Credits: Warren Ellis (writer), Carlos Pacheco (penciler), Scott Koblish & Bob Wiacek (inkers), Richard Starkings & Comicraft (lettering), Ariane Lenshoek & Graphic Colorworks (colors)
Summary: Kitty Pryde wakes up and discovers that Muir Island is gone, and her room is in the middle of a small village. Leaving her bedroom, she discovers an elderly, despondent Colossus. Nightcrawler finds her and reveals that an alternate version of Kitty just tried to kill him. They look out of the window and see hundreds of alternate versions of Kitty, Nightcrawler, and Colossus. Colossus smashes through the wall, defeating one of his doppelgangers. The trio walks around the town, trying to discern what’s happened. After Kitty discovers what makes one of her alternates different from her, the doppelganger disappears. The trio confronts their alternates and makes them vanish by revealing which aspect of their personality they represent. After all of the alternates are gone, Kitty, Colossus, and Nightcrawler are sent back home. Belasco tells his prisoner, Margali, that he’s been testing them in preparation for their future confrontation. Back on Muir Island, Peter Wisdom confesses to Kitty that he loves her.
Continuity Notes: Belasco boasts that he has the Soul Sword now that Margali is his captive. Issue #101's revelation from Captain Britain that Peter Wisdom has to tell Kitty he loves her in order to change the future is undermined by a one-line joke. Captain Britain says, “He fell for it” when Wisdom confesses his love. Whether or not everything Captain Britain told Wisdom was a lie in the last issue is unclear. I’m relatively certain that he no longer had any flashes of the future after issue #100.
Creative Differences: Wisdom’s clothes are scattered around Kitty’s bed, even though the narrative caption claims that he’s sleeping across the hall. There were rumors for years that Ellis wanted to make Kitty’s relationship with Wisdom more explicit, but the editors wouldn’t go for it.
Miscellaneous Note: According to the Statement of Ownership, average sales for the year were 160,838, with the most recent issue selling 166,510 copies.
Review: Warren Ellis’ run on the title concludes with this issue. It’s not as strong as most of his previous issues, but it’s still fun. Having the cast meet alternate versions of themselves is a nice idea for a one-shot story, and the ending manages to tie everything back to Ellis’ early issues of the title. Ellis has always been able to give the cast distinctive voices, so it’s disappointing that the three major characters all speak in similar, sarcastic speech patterns for the entire story. The method used for vanquishing the duplicates isn’t fleshed out very well, and it leads to such rushed resolutions as Colossus realizing that he doesn’t have to give in to violence and Nightcrawler finally laughing again. However, the mystery of the story is executed well, and the setup gives Carlos Pacheco several cool things to draw. Not only are previous alternate reality renditions from this series and the Age of Apocalypse revived, but Pacheco also creates dozens of new takes on the three former X-Men. They’re reinvented as drunks, S&M freaks, priests, amongst other designs. My favorite is Colossus as a 1980s Communist officer. Overall, it’s a light read, but it has its moments.