least one member who wasn’t white.”

    This made me laugh out loud

  21. Chris V says:

    Sadly, that story did not make me laugh out loud, because it definitely wasn’t made to be funny at the time.

    “It’s not that we’re racist, but…”
    Oh dear.
    I was waiting for Steve Rogers to say, “Hey, some of my best friends are black.”

    It was quite the proud run in Avengers history.
    Just a short time later, the team would cheer on Carol Danvers getting raped.

    The Alt-Right Avengers!

  22. The Other Michael says:

    Fucking Gyrich. He really is the cockroach of the American government… no matter how often he fails at one assignment, he gets shipped off to another one, always involving superheroes.

    I can’t tell if he’s really good at what he does, really bad, if he just has blackmail material on important people, or if his superiors are hoping that he’ll become collateral damage in a superhuman event. Or yes.

  23. Chris V says:

    I’m glad they dropped the “No More Minorities!” cross-over scheduled for that year.

  24. Ben says:

    Uh oh, dueling Bens in the comments!

    From now on I’m Uncanny Ben.

  25. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Wait, this is better.

  26. Chris says:

    Gyrich forcing the Avengers to hire People of Color wasn’t quite as bad as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes being forced to fire Hawkeye to make room for the Falcon.

  27. Karl_H says:

    My initial, and preferred, reading is that Magneto is in fact genuinely fond of Peeper. It humanizes him a bit, and I don’t like passive-aggressive Magneto.

    It would also set up a Toad/Peeper buddy story that I did not know I needed until now.

  28. Evilgus says:

    Uncanny X-Ben: how had you not thought of that before?! 🙂

  29. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Yeah, I feel like the 36 years of my life until this point have been wasted now.

    It was right there!

  30. alsoMike says:

    I loved this issue. It has me analysing clues to the degree only HoxPox has made me do and I loved the character moments. The humor with Cortez. The tension over Wanda. The sheer glorious continuity porn and cleverness. And the gorgeous art (I will agree that some faces had rubbery moments).

    The redacted psychic that Peepers is working with, Peepers refer to as Marv and implies Magneto knows, so it’s for sure Marvin Flumm, Mentallo, also from Mutant Force.

    I’m guessing the cube they retrieved is of the element Mysterium (Ewing is fond of Cosmic elements).
    I’m not entirely sure but I think you can make out the number of letters that have been redacted by opaque X symbols in the redacted area. “Far Shore” fits in the redacted space right before what I guess is its reference code “fshr” and where the middle staging area is discussed. “Mysterium” fits when the element is described in terms of getting it in bulk. Other times it doesn’t fit though, unless it’s like “Mysteria” in smaller doses/singular Form or something.
    The White Hot-Room is supposed to be inside the M’Krann crystal and “MKrann” and “crystal” fits when it’s about them being inside a location and navigating it.

    In case you can’t tell I’m very excited about this book and looking forward to more.

  31. Loz says:


    Are they going straight into a Venom Crossover with issue two or is it something else?

  32. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    Solicitations make it clear it’s the Donny Cates crossover, unfortunately. Though since Knut-or-what’s-his-actual-name is technically a cosmic threat, it makes sense that a space-facing series would react to him.

    Even though he’s already on Earth, covering it in goo.

  33. Rob London says:

    Frenzy isn’t a completely left-field choice for ambassador – she was Genosha’s ambassador to the United Nations in the late ’90s, when Magneto was running it.

  34. Mikey says:

    I would love to see a return of Fallen Angels’ Ariel. She was one of the funnier characters as written by Mike Carey.

  35. SanityOrMadness says:

    Wasn’t there a power-booster in one of the First Class books? “Amp” or somesuch?

  36. Jerry Ray says:

    It seems like the X-Men combining their powers to launch Krakoa into space in GS #1 would be an earlier and better example of “mutant technology” than the Fastball Special.

    But I suppose that was a one-time trick and not an ongoing strategy, and it may be a bit of a touchy subject now that the X-Men are living on Krakoa…

  37. MasterMahan says:

    As I recall, poor Trinary’s powers only work with traditional technology, not plant technology or, umm, throwing a guy at another guy. Forge may not be a strict technopath, but his powers work with Krakoa tech.

    I look forward to Magneto’s willingness to vilify a woman he long thought was his daughter, and who he knows full well genuinely believed herself to be a mutant, biting him in the ass.

    Kid Cable being in charge of anyone looks like pure nepotism.

    I appreciate Armor using her powers to create a giant thumbs up.

  38. neutrino says:

    Gyrich was insisting on a quota in a fixed (by him) roster, which required firing Hawkeye. Not only are quotas still disliked, they’re illegal according to the Supreme Court.

  39. UKMikeyA says:

    PAGES 21-22. Cortez’s backup: doesn’t Synch from Gen X have the same powers? Maybe he’s needed elsewhere?

    Peepers’s backup, “Doc”: Dr Nemesis of the X-Club has rebuilt, cybernetic eyes with a presumably wide range of vision powers. It’s why he wears a surgical mask otherwise the X-ray view of his face in the mirror is too much to bear.

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