> Are you sure the Panther was bluffing? I didn't get the feeling he was, though obviously the way Johnny gave Storm the info about the UN's location was done lightly. If it was a bluff, then the Panther rather underestimates the Watcher's intelligence.
Well, I thought it was a pretty drastic action to take based on the corpse robbing of a person he never really knew. I like the Panther, but his recent characterization seems as if he's too full of himself to be willing to sacrifice himself for a stranger. So I thought it was a bluff, perhaps he had a conversation with Ben and Johnny about how in the past Reed has used it to bluff Galactus?
> Thanks for the wrap on SW. I'm sure you've got it down correctly. Now I think I've got it. Unfortunately, I was so confused that I stopped caring about 3/4ths of the way through, at least in a big way. The writer lost me. I do like the way Pietro is being used here and developed....and yes, Crystal and Luna looked almost interchangeable to me.
> ..but how did you interpret the last page? Medusa is giving it (and I mean 'It') up to Maximus in exchange for some kind of favor? What favor? Please explain---again. Tell all.
Well, the submissive posture of Medusa is intriguing. I certainly can't rule out the reveal of some twist, so I can't say for sure, but if I were to guess I'd say that her motivation is based out of concern for Black Bolt. As she said in this issue, the aggressive behavior he is displaying is not his way. Luna sees darkness in him and Pietro's vision of a powerful force destroying Attilan certainly could be caused by an out of control Black Bolt. So I think she is turning to Maximus because he is the only other person besides herself who really understands Black Bolt.
> Glad to hear you're on board for Carey's X-book. It's my favorite X-book right now--I think you'll find it a load of fun. Rogue hasn't been this interesting in 20 years. And I liked the second arc even better than the first.
> I believe that, yes, Sabertooth's healing factor is still 'off,' which is good. Making him and Logan so impervious is foolish and boring, as IM has now become (except, of course, that he's a woman robot for the time being).
> What is your understanding of the new X-cross-over? I see a lot of dazzling art (and a cool Art Adams Avengers poster to bootm, which even contains YellowJacket II, but I couldn't find Deathcry, just for the record), but I couldn't get any handle on what the cross-over/Big Event is actually about.
> Thanks, as always.
The upcoming crossover, to my understanding, is how the various teams are dealing with the fact that their race is on the verge of extinction. I don't know if there will be any new villains in the crossover, but the latest X-Factor has a group named "XCell" that could play a role. They are a group(and Pietro could be part of it) that believes the government is responsible for the massive amounts of mutants losing their powers and want to re-empower them.
I'm sure an "X-pert" might have more details.
With Carey, PAD, and Brubaker involved I've decided to invest in it.
In Marvel Previews, they show the cover of X-men 200 (there are two, including an awesome Finch variant), which shows the various X-Men (not just Carey's team; Peter is there) going up against the revamped Maurauders, which includes Random, Vertigo, Arclight, Scalphunter, Riptide, a flaming guy I recognize but can't put my finger on, and one or two others (no Sabertooth or Malice shown; there is a pretty blonmd woman in white I don't recognize, who looks like Dagger [but can't be], and might be the Mutate Whitehout sans her headress).
This confirms to me that Random was dealing with Mr. Sinister at the end of the X-Men annual, and is now a Maurauder. I think Carey will do this evil team, much beloved by me, and Mr. Sinister, who has been watered down over the years, proud.
So you think Medusa might be offering her womanhood to Maximus? In exhange for help of some kind? I loved Maximus back in the Day, when he was a part of the Kree-SKrull War and led his evil Inhumans around, including Timberius (an early prototype of what Black Tom Cassady and the Plant Man would become), the Lion-like guy, and the centaur-like guy (Stallionus?). Where are they now? Timberius was especially cool.
By the way--SPOILER--the initial pages for Planet Hulk show Hulk going up against Blackbolt (and on the moon, hint), who gives Hulk the full vocal scream treatment--I mean the FULL SALVO--and the Hulk just gets up and comes after him. Great Romita Jr. art''Medusa looks fantastic, and is back in costume.