Nation X #1
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.
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.