[Edit: Originally published January 28, 2017]
Deal with the Devil written by Chris Claremont
A dark meeting in a club, between Ororo Munroe and Raven Darkholme. I gotta say Mystique has some Looks in this issue. It’s got dual narration from both Ororo and Mystique which honestly is super cool. The purpose of the meeting is Rogue. Mystique is passing information to Ororo in an attempt to help her daughter. There is also a truly lovely scene at the very end of Mystique and her wife Irene Adler. It’s very sweet and romantic and touching and it’s probably my favorite part of this whole issue.
Man in the Sky written by Stan Lee
A very short little comic about a young man named Tad Carter, who is a mutant, and the discovery of his powers. It is in fact, the original mutant story, published a year before the first X-Men comics. It’s interesting to see where it all began.
Open Volley written by Scott Lobdell
It’s the start of Generation X, which is a run I’ve wanted to read for awhile because Banshee. This issue has Jubilee writing a letter to Logan and telling him about all the students she’s met now that she’s returned to school. Banshee and Emma Frost are the ones running the place, which is actually the Massachusetts Academy, not the Xavier Institute. It’s a generation of students I know very little about and this issue basically takes you through meeting them. I know some of them from other places, like Husk and Monet St. Croix, but other’s I’d never heard of before like Synch and Mondo. All in all it’s a very good introduction to this student set.
You can find this collection here.
Related Reviews: X-Men Rarities; Winter Carnival and The First Night, The X-Men; issues 1-10