Thursday, October 12, 2006

New X-Men #31

New X-Men #31
I was satisfied with this story until I read the second epilogue. In the second epilogue, it implies that the Nimrod from this issue was cast into the ethers of time and emerged in Uncanny X-Men #191 (mistakenly referred to on the letters page as Uncanny X-Men #192). However, that cannot be the case. It was established years ago that when Nimrod arrived in our time, he followed Rachel Grey from her Days of Future Past timeline, with assistance from Dr. Strange (see Excalibur vol.1 #66 - I think...I couldn't find a copy to confirm this piece of information). So by trying to link this story to the stories from UXM#191, 193-194, 208-209, and, finally, UXM#246-247 (supplemented by the Machine Man/Bastion 1998 annual), the writers of New X-Men have screwed up continuity. My recommendation is to read the issue but omit the last page, or possibly the last two pages. Otherwise, continuity is damaged.
See, Nimrod was shoved through the Siege Perilous, and therein combined with Master Mold, to become Bastion, who, although he hasn't been seen in a while, still exists in the Marvel Universe, and should anyone decide to use him in the future, this second epilogue may prove problematic. Man, I really hate it when writers don't give a shit about continuity.

Otherwise, this issue is OKAY. We finally get some character development, the New X-Men finally work together as a team, and the death-fest of this past year ends - hopefully for good.

So, in the final analysis, the first 34 pages of the book are OKAY, followed by an odd, nearly unrelated epilogue which is EH, followed by the second epilogue which is ASS.
Make of that what you will.

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