Roses and raspberries in this issue - We finally discover that this attack is by a cross-dimentional X-Men team led by a psychotic Prof. X who'se 'voice... it's not completely... Charles.' The story has some good touches, but Sage's arrival (driven to the hospital by Courtney presumably from the Hellfire Club) and introduction into the story has got to be one of the worst ever (though I liked the fact that she was willing to use a gun on evil Jean) and I liked Jugs stating that he didn't take her out when he had the chance because 'I don't kill' However some of the dialogue should have been binned - in particular Cap. stating 'We're heroes, wisdom.' at the end is so not in character that it just grates... To quote comicguy in the simpsons ' Worst. Dialogue. Ever!'
We also have Lockheed being stopped from freeing the Cap. from ice earlier in the story because his flame might cause the oxygen bottles to explode yet a few minutes later Wisdom successfully frees the Cap. using his hot knives (supposedly even hotter than Lockheed's bad breath) without anyone saying anything and without any explosions. Despite that, the story isn't bad and gives the team a chance to test itself against the X-Men original team though they obviously have never met Rachel before with Prof. X thinking she's a Jean (not surprising in the Cross-Time Caper we learnt that Rachel is unique though she did have a few dimentional look-alike 'twins') and Nightcrawler is referred to several times as a 'goblin' so we assume he wasn't known in their parallel either. The artwork also has some highs and lows - Wisdom's grin as he hugs Kitty while being telekenetically being transported by Red is immediately followed by the next panel where Kitty, Wisdom and Rachel's faces could be completely interchangable they are so badly drawn. Its obvious that Jugs has replaced Cap as klutz of the team and is definitely shown as acting without thinking though that led to Sage's intro to the team with 'I'll show him the way. AND provide you with a plan...' Yeuk! And ego of the week award goes to...!!! Never mind Sage this reeked of Onions! Given Sage's background (always hated the name) I'm sure they could have come up with a better introduction to Sage's abilities than this...
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