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Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we continue my spur of the moment middle-of-the-week theme week where I look at cool moments in comics where the cool moment is for a character who does not normally appear in the book in question. This time around, we take a look at an issue of Scott Lobdell’s Uncanny X-Men that could have easily been mistaken for an issue of Amazing Spider-Man!
To set the scene, the X-Men on Earth (half the team was stuck in space on a mission involving the Phalanx) were just captured by government forces led by the mysterious Bastion, head of the secretive Operation: Zero Tolerance.
Now, in Uncanny X-Men #346, we see, courtesy of Scott Lobdell and Joe Madureira, how the Daily Bugle responds to the story (oh, there’s also a separate story with Spider-Man encountering Marrow which leads Marrow down the path to becoming a member of the X-Men via this storyline, but that’s, as they say, another story). Do note that in an earlier issue, a Daily Bugle reporter was killed by Bastion while doing an investigation into Bastion’s activities.
Sweet opening, right?
Later, Bastion sneaks into Jameson’s office while Jonah is trying to dig up more information about what is going on, and offers him a mysterious disk…
I’d say “the” moment is the big with the blank computer, but I can also live with the bit where he tells Bastion to get out and adds “I’ll see you charged with Nick (the aforementioned reporter)’s murder.”
That’s a clever scene right there by Lobdell.
Jameson had not been this cool in the actual pages of Spider-Man for YEARS at this point (unless we count Untold Tales), so it was quite a shocker to see Lobdell and Joey Mad do such nice work with JJJ in Uncanny X-Men, of all places! This seriously was one of the best issues of Spider-Man in a number of months, and it wasn’t even an issue of Spider-Man!!
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