Uncanny X-Men #523
Chapter Two in the Second Coming story line picks up right where we left off from Chapter One. For those who were expecting the “Return of Kitty Pryde” story from the previous issue of Uncanny to warm your hearts aglow with the most heart-warmy aglowy comic book plot ever, you’re just going to have to wait. Poor Kitty. Mister Jeffries appears as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in issue #505.
The entirety of his appearance is two very tiny cameos in what appears to be a master control room on Utopia Island, the X-Men headquarters. There, surrounded by floating monitor screens, Cyclops and Emma Frost set up a psi-link with the field teams searching for the mutant baby Hope. In one panel, Jeffries is shown very tiny with fellow X-Club member Dr. Kavita Rao explaining something while standing in front of a glowing console.On the next page, he is shown also very tiny explaining something to Rogue. It isn’t clear if the thing he’s explaining to Rogue is the same thing he was explaining to Dr. Rao, or if he’s explaining something new, but clearly, he’s got a lot of explaining to do.
Note: Matt Fraction continues the use of the name “Alpha Team” for the top tier group of X-Men in the field (see previous rant), but since the writers of Chapter One started it, he gets a free pass.
Note: although Northstar was a member of the X-Men at the time, he doesn’t appear in this issue.
Note: there are two variant covers for this issue, including an inexplicable “Iron Man by Design” cover by Mike Perkins showing a… US Civil War-era steampunk drummer boy Iron Man. Additionally, there is a 2nd printing variant by Daniel Acuña and a 3rd printing variant with interior art by the Dodsons.
|Uncanny X-Men #523 – Finch variant|
|Uncanny X-Men #523 -Iron Man by Design variant|
|Uncanny X-Men #523 – 2nd printing variant|
|Uncanny X-Men #523 – 3rd printing variant|