X-Men: Second Coming

Uncanny X-Men: Future Shock

Matt Fraction opens the door on a dire and dangerous day for the X-Men as Second Coming continues

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By Jim Beard

UNCANNY X-MEN #525, out June 9, explodes with the latest chapter of Second Coming, and it looks like Bastion has the upper hand. The mutants' worst enemy has seen tomorrow and it doesn't look good for the X-Men!

"It is mutant-free and wonderful," says Matt Fraction of Bastion's future world, as will be seen in this issue. "You know, to him, anyway. It's a world where he himself is responsible for the extinction of the entire homo superior species. This is his goal. That's his target. And destroying the X-Men in our present is how he does it."

By opening a door from that time period for thousands of Nimrod Sentinels to pour through, Bastion's made a place for himself in X-Men history. Now, he aims to make this timeline stick.

UNCANNY X-MEN #525 preview art by Terry Dodson
"This is the final arena," Fraction notes of UNCANNY X-MEN #525. "The final battlefield. The last stand for mutantkind. And Scott Summers has sent Cable, Wolverine, and the rest of X-Force [through Bastion's doorway] with no certain way home. In the present, Hope hates [Cyclops] for sending Cable off on a suicide mission in the middle of the Nimrod Sentinels destroying San Francisco while inside an impenetrable dome of weird energy that not even the Fantastic Four and the Avengers can [get through]. So all that's going on. Also? What can Hope do, exactly? Anything? If so, when will she start doing it?"

And if the mention of other denizens of the Marvel Universe got you all excited, hold on, because Fraction says anyone who picks up UNCANNY X-MEN #525's in for a treat.

"The whole of the Marvel Universe knows what's going on," he notes. "We'll see the FF, some of the Avengers, and Iron Man. I got to write The Thing! And Thor and Iron Man, which isn't such a big deal, because I write those guys all the same. But still!

"It's great to get a chance to tell a story where all those people overlap. Something about showing them all on-site to help the X-Men, I dunno, it gives the third act of Second Coming a real weight. This is the mutants' Siege and the rest of the Marvel Universe knows it."

Fraction also notes that the strike team chosen to attack a point where Bastion seems to be not at his weakest but his strongest comes from another X-title.

UNCANNY X-MEN #525 preview art by Terry Dodson
"We took our lead from X-FORCE," he explains. "This is, in a lot of ways, their ultimate mission. Everything [writers] Craig [Kyle] and Chris [Yost] have built to these last few years has been coming to this story."

He also feels two of the X-Men really step up to the plate in this issue and show everybody what kind of stuff they're made of:

"Cyclops, who makes the toughest decision he's ever had to make, and given the toughest order he's ever had to give. And Cable, who [follows] the order."

This story also hearkens to the ongoing thread of dystopian futures-like the classic "Days of Future Past"-that runs through the X-Men's long history. For Fraction, this makes for a compelling notion which he as a writer loves to play with.

"I think because that's the natural extension of being feared and hated," he says of why such a theme exists with the X-Men. "And it's been handled so iconically in the past-that giant 'Slain and Apprehended' poster [in 'Days of Future Past']-that it's just a part of the X-Men argot.  If you're gonna tell these stories, go big, y'know? And for the mutants, the stakes get no higher than extinction."

 

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      6 comments
      tylontrix
      tylontrix

      OH AND LETS NOT FORGET THE BOND BETWEEN ROGUE NEEDS FURTHER EXPLORATION...COULD BE A GREAT CLUE TO WHAT LIL JEAN...I MEAN HOPE CAN REALLY DO!!!

      tylontrix
      tylontrix

      I COULD CARELESS IF WOLVERINE MAKES IT BACK BUT PLEASE LET THE REST OF X-FORCE PLUS CABLE AND ESPECIALLY ANGEL MAKE IT BACK AND PROVE TO HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN STOPPING BASTION. AND YES WHEN WILL WE SEE LIL JEAN GREY A.K.A. HOPE GO INTO ACTION (THE FIGHT IN THE CAFETERIA WAS GREAT BUT NOW WE NEED HER TO JUMP IN FOR REAL, SO STORM CAN GET BACK TO HER HUBBY IN WAKANDA...GEE-WIZ THANKS GUYS!!!)

      professorM
      professorM

      Concerning Cable...I can accept his death if it means saving the future of the mutant race. As long as his death means something. It was his mission. If his mission is over well... although, Cable is in my top 3 favorites of all time. If he's gonna die, let him die a hero. Second, Iceman could easily be back in the fight for two reasons. 1. Iceman has crazy regenerating abilities with his ice (he can put himself back together) and two Elixer is still on the island. A few energy burns for Elixer is childs play.

      Battlecataclysmi
      Battlecataclysmi

      Awww here it comes... THEY'RE GONNA SNUFF CABLE!!!! I KNEW IT!!! TOO MANY GREYS/SUMMERS IN THE UNIVERSE AT ONCE! HOPE, CYCLOPS, CORSAIR, HAVOC, MADELYN PRYOR, JEAN GREY (POSSIBLY), RACHEL GREY, AND X-MAN IS BACK?! SOMEBODY'S GOTTA DIE!!! AND IT'S GONNA BE CABLE!!! NOOOOOOOO!!! X'-(

      marini92
      marini92

      what happened to colossus?

      monkeyboy0645
      monkeyboy0645 member

      looks awesome. Second Coming is rolling along. i have one question: didn't iceman have 3rd-degree burns all over his body? how is he back in the battle!?!? (ok, two questions!)