Tuesday, March 05, 2013

An X-Men post, with no scans of the X-Men, 'cause that's how we roll...

Today, a book from the dollar bins that I was thrilled to get a replacement copy of; since I bought it off the spinner-racks in 1989 for a dollar! From Uncanny X-Men #245, "Men!" Written by Chris Claremont, pencils by Rob Liefeld, inks by Dan Green.

This was the second in a pair of more humorous issues, since Uncanny X-Men was about to get pretty grim again in short order. Uncanny #251 was the cover that sprang to mind there, as the team is whittled down seemingly month by month. But #244 was the ladies' night out (and the first appearance of Jubilee) and the guys' night is far more broad; as well as being a parody of DC's Invasion! While Wolverine, Havok, Colossus, and Longshot get ready for a night out; a somewhat familiar looking batch of aliens invade Australia. The Australians, for their part, are nonplussed.

While Colossus brawls with the alien troops, Longshot charms the pants off of (figuratively speaking) the winged woman warriors, and Havok drunkenly shoots down an alien battlecruiser. Wolverine faces an alien commander in poker, and bets his life against the commander's...on a bluff. The guys have a fun night, but the issue ends on a dark note, as Donald Pierce has escaped from the Hellfire Club.

Actually, despite a lot of jokes, Claremont keeps most of his regular plots going as well: Colossus still couldn't turn back into human, Dazzler was worried that her powers seemed to be leveling up, and Wolverine didn't like the Reavers' surveillance systems watching him, telling Havok they may have corrupted Madeline Pryor and could do the same to him. So still a lot going on!

Still, I was glad to get this again, because I had a friend that just hated the cover...

1 comment:

Dale Bagwell said...

I dug this one. The jokes were pretty good, and who doesn't love a good jab or two at the distinguished competition.

Jean Bomb indeed. That should be the name of its own mixed drink. Might have to get Dan to work on that one.