One Of These Days…Pow! Zoom!
Credits: Peter David (writer), Jae Lee (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Steve Dutro (letters), Glynis Oliver (colors)
By satellite, Wolverine explains to the other X-Men that Jean subconsciously contacted him, telling him her location. Cable recalibrates his instruments to teleport himself, Bishop, and Wolverine to the moon. Stryfe continues to taunt Cyclops and Jean on the surface of the moon as they grasp for air. At the mansion, Apocalypse drives the technorganic virus out of Xavier and kills it. He agrees to transport the rest of the X-Men to the moon. A strike team of Havok, Psylocke, Archangel, Iceman, Polaris, Cannonball, and Storm is selected to rescue Cyclops and Jean. Cable, Wolverine, and Bishop finally arrive on the moon, only to face the Dark Riders.
This is part ten of the X-Cutioner’s Song. It comes polybagged with a Dark Riders trading card.
More stalling. Professor Xavier is cured in this issue, so at least something happens, but the rest of the issue reiterates things that have already happened. We already know that Wolverine has deduced where Jean is, so having him wait around for “instrument recalibration” for a full issue is a waste (and why is Cable sitting around with the rest of them when he was supposed to be working on his teleporter?). Stryfe has already been taunting Cyclops and Jean for the last three chapters, so nothing’s really added to that story thread, either. This crossover really shouldn’t drag on for twelve issues, especially when X-Factor’s ongoing storylines are getting pushed further back with each issue. It does look nice, though. Jae Lee does an impressive job, dropping a lot of the unnecessary blacks and providing great versions of Apocalypse and Archangel.