Mister Jeffries and the smoking gun!

Nation X #1
Feb 2010

The Nation X logo began appearing on comics a few months before this issue, as if there were a coherent storyline to follow. If you expected this issue to start to tie it all together, well, the main title of Nation X turns out not to be a main story at all. It’s actually the opposite: an anthology series of 8pp stories by various writers and artists about life on and off Utopia, the X-Men’s new island home. Northstar appears on the cover as a member of the X-Men, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #508 and Mister Jeffries makes a minor appearance as an X-Man, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.

Anthologies happen to be a favorite of Alpha Flight Collector for two reasons. First, you get to see a wide variety of writers and artists who you’d not normally see through the blinders of Alpha-vision, some of which are up and coming and some of which are daringly different from the usual subject matter. Also, these stories are typically showcases for characters who either don’t appear in their own books or are somewhat minor characters, so the chances of an Alpha Flight appearance is pretty good.

In the third of four stories, Mister Jeffries appears in a few panels. The story, written by Chris Yost and illustrated by Michele Bertilorenzi, is essentially a “Day in the life of Iceman”, and it begins with a standoff between Toad, Dragoness, Bliss and Litterbug on one side (thanks to comicbookdb.com for assistance with IDing these guys) and Iceman, Mister Jeffries, Prodigy and Surge on the other as Toad threatens to take control of the water supply. Jeffries is shown holding some sort of two-handled gun, possibly recently fired, as it has smoke trailing out of its nozzle. Hopefully, it does more than make grey smoke. Iceman takes out Toad and his gang quickly and singlehandedly by giving them hypothermia, as noted by Mister Jeffries on the next page.

I can see Canada from my front porch!

At the conclusion of the story, Mister Jeffries can be seen in one more panel standing around on the deck of Utopia Island. Like dozens of other mutants in this story and the other three stories in the book, he’s not referred to by name, but those distinctive grey temples make him easy to spot.

Northstar’s appearance on the cover is so tiny you could easily miss it, and part of him is obscured by Rogue’s scarf. He’s shown standing around on the cliff of Utopia island in an X-Men family portrait by Dustin Weaver. He does not appear in any of the stories inside.

Note: the cover to Nation X #2, also by Dustin Weaver, appears as a promo at the back of the book, showing Northstar much larger, and wearing a white belt as a new accessory to his costume.


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4 Responses to “Mister Jeffries and the smoking gun!”

  1. Chris Says:

    Drinking too much coffee gives Mister Jeffries an itchy trigger finger.

    Since we’re going to get a story about Northstar and his boyfriend next issue, they should also do a story about Madison Jeffries and Diamond Lil. I want to know if they’re still married. Why haven’t we seen Lil yet?

  2. Ahab Says:

    That is a great question. I wish more people would flood the X-Position writer at CBR with questions like that before they interview Matt Fraction. He is interviewed I would say about every 6 weeks or so, but I have only had my question about Alphans appearing in Uncanny answered once and that was about a year ago. I think they ignore me now because whenever I get the chance, I ask if there is a chance of seeing an Alphan in whatever X-book they are covering.

  3. rplass Says:

    I’ve avoided the Diamond Lil question because it’s like trying to prove a negative. I mean, it’s hard enough to keep track of who is appearing, and to post about who is NOT appearing feels like overkill. Maybe he has amnesia from the Weapon X brainwashing, eh?

    Since we’re asking where so-and-so is, I think a good question to ask is… where’s Persuasion? She ought to be on Utopia: we know she’s powered and we know she was in San Francisco last Xmas, so I’d expect to see her before Diamond Lil.

  4. Ahab Says:

    And there would be potential for good interaction there as well, if Fraction so chose, with her past crush on Northstar as well as her father-figure relationship with Jeffries. Sigh…so much potential there…

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