Jeffries in X-Men #5

X-Men #5
Jan 2010

The vampiric storyline Curse of the Mutants continues in the adjectiveless X-Men series hosting the main storyline. This issue is part five of the arc, but due to various other tie-in books, it’s actually the 14th or so issue on the checklist. It could be read right after the previous issue in this title, too. Mister Jeffries appears as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.

Jeffries only appears in two panels this book, both of them showing him in a control room on Utopia, the island headquarters of the X-Men. Surrounded by a ridiculous number of floating glowing display screens, he has a few lines offering tactical readouts to Cyclops. As the vampires attack, he’s also tracking sonar beneath Utopia, which brings round Namor’s ongoing storyline and reminds the reader of the island nature of the scenario.

Throughout the main battle, Jeffries stays in the control room and is not selected as one of the “tough skin” mutants who cannot be bitten that were sent topside to directly engage the vampire hordes. It’s not clear why Cyclops didn’t ask him to suit up in the Box armor, as he surely could have used Jeffries massive firepower and un-bite-able form up on the deck. We’re used to seeing Jeffries in a much more direct role in battle sequences from countless issues of Alpha Flight than this type of support role which he seems pretty much settled into. This particular issue was really a big chance for him to be involved in the action, and the fact that writer Victor Gischler didn’t have him in mind when collecting metal and glass skinned mutants shows that either his armor-phasing days are simply over or he’s being treasured more for his experience and tech abilities behind the scenes than anything else.

Note: there is a variant cover by Paco Medina, taken from one of the teaser “We are the X-Men” promo images released in April 2010.

X-Men #5 – Paco Medina variant

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3 Responses to “Jeffries in X-Men #5”

  1. suzene Says:

    I really feel like the whole fight was a let down. It all pretty much came down to Scott and Wolverine posturing, when seeing Utopia’s population doing a collective stomping of the bloodsuckers with Cyclops’ plan as the coup de grace would have been a lot more fun to watch.

    • rplass Says:

      Yeah, I agree. The entire battle hinged on which side Wolverine was on, and even THAT came down to a press of a button – rather anti-climactic and fairly simplistic plot. Compare this to all the scheming and organizing of the behind the scenes action written by Matt Fraction leading up to the massive battle concluding the Utopia storyline and this looks quite thin in comparison.

  2. Jon Trouten Says:

    There were a few inspired moments in this story, such as using Utopia’s hard-skinned fighters against the vampires. Or having Iceman turned into walking holy water. I thought that last bit was pretty cool. 🙂

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