New Mutants #13
Chapter 7 of the Second Coming storyline continues with this issue as Bastion’s forces wreak even more havoc on Utopia Island. For Second Coming fans, it’s an enjoyable issue with a moving plot, but for New Mutants fans, it’s quite thin. For Alpha Flight fans, we’re good: Mister Jeffries appears on two pages as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.
Having previously been assigned to check out Bastion’s towers by Cyclops in Chapter 6 (Uncanny X-Men #524), the X-Club lands on an offshore oil rig near Utopia. The site of this rig is noted to be 3.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco, and we know from the recently released OHOTMU: A-Z Hardcover entry for the X-Men that Utopia is 4 miles offshore, so this rig must be very close, likely within sight of Utopia. First seen in Uncanny X-Men #523, the towers’ function have not yet been revealed to the reader, except to remind us of the Human Torches from the Earth X trilogy.
The X-Club, consisting of Dr. Nemesis, Dr. Kavita Rao and Mister Jeffries, arrive in a nifty looking V-TOL X-craft. Jeffries then uses his new psycho-tech powers to try and talk with the machinery, only to wave off some plumbing and discover hidden tech within. This “talks to machines” power had been previously been added into his power set by Matt Fraction (remember the coffee pot conversation from Uncanny X-Men #509?), and its use by Zeb Wells indicates it’s here to stay. The oil rig then transforms into a very scary, very giant, very red tower.
Later, after Dr. Nemesis is able to access the tech software, they discover a countdown clock, which is of course, in true comic book adventure mode, already at 00:00:06 seconds. Understandably, their next course of action is to run, and this portion of the issue ends with an editor’s box instructing the reader to continue the story in X-Men Second Coming Revelations: Blind Science!
Though not credited on the cover, Omega Flight colorist Brian Reber lends his painted style to this issue, and succeeds in overwhelming the so-so pencils. Luckily, we get a real treat from him, as he completely dominated the art in this issue. Glad to see you again, Brian!
Note: there is a variant cover by David Finch, Matt Banning and Peter Steigerwald and a Heroic Age variant by John Tyler Christopher. Additionally, there is a 2nd printing variant with interior art by Ibraim Roberson and Lan Medina, colored by Brian Reber.
|New Mutants #13 – Finch variant|
|New Mutants #13 – Heroic Age variant|
|New Mutants #13 – 2nd printing variant|