Scream a Little Scream!
Credits: Chris Claremont (writer), Tom Grummett (pencils), Cory Hamscher & Andrew Hennessy (inks), Wilfredo Quintana (colors), Dave Sharpe (letters)
Summary: The Marauders invade the Summers’ home in Alaska. Corsair narrowly evades Sabretooth, but his mother is seriously injured in the attack. Havok and Polaris arrive and corner Sabretooth. During the confusion, Robyn Hanover abducts Nate. The Starjammers launch their skimmer for an aerial attack, but are shot down by the Marauders. The two teams fight on the ground while Corsair makes his way to the Starjammer craft’s teleporter. He materializes inside the X-Men’s mansion, where he immediately pulls a gun on the original Sabretooth. Meanwhile in Genosha, Callisto takes Masque to meet the Ghost Panther.
Continuity Notes: Sabretooth now has a cybernetic hand, designed by Shadowcat using the Starjammers’ technology.
Review: One of the best issues of the series in quite a while, mainly because it feels like the legitimate fulfillment of the original premise of this book. All of this Burnout, Consortium, and SHIELD stuff is a distraction from what the audience actually wanted, and that’s the original resolution to the myriad storylines Chris Claremont started in the ‘80s and was never able to finish. Sinister launching another attempt to kidnap Nathan Summers, with the original Marauders no less, is exactly the kind of story we would’ve seen in 1991 had Jim Lee and/or Bob Harras not considered Nathan a nuisance and kept him in the books. We’re also getting Claremont’s original interpretation of Sinister (which does pay off his rather odd exchange with Cyclops at the end of “Inferno” -- I hope Teebore doesn't mind me linking to one of his scans from X-Factor #39), and the return of Robyn Hanover from Cyclops' origin story in Classic X-Men. Issues like this make me feel even more strongly that Forever needed reprint back-ups each issue, because not only is the original Robyn Hanover story in Classic X-Men relevant to this arc, but it actually is a classic and deserves to be seen again. If you want an example of how just how meticulously Claremont actually did have many of these plots worked out in advance, go back and read these Classic X-Men stories. Sinister’s intended origin is rather obvious in hindsight, and the tragic story of Robyn Hanover and young Cyclops is some of Claremont’s eeriest work. So, yeah, if you’re the target audience for this book, there’s a decent amount of fanboy geeking out this issue. It doesn’t hurt that Tom Grummett has also returned. There’s a mood and atmosphere this issue that’s always missing when he’s gone, and thankfully, there aren’t any new redesigns this issue. Aside from a few brief appearances, the cast looks they way they’re supposed to, making it easier to buy into the premise that this is more than just another incarnation of What If..?.