Credits: Louise Simonson (writer), Guang Yap (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (inker), Steve Buccellato (colors), Joe Rosen (letters)
Summary: Storm repowers the captured mutants, as a bomb planted by Forge forces Cameron Hodge to retreat. Elsewhere, Rictor, Boom-Boom, and Jubilee encounter Dr. Moreau. He takes them to his lab, where they meet Wolfsbane in her Mutate form for the first time. Moreau reveals that Wipeout is dead, but their powers are soon restored by Storm, who arrives with Cable, Sunspot, and Cannonball. They damage Hodge’s power source, drawing his attention. The ensuing battle kills Moreau and injures many of the New Mutants. Wolfsbane gives Boom-Boom an urn with Warlock’s ashes, then leaves with Cable to finish the fight.
- Dr. Moreau turned against Cameron Hodge in the previous chapters of “X-Tinction Agenda.” He genetically engineered Storm to return to her true age, and gave her the ability to restore powers erased by Wipeout.
- Cable asks Forge to help him repair his metal arm following their first battle with Hodge. Another clue (or "glaringly obvious sign" to be more precise) that no one had the techno-organic virus in mind when writing Cable’s early appearances.
- Wolfsbane appears in her half-human/half-wolf form for the first time. According to Dr. Moreau, if she reverts to her human form, she’ll become a Mutate again. She only has freewill in her wolf or half-wolf forms, a status quo that isn’t changed for three years.
- Wolfsbane is referred to as “Wolfgirl” twice in the issue. Once by Cameron Hodge, and once by Wolfsbane herself. If this was an attempt to change her codename, it didn’t stick.
Review: “X-Tinction Agenda” is only one chapter away from its conclusion, so more of the X-Men and X-Factor characters are beginning to spill over into this book as everyone gets into place for the big climax. This isn’t very satisfying as an issue; Simonson has to resort to an excessive amount of expository dialogue in order to explain what exactly has been happening in the other chapters, too many characters are clogging up the plot, and Guang Yap’s art is too subdued to make the dramatic events seem very dramatic. (Although, in fairness, Yap is asked to cram a lot of plot into most of these pages.) The storyline is still structured so that a New Mutants chapter has relevance for the team, as the cast meets the new Mutate-Wolfsbane for the first time, but it doesn’t feel as if there’s enough space for Simonson to do anything with the characters.