Thursday, March 14, 2013

Retro Review: X-men Vol 2 #53

I talked about Onslaught recently, so I thought I would take a look at some choice issues from the Onslaught saga starting with this one. This was actually the first X-men comic I ever bought. I was pretty familiar with the X-men, since I watched the cartoon religiously, but I was still relatively new to comics. This was a pretty damn good X-men book to start with though.

Our story starts with Jean Grey out shopping in Salem Center New York. As we go about her day we see the flashes of peoples thoughts she can't help but hear and it's not pretty. Some women jealous of her appearance, some judging her for being a mutant, and one gentleman who wishes she would walk up and down his naked chest in stiletto heels. Come to think of it, I wouldn't mind her doing that either. When trying on a dress she is suddenly pulled into the Astral Plane by Onslaught. Onslaught tells here they have much to talk about.
Gotta hand it to artist Andy Kubert, that's a pretty imposing looking mother fucker right there. It's not everyone who can rock that much purple in a threatening way. Hats off to you Onslaught. 

Anyways Onslaught gives Jean the usually mutant villain spiel "Humans are all assholes. Wouldn't it be sweet if we killed them all?" He also tries to show her what a hypocrite Professor X is. She scoffs at this saying he was like a father to her and with the two of them being telepaths they have no secrets. Onslaught responds to this by showing her a memory of Professor X that reveals he used to be in love with her. The two of them continue to have a back and forth until he returns her to where he found her with his name stamped on her forehead.
 This was a pretty damn good issue. It was a great character study for both Professor X and Jean Grey. Also keeping with the frequent X-men theme of powers being a blessing and a curse it showed the inherent down side to Jean's powers. And of course it reveals Onslaught and he rolls out onto the scene like a straight up boss. My biggest problem is Onslaught pulled Jean into the Astral Plane physically which you're not supposed to be able to do. It didn't add anything to the story and it was very inconsistent with how the Astral Plane is suppose to work. That aside this was a pretty damn good issue and a great start to the Onslaught saga.

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