The Camel’s Back
Credits: Fabian Nicieza (wrtier), Andy Kubert (penciler), Mark Pennington (inker), Chris Eliopoulos (letterer) Joe Rosas (colorist)
Havok and Psylocke stop Reaper, and the rest of the MLF are soon defeated. Storm hopes that the MLF will have info on Stryfe. In Canada, Cable teleports with Bishop and Wolverine to Graymalkin. Elsewhere, Stryfe mockingly feeds Cyclops like a baby before deciding that it’s time to confront Apocalypse. Zero teleports him to Egypt, where he easily defeats the Dark Riders and faces Apocalypse.
This is part seven of the X-Cutioner’s Song crossover. It comes polybagged with a MLF trading card. On the back, Stryfe says that their cause never meant anything to him.
Stryfe force-feeding Cyclops mush and baby food has to be seen to be believed.
It’s established that former New Mutants Rusty and Skids were brainwashed into joining the MLF.
Rogue is blinded by MLF member Strobe, leading to a subplot that lasts for a few issues.
Stryfe implies for the first time that he was raised by Apocalypse.
X-Cutioner’s Song is now past the halfway point and it’s starting to drag. It is fun to see the various X-teams have a giant fight scene with the MLF, but it’s a diversion from the main story that goes on for too long. There’s really no reason for this fight to take up two issues when it easily could’ve been finished in less than one. It’s not as if the MLF are a credible threat against three united X-teams in the first place. The plot does begin to pick up when Stryfe makes a move against Apocalypse, dropping even more non-subtle clues about his origin. Some of the mysteries from X-Force are starting to get resolved, which was exciting at the time.