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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at Uncanny X-Men #169-170, by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith…
This two parter, written by Claremont and drawn by Paul Smith (with inks by the great Bob Wiacek) told the tale of the Morlocks (mutants whose mutations left them unable to blend in with the surface world) and their “queen,” Callisto, who kidnapped the reserve member of the X-Men, Angel, to be her “prince” – whether he liked it or not!
The X-Men show up to save the day, but one of the Morlocks named Plague, whose power is, naturally, to make people deathly ill, used her powers on Kitty Pryde, who is being nursed to health by Caliban, the Morlock who had a big crush on her (to the point of being a bit of a stalker).
After the X-Men battle for awhile, Plague also uses her power on Storm. The X-Men are held captive while the twisted wedding ceremony goes on – but it is interrupted…
Wow, what a pairing of story and art, huh?
Paul Smith was just so masterful during this run on Uncanny.
This was a great little tale that ended up being referenced frequently over the years. While Smith is really the “star” of the above pages, Claremont should not be overlooked – the plot itself is cool and there’s also some great lines, like Storm’s last line of dialogue.
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