Sunday, April 25, 2010

X-Men Forever Annual #1 - Marvel

This book is set up to give us the story of the situation that happened which sparked the flame between Jean and Logan. Nick Fury needs some reconnaissance work done on an island in the South Pacific. This happens shortly after the time that the mansion was destroyed. So when Nick requests a team, Scott bows out because he wants to spend his time and resources rebuilding the School. Logan and Jean decide that they could use the distraction, so . . they volunteer. They end up on this beautiful vacation island posing as newlyweds so they can scope out the situation. As soon as they get there they know that something is up because Jean can't use her powers . . everything is psi-blocked. And there's some serious surveillance everywhere. Anyways, long story short . . they end up being captured by the Hand and put under some kind of sonic device that is intended to subjugate them to the Hand's will, much in the way that Betsy was captured and changed shortly before that. Jean can't fight back, and it appears that Logan's body has been inhabited by one of the Hand's assassins. Luckily Psylocke, Jubilee, Shadowcat and Nightcrawler show up because they were worried about their teammates. 'We're not just team-mates, y'know. We're like . . family. We all felt something was amiss. When Kitty couldn't raise you via com-link, nor Betsy via telepathy . . we decided to check things out for ourselves.' Once everything is over, Logan and Jean are feeling especially close because Jean had used her trust in Logan to save his life when he was posessed. So they decide to stay behind and take a little vacation. That's when they apparently decide to take a chance and go for it. And that, as they say, is all she wrote. I thought this was a nice story by Chris Claremont. It served it's purpose. It showed us why Logan and Jean had a relationship in this reality, but stayed away from it in the regular Marvel Universe. And the way the story played out, their emotions and decisions seemed like the natural course of events. Although it is a bit melancholy, on Jean's part, knowing that Logan died in the first issue of this series. Anyways, Sana Takeda does the art this issue, and . . I enjoyed it. This really isn't my style, but . . I thought it fit this particular story quite nicely. All in all, I thought it was a good story for an Annual. Plus . . I've really enjoyed Chris' story-lines throughout this series.

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