Uncanny X-Men #515
A new story arc spinning out of Dark Reign and Utopia starts with this issue, and we are not forgotten. Greg Land returns to pencil (well, you can use that term loosely, but this blog isn’t about tracing) Uncanny and does Madison Jeffries quite nicely, grey temples and all. Both he and Northstar appear as regular members of the X-Men on Utopia Island.
Unfortunately, one of the X-Club members, Dr. Yuriko Takiguchi, dies of natural causes in this issue, prompting his friends to have an unusually extensive conversation about what to do with his body. Two entire pages are devoted to this conversation, emphasizing the difficulties of establishing an island nation – what do you do with dead bodies when you live on an island? Fortunately, Jeffries comes up with a solution: cremation in a blast furnace.
He and Northstar attend Dr. Takiguchi’s rooftop funeral, which is Northstar’s little cameo. Oddly, the X-logo seen previously on his chest is missing, but can be seen on other X-Men standing nearby and drawn about the same size.
This book marks the first use of the “Nation X” logo on the cover. We know from the December solicits that it will spin into its own series (Northstar can be seen on the cover of issue #1).