I Want You
Credits: Warren Ellis (writer), Casey Jones (penciler), Miller/Simmons/Rubinstein/
Colossus watches in a rage as Peter Wisdom and Kitty Pryde kiss. After Kitty goes inside, Colossus punches Wisdom in the stomach and then the face. Nearly dead, Wisdom fights back by projecting one of his "hot knives" into Colossus’ spine. Meggan and Britanic team up and knock Colossus unconscious. Both Wisdom and Colossus are taken to the med-lab, where Colossus’ spine is easily fixed. Wisdom requires intense surgery, however. Colossus is locked in a cell and attached to an inhibitor collar. Nightcrawler chastises Colossus for behaving like a child, telling him that after losing so much, he’s projected too much on to Kitty. Nightcrawler suggests that he redeem himself by staying on Muir Island and telling Professor Xavier that he’s still seeking treatment for his earlier brain damage. Kitty later visits Colossus and tells him that Wisdom will survive. Still angry, she asks Colossus to find himself again.
Colossus joins the team in this issue, basically as damage control after he nearly kills Peter Wisdom, which has got to be one of the strangest justifications for adding a new team member ever. I’m not sure how I feel about Colossus’ portrayal in this issue. I remember liking this story when it was first published, since it seemed as if Ellis was actually trying to use Colossus’ recent continuity and build a story around it. Looking back on it, I have to wonder if it was worth the effort since Colossus’ treatment during this era was atrocious in the first place. Just ignoring it probably would’ve been the best option. Ellis seems dismissive of the “brain damage” justification for Colossus’ actions during “Fatal Attractions”, having Nightcrawler tell Colossus all of his recent actions have been childlike, implying that he still hasn’t grown up. That seems to trivialize Colossus, which doesn’t do anything to redeem the awful way he had been treated in recent years. The fight between Colossus and Wisdom has always stuck with me, since it’s the only time I can remember Colossus punching out someone who has normal strength. The story does a good job of depicting just how brutal that could be, and it’s nice that there’s at least some realistic repercussions for Wisdom. I also like the way Ellis handles the reactions from the rest of Excalibur, so it doesn’t feel as if this is just being done for cheap shock value. In hindsight, though, it just seems like another regrettable Colossus story.