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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Catching Up with the X-Men

As we enter Marvel’s Heroic Age, let’s recap the recent happenings that have gone down in the vicinity of everyone’s favorite mutants during the event known as Second Coming (spoilers abound!):

The first mutant baby born since M-day, named Hope, was sent into the future with Cable for safekeeping. They returned, years later for them but a relatively short time for those in the present, the find the island refuge of Utopia under attack by Bastion, a super-sentinel from the future determined to exterminate the last vestiges of the mutant race. Nightcrawler sacrificed himself to save Hope, widening the rift between mutant leader Cyclops and X-Force leader Wolverine, who lacks the former’s faith in Hope’s messianic destiny. Meanwhile Magneto, perhaps in an attempt to ingratiate himself with his former enemies, used his powers to retrieve the giant bullet containing lost X-Man Kitty Pryde from deep space; however, since her return Kitty seems unable to unphase herself, and is currently kept in a special chamber to keep from ghosting away completely. In the battle against Bastion, X-Force was sent into the future to prevent an assault of Nimrod sentinels; Cable sacrificed himself ensure their safe return, and in the throes of grief Hope displayed for the first time her high-level powers, winning the day. X-Force, their mission complete, was ordered to disband by Cyclops, but Wolverine has decided to secretly continue the elite dark-ops team with a new lineup. Now Hope is adjusting to her new life, Rogue and Magneto are investigating strange events in India, and mutants are beginning to appear across the globe again- though there’s something different about these new manifestations. Meanwhile, something bloodthirsty and undead lurks in San Francisco, and depowered X-Man Jubilee might be its first victim…

Whew! So now that you’re somewhat caught up, check out our heroes’ further adventures in Uncanny X-Men, X-Men Legacy, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants, and the upcoming Uncanny X-Force!

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