Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

This week's Astonishing X-Men saw the remade, reborn Professor Xavier confront the remaining adult original X-Men in a story by Matthew Rosenberg and Travel Foreman that shows a lot has changed — in a way that may set up all manner of plot lines for Uncanny X-Men. And while the X-Men have moved on, it is possible that Professor X has regressed.

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

But the comic also involved a small New York town called Lago…

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

…with a bar named after Declan Shalvey.

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

It's a bar where everyone is a lot friendlier than they might expect. But what is this place?

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

It's in Lago — where stuff is still going down…

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

…a bit.

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

I did a quick check to see if this was an established X-Men story that I may have missed and didn't find it. No Katrina Fox in Lago. But it's not something that was entirely concocted from fresh cloth — because we have been to Lago before.

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

It was in the second year of Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, when Jessica Jones was hired to find a missing person. Not Katrina but Rebecca Cross. Is this a coincidence?

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

It seems not. Anti-mutant hatred of the allegorical kind…

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

And expressed against someone who wasn't even a mutant. And with the local pastor having quite the line in such rhetoric both in sermon….

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

And in followup…

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

With a little newspaper letter action…


Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?
Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

What a lovely town.Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

Don't worry, she wasn't. But still… so what happens to the people of Lago?

Did You Remember the Town of Lago from Astonishing X-Men Annual #1?

Everybody dies…

ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1
(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Rod Reis
Jean Grey and the original X-Men reunite! Following her resurrection, Jean Grey can no longer make sense of her life since becoming an X-Man. Who better to relate to this than Hank McCoy, Warren Worthington III and Bobby Drake? But this reunion will prove bittersweet when they're joined by an unexpected guest…the former Professor Charles Xavier, X! Why has X revealed himself to his former students? And what strange mission does he want to send them on?
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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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