Wednesday, March 6, 2013
X-MAN #60 - February 2000
Out of the Loop
Credits: Terry Kavanagh (writer), Ben Herrera (penciler), Scott Koblish and Rod Ramos (inkers), Matt Hicks (colors), Comicraft’s Jason Levine (letters)
Summary: X-Man finds himself in an alternate world, one in which he never existed. He sees foes he’s defeated, such as Morbius and the New Brotherhood, killing innocent civilians and various superheroes. After using his telekinetic powers to save Kitty Pryde, X-Man realizes that he must be dreaming. He wakes, and realizes that Caliban has been working for Apocalypse all along. As X-Man is chained to a machine, Apocalypse gloats about his master plan.
Continuity Notes: This story is concluded in X-Men #97.
“Huh?” Moment: X-Man remarks that Scott and Jean aren’t with the X-Men in this world…one panel after we clearly see Jean fighting with the team.
Review: Wow, is this really Terry Kavanagh’s last issue? Where has the time gone, am I right? I could’ve easily read four more years of this insightful, understated piece of classic heroic fiction. C’mon, Marvel…why ditch the guy just when things were starting to warm up?
I considered compiling a list of every Terry Kavanagh storyline that was never resolved, or never made much sense in the first place, and all of the brave new directions that went nowhere, but why bother? This stuff is awful. Kavanagh never found a legitimate course to follow while writing this book for years, and to add insult to injury, his final issue is a half-hearted It’s A Wonderful Life reflection on all the good X-Man’s done over the years. (Specifically, the issues Kavanagh has written. I guess if Terry Kavanagh won’t pay tribute to Terry Kavanagh, no one else will.) Goodness, without X-Man, Morbius would’ve turned Spider-Man into a vampire, the deadly Coldsnap-9 would’ve killed thousands of innocent people, and the X-Men would’ve been murdered by the New Brotherhood.
In other words, X-Man is absolutely delusional. And an egomaniac, since this is his dream. What other superhero would have an extended dream sequence dedicated to how horrible life would be without his immaculate presence? There’s not even a Clarence the Angel to guide him through this journey – this is simply how X-Man views himself in his dreams.
What a way to say goodbye, Terry Kavanagh. Reminding us just how unlikable you’ve made this brat over the years.