And now for something completely awful...
James Proudstar is having a hard time coming to grips with the direction of the team and all the killing that has been going on. He can't even talk to his pus...Hepzibah about it. He takes a break to go visit the grave of his brother. Wolverine and Cyclops want to test to see if Rahne Sinclair will still attack Angel when she sees him. Warren opens up his wings and Wolfsbane goes all sorts of Scottish crazy trying to attack him. Warren, in response to the threat, somehow transforms into Archangel and start flinging knives like they are going out of style. Wolverine subdues Wolfsbane while Cyclops knocks some sense into Archangel.
After everyone calms down, Cyclops deems Elixir to be a problem because although he is an X-Man, he is not on X-Force. He knows too much after being brought in to heal some members up after the run in with Purifiers. X-23 calls the Cuckoos to come and mindwipe Elixir. Wolverine has a problem with this solution until Exilir tells him he wants to have it done. He is against knowing about what they are doing, but he is okay with what they are doing. The seemingly long dead Graydon Creed is back giving speeches in front of people, all the while being controlled by Bastion. He calls for the extermination of the entire mutant race. Instead of going after Bastion and Creed, Cyclops poses a different target. The Vanisher. It seems he has gotten his hands on a little vial containing the Legacy Virus.
Quick Analysis: Boy, has this book gone off the rails. Actually, that is a false statement because this book was never on the rails. This has been a disaster from the beginning. This book is basically a collection of rehashed stories, some of which didn't work (like Bastion), repackaged without any real rhyme or reason. All of the villains in the book (Bastion, Graydon Creed, Reverend Craig, the Vanisher, etc.) were long dead by the time this book came along. Now they are back and cobbled together for no apparent reason other than the writers couldn't think up any new villains.
There are so many things wrong with this book it's almost too much to handle. Half the team has already been shelved because they can't take killing. Cyclops is acting way out of character, and seeing as how the Young X-Men opening arc went, they can't say he was Donald Pierce all this time. Wolfsbane going crazy anytime she sees wings is a nice touch, but Warren being able to turn into Archangel and back again is beyond ridiculous. I know this is comic books and anything should be able to happen, but this is too much. So the feather wings turn into razor sharp daggers when he wants? His whole body, including costume, change during transformation? Come on! I've always thought Archangel was a cooler character, but you can't have it both ways. And what is up with bringing back the Legacy Virus? Colossus died so it would be cured, and now he is back, so they have to bring that back as well? Man, this series needs to end now and be wiped from continuity. It's flat out terrible.
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