Northstar cameo in Cloak and Dagger #1

Cloak and Dagger #1
May 2010

Cloak and Dagger fans have been waiting since 2008 when a five issue miniseries was announced, but unfortunately, the duo’s inclusion in Norman Osborne’s Dark X-Men caused that project to be shelved. This issue is unrelated to that project, which may still come to fruition. Rather than replacing the miniseries, this book might actually clear the path for more Cloak and Dagger in the future. Northstar appears in 2 panels as a regular member of the X-Men, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #508.

After being informed by Dr. Nemesis that neither she nor Cloak are mutants, Dagger loses her sense of inclusion as an X-Men and decides to leave Utopia Island, their new floating headquarters. She travels to Boston to find Cloak. Before she leaves, Cyclops orders several X-Men to take to the skies to investigate some mysterious airborne objects. A team consisting of Angel, Pixie, Namor, Storm and Northstar assemble and are given tracking devices by Dr. Nemesis. It’s hard to find him, but Northstar can be seen to the left of Dr. Nemesis, who is also hard to find – just look to the left of Dagger’s glowing butt.

It’s not clear why Northstar wasn’t sent solo – it certainly doesn’t take five fliers to I.D. seven objects when Northstar himself can I.D. all of them in the blink of an eye. Remember that Northstar is the fastest flier there is, capable of reaching over 99.99% of the speed of light and could perform this task and return back to Utopia faster than it would take for the entire team to get ready. No real complaints here though, as he’s among some top tier A-list characters and I’m glad Stuart Moore decided to include him in such a distinguished group. Oddly, Dr. Nemesis surmises that the mysterious airborne objects might be from Hickam Air Force Base, which is in Hawaii, approximately 2400 miles (3800km) away! The mysterious objects are never explained, and were really there just as a device to show Cyclops and other senior X-Men blowing off Dagger for a more urgent matter.

Northstar is drawn by Mark Brooks without the red X-logo on his chest. The brown hair color in the flying image is just shading from the brownish hue of the sky. Note that his hair color in the glowing butt image above is correct, if you can find him.

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3 Responses to “Northstar cameo in Cloak and Dagger #1”

  1. Suzene Says:

    Egad! Full moon over Utopia.

    The fact that no two artists can seem to agree exactly what the details on Northstar’s costume are these days makes a pretty good case for returning to the original design, IMO.

    And I see Mark Brooks is still ignoring the Art 101 advice of “every line on the face adds ten years to the character”.

    • rplass Says:

      lol@ Full moon! There was no reason to have a giant glowing butt in that panel at all, except maybe he thought someone would like to see such a thing.

      Yeah, if you’re going to put lines on Northstar’s face, use them to accentuate his high cheekbones.

  2. Allan Says:

    Personally, I think that glowing butt should have totally eclipsed Nemesis, we still would have been able to see Northy and would have gotten to see more of what Psy-Crow from Earthworm Jim would call “Sh-sh-shiny…”

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