Oh, we are us, sir. They are also us. So, indeed, we are both us.

X-Men: Legacy #229
Jan 2010

The “Devil at the Crossroads” arc continues with part 3 in this Nation X issue of X-Men: Legacy. Mister Jeffries appears as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.

While Rogue is off in Emplate’s scary, twisted pocket dimension trying to rescue Bling, the Science Team is back on Utopia, the X-Men’s island nation, in their science lab. Dr. Nemesis is building, testing and explaining a new gadget that does… well, something to stop Emplate. In the first issue of the arc, Mister Jeffries described it as a “dragnet”, but that became a “firewall” when Cyclops asked about it in issue #228. Anyway, the goal is to prevent travel across dimensional barriers. In the science lab, Jeffries is shown very tiny operating part of the machine on a few pages, but has no lines.

To test the device, Ariel, a mutant best described as a “doorway teleporter”, tries to use her powers, but ends up opening a doorway back into the same room, confirming the function of the dragnet. Ariel, Dr. Kavita Rao, Dr. Nemesis and Jeffries see themselves in the other room, generating what might be the tiniest image of Mister Jeffries you’ll ever see. It’s really just four little splotches of Acuña’s paint.

This scene is highly reminiscent of the Mannheim Effect from the Star Trek episode, “We’ll Always Have Paris” where a time distortion aboard the Enterprise causes Data, Riker and Picard to see themselves through a turbolift door.

In a later scene where the Science Team presents their findings to Cyclops, Mister Jeffries looks on as Dr. Nemesis technobabbles on and on about the device. Note that Mike Carey finally gets it right and leaves Jeffries out of the fancy talk. He also got something else right: earlier, right before the device is tested, Dr. Nemesis says, “Very well, Mister Jeffries. I think we’re ready.” In X-Men Legacy Annual #1, he was erroneously referred to as “Dr. Jeffries” twice, deserving a bit of rant from me about it, so I’m happy that Mike Carey corrected the error.


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