The Nineties Are Back Bigger Than Ever In Way Of X #2 (Big Spoilers)

The Way Of X time! But first, today sees the publication of Heroes Reborn #3, reviving the title of the most quintessential nineties comic book of all, in which the Marvel Universe was reinvented in its own bubble by Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee, alongside Jeph Loeb, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio and more. But there was more to the nineties than Heroes Reborn.

Today's The Way Of X #2 is firmly embedded in the nineties – and with pretty everything as well, to be fair. So we have refelections of recent plotlines in S.W.O.R.D. in a fashion missing in many of the other Krakoan X-Men books.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

We have those preparing for the Hellfire Gala, looking at their costumes and wondering who they are going to invite as their platonic threesome date, Krakoan style.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

Loa, Mercury and Pixie, there. Now that she's back from the dead to the land of the living. Talking of which, so is Legion, by his own bootstraps, rather than his father's usual intervention.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

With Legion rejecting the advances of both Professor X and Magneto.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

And with Nightcrawler giving him one question to answer.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

Who is the Patchwork Man? What is the Patchwork Man? The rumours of such an individual were first noticed by Nightcrawler last issue.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

Defined only by the gossip of Krakoan children round the Adam-X campfire. Another notch for the more extremes of nineties X-Men.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

While Professor Xavier had been having rather meaningful nightmares.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

And the suggestion that this was tied to Legion, Xavier's son, David Haller.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

Which may suggest Xavier's reticence to revive him. In some cases, he seemed to resemble a furry Juggernaut – Xavier's half-brother, Cain Marko.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

In others, someone lankier, spikier, with a touch of the Xorn.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2 The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

The Patchwork Man as an Omega-Level mutant hiding in plain sight. Nightcrawler on a mission to discover more, leading him to Legion.

An alternate future dubbed the Age of Apocalypse was created when Legion went back in time to kill Magneto before he could oppose Xavier's dream, but instead inadvertently killed Xavier himself. But he's not the only reality-remaker around.

The Politics of Krakoan Resurrection - Wolverine #12 & Way Of X #2

Onslaught was a psionic entity born from the consciousness of Xavier and Magneto after Professor Xavier, fighting with Cortez amongst others, used his telepathic powers to shut down Magneto's mind, rendering him catatonic, but instead, Magneto's mind escaped into Xavier's subconscious, where it merged with Xavier's own darker nature to grow into a separate persona of its own.

A child of Xavier, as much as Legion is, the resulting battle across the Marvel Universe, saw the Avengers and the Fantastic Four sucked into a brand new reality, the original Heroes Reborn. And now it appears that Onslaught is back. Seriously, Charles should take better care of his kids…

The Nineties Are Back Bigger Than Even In Way Of X #2 (Big Spoilers)

Could we have a potential clash of the nineties reality-breakers-and-remakers on our hand? With Scarlet Witch and Sir James Jaspers thrown into the mix along the way?

WAY OF X #2
MARVEL COMICS
MAR210589
(W) Si Spurrier (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
A VILLAIN REVEALED!
•  The dark force hiding within Krakoa begins to show its true form.
•  The answers are hidden…WITHIN THE MINDSCAPE. Kurt's – and…others.
•  One of the most dangerous mutants is reborn!
Rated T+In Shops: May 19, 2021 SRP: $3.99

I bought my copy from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-west store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, and a larger south-east store in Bromley, with an extensive back issue collection and online store. With a new store planned for Watford, if you are in the neighbourhood, check them out. 

The Nineties Are Back Bigger Than Ever In Way Of X #2 (Big Spoilers)

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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