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Marauders #1 annotations

Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2022 by Paul in Annotations, x-axis

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

MARAUDERS vol 2 #1
“Extinction Agenda”
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Eleonora Carlini
Colourist: Matt Milla
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Editor: Jordan D White

COVER / PAGE 1: The new Marauders team pose dramatically. For anyone just joining us, this team was assembled in Marauders Annual #1, which is effectively the real first issue of Steve Orlando’s run.

PAGES 2-4. The new Marauders rescue Fever Pitch.

“Gyrich’s little gift”. Henry Peter Gyrich was a senior figure in the anti-mutant organisation Orchis, until Abigail Brand killed him and replaced him in S.W.O.R.D. vol 2 #11.

Fever Pitch. This guy is obscure. He’s a Jay Faerber / Terry Dodson creation who debuted in Generation X vol 1 #50, originally as a member of Gene Nation. He’s made very sporadic appearances since – he was briefly a member of X-Corps (the paramilitary outfit led by Banshee from Joe Casey’s Uncanny X-Men run), and for some reason he was one of the 198 mutants who kept their powers after M-Day. He was last seen in X-Force vol 3 #12-13, thirteen years ago, when the Sapien League infected him with a virus that made him explode against his will. That’s what Bishop means by “Humans turned him into a suicide bomb.” Apparently he survived as an electromagnetic field and has been trying to re-establish himself ever since.

Presumably Orchis were also aware of Fever Pitch’s quasi-survival, which is why they equipped the local enforcers with equipment designed to prevent Fever Pitch’s reincorporation. Bearing in mind that Fever Pitch was a murderous terrorist even before the Sapien League got to him, and that he’s known to have posed an extreme danger to those around him, the individual soldiers seen here are not necessarily Orchis affiliated.

PAGE 5. Recap and credits.

“Extinction Agenda.” The title references the 1990 crossover “X-Tinction Agenda”, which was about Genosha back in the days when it was an apartheid allegory.

PAGES 6-9. Kate Pryde hunts out Cassandra Nova.

The mysterium puzzlebox. As the footnote says, Kate got the puzzlebox in Marauders Annual #1. The map we saw simply showed Krakoa with the words “The first blood spilled” written on it in Kate’s own handwriting. How that led her to anywhere in particular on Krakoa is not explained. This location is, apparently, an “archipelago even Krakoa didn’t know about”. By default, Krakoa is aware of every part of its body, as we’ve seen with Black Tom Cassidy in X-Force. Kate is probably right, therefore, to say that “[s]omeone made [Krakoa] forget” this part of its own body. The obvious candidate would be something to do with the No-Places, invisible to Krakoa, that were used to create a home for Moira McTaggert.

“And I though Professor Xavier was a jerk.” The iconic title of Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #168, where it was a line delivered by Kate (then Kitty).

Cassandra Nova. Cassandra Nova was one of the main villains in Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run from the early 2000s. She’s Professor X’s evil spirit double who took physical form as his twin, but was killed by him in the womb. In continuity terms, her main claim to fame is being responsible for the genocidal slaughter of the millions of mutants on Genosha, in New X-Men vol 1 #115. She was last seen in X-Men: Red vol 1 #11, where Jean defeated her by forcing her to experience empathy for her millions of victims. The main angle in that story was that Cassandra had been driven by an innate hatred and that Jean was going to show her a better way. And then the book ended and we never did find out what happened to Cassandra next.

Specifically, what Jean said in X-Men: Red vol 1 #11 at page 19 was “Every time our minds touched, I felt something. There was an integral piece of you missing. … We’ve given you what you were lacking … Now, every time you feel a mutant, you’ll feel something else, something you’ve never felt before. Empathy.” I would have read that dialogue to mean that Jean was giving Cassandra empathy as a general proposition, and that mutants were simply the immediately relevant example. Steve Orlando’s interpretation seems to be either that Jean only gave Cassandra empathy for mutants, or at least that what she did was somehow particularly effective in keeping Cassandra away from mutants.

Okkara. Okkara was the ancient mutant-populated island that eventually split Krakoa and Arakko. Cassandra is claiming that even this ancient race of mutants was actually a second generation, and that a first, pre-Okkaran generation has survivors who are still out there somewhere. As Bishop acknowledges on the following data page, it’s not obvious what Cassandra would have to do with ancient mutants, considering that she’s the evil double of Charles Xavier, who is much, much younger than that. Thematically, of course, there’s a sense in which Professor X is a kind of “first mutant”.

Kate’s father, Carmen Pryde, was not a mutant. He was indeed killed in the Genoshan massacre, however, as revealed in X-Men Unlimited vol 1 #36.

PAGE 10. Data page. Bishop sends a memo to Kate Pryde setting out his thoughts on the new roster.

The XSE was the paramilitary mutant police force that Bishop served in in his own alternate-future timeline, before coming back in time and joining the X-Men. Randall and Malcolm were his teammates who arrived in the present alongside him in Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #282, and got killed shortly afterwards in Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #287.

“I’ve travelled in time plenty.” Aside from his travel from his own timeline to the present, Bishop also travelled back in time to stop Legion assassinating the future Professor X at the start of the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline. More notoriously, Bishop spent the 25 issues of Cable vol 2 chasing Cable and Hope through time in an attempt to kill Hope as a child and alter history. This storyline effectively destroyed Bishop as a viable hero, and the general approach since has been to completely ignore it. Unusually, Orlando seems to be intentionally referencing it, as he compares himself to Cassandra later on (“I’ve done a mountain of bad myself, across time.”).

Brimstone Love vivisected Daken (Akihiro) in Marauders Annual #1.

Daken and Aurora‘s relationship is was a major subplot in the recent X-Factor series.

Stitch was rescued by Aurora in, again, Marauders Annual #1.

Somnus‘s back story comes from Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1.

PAGE 11. Psylocke and Tempo on Danger Island.

Danger Island. Although Danger Island was mentioned back in House of X #6 as a Krakoan location – presumably as the sort of training facility we see here – this is the first time we’ve actually seen it. It seems to have the same holographic imaging facilities traditionally associated with the X-Men’s Danger Room (the Shi’ar version, anyway).

Psylocke‘s back story with the Hand involves her mind being (mostly) swapped with Betsy Braddock, the current Captain Britain, in Uncanny X-Men vol 1 #256 (as expanded upon by many subsequent flashbacks and retcons). All of it was eventually undone.

PAGE 12. Jean and Cassandra.

Jean Grey is wearing her X-Men Red costume. The time “when I left you crying at my feet” is the scene from X-Men: Red vol 1 #11 already mentioned.

Cassandra’s attitude here basically undercuts the ending of X-Men Red – which admittedly was always a bit power-of-love. The capacity to empathise with her victims has only introduced her to the joys of sadism. Cassandra’s comments about enjoying their suffering are a bit odd, since they seem to suggest that she does feel empathy for non-mutant victims. But if so, why has Jean only affected her attitude towards mutants?

PAGE 13. Bishop and Aurora.

The Boneyard is the home of X-Factor, and presumably still of Aurora and Daken.

PAGES 14-15. Somnus helps Daken dream about killing Brimstone Love.

“You had decades to spare.” Again, Daken is alluding to Somnus’s back story from Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1, in which they spend a night together but subjectively experience it as a lifetime.

PAGES 16-17. Kate introduces Cassandra to the team.

Somnus died long after the Genoshan massacre. But because he was in the closet as a mutant during his first life, he was completely out of the loop of the mutant community, and doesn’t know anything about Cassandra’s involvement. (It’s evidently not a secret in Krakoan circles if Tempo knows about it.)

PAGE 18. Data page. This is a discussion about Cassandra’s condition between Dr Nemesis, the more-or-less nice mad scientist most recently seen in Way of XCecilia Reyes, the X-Men’s regular old doctor; and Mr Sinister, the more-or-less evil mad scientist. ForgetMeNot, listed as stenographer, is a minor character with the odd power that everyone forgets him when they aren’t directly interacting with him – he started as a gag character, the joke being that he’d been on the X-Men for decades but you don’t remember either.

“Fungus-headed dabbler.” Nemesis started growing psychedelic mushrooms out of his own head in Way of X. It was that sort of book.

Mr Sinister’s mutant status. According to Powers of X #4, Mr Sinister used DNA taken from Thunderbird to create a mutant body for himself; hence, he’s not a natural mutant, but someone who artificially became a mutant. Nemesis obviously regards this as Not A Proper Mutant. But, as Reyes points out, Sinister is recognised by the Quiet Council as a mutant (though perhaps only because they need his DNA resources as part of the resurrection operation). And however he came to be a mutant, biologically, he is one now. Reyes is clearly right that, if Mr Sinister counts as a mutant, Cassandra Nova certainly does.

Doctor Death. This is the name that Dr Nemesis went by in his earlier Marvel Universe appearances, in the 1993 Invaders miniseries. In that story, he was a member of Battle-Axis, a group of disillusioned superheroes who wanted to persuade the USA to drop out of World War II. So, you know, it’s not like the guy’s moral judgments have ever been impeccable. The context here is that Battle-Axis were originally meant to be thinly-disguised versions of public domain superheroes from the 1940s; when Dr Nemesis was brought into the Marvel Universe outright, this appearance stuck as part of his continuity.

PAGES 19-21. Cassandra reveals the plot.

The crimes of Apocalypse and Sinister. Cassandra claims that her crimes – which involved the death of 16 million mutants – are trivial compared to Apocalypse or Mr Sinister. Unless she knows something we don’t, this certainly isn’t true of Sinister; if it’s true of Apocalypse, then it’s something way back in his early history that we haven’t seen.

The Shi’ar. Cassandra conquered the Shi’ar by impersonating Professor X and seizing control, as seen in New X-Men vol 1 #122-126. The suggestion may be that she had reasons for going to the Shi’ar other than her plan for revenge on Professor X.

PAGE 22. The New Marauders leaves Earth.

The New Marauder is the stolen spaceship formerly known as the Mercury, so it can do this.

Chandilar is the capital of the Shi’ar Empire. Its gate with Krakoa was created in the first New Mutants arc of the current run.

PAGES 23-26. Xandra learns the plot.

The four characters accompanying Xandra are:

  • Gladiator, standing by her side as usual.
  • Mentor, delivering the report.
  • Manta, in the black and white.
  • Delphos, a precog who was recruited into the Imperial Guard in her debut in Inhumans vol 3 #3 (2000). The name she gives here – Delphos the Red – alludes to Erik the Red, of whom more in a bit.

Mysterium was, as far as the Shi’ar know, introduced into the galaxy by mutants at the time of the Hellfire Gala. So there shouldn’t be any which is older than that, let alone two billion years old.

The Stygian mutiny, and Ambassador Urr’s fate (which was to be appointed as an ambassador), come from X-Men vol 5 #17.

PAGES 27-33. Erik the Red attacks the Marauders.

Tempo and Aurora are combining their powers (with the help of power-boosting fruit) to enable the ship to go faster. Though presumably it can do warp speeds anyway. It wouldn’t be much use as an interstellar spaceship otherwise.

Smerdyakov. Another very obscure character. Gregor Smerdyakov comes from the 2004 series District X. He’s a mutant with the power to … well, turn permanently into a tree, whether he likes it or not. Apparently he is now planted on Krakoa. Orlando can’t possibly expect many people to recognise this reference – he must be figuring that anyone who cares can look it up.

Cortez. Fabian Cortez, another mutant with power-boosting abilities. Abigail Brand replaced him with Khora (as a member of S.W.O.R.D.) in S.W.O.R.D. vol 2 #5.

Erik the Red (Davan Shakari) was a Shi’ar agent who was sent by the previous regime to deal with Lilandra (Xandra’s mother) in early issue of Chris Claremont’s X-Men. He was defeated in X-Men vol 1 #108 way back in 1977, and barely appeared after that. He was supposed to have died in 1995’s Captain Marvel #3 when his spaceship exploded, but that’s hardly convincing in the Marvel Universe. Obviously, Delphos is claiming to be part of the same faction.

PAGE 34. Trailers.

Bring on the comments

  1. NS says:

    While Orlando references Bishop’s time trying to kill Hope, I wonder if he’ll mention the aftermath and Bishop’s connection to Nova from Uncanny X-Force v2 2013 (the one with Puck and Spiral on the team).

    Bishop after being lost in time (due to his trying to kill Hope) gets possessed by a future version of Nova and sent back to begin her take over of the present. The series was almost entirely about the team trying to stop Nova’s plan to take over the world using mind-controlled psychic clones of everyone (which of course makes no sense). Also, Betsy and Storm decide to erase some of Bishop’s memories and perform some kind of mental rehab to make him good again somehow. And it worked and is why he’s so trusted these days. Weird.

  2. Salomé H. says:

    Yeah… I’m not so sure about this.

    There’s a lot to like here, maybe moreso than I would have thought when thinking back to the annual. The pacing feels brisk and energetic, and there are some nice character interactions. And I’m weirdly compelled by Nova’s turn as an impassionate investigator into the lives of mutants past.

    Importantly, it sets a distinctive tone from Duggan’s run without being grossly dissimilar – which I think is key. But some of these elements don’t quite make sense to me.

    Why reestablish the title’s premise around mutant rescue, and then immediately somersault into Shi’ar space, rather than return attention to mutants who either can’t or won’t integrate into Krakoa? Why, of all characters, set up Erik the Red as your main antagonist by the end of the first issue?

    And Jean’s reaction to Nova’s implacable cruelty seems silly, at best: they’ve been in violent confrontation more than once, but Jean can do little more than squirm and preemptively stress?

    If this is aiming for fast-paced adventuring, it’s got the rhythm and style for it. But when it comes to the characters and motivations, it all feels a bit wonky.

  3. Michael says:

    Re: Apocalypse having killed more than 16 million people- I think the idea is that if Apocalypse has been around for about 5,000 years, and he’s been constantly divising schemes to winnow out the weak, he’s probably killed more than 16 million people. He claimed to have caused the collapse of civilization in the Near East in the Bronze Age in one of Hickman’s issues and that’s just one atrocity. Apocalypse, and Selene and Vandal Savage over at DC all have lived VERY long and we’ve seen all the damage they’ve done in modern times- so a lot of writers assume they’ve got astronomical body counts.

  4. YLu says:

    “Why reestablish the title’s premise around mutant rescue, and then immediately somersault into Shi’ar space, rather than return attention to mutants who either can’t or won’t integrate into Krakoa?”

    Well, it is still mutant rescue. Cassandra’s claiming there are mutants being held prisoner by the Shi’ar. It even still has the political messiness angle, since the bird-people are Krakoa’s allies.

  5. Daly says:

    Also, from the third panel in the beginning- the Captain says, “Main Street is burning like three-mile island.” From the wiki:

    The Three Mile Island accident was a partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island, Unit 2 reactor in Pennsylvania, United States. It began at 4 a.m. on March 28, 1979. It is the most significant accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history.

  6. CitizenBane says:

    Frankly I’m not impressed by Reyes’s argument that Cassandra Nova is somehow more deserving of mutanthood than Sinister because she stole mutant DNA as an instinctive act rather than as some genetic experiment. Yeah, she acted with the instincts of a parasite, since she is a parasite. Tapeworms are also just doing what they can to survive; that doesn’t mean we don’t excise and destroy them.

    It was always a bit of a stretch for mutants to seethe about how many of them have been killed by humans when Xavier’s sister and Magneto’s daughter have killed more mutants – individually or separately – than any and all humans put together. It’s going to be even more of a stretch for me for mutant stories to continue to be about the Big Bad Human World if they just welcomed the worst mutant killer in history to join their island with a stern finger-wagging and a warning not to do it again.

  7. Mike Loughlin says:

    I don’t mind the team going to space to rescue the first mutants. It’s something different than what we saw in volume 1 and could lead to a fun story.

    I can’t wrap my head around Cassandra Nova being an actual member of the team, or even that she was on Krakoa in the first place. I could see Prof. X keeping her banished behind the scenes. Also, her cutting up Krakoan organs seems to go against “Respect this sacred land.” I would think the Quiet Council would find any excuse to toss her in the Pit.

    I’m willing to see where this book is headed. I liked most of the character interaction and dialogue. The art wasn’t bad, although I don’t like how some of the faces were drawn. I think Orlando will craft an interesting story, and maybe I’ll get over the fact that Cassandra Nova’s presence doesn’t make sense.

  8. The Other Michael says:

    I Googled “Smerdyakov” and the first thing to come up in relation to comic books was Dmitiri, aka The Chameleon. I’d totally forgotten about tree guy.

    I wonder what the status of Malcolm, Randall, and for that matter Fitzroy and Shard is. As time travellers who all died in the modern day, one might assume they were backed up by Cerebro or are now potentially available via the Waiting Room. Have they been resurrected? Or could they be? I mean, I can’t see anyone clamoring for Fitzroy’s return, but Lord knows they’ve brought back enough other randos… and obviously just being a time traveller isn’t a factor in the protocols, otherwise what about Bishop and Rachel?

  9. Nu-D says:

    Ugh. I haven’t read this yet, but rehabilitating villains into X-Men jumped the shark with Sabertooth, not to,mention Sinister and Apocalypse. Now it’s Nova? Too much.

    it’s not obvious what Cassandra would have to do with ancient mutants, considering that she’s the evil double of Charles Xavier, who is much, much younger than that

    Morrison was a little vague on that. The whole Mummudrai thing was never super clear. At times it read like a legend, and Nova was just a distinct modern instance; but at times it seemed like he was hinting she was some ancient force reborn.

  10. Jenny says:

    This is the first time in years Cassandra Nova has been scary. And for that I’ll gladly read it.

  11. Jenny says:

    Anyway, I don’t think this book is rehabilitating Cassandra; it’s definitely leaning into having her as a sort of “Hannibal Lecter” type role.

  12. Allan M says:

    @ Nu-D It’s not really rehabilitation so much as she’s their only one who knows how to achieve the rescue mission so they’re stuck working with a monster. The revelation that they’re working with Nova is greeted with shock and horror by everyone in the cast except Somnus (since he doesn’t know who Nova is). Jenny’s right – she’s Hannibal Lecter.

    The best part of the issue for me is the text page where Bishop passive-aggressively reminds Kate that he won’t undermine her authority, she’s in command and that’s that, but also basically says that including Nova is a terrible fucking idea and he’s totally opposed to it.

  13. Michael says:

    Can anyone explain why Cassandra counts as a mutant but not Franklin? They both made themselves into mutants when they were young. It just seems like hair-splitting- and I’m sure most Krakoans like Franklin better than Cassandra Nova.
    I think Orlando’s point is that telepathically giving Cassandra compassion is no substitute for Cassandra actually performing acts of compassion herself.Maddie’s resurrection might have helped her because Maddie actually had lived experience of compassion, forgiveness, courage etc. before S’ym tricked her, so it might be possible for the Five to restore those qualities to her but Cassandra has no lived experience of doing good.
    Speaking of Maddie, I think that if the Marauders needed a wild card female telepath, she might have been a better choice than Cassandra. From the X-Men’s point of view, I get why they would want Illyana watching Maddie, but it would make more sense for Kate to take on Maddie as a Marauder than Cassandra. Maddie was Kate’s friend, so Kate wanting to have her friend back would make sense,. unlike Kate working with her father’s murderer. And it could be explained that Somnus can help Maddie control the Goblin Queen because the Goblin Queen was created in a dream yada yada yada.

  14. Si says:

    I think Maddie is going to be in whatever replaces New Mutants, fighting Magik for Limbo.

    Sorry, I must have nodded off there. But a District X sequel with Bishop, Malcolm and Randall could be great.

  15. ASV says:

    The tone of the Fever Pitch sequence makes no sense without the above context (and even with it, tbh).

  16. Michael says:

    @The Other Michael- I think the problem with resurrecting Fitzroy is that it was revealed that his insanity was a result of being resurrected by Layla Miller, so no one knows how the Five resurrecting him would affect him.

  17. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    Yeah I wasn’t a fan of the Annual but I decided to try another issue and see how it goes.

    Still not totally sold on this, don’t particularly like the cast, but there’s some interesting stuff and I like the art.

    I always liked Shard and wish they would bring her back, even though they shouldn’t have any of her DNA.

    Also Fitzroy.

  18. MasterMahan says:

    We’ve seen a few artificial mutants on Krakoa. Sinister, the Struckers, and Gwenpool. Ink was listed as being on the island. Wanda and Pietro, Franklin, and Deadpool are barred, though.

    The difference, I assume, is that barring the Struckers on a technicality doesn’t create drama the way it does with protagonist characters.

    Unrelated, but how do you hide an archipelago on a relatively small island filled with flying people?

  19. Luis Dantas says:

    The whole “Erik the Red” thing of the Claremont days wasn’t really explained back in the Claremont days, IIRC. He is presumably a Shiar agent and was presumably working for D’Ken (Lilandra’s evil brother).

    Doesn’t really explain why he did such apparently random things as adopting an identity once used by Cyclops as a disguise and weaponizing Havok and Lorna against the X-Men. And wasn’t he famously spying Steven Lang circa X-Men #99 or so?

    If this storyline manages to put more sense into those long dangling threads, that may be for the better. The potential is there.

    Cassandra Nova is nothing if not disturbing. It could have been better explained, but my working hypothesis is that Jean attempted to rehabilitate her back in X-Men: Red, but ultimately it amountted to little more than making Cassandra aware of how compassion works and thereby enabling her to use a bit of intrigue and misdirection.

    She is still a cruel sadist, only now she has a better understanding of what proper behavior would be like and uses that knowledge in order to make people more reluctant to stop her.

    Or maybe, for all the appearance of self-confidence, she is in fact deeply conflicted and this mission is an attempt at easing (or just postponing) some of that inner conflict by _both_ attempting a genuine rescue of a potentially huge number of mutants and making a contingent of X-Men miserable while at it.

  20. Devin says:

    I don’t think there is a satisfactory in-story explanation for why Franklin doesn’t count as a mutant. I feel like if the Fantastic Four writer had been willing to share him with the X-office, Krakoa would have accepted Franklin the way they had been pre-retcon.

    I’m glad to see some messiness and discussion from the characters about who counts as a mutant, at least. It makes the whole mutant-nation situation feel more realistic. Part of what made Dawn of X Krakoa seem so cultlike was how none of the characters seemed to have any discomfort with things they logically should be uncomfortable with. (Sinister, the Crucible, Apocalypse…) Now that Krakoa is sticking around, the writers seem to be addressing those.

  21. Jerry Ray says:

    This didn’t really do it for me. The art was appalling, and it was difficult to tell what was meant to be happening at times. The whole “hidden archipelago” thing makes no sense when it’s right there in the aerial establishing shot. Having Nova hanging around digging organs out of Krakoa makes no sense – why is she there at all, and why is she not in the Pit? I dunno, this just flags up a lot of the dumb things about the Krakoa setup to me.

  22. Michael says:

    @MasterMahan- the Struckers got their powers as a result of being experimented in utero by their father’s scientists. I get why they wouldn’t want to bar people like that from Krakoa- I wouldn’t be surprised if Sinister performed similar experiments.

  23. Michael says:

    @MasterMahan- as I understand it, Wanda and Pietro AREN’T artificial mutants. They don’t have an x-gene- they just APPEAR to have an x-gene to every scientific test except the ones that the High Evolutionary uses.
    (And yes, that was a particularly convoluted and idiotic retcon.)

  24. Drew says:

    Yeah, Michael’s point about Fitzroy raises some interesting questions. X-Factor explicitly showed that Fitzroy was originally a nice guy, and the reason he became a sociopath is because Layla Miller resurrected him without a soul. (And later did the same for Strong Guy, but I guess he got his back somehow.)

    But Krakoa has explicitly declined to address whether/how the soul transfers to resurrected mutants, other than handwaving that Proteus does “something” to imbue the new bodies with a mutant’s “essence,” which I guess for our purposes we can read as “soul.” So if Fitzroy were to be resurrected, could Proteus theoretically reality-warp his soul from the future back to his body and make him a good guy again?

    Not that I expect that to happen, but it raises the sort of questions that, let’s be honest, we’ll probably never see the X-books give us answers for…

  25. Krzysiek Ceran says:

    Soulless Guido winds up ruling hell in X-Factor, stops ruling it in Thunderbolts (the stupid Red Hulk team) but remains in hell…

    …and then winds up back on Earth via editorial limbo. Apparently it’s mentioned in Rosenberg’s New Mutants: Dead Souls miniseries that Magik restored his soul. I don’t remember it, but that’s what it says on Marvel fandom wiki.

    If that’s true, then Rosenberg was patching an earlier botch, since Guido has already appeared in background scenes of stuff like Inhumans vs X-Men by that point.

  26. Paul says:

    “We’ve seen a few artificial mutants on Krakoa. Sinister, the Struckers, and Gwenpool. Ink was listed as being on the island. Wanda and Pietro, Franklin, and Deadpool are barred, though.”

    The distinction here is meant to be that Sinister, the Struckers and Gwenpool are biologically true mutants, even if they weren’t naturally occurring. Wanda, Pietro and Franklin were not mutants, although they did have the ability to fool people into thinking that they were. Deadpool is just a guy whose origin story involves him being treated with a mutant’s DNA, but he isn’t really a mutant, even though he sometimes claims to be.

  27. ASV says:

    “If you dig deep enough, Krakoa has organs.” She’s using handtools to dig at literally the surface. And does carving out Krakoa’s organs count as respecting this sacred land? Gah. It’s so dumb!

  28. MasterMahan says:

    Hmm, I was under the impression Deadpool had Logan’s x-gene, but it looks like that’s not the case.

    Krakoa also has a couple of non-human mutants, Broo and Warlock, who presumably don’t have x-genes. Warlock’s presence seems like a dropped plot point, but no one ever blinked an eye at Broo. I suppose you’d need to let non-human mutants in when you’re living on one.

  29. Rybread says:

    @MaterMahan I feel like it was mentioned somewhere at one point that Broo doesn’t live on Krakoa but just visits. But I’m not sure where that was or if I’m just making that up in my head.

  30. Michael says:

    Speaking of Broo, what happened to the Brood storyline? Broo became king and now that just doesn’t matter? Seems like one of those unfinished Claremont plot threads from 20+ years back.

  31. The Other Michael says:

    Ariel is another alien mutant presumably living on Krakoa, so clearly they do make allowances for what few alien mutants we know of.

    I agree, Broo’s role as King of the Brood has really been put on the back burner… I think it may have been referenced in recent cosmic storylines, but I don’t recall where, if so.

    The whole Warlock hiding as Cypher’s arm really did just… fizzle. No explanation about why they were doing it or why they stopped, or what it was meant to achieve. Maybe Warlock came out of hiding after he’d achieved his goal of spreading throughout Krakoa to give Doug a spy network, or once he felt it was safe.

    It’s weird that Ink is considered a mutant when he was just channeling an actual mutant’s powers. Maybe he developed an x-gene over time. (Also, is that tattoo artist still out there? Talk about a frighteningly overpowered mutant… it took him granting the -Phoenix Force- before he went into a coma! I bet Sinister would like to have some fun with him…)

  32. Allan M says:

    The only development in the Brood storyline was in New Mutants #21, where Warpath and some students are attacked by some rogue Brood who aren’t obeying Broo’s orders while they’re on the moon. Broo shows up to apologize, and is told to move the Brood further away from the Sol system. Note that the other mutants take a gate back to Krakoa at the end of the scene but Broo doesn’t follow them, which I take as a sign that he’s living with the Brood.

    Not stated is that, per the data page in X-Men #9, production of a rival King Egg can disrupt the control of the current Brood King over the other Brood. So seemingly someone’s making a rival King Egg. So not an entirely dropped plotline, just one that’s only nudged forward by one scene, compared to, say, the Orchis stuff, Russia, Shi’ar, etc.

  33. Karl_H says:

    King Broo felt like something not meant by Hickman to be an ongoing subplot, but something to pull out as a surprise during the climax of his story.

    I enjoyed this issue more than the annual, but it certainly does raise a lot of questions (as seen in these comments).

    I’ve struggled to read some of Orlando’s stuff in the past, and I’m thinking it’s partially his dialog — clumsy lines like “Let’s sting while we can… before they decide to multitask” and odd references like Three Mile Island.

    And while I really like how Nova is drawn here — that panel of her pulling Psylocke’s blade into her head — in other places the art is unclear — why is Somnus floating in the air for two panels on the previous page?

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