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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 comics posted so far!
Today we look at X-Men in Asgard, by Chris Claremont, Art Adams and a host of inkers, which originally appeared in New Mutants Special Edition #1 and Uncanny X-Men Annual #9…
If ever there was a storyline that would be considered cool just based on the artwork, it would be the X-Men in Asgard.
That’s not to say that Chris Claremont did not do a good job on this two-parter, because he did, but oh boy oh boy, what a spotlight this was for the artwork of Arthur Adams!!!
The main plot of the story is that Loki and the Enchantress team-up for a Loki plot that involves kidnapping Storm to turn her into a replacement for Thor. They strike while the X-Mansion has the New Mutants and Storm alone in it…
So the New Mutants hightail it after the Enchantress using Magik’s teleportation, but Enchantress messes with it, so the New Mutants find themselves stranded in various parts of Asgard (and its neighboring realms).
Each of the members of the New Mutants finds themselves in a situation where their lives are greatly impacted, perhaps most notably Dani Moonstar, who finds herself in a peculiar spot…
This is where Dani Moonstar becomes a Valkyrie.
By the end of the issue, the New Mutants (who have all more or less found new homes on Asgard) decide to band together to save Storm.
To do so, they enlist the X-Men, which is the second part.
Look at the awesome intro page…
Here’s Loki and the enthralled Storm…
Meanwhile, the X-Men have their own misadventures (which I won’t ruin for you here) until they finally get to see Storm with Loki, but is it too late?
How amazing is that last page by Adams? Holy cow!
In any event, this was a very important story that is still resonating in the Marvel Universe to this day (especially Wolfsbane’s plot, where she meets a Wolf Prince and falls in love). Claremont has some good character bits where he shows how some of the younger X-Men don’t realize how deadly their situation is (and meanwhile, Shadowcat is freaking out because she DOES know how deadly it is). It’s a good beat.
But really, oh man, that Adams artwork!!! It really makes this such a cool, cool comic story.
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