X-Men Blue Issue 18 (Cross Time Capers part 3)
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by R.B. Silva
Lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna
What you need to know:
With the time stream beginning to disappear due to the original five X-Men being stuck in the present, Magneto intended to finally send them home; however, he disappeared. The X-Men decided to rectify the issue themselves using the time platform, but it went wrong and they ended up in 2099. Thanks to the X-Men’s help in fixing Beast’s time device in 2099, they blasted in the past landing back at the Massachusetts Institute where they come face-to-face with Generation X, the third generation of students.
What just happened?
The issue starts with the heads of the school, Emma Frost and Banshee, discussing an issue when young Iceman comes flying through the window.
Out on the grounds, the X-Men are duking it out. Gen X are in their second red and yellow costumes, Skin tries to wrap up Beast, and Penance takes on Howlett while Cyclops Husk. Chamber is firing at Jean who uses TK to repel him, Mondo has grown into a giant, and Angel and M are tackling each other as Jubliee fireworks Bloodstorm.
Synch uses telekinesis to put Chamber to the ground but lets his guard down, allowing Angel an in to send him flying with his fire wings. Husk in her current ruby quartz form, gives Cyke a right hook from Texas, leaving it up to Bloodstorm to send in a lightning bolt to split them apart. M comes flying in to end Bloodstorm quickly, but gets more than she bargains for when the vampire turns to mist. Jean wants to end the battle quickly by shutting everyone down, but a young Jubilee is having none of it and fireworks Jean only to get a kick in the gut for her trouble.
One thing I found strange was that Jubilee acts like she already knows what is going on with the time travel. Also, it is the O5’s fault and they deserve the beatdown.
Cyclops goes to check on Husk, but she is ready for round two. Jean intervenes by putting Paige to sleep, stating that Cyke was worried about being clocked out via the psychic rapport they share. The scream of the Banshee knocks Jean and Scott to the ground and he advises to choose their next move carefully as he stands next to the White Queen, after saying he was actually holding back.
Jean tell the headmasters they did not mean to arrive here or fight them, Emma summons her students into the mansion because they have guests, and M is disappointed while Bloodstorm simply states they should consider themselves lucky.
Sean and Emma both realise who the kids look like, but are aware that they need to be prepared in case they are something else. The four leaders try to understand and figure this out.
Scott does trust the White Queen, even if Jean thinks they can learn something from this time, as if to say maybe the path home was designed to go through this whole process. Emma questions the rapport and distrust, Jean tells them the truth that the future is messed up because they are from the past to Scott’s annoyance, and Jean says it’s ok because if they fix it, this meeting will not occur and they will not remember.
I enjoyed Sean’s response to time travel; it is a headache already. Jean continues to tell Emma that Professor X asked Magneto to build a time device and Emma finds the notion of Magneto helping interesting as Jean killed him. Maybe it’s me, but that was not how I remember the events around this era, so the time must really be messed up. Over in the restroom, we see the rest of the two groups together. Jubilee asks BloodStorm if she is a vampire without knowing that she will one day become one herself. She even tells her that she hates vampires. How ironic.
She also picks on the fact of how protective Bloodstorm is of Scott, but she always knew him to be with Jean. But good for her if he’s her boyfriend, she concludes. Bloodstorm does not wish to discuss these details. Clearly, the timeline is different as this team was taught something about the O5 team before Ms. Frost staged her coup of the students that spent time in a mutant training facility.
I found Warren chatting up Paige pretty funny. M enjoyed sucker punching Bobby and Beast continues repairing the time device while speaking with Skin. There are some nice interactions there.
Beast says there is something strange about the mansion; it is not real, just an illusion. Emma confirms that they took what they could to make the best of what they could when the X-resistance fell. Emma let’s Jean take a peek into her mind and what happened was horrific; they need Hank and they need to get home as she thinks she knows what happened.
Emma wishes they could stay the same as they all disappear in the paradox, which has corrected itself. Everything is all wrong. They make what they hope is their final jump. But is it?