Thursday, August 22, 2013

Amazing X-men #3

Magneto kneels before the grave of Charles Xavier and ponders again how one man could have made such a difference in the world, and if giving up everyone he knows and loves to change reality is truly worth it.  Bishop tells him he's wasting their time, and I can't help but agree.  How many times do we have to hear this?

Thankfully, some Infinites, Vanisher, and then finally Apocalypse show up to start a fight.
Magneto quickly tears apart the Infinites, and Vanisher disappears, leaving what would seem to be a big tussle between two powerhouses.  But mostly it's just Apocalypse beating the crap out of Magneto while dumping some exposition on us.  I'm teasing, as actually it is pretty neat how through this we find out that Magneto did build Asteroid M in this reality, and how he once crashed it into earth trying to take out Apocalypse but failed and lost half his mutant powers in the process.  It helps to make this reality seem more real and less of the temporary event that it actually is.

Magneto is all set to kill himself in an effort to also take out Apocalypse, but Apocalypse reveals that he's sent Vanisher after Nanny and baby Charles, so Magneto surrenders instead.

Meanwhile, we see Vanisher thoroughly vanquished by an armed to the teeth Nanny, and the gleeful look on baby Charles' face when Nanny pulls out all her guns is totally adorable.

So young and already in love with violence

Quicksilver's team of X-men return to the mansion to find Magneto and Bishop gone and Vanisher dead.  While the others look for Nanny and Charles, Quicksilver speeds over to Heaven to talk to Angel.  Angel informs him that they sent Bishop and Magneto to two different locations, and since Bishop is essential to the plan they've all been trying to fulfill to fix the universe, he's going to have to let his father stay captured for a while to go rescue him.

Bishop is being tortured by the Madri who put the Shadow King inside his head to find out what he knows.  The Shadow King is thoroughly confused by the alternate reality he sees there.  Abyss suddenly reappears, mostly just being snarky awesome as he likes to do, but also leading us into the next issue by saying that whatever the X-men's plan is, it needs to be stopped.

That almost seems like too much to happen in one issue, doesn't it?  Given the slow pace that a lot of these took, this one really gets the ball rolling with all the fights and having Magneto and Bishop captured.  Things are definitely building up now.


  1. +JMJ+

    That is an excellent panel--and you're right that it's the expression on Charles's face which makes it a masterpiece! =D

    I just wish that Magneto hadn't been so quick to surrender. Wouldn't he have guessed that Vanisher wouldn't stand a chance against Nanny?

    1. Yeah, Magneto's surrender happens just a little too quickly. I understand they didn't want to ruin the surprise of Nanny's arsenal, but you're right, Magneto would be aware of it and therefore shouldn't be quite so worried for Charles.


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