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2000s LUKE CAGE STORYLINES RANKED BEST TO GOOD

STAR RATINGS:

Best: 5 to 4.5 stars.

Good: 4 to 3 stars.

Bad: 2.5 to 2 stars.

Worst: 1.5 to 0 stars.

BEST: “THE PULSE: FEAR” (2005).

Collects ‘The Pulse’ #11-14.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Initially, Marvel introduced their superstar heroine Jessica Jones with the adult Mad Max series ‘Alias’. In a few words, Jessica is a retired superhero that developed a romantic relationship with Luke Cage. Moving forward, ‘The Pulse’ showcases Jessica Jones’ pregnancy with Cage as the father.

AT CBR.com, Brian Cronin lists “The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!” On his list, Mr. Cronin recommends “The Pulse: Fear” as the top Luke Cage story. Chiefly, “The Pulse: Fear” shows why Brian Michael Bendis may be the most versatile writer at Marvel. Previously, Bendis worked on the Marvel Ultimate titles such as ‘Ultimate Spider-Man,’ ‘Ultimate X-Men,’ and ‘Ultimate Fantastic Four.’ Bendis’ work on “The Pulse: Fear” reveals the greater maturity of the subject matter. What makes the series work is that its two protagonists are real people with real problems. In addition, the Marvel superhero community is portrayed in a supportive light.

To sum, the art, the plot and the dialogue have a realistic and grounded feel. Together, these elements make for an enjoyable coming-of-age experience. In the end, the characters mature and their relationships become more authentic. Definitely, ‘The Pulse’ is essential Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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BEST: “NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT” (2005).

Collects ‘Action Comics’ #775.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In 2005, Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch gave the Avengers a fresh new look. After “Avengers: Disassembled,” the Avengers disbanded. Then, Marvel gave us the New Avengers joined together by fate.

Like the former Avengers team, the New Avengers formed to take on a threat that no member could take on their own. Centrally, the plot is tight and focuses around capturing the villain responsible for the Raft prison breakout. The new Avengers team is not SHIELD-backed by Director Maria Hill.

Thematically, the New Avengers are a street-team. To this end, their members are: Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Luke Cage and Wolverine. Particularly, Luke Cage grounded the team and is a vocal member. What makes the team work, is the fact it is free of politics and mainly seeks to get the job done.

As Gabeel Gaber points out, the New Avengers outlaw status after the “Civil War” caused them to fight smaller scale foes. Originally, the Avengers would fight Ultron and Kang the Conqueror. Instead, the New Avengers would fight the Wrecking Crew and the Hand.

While this is not a Luke Cage story, it is important. Eventually, Luke Cage leads the 2010 version of the New Avengers after Cap is arrested and apparently killed during Civil War. Definitely, ‘New Avengers’ belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘SECRET WAR’ (2004).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 3.5 out of 5.0 stars.

Surely, politics are important to a spy agency like SHIELD. In ‘Secret War,’ Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell’Otto extend more mature themes.

Really, Bendis’ writing adapts to the elevated subject matter. If in ‘New Avengers,’ Bendis’ characters’ chemistry is light-hearted, ‘Secret War’ gives them a more serious treatment. In addition, Dell’Otto’s panels are like Chiaroscuro comics: Dark, violent with 3D-like effects.

Story-wise, there is a subversiveness that persists over the lobotomy of Nick Fury’s Secret War team. To begin, Luke Cage is in Mount Sinai Medical Center after an attack in retaliation for the Secret War. In his anti-terrorism war, Nick Fury is willing to go to any lengths. Indeed,the US government would not take action on Latveria-funded terrorist activity in the United States. Simply, Colonel Fury creates a secret team comprising of Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Nick Fury, Black Widow and Agent Daisy Johnson.

In the end, the heroes come out on top. Without a doubt, Luke plays a minimal role in the story. Nevertheless, this belongs in your Luke Cage collection.

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GOOD: ‘NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL‘ #1 (2006).

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dialogue: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Plot: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Characterization: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

Art: 4.0 out of 5.0 stars.

In his “Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told!,” Brian Cronin ranks ‘New Avengers Annual’ (2006) #1 number seven. Let’s give a brief review.

To begin, Bendis’ ‘New Avengers Annual’ #1 celebrates Luke Cage’s and Jessica Jones’ marriage. On the day Jessica accepts Luke Cage’s marriage proposal, they are attacked by a false version of Black Widow. If anything, the heroes’ banter are characteristic of Bendis. Moreover, their quips serve as battle intros.

Definitely, ‘New Avengers Annual’ #1 ranks as one of the greatest Luke Cage stories.

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SOURCES

The Greatest Luke Cage Stories Ever Told! in CBR.com.
The Pulse Vol 1 (2004–2006) in Marvel Database.
New Avengers Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
New Avengers: How One Street-Level Team Changed the Marvel Universe Forever in CBR.com.
Chiaroscuro in Comic Book Glossary.
Secret War #1 in Comic Book Round Up.
New Avengers Annual Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.

Marvel Day: In The ‘AvX’ Storyline, The Phoenix Five Cause The Downfall Of Cyclops And Mutantkind

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MARVEL DAY

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.
Official Name

Avengers vs X-Men.

Universe

Earth-616.

Heroes

X-Men, Avengers, Nova, Scarlet Witch.

Villains

Phoenix Force, Mr. Sinister.

Creators

Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, Olivier Coipel.

Issues

‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #1-12.

IN EXTINCTION

THE PHOENIX FORCE IS COMING TO EARTH, SEEKING HOPE SUMMERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, the Avengers come into world-wide conflict with the X-Men. To begin, Nova crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City. Critically injured, he states “it’s coming” before falling into a coma. Later, at a White House, Captain America and Iron Man brief the President on recent events. Briefly, Iron Man has analyzed the energy signature on Nova’s uniform. Sinisterly, it points to the Phoenix coming to Earth. Importantly, it is locking for a host in order to potentially lay waste to Earth.

Suddenly, Tony’s programs signal a Phoenix flare on Earth. Soon, Captain America meets Wolverine at the Jean Grey School For Higher Learning. Despite his resistance, Cap recruits Wolverine. Indeed, he intends to convince Scott Summers to stop the Phoenix threat. Previously, Cyclops and Hope Summers are training for the Phoenix’s arrival. As Cyclops pushes Hope to her limits, the young mutant manifests the Phoenix Force. Later, Captain America comes to Utopia to take Hope Summers into protective custody.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #1, while training, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, while training with Cyclops, Hope Summers manifests the Phoenix Force.. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

FEAT: CYCLOPS BLASTS AWAY CAPTAIN AMERICA WITH HIS OPTIC BLASTS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #1, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. Initiating the fight, Cyclops knocks back Captain America with an optic blast. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

THE PHOENIX FIVE ARE BORN!

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. Meanwhile, Hope is locked safely in a room with the Lights. When neither side has the upper hand, Wolverine and Spider-Man seek out Hope. There, they find Hope having dealt with the Lights. However, before Wolverine can gut her, Hope blasts him and Spider-Man. Then, she makes her escape.

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #3, Wolverine comes to an hour later. Quickly, he realizes Cyclops’ surrender is a ruse. In fact, Magik has created the illusion that she is Doctor Strange transporting herself. Before he can act, the X-Men teleport to Long Beach to hunt down Hope. At Avengers Tower, Marvel Girl tells Wolverine they have traced Hope’s energy signature to five different locations.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #2, it is all-out war between the Avengers and the X-Men. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

Soon, Captain America divides the Avengers into five teams sent to the five locations: Wundagore Mountain, Tabula Rasa, Wakanda, Latveria and Savage Land. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #4, Hope recruits Wolverine on a mission to the moon. There, she hopes to bond with the Phoenix. On site, Wolverine betrays Hope and gives her location to the Avengers.

At the same time, Emma Frost intercepts Cap’s transmission. Soon, the X-Men meet the Avengers in the Blue Area of the moon. In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the X-Men battle the Avengers. In an explosive battle, Hope rejects the Phoenix. At the same time, Iron Man’s Phoenix-Killer Armor detonates the Phoenix splitting it. As the smoke disappears, the Phoenix Five rise from the ashes. Mysteriously, they depart with Hope.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #5, the Phoenix Five rise for the first time. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

REBUILDING THE WORLD, THE PHOENIX FIVE TAKE AVENGERS PRISONERS

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, the Phoenix Five begin world-building. Cyclops rebuilds Utopia, Magik ends war, Emma Frost destroys the Sentinels, Colossus destroys nuclear misssiles and King Namor removes nuclear submarines. Certainly, the Phoenix Five seem unstoppable. However, Captain America and the Avengers question their new-found omnipotence. Seeing the Phoenix Five as a threat, they commandeer a tactical mission to retrieve Hope Summers.

When Utopia is under attack, Scott’s adoptive granddaughter changes sides with the Avengers. Decisively, it turns the battle and shatters Cyclops’ humanity. On the Blue Area of the moon, Scott consults with Jean Grey created out of moon dust. From there, he decides to rid the world of the Avengers. Earlier, Scarlet Witch had a grim vision where the Phoenix Five annihilated the Avengers. Soon, that vision may come to pass.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #6, Scarlet Witch has a vision of the future caused by the Phoenix Five. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

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WITH THE FULL POWER OF THE PHOENIX, CYCLOPS IS DEFEATED BY HOPE SUMMERS AND SCARLET WITCH

In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, occurs the final battle. Finally, Cyclops has attained the full power of the Phoenix while the other Phoenix Four have been depowered. In a titanic battle, Cyclops is omnipresent on Earth across time and space. Earlier, Tony reveals that the reason the Phoenix has been defeated by Scarlet Witch. Really, the Phoenix and Scarlet Witch’s Chaos Magic are like yin and yang. In fact, when Wanda said “no more mutants”, Phoenix said “more mutants.”1

During the battle, Hope and Scarlet Witch go toe-to-toe with Cyclops. In a final Iron Fist punch, Hope fells Cyclops. With Cyclops defeated, Hope claims the Phoenix. Sensing the urgency, Wanda helps her extinguish the Phoenix flame. At the same time, the Phoenix is used to recreate the mutant population on Earth. In the end, though homo superior survives, it is at great cost. Indeed, Professor X is dead, Cyclops is in custody, and the X-Men are divided among themselves. Visiting Scott in prison, Cap acknowledges his responsibility. Over the years, he did not work sufficiently for mutants’ civil rights and plans to set up the Uncanny Avengers.

In 'Avengers vs X-Men' (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist.
In ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ (2012) #12, Hope Summers defeats Cyclops with the Iron Fist. AP Photo/Marvel Comics.

SOURCES

Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 5 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 2 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 3 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 4 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 6 in Marvel Database.
Avengers vs. X-Men Vol 1 12 in Marvel Database.
Avengers Unity Division (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

FOOTNOTES

  1. ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ #12.

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SYNOPSIS FOR “VICIOUS CIRCLE”

There is a blizzard and Wolverine and the Hulk are on a collision course. While attempting to land their plane at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the X-Men Blackbird is intercepted by a familiar intruder.

Wolverine, the leader of the X-Men, must gather his team and investigate a forest fire. As Wolverine is puzzled by the fire and his new leadership, a monster lurks.

In one of the most emotional fights yet, Wolverine fights Hulk!

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THE WOLVERINE HUNTS GREY HULK!
In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1988) #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. On the left side is Grey Hulk and on the right side is Wolverine, leader of the X-Men.

Let’s look at the stats.

HULK – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: CITY
SUPER SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: CITY
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: CIVILIAN
PARAPHERNALIA
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
WEAKNESSES
  • Gamma Radiation Draining.
  • Radiation Bombardment.
  • Gas Inhalation.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades.
  • Magic.
WOLVERINE – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: WARRIOR
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Adamantium.
  • Wolverine’s Suit.
  • Motorcycle.
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • Amnesia.
  • Sensory Overload.
  • Adamantium Allotropes.
  • Drowning.
  • Muramasa Blade.

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THE FIGHT

As Wolverine investigates a fire at Dallas/Forth Worth Airport, Hulk sneaks up on him and attacks him. It turns out the Army had attacked Hulk after the X-Men‘s plane crash. Now, the battle is on.

The battle to decide who is the ferocious animal!

DAMAGE SCALE

In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.

The fight starts out with Wolverine investigating a forest fire at the site of the remains of a truck on fire where Hulk sneaks up on Wolverine and attacks. Wolverine draws first blood and slashes Hulk’s right arm.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.




On the following page, Hulk hits Wolverine’s sensitive hearing with a thunderclap. Wolverine has a concussion and from there, the fight becomes serious.

HULK CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.




Wolverine then goes into Berserker rage and deals Hulk a vicious attack to the thorax, near the heart. Still, Hulk using his healing factors, gets up and keeps fighting. Hulk beats down on Wolverine. Then, Wolverine deals two more attacks to the chest followed with three additional attacks on Hulk’s back. Then, Hulk throws Wolverine into a tree.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACKS: 20 DAMAGE PTS – 3 PTS HULK HEALING FACTOR (x2) = 14 DAMAGE PTS.
HULK BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS = 1 PT + 3 PTS = 4 DAMAGE PTS.


At the end of the battle, Hulk deals Wolverine another Concussion attack. However, the battle ends in a draw when Clay, Hulk’s friend intervenes.

TOTAL


HULK’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-19 DAMAGE PTS.

-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 22290000 cal * 4.184 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.42 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

WOLVERINE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-10 DAMAGE PTS.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * 10^11 N * 5 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -1190 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

OUTCOME: DRAW

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WOLVERINE IN COMICS

‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180, titled “And the Wind Howls… Wendigo!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. As Hulk faces Wendigo, the Canadian Army activates Weapon X to take him down.

The issue was created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe.

In 'Incredible Hulk' (1974) #180, Hulk faces Wendigo and Weapon X.
‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180 marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 340 in Marvel Database.
James Howlett (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 180 in Marvel Database.

Feat: Cyclops, ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #115

CYCLOPS (SCOTT SUMMERS)
EARTH-616

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1978) #115, titled “Visions of Death!”, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. The human-pteranodon hybrid super-villain named Sauron puts Wolverine under hypnotic control to attack Cyclops and Nightcrawler while Storm lies on the floor unconscious. During the fight, Cyclops knocks out Wolverine with an optic blast.

How much energy projection does it take for Cyclops to knock out Wolverine with an optic blast?

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1978) #115, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. During the fight, Cyclops knocks out Wolverine under hypnotic control by Sauron with an optic blast.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1978) #115, Cyclops performs an energy projection feat. During the fight, Cyclops knocks out Wolverine under hypnotic control by Sauron with an optic blast.

CYCLOPS BLASTED WOLVERINE FIVE FEET BACKWARDS WITH A NARROW OPTIC BLAST OF FORCE 2 POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH.

CYCLOPS GENERATED THE EQUIVALENT OF 21015.2202296 J OF WORK, ENOUGH TO DESTROY A HUMAN BEING OR 5.00362 MICROTONS OF TNT.

ENERGY PROJECTION FEAT:

PEAK HUMAN

                       

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SOURCES

X-Men Vol 1 115 in Marvel Database.
James Howlett (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Scott Summers (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.

Super Power: Mystique’s Metamorphing Is A Mutant Adaptation

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MYSTIQUE’S METAMORPHING

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1984) #177, Mystique faces duplicates of the X-Men.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Mystique faces duplicates of the X-Men. Photo/Marvel Comics

Today, we talk about Mystique’s uncanny super power. I speak of Mystique’s metamorphing.

Mystique was once the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Mystique is a mutant that is said to be over a hundred years old. Her specific mutation is the ability to metamorph, that is, Mystique can psionically alter her cells and her tissues in order to change her physical appearance. In fact, using this super power, Mystique can create perfect duplicates of any human, humanoid or semi-humanoid of any sex. Moreover, Mystique is usually naked and uses her metamorphing ability to create clothing on her duplicate physical appearance.

Read on!

Metamorph: Mystique can psionically alter the formation of her biological cells at will. As a result, she can cause herself to look and sound like an exact duplicate of any human, humanoid, or semi-humanoid being of any sex, wearing virtually any kind of clothing. Her control is so exact that she can precisely duplicate another person’s retina pattern in her own eyes, finger, palm and skin-pore patterns on her own hands and skin, smell to overlap the original being, and vocal cords to match voices to the point of corresponding voice prints.

Mystique was once exposed to dangerous levels of radiation in order to save the life of Toad. The process dramatically morphed Mystique’s appearance, causing her skin to become reptilian, and boosted her powers so that she could now morph her body into taking certain desired physical traits depending on her situation at the time (note: this reptilian form was quickly discarded, whether it was because of retcon or if she simply shape-shifted back to her previous form remains to be seen).

Examples of this new ability included: night vision, wings on her back, talons in her fingers, sharp fanged teeth, natural body armor, mermaid-like tail, and she could even compress into a nearly two-dimensional state to glide on air currents (similar to Mr. Fantastic), which she used to survive an explosion.

Since her resurrection by The Hand, her powers have been enhanced to a higher level than they were before, to the degree that she could fool super-humanly acute senses such as Wolverine’s sense of smell, something she couldn’t do before her death. Other new facets of these abilities include tentacle generation[91][92], animal shifting[93][91] and partial liquefaction.[94]

Raven Darkholme (Earth-616), Marvel Database

Mystique is able to enhance her strength, speed, endurance, senses and agility. Mystique’s metamorphing retards her aging process enabling her to live for an extended life span and is said to be over a hundred years old.

There are limitations to Mystique’s metamorphing super power as she is not able to duplicate the powers of the person she imitates. For example, though she can metamorph into Nightcrawler’s physical appearance she cannot duplicate his teleportation ability.

Let’s look at some battles in comics where Mystique used this uncanny super power.

IN ‘UNCANNY X-MEN’ (1984) #177, MYSTIQUE DUPLICATES WOLVERINE’S PHYSICAL APPEARANCE TO KILL A DUPLICATE OF KITTY PRYDE

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Mystique kills a duplicate of Kitty Pryde. Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #177, Mystique is at the time the leader of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Mystique faces X-Men duplicates created by the nefarious Arcade.

The game begins as the Wolverine duplicate faces Mystique. Mystique manages to evade Wolverine’s attack partially as he wounds her right side. Evading another attack, Mystique slices Wolverine’s throat with her blade where there is no bone to stop it. Wolverine bleeds to death.

On the following page, a Kitty Pryde duplicate finds Wolverine sitting on the ground against the wall. Kitty Pryde notes he is not bleeding and is startled. Because of her inexperience, she does not react to the attack from Wolverine. As Kitty Pryde lies in a pool of blood on the ground, Wolverine metamorphs into Mystique.

Mystique goes on to take on the rest of the X-Men.

OUTCOME: MYSTIQUE WINS BY DEATH

IN ‘UNCANNY X-MEN’ (1984) #178, MYSTIQUE METAMORPHS INTO ROGUE TO FOOL PROFESSOR X AND SHOOTS HIM

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1984) #178, Mystique metamorphs into Rogue to fool Professor X and shoots him.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #178, Mystique metamorphs into Rogue to fool Professor X and shoots him. Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1984) #178, the X-Men are under attack by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants led by Mystique. As the X-Men battle the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Mystique infiltrates the X-Mansion. The X-Men win the battle though Blob reveals the mission objective: to kill Professor X and get her adoptive daughter Rogue, back with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.

Mystique uses her uncanny super power. Mystique is metamorphed as Rogue and brings Professor X some herb tea. Professor X is struggling to maintain contact with the X-Men as they face the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He notes that there is interference scrambling his psi-scan. As he identifies the psionic scrambler used by Mystique to inhibit his psi-probes, Rogue fires a shot at Professor X. As Professor X lies on the floor, Mystique states that Professor X was able to identify her psionic scrambler and alter her shot at the last moment so that it may only wound him and not kill him.

Rogue enters the room and an argument between mother and daughter ensues. Mystique metamorphs back into her form. She reveals her mission was to get Rogue back into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and orders her to pack her things while she finishes killing Professor X. Rogue says killing Professor X is wrong. Mystique asks her to stand aside.

OUTCOME: MYSTIQUE WINS BY INCAPACITATION

IN ‘SABRETOOTH AND MYSTIQUE’ (1996) #1, MYSTIQUE METAMORPHS INTO A GARGOYLE FROM THE DEFENDERS

In 'Sabretooth and Mystique' (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphs into a gargoyle from the Defenders. Photo/Marvel Comics
In ‘Sabretooth and Mystique’ (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphs into a gargoyle from the Defenders. Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'Sabretooth and Mystique' (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphed into a gargoyle fights A.I.M.
In ‘Sabretooth and Mystique’ (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphed into a gargoyle fights A.I.M. Photo/Marvel Comics
In 'Sabretooth and Mystique' (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphed into a gargoyle takes flight carrying Sabretooth away from A.I.M.
In ‘Sabretooth and Mystique’ (1996) #1, Mystique metamorphed into a gargoyle takes flight carrying Sabretooth away from A.I.M. Photo/Marvel Comics

In ‘Sabretooth and Mystique’ (1996) #1, Mystique and Sabretooth infiltrate a S.H.I.E.L.D. base. Mystique disguised as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Cameron Bisset and Sabretooth are headed to the morgue to look for an A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) called James Hedrickson. They are looking for a device implanted into his corpse. As Mystique looks away, Sabretooth dissects the man’s body and finds the device.

Suddenly, A.I.M. operatives erupt on the scene, breaking the roof. They identify the device as a capsule and engage Mystique and Sabretooth in combat. During the battle, Mystique uses her uncanny super power. Mystique metamorphs into a gargoyle. As Sabretooth engages Karl Steiner, an A.I.M. operative, Mystique holds one of the A.I.M. operatives in a choke hold and retrieves the capsule.

The A.I.M. operatives open fire while Mystique takes flight carrying Sabretooth. Mystique warns Sabretooth to not struggle and reveals the limits of her super power. She states her strength does not change with her appearance. Mystique reveals the gargoyle she duplicated is from the Defenders.

OUTCOME: MYSTIQUE PROLONGS THE BATTLE BY BATTLE FIELD REMOVAL

SUPER FEAT OF THE DAY: IN ‘WOLVERINE’ (2012) #302, MYSTIQUE METAMORPHS AS YUKIO TO MAKE LOVE TO WOLVERINE, FOOLING HIS SENSES

In 'Wolverine' (2012) #302, Mystique metamorphs as Yukio to make love to Wolverine, fooling his senses.
In ‘Wolverine’ (2012) #302, Mystique metamorphs as Yukio to make love to Wolverine, fooling his senses. Photo/Marvel Comics

SOURCES

Raven Darkholme (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Mystique in Comic Vine.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 177 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 178 in Marvel Database.
Sabretooth and Mystique Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Wolverine Vol 2 302 in Marvel Database.

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Marvel Day: In A Fight For Human Evolution, Survive Or Die; Wolverine Is On The Run From The Brood

MARVEL DAY

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1982) #162, Wolverine on the run from the Brood figures out he is on an alien planet.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1982) #162, Wolverine on the run from the Brood figures out he is on an alien planet. Photo/Marvel Comics

IN MARVEL UNIVERSE

A FIGHT FOR EVOLUTION, WOLVERINE ON THE RUN

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1982) #162, Wolverine is on the run, locked in a struggle to survive for the next stage of human evolution. Wolverine figures out he is on an alien planet as he is being hunted by an alien species called the Brood. It is unclear what their purpose is, only that Wolverine has to survive and to fight, or else face death. In the evolution of different life-forms, is the evolutionary struggle to survive.

Wolverine fights the hunters. As Wolverine is engaged in battle against the Brood, the ground gives way and he falls into a web. Wolverine loses consciousness. Wolverine awakens as the scavengers come to investigate their catch. It is a canon of evolution that predators prey on their prey for survival. Wolverine fights and awakens his berserker rage. Wolverine manages to escape as the scavengers feed on the wounded among them.

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1963) #162, Wolverine fights the Brood for his survival.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1963) #162, Wolverine fights the Brood for his survival. Photo/Marvel Comics

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LOGAN’S DREAM AND A FLASHBACK

Through his escapade, Wolverine experiences flashbacks and a dream. The first one is after a plant blasts him with hallucinogenic pollen. He starts dreaming of being in Japan riding horses with his love, Mariko Yashida. The dream ends when a Brood disintegrates Mariko with a ray.

In the first flashback, Wolverine and the X-Men are on a compliment and farewell party on Lilandra’s ship, the empress of the Shi’ar Empire. The party is actually a trap by Deathbird. The X-Men are taken to the throneworld of the Shi’ar. To congratulate them, each X-Man is given a gift. At Wolverine’s turn, he realizes the doll is actually the Brood Queen granting them the gift. The X-Men are children of the atom, gifted by evolution with uncanny preternatural gifts.

In 'Uncanny X-Men' (1963) #162, in a flashback, it is Wolverine's turn. He realizes the doll is actually the Brood Queen granting the X-Men the gift.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1963) #162, in a flashback, it is Wolverine’s turn. He realizes the doll is actually the Brood Queen granting the X-Men the gift. Photo/Marvel Comics

THE EMBRYO HATCHES… WOLVERINE’S HEALING FACTOR FIGHTS BACK

In the second flashback, Wolverine remembers his escapade last night and trying to save Kitty Pryde. Before leaving the palace, Wolverine witnesses a Queen egg hatching within Fang, transforming him into a Brood. He realizes the X-Men have been implanted by the Brood Queen with Brood embryos. That is the gift that the alien species granted to the X-Men: a metamorphosis into an alien species. The struggle to survive is engaged for the survival of homo superior, the next stage in human evolution.

Wolverine awakens from the flashback and forces a Brood to give him a ride to the palace, hopping on it. On the way, he gets ambushed by Brood hunters and soon kills them. At the end of the fight, the Brood embryo hatches. Wolverine fights back with his healing factor killing the embryo illustrating the fact of evolution that only the strong survive. Wolverine awakens at sunrise with the side-effects of the embryo hatch on his body. He heads for the palace. Wolverine vows to kill the X-Men if they have been infected by the Brood embryos.

n 'Uncanny X-Men' (1963) #162, as the Brood embryo hatches, Wolverine's healing factor fights back.
In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ (1963) #162, as the Brood embryo hatches, Wolverine’s healing factor fights back. Photo/Marvel Comics

COMIC GALLERY

In ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #142, in the Earth-811 continuity, the X-Men in 2013 battle the Sentinels.


SOURCES

Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 162 in Marvel Database.
Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 142 in Marvel Database.
Earth-811 in Marvel Database.

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