New Mutants #5
After capturing David Haller, a.k.a. Legion, son of Charles Xavier, the New Mutants turn to the Science Team to figure out what to do with him. They bring him back to Utopia, the X-Men’s new island nation, where he undergoes a complex set of deprogramming techniques to repair his profound multiple personality condition. Madison Jeffries appears as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.
The Science Team attempts a technological solution to healing the fractured mind of arguably the most powerful mutant on Earth. It’s not clear why they don’t pull in any one of the many experienced telepaths or general mind-experts from the rank and file of mutants on Utopia: Emma Frost, the Cuckoos, Psylocke, and, uh, his dad, where are they? Instead they go old skool: electro-shock therapy. They build a machine to build neural pathways with electrical impulses, along with a massive video screen to display an avatar of each unwanted mental inhabitant inside David Haller.
This art in this issue is handled by a guest artist, Zachary Baldus, whose painted style is markedly different than the art in previous issues, resembling a color-washed Bill Sienkiewicz for New Mutants fans looking for something familiar. Baldus does Jeffries with one huge improvement and one sort of odd moment. He strips off that flannel shirt and lab coat we’ve seen him in recently, releasing him from the simply wrong combination of lumberjack/research scientist and dresses him in a wife-beater, returning the character back to his orginal coarser self. However, he also puts a soldering iron into his hand to manually repair a circuit board. What does Madison Jeffries need with a soldering iron? Except for that oddity, this is a respectable little cameo for Jeffries, his first in the post-Utopia storyline.
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