Posted - April 2, 2018
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Uncanny X-Men No. 175
What a cover, don't you think?
Cutting a dead tree, X-Men style:
In the midst of all these tree-cutting action, a second manifestation of the Phoenix force.
Right after the manifestation Cyclops literally falls from the sky.
In order to get to the bottom of this Phoenix thing the Professor brings the legendary Cerebro into play.
And just like that the hype literally explodes in my face as Cerebro short-circuits, putting the Professor out of play.
Uh-oh, Cyclops is possessed.
After Dark Phoenix strikes down Storm she humbles even the mighty Colossus.
Kitty and Lockheed don't fare much better.
Notice how Lockheed's dragonfire is blocked?
It is Rogue's fate among the X-Men to rocket off after getting punched by a super-powerful being.
The last time it was Binary.
Inexplicably, Dark Phoenix leaves. Storm immediately takes point as leader of the X-Men.
The X-Men get some alarming news.
Smells like fake news to me.
With that, the X-Men wisely call the Avengers but the comlink is cutoff and another Dark Phoenix manifestation happens.
We get more fake news as it is reported that Manhattan gets destroyed by Dark Phoenix.
Cyclops has an out-of-body experience.
To me the most impressive part here is the reference to autodocs - wow. During the out-of-body experience Cyclops meets his Mom.
Emerging from his otherwordly experience Cyclops has an epiphany - he knows it's Mastermind.
When Cyclops runs to his team, they react violently towards him. I'm thinking Mastermind is messing with them. The following panel shows just how tough Colossus is.
A moment later and we have Cyclops taking on the rest of the X-Men!
The X-Men aren't seeing Scott at all; they're seeing Dark Phoenix.
Cyclops takes control of the Danger Room and manifests the Savage Land. This is an excellent pair of panels.
Finally. The rat reveals himself.
A motive is revealed.
For a moment there we get a flash of the original Mastermind.
He's like a pre-Morlock Morlock.
The tactician Cyclops takes out the more dangerous threat first.
Beautiful panel of Colossus pursuing Cyclops.
It's Cyclops and Storm at high noon, with Storm weilding her lightning and Scott with his optic blast - and Cylops wins it!
Cyclops takes out Rogue and gives an inkling that Mastermind might have just met his match.
Wasn't Cyclops amazing then?
Making Rogue absorb Xavier's powers, Cyclops reveals the truth to his teammates.
Dark Phoenix attacks once again but she is revealed as what she is - an illusion.
Storm unleashes her namesake inside the Danger Room, flooding out Mastermind like the rat he is. Go ahead Wolverine, take him out.
Of course Wolvie won't be allowed to do it.
That Mastermind is a bonfide classic character and a treasure trove for future Marvel writers.
Madelyne and Scott are reunited.
And now for the wedding. Look, Scott's grandparents.
A little brotherly joke at the height of the wedding. Hehe.
And it's done.
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