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Uncanny X-Men #109: Review

Feb 1978
Chris Claremont, John Byrne

Story Name:

Home Are the Heroes!

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Uncanny X-Men #109 Review by (July 3, 2024)

Review: After the cosmic goings on of last issue, the X-Men, and us readers, get to decompress with a literally more down to earth issue. This issue is rife with drama, and some great character moments, both serious and lighthearted. Jean worries about telling her parents about the Phoenix and Scott in turn worries about talking with Jean about the same issues, feeling like things are different now. Boy, if he only knew. Meanwhile, Corsair makes Jean promise not to divulge that he's Scott’s father, because Scott Summers just can’t have an easy life. It’ll be quite awhile before Scott does find out, but it’s not like Corsair would be winning any Father of the Year awards anyway. Nightcrawler gets to be his fun self, declaring his love for Star Wars due to looking like much of the alien cast, while also getting to have a serious moment by talking some sense into a moping Scott. It’s these multiple facets of his character that contribute to making Nightcrawler my favorite X-Man.

Wolverine also benefits a lot from this issue character-wise. With John Byrne’s arrival, whose favorite character was famously Wolverine, he immediately feels like he’s moving in the direction of the character we all know. He feels more nuanced already, such as when he explains to Storm that his hunting is about keeping his skills sharp enough to touch a skittish doe, and nothing to do with killing. It shows that there’s more to him than previously thought, and Byrne and Claremont will continue to introduce more facets to his character to make him feel more fleshed out. Meanwhile, we also get the first appearance of James Hudson, using the first of many names, Weapon Alpha, as he looks to reclaim Wolverine for the Canadian government. He's driven back but this sets up a future story down the line that will introduce Canada’s premier superhero team, Alpha Flight!

Comments: First appearance of James Hudson, called Weapon Alpha here, the first of many names. Nightcrawler mentions that Star Wars is one of his favorite films, due to looking like the alien creatures.





 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Uncanny X-Men #109 Synopsis by Anthony Silvestro

The X-Men are finally home after their harrowing adventure in space, where Charles Xavier invites Lilandra to make the school her home as well. Each of the X-Men go off to decompress in their own ways. Storm makes a beeline for her garden in the attic, giving her plants some much needed watering, before deciding to join in the shower herself. Jean Grey realizes she needs to tell her parents about everything that has happened recently, as her thoughts drift back. After escaping the M’Kraan Crystal, Lilandra stopped Gladiator and the other Imperial Guard from killing the X-Men, before being told that the matter of her banishment needs to be ironed out, given time. Meanwhile, Corsair persuades Jean not to tell Cyclops the truth that he is Scott’s father, feeling things are better this way.

Back in the present, Jean goes off to talk with her parents, leaving Scott to worry about when Jean and he will talk, feeling things have changed so much. When Scott asks Moira MacTaggert about his brother, Moira tells Scott that Alex and Lorna Dane decided to stay at Muir Island for a while, to get over their brainwashing. Meanwhile, a mysterious system seems to be tracking one of the X-Men! Back at the mansion, Nightcrawler calls up his girlfriend, Amanda, and arranges a date, before teleporting into Colossus’ room and suggesting they double date with Amanda’s friend. Colossus informs Kurt that he’s already agreed to go on a picnic with Moira and Banshee, telling Nightcrawler to relay the news. Kurt teleports once more downstairs, coming upon Scott deep in thought. Scott’s watching as Jean shows her parents her transformation into Phoenix, while sulking that everything seems to be going poorly for him. Kurt tries to get through to Scott, telling him that he can’t tear himself apart every time he feels he’s been shafted, and must accept things for what they are.

Banshee comes along to invite both of them to the picnic, and while Nightcrawler worries he was too harsh on Scott, Scott admits that he now has a lot to think about and declines the offer. Banshee, Moira, Colossus, and Storm get ready for their picnic, when Wolverine says he’s coming along as well, itching to do some hunting. Storm derides him for his senseless killing of animals, and Wolverine clarifies that it has nothing to do with killing, showing that there’s more to him than meets the eye. Meanwhile, those tracking Wolverine are closing in on their target. When Wolverine is out hunting a deer, he’s suddenly ambushed by his old friend, James Hudson, calling himself Weapon Alpha. Hudson wants to take Wolverine back to Department H, where Xavier first found him, and Wolverine objects, fighting back against Hudson, who’s equipped with a powerful suit.

At the picnic, Sean and Moira play around in the pond, while a clearly homesick Colossus tells Storm about his homeland. It’s at that moment that an unconscious Wolverine comes flying through the trees. Colossus comes between Wolverine and Hudson, knocking Hudson clear through the forest. Hudson shoots an energy beam, which bounces off Colossus, hitting Moira! This sends Banshee into a rage, as he barrels down on Hudson. Storm flies up to help as well, as Hudson decides to make a strategic retreat, knowing he can’t take on the whole team at once. He makes his escape, and a disgruntled Wolverine confirms that this is only the beginning, and that things will only get worse from here on out.



John Byrne
Terry Austin
Andy Yanchus
Dave Cockrum (Cover Penciler)
Terry Austin (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Joe Rosen.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Banshee
Banshee

(Sean Cassidy)
Colossus
Colossus

(Piotr Rasputin)
Cyclops
Cyclops

(Scott Summers)
Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler

(Kurt Wagner)
Phoenix
Phoenix

(Jean Grey)
Professor X
Professor X

(Charles Xavier)
Storm
Storm

(Ororo Munroe)
Wolverine
Wolverine

(James Howlett)

Plus: Corsair (Christopher Summers), Gladiator (Kallark), Imperial Guard, Lilandra (Lilandra Neramani), Vindicator (James Hudson).

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