X-Men: Hellbound #2
This issue, the second of a three-issue miniseries spin-off from the Second Coming story line, continues the X-Men’s attempt to rescue Illyana Rasputin from Limbo. It is one of several “Revelations” issues that accompany the main Second Coming series but are not numbered chapters. Northstar appears significantly as a regular member of the X-Men, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #508.
The team finds themselves dispersed after the initial attack of baddies upon entering Limbo, and start gathering up, realizing very disturbing time and space shifts all around. Northstar “whoosh“es in to save Dazzler from some snarly toothed baddies, and appears with her for a few pages. Their association seems to be growing from the embrace in Uncanny X-Men #524, possibly hinting of a friendship developing off-panel.
Northstar doesn’t pull his punches when he explains to Dazzler their situation, contuing his criticism of Cannonball’s leadership from the previous issue:
Dazzler: What happened, Jean-Paul? How did this go to hell so fast?
Northstar: Most likely because our little team here was being led by Samuel the Slack-Jawed Yokel.
Okay, so that’s the token arrogant line from Northstar this issue, not much really there, but at least we get some consistent characterization from Chris Yost.
Gambit shows up, in Death form (he had been one of Apocalypse’s Horsemen) and starts shooting demonic playing cards at Northstar, who deftly dodges them in a cleverly drawn panel showing three superimposed Northstars moving very fast to avoid the attack. Just like in the previous issue, the guys who made this comic really get it – Northstar can move very, very fast and I’m glad to see this panel showing how fast he can move. Unfortunately, Dazzler gets nailed with a demon card, distracting Jean-Paul and giving Gambit the edge to whack him with his staff.
Right before the playing cards, Gambit tosses out a line in French, as he often does, and Northstar, a French-Canadian, picks it up. Christ Yost gets Northstar right yet again with this linguistic beat and I’m glad two French-speaking characters actually have a line in their own language for a change!
Unfortunately, Gambit succeeds in taking him down, transforming him and Dazzler into white-haired minions of death, but not without a very cool demonic look and a slight costume modification with extra pointy starbursts.
Note: Northstar appears on the cover by Marko Djurdjevic, with unfortunately rounded ears. He’s got pointy ears, people!