BrodietheSlayer's Official Comic Book Review Thread Feb 1, 2017 4:00:00 GMT -5
Post by BrodietheSlayer on Feb 1, 2017 4:00:00 GMT -5
Uncanny X-Men #140
Cover Date: December, 1980
Writer: Chris Claremont & John Byrne
Artist: John Byrne
Team: Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde/Sprite, and The Angel (Cyclops--on leave)(Charles Xaiver)
Villain/s: The Wendigo, The Blob (briefly)
Guest Stars: Vindicator, Shaman, and Snowbird from Alpha Flight (which is disbanded, but don't worry....they'll be back), & Stevie Hunter
Continued from last issue...
Angel flies around Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Having only recently returned to the X-Men, he is still adjusting to the team’s most recent members. He converses briefly with Colossus, as the latter pulls a rotting tree stump out of the ground. Professor X summons Angel and asks him his opinion on the X-Men. Angel does not hide his feelings concerning Wolverine. He thinks that he is a dangerous psychopath with "freaky claws". Professor X reminds Angel that the purpose of the school is to cater to all mutants – no matter how rough they may appear on the outside.
In Salem Center, Storm endures an uncomfortable encounter with an amorous pimp before stopping at Stevie Hunter’s dance studio to pick up Kitty Pryde. She is surprised to see how closely Kitty and Stevie have become in so short a time, and shamefully admits to herself that she is growing jealous. Kitty phases into the passenger side of the car, and Storm scolds her for such a showy display of her powers in public. Kitty assures her that she checked to make sure no one was watching before she attempted her stunt.
Meanwhile in Northern Canada, the Wendigo charges at Nightcrawler, forcing the X-man to retreat farther into the woods. The surrounding environment is too congested for Nightcrawler to risk blindly teleporting, so he avoids Wendigo's grasp by acrobatically flipping through the trees. The monster manages to latch onto him however and begins squeezing the life from his body. Nightcrawler has no choice but to teleport blind, and he transports himself several yards directly into the air and then teleports again safely to the ground. The Wendigo catches up to him however, and throws him hard against the side of a wood cabin.
Inside the cabin, Vindicator, Wolverine, Shaman and Snowbird are discussing their strategy on how to deal with the Wendigo. Wolverine hears the sound of Nightcrawler's body slamming against the side of the building and rushes outside. He finds Nightcrawler's unconscious form, and the Wendigo brandishing a pick-up truck as if it were a baseball bat. Vindicator flies outward from behind Wolverine and begins firing his laser blasts at the Wendigo, but the Wendigo easily bats him away. Wendigo throws the pick-up truck which explodes creating a fire. He then takes off deeper into the woods.
Shaman uses powder from his medicine pouch to put out the flames while Snowbird and Wolverine begin chasing the Wendigo. They eventually track the monster back to its lair where he has camper Eileen Parnall and her infant son trapped inside of a cave. He tells Snowbird to regroup with the others while he tackles the creature directly. Like his namesake, Wolverine dives on top of the Wendigo and begins voraciously slashing at him with his claws. The Wendigo has supernatural strength however, and is able to continue fighting despite his injuries. He grabs Wolverine and begins smashing him against the side of a tree. Suddenly Nightcrawler arrives and attacks the monster from behind, distracting it long enough to give Wolverine a chance to catch his breath.
Snowbird returns with Vindicator, and realizes that only brute savagery can possibly stop this menace. She transforms into an actual wolverine and launches herself at the monster. She succeeds in bringing the Wendigo down, but the violent passions of her animal form have consumed her and she is now completely feral. Wolverine softly approaches her, and coaxes her down until she is tame enough to revert to her normal humanoid form.
Shaman uses his magic to counteract the curse of the Wendigo. He cures the creature's condition, transforming him back into the human, Georges Baptiste. Vindicator is faced with a difficult decision. As a duly licensed agent of the Canadian government, he is forced to place Baptiste under arrest.
When Vindicator returns to Parliament, the Prime Minister informs him that the Ministry of Defense no longer maintains the budget to continue funding Department H. He tells him that he will allow him to keep his security status, but as of this moment, Alpha Flight is officially disbanded.
Epilogue: In a maximum security prison in Demming, New Mexico, the evil mutant known as the Blob escapes from his prison cell. He refers to a mysterious contact who has invited him to join a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
Brodie's View: This is the second half of the Wendigo story, and we see Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and three of the future members of Alpha Flight (Vindicator, Snowbird, and Shaman) all getting to fight the savage creature. Finally, Snowbird shapeshifts into an actual wolverine, and tears the Wendigo's throat out (assumingly), with Wolverine having to talk her out of her berzerker rage. The Wendigo is stopped, but James Hudson (Vindicator) finds out after the fight that the Canadian government no longer has the money to finance Alpha Flight, and they disband the team. Hudson would end up just reforming the team on his own, without a major connection to the Canadian government, which finally once and for all ends the whole "Hunting Wolverine" storyline, and allows Alpha Flight to become the superhero team they could be (and they do).
We also get some moments early on with both Kitty Pryde (who uses her powers in public, and then is scolded by Storm for doing so, which would start the whole motherly relationship Storm takes with Kitty over the next 20 or so issues) and The Angel (who has a small scene with Colossus, and then goes on to talk with Xaiver about Wolverine, and whether or not he's too dangerous to be on the team). Little small things, sure, but they set up where things are going to go in the near future, and definitely where things go after Byrne departs. Speaking of Byrne, however, we do get a set up at the very end of this issue (With the Blob breaking out of jail), for the next few issues, which is the final masterpiece the Claremont/Byrne team leave us before splitting, but we'll get into that in next issue's review.
I will off by saying this: I just finished up my Hulk reviews (as we have come to the end of that particular run), and that whole thing had started with #272, where the villain was The Wendigo. Now, we come to the end of the Hulk run, and who is the villain of the issue of X-Men that I'm writing after doing my last Hulk issue(?)......The Wendigo. Coincidence? Absolutely.