Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I swear, if I see Death as a handyman, I'm gonna be super-pissed at Claremont for putting the idea in my head.

Some time ago, we had a post here on various comic incarnations of Death, from the Black Racer to the hot one from the Warlord. But, I forgot one that's turned up a couple times in the X-Men books. First appearing (as far as I know) in Classic X-Men #43, set after Phoenix's death in Uncanny X-Men #137. After her suicide, Jean is despondent to wake up, alive, in a white costume, somewhere strange. The only one there...
...is apparently a super-strong and kinda rude Chippendales dancer. No, it's actually Death, who tries to teach Phoenix a lesson she's not going to remember anyway. Uh...hmm.

Years later, when Galactus threatened to remove the Phoenix force from Rachel Summers, she too met Death.

Wow, Death has really let himself go...why Rachel sees him as an older handyman, I have no idea. Likewise, I don't know if this is a version of Death only seen by Phoenixes, women of the Grey family, or Claremont characters. I can't imagine Thunderbird or Banshee being happy to see him...

"Flights of Angels" Written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Mike Collins, inks by Joe Rubinstein; and from Excalibur #25, "Guess who's coming for Phoenix?" Written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Chris Wozniak, inks by Allen Milgrom.

1 comment:

chiasaur11 said...

Thanks to Terry Pratchett, I'm kinda stuck with the traditional reaper look when I think of Death.

Possibly accompanied by a little rat skeleton in a cloak with a tiny little scythe.