Uncanny X-Men #518
The Nation X storyline calms down for a bit on Utopia, the island nation of the X-Men, which is now sinking. A metaphor for the entire story arc or just another emergency for the X-Men to deal with? You decide. Mister Jeffries appears as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in issue #505.
Matt Fraction goes back to his crowded and barely manageable multi-plot storytelling method with no fewer than four plots running through this issue. Two pages are devoted to the Science Team, who confront Magneto in the infirmary. Mister Jeffries begins to accuse Magneto of enhancing the Predator X creatures, then suddenly explains that the generator engines installed to float the island aren’t strong enough. After Dr. Nemesis almost threatens Magneto (really, there’s a panel in there that seems to be missing a speech bubble), Jeffries suggests that Magneto help by using his magnetic power to become a human dynamo.Here, Jeffries is not using “dynamo” in the traditional sense to mean a low-voltage DC electricity source, as it would not be able to provide enough power to lift the island. He must mean it in the colloquial sense to mean “generator”, unless Fraction doesn’t know what it means.
It’s also a bit odd to use “human” to describe what he wants Magneto to do, as Magneto wouldn’t usually allow himself to be described as a human, unless Fraction doesn’t know what the word “human” means, either. “Mutant-powered” would have been a better choice.
Overall, another minor but solid appearance from Jeffries doing his Science Team thing. They still have that mutant birth crisis thingy to work on, but I suppose the sinking island and the drowning death of the entire population of Utopia comes first.
Note: although Northstar was a member of the X-men at the time, he does not appear in this issue.