Mister Jeffries knockout trifecta complete!

X-Men #13
Aug 2011

This issue is part three of the five-part “First to Last” story arc, which started in X-Men Giant Size #1 and continued in X-Men #12. The last chapter left Alpha Flight Collector on the edge of his seat as Mister Jeffries was called upon telepathically by Cyclops to build… something! Mister Jeffries appears in four panels as a regular member of the X-Men Science Team, having joined up in Uncanny X-Men #505.

Unfortunately, he’s only conscious for the first two panels as Drs. Nemesis and Kavita Rao meet him in the lab to build a machine based on Cyclops’ ret-conned memory of a machine Beast built years ago. Just as Jeffries describes what it is – a machine to disrupt the Cosmic Ray signal that the Evolutionaries use to target specific strands of DNA, he gets clocked in the jaw by Litterbug in the third panel, and is shown unconscious on the floor of the lab in the fourth.

Who? Litterbug?

Yes, it turns out a “Sort-of Brotherhood of Somewhat Evil Mutants” lives on Utopia, apparently seeking refuge along with the rest of the mutant population. In this story arc, they become emboldened and go around knocking about the heroes while trying to find out what’s going on. The five members consist of Toad, Litterbug, Dragonness, Masque and Bliss, who appeared in a single panel cameo in setup to this scene in issue #12. Very sharp-eyed readers with good memories also remember seeing four of these miscreants (less Masque) in the anthology Nation X #1.

After getting all worked up about what Jeffries was supposed to build and getting very excited that he would play a big part in defeating the Evolutionaries, it really was quite anti-climactic to see him knocked out again. Previously, he got his head smashed by Kruun in Uncanny X-Men #536, and before that, knocked himself out pretty bad in Uncanny X-Men Annual #3. For those of you who keep track of these sorts of things, this issue was published 6/15/11 and the previous two knockouts on 4/27/11 and 3/16/11 (spanning a three-month period), so it wasn’t as bad as the time Northstar got killed three times in one month back in 2005.

Speaking of Northstar, who had appeared in chapters 1 and 2 of this arc, Celeste mentions that he had just lost consciousness as well (off-panel), so the entire issue is just a complete unconscious mess for both Alphans!

Note: this issue has a variant cover by interior artist Paco Medina taken from a much larger promotional poster for the “First to Last” story arc.

X-Men #13 – Medina variant
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6 Responses to “Mister Jeffries knockout trifecta complete!”

  1. flightpath07 / dredd sweet Says:

    I’m taking it that this is NOT the big “Something big is going to happen to two of our cast members. Really Big! Keep an eye over in the X-Office for that.” promised by Mark Paniccia on the very last page of Alpha Flight Vol. 4 Issue 8.

    • rplass Says:

      Too sarcastic?!! Nah, this is just a tidy little story arc from 2011. It gets better for Jeffries. Regarding the “two of our cast members” comment: one of the cast members might be Northstar, who is going to be in Astonishing X-Men later this year. The other is likely not Jeffries, as he wasn’t in the Alpha Flight v4 series. Anyone’s guess at this point.

  2. JeanF Fournier (@TSOGblog) Says:

    I just assumed it was Kyle. They didn’t say it was a team member, just a member of the cast.

    • rplass Says:

      Hi JeanF! Thanks for the comment. Yeah, Kyle seems to be the best guess, especially since he’s mentioned in the solicits for Astonishing X-Men #50 in a rather prominent way. It sure ain’t Gary Cody…

  3. flightpath07 / dredd sweet Says:

    Anybody have any idea what the heck is gonna happen to Heather and her kid? Are they going to drop out of existance? Will they show up on Wolverine’s doorstep? Does anybody have any future plans for them, or was Freg just wanting to advance Mac by having him lose his family? The ending to Volume 4 was, as most endings are, unsatisfactory, in that too many things were left not-wrapped-up. (Sorry, know i am off-topic here, my apologies)
    Also, is Sasquatch now stupid like green Hulk used to be, or what?

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