Uncanny X-Men #525
The Second Coming storyline continues with Chapter Ten as various teams of X-Men try to deal with Bastion’s evil plan to exterminate them. Cyclops and the main team have their hands full inside of a giant red sphere surrounding Utopia, the island headquarters of the X-Men, as they are continually attacked by super-Nimrod mutant hunters from the future. Another team is off in Limbo rescuing Magik (including Northstar, as shown in the Hellbound mini-series), another team is sent to the future to prevent the super-Nimrod mutant hunters from going back in time and the X-Club is stuck outside the giant red sphere. Mister Jeffries appears in a few panels as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in issue #505.
The story picks up shortly after the beach scene in X-Men Legacy #236 when the X-Club and the Avengers (?!) tried to get inside the sphere. At some point, they moved from the beach to the roadway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Perhaps feeling that it wasn’t random enough for just the Avengers to show up, the Fantastic Four decide to join in the fun. Unfortunately, nothing they try works to crack open the barrier. Mister Jeffries can be seen in a few panels standing behind Dr. Nemesis and in another panel, also standing around.
There is a particularly striking two-page splash in this issue showing a giant wall-poster in homage to the cover issue #141, containing head shots of various mutants with “SLAIN” tags across their faces. Though the original image included captions, the Dodsons removed the names, making it somewhat difficult to identify many of the mutant faces that are partially obscured by the tags or by other elements in the foreground. It is possible that some Alphans are included in that image, but without the captions, it’s not possible to get a positive ID on them.
Note: there is a variant cover by David Finch, Matt Banning and Peter Steigerwald and a predicted 2nd printing variant, which will be added once I get it.
|Uncanny X-Men #525 – Finch variant|