X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview – And Moira's Return in Wolverine #8

In previous articles, Bleeding Cool has wondered just where Moira Mactaggert might be. Not seen in the X-Men books since the last issue of House Of X, despite being the key that holds the whole Krakoa experiment together. Revealed as a mutant all this time, her power is to restart reality on her death, reverting it back to the moment of her birth. With Destiny telling her that she will be able to do this ten, maybe eleven times if she's lucky. The entire Marvel Universe is revealed as her tenth life – and led to the current scenario of mutants doing things differently, going for isolation rather than integration, with a way to bring mutants back from the dead. In the final issue of the series, published a year ago, Moira made it very clear she didn't want time travellers or precognitives like Destiny to be part of the island, as the new administration of Krakoa set themselves up.

Moira MacTaggert - Spotted In X-Factor #4? (Spoilers)
Moira MacTaggert in House Of X artwork.

Since then, there have been several series telling the continuing mutant tales, with Jonathan Hickman writing X-Men and some of New Mutants, as well as spinoffs X-Force, Marauders, Fallen Angels, Excalibur, Hellions, Wolverine, Giant-Size and more like X-Factor and Children Of The Atom to come. The books have featured all the big names of Krakoa with Cyclops, Magneto, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Kate Pryde, Apocalypse, and more all appearing in multiple series. But there has been no sign of Moira MacTaggert.

The Quiet Council has continued to rule Krakoa since. MacTaggert didn't so much step aside as disappear completely. Could she have been buried inside the island along with Sabretooth, in stasis so as to not threaten the new reality? Has she one last chance to reset everything one more time and make it all better, putting the toys back in the box? Or did she go back to the Highlands?

Well, last week's  X-Factor #4 gives us a glimpse. As the Five get feedback from trying to bring Rockside back to life after his death in X Of Swords: Creation #1, we get a glimpse around Krakoa…

Moira MacTaggert - Spotted In X-Factor #4? (Spoilers)
Moira MacTaggert in X-Factor #4 artwork

It appears she has been hanging out in Krakoa's No Place ever since. The No-Place were a type of non-natural Flowers that occurred on Krakoa. Considered to be a tumour on Krakoa, they functioned similarly to Habitat except that the habitat grown from No-Places were not part of Krakoa's shared consciousness. And somewhere safe for Moira Mactaggert to ensconce herself against invasion from human, Otherworld or Cotati.

Well, Adam Kubert has revealed she may be popping by Wolverine #8, posting on Twitter

Moira Mactaggert in Wolverine #8 by Adam Kubert.
Moira Mactaggert in Wolverine #8 by Adam Kubert.

Though you'll have to wait until the week after Christmas.

(W) Ben Percy (A) Viktor Bogdanovic (A/CA) Adam Kubert
CELEBRATING 350 ISSUES OF THE SOLO ADVENTURES OF WOLVERINE! Someone's making moves against WOLVERINE'S old crew TEAM X, and it's leaving bodies dropped and artifacts stolen. A mystery unfurls as Logan picks up the scent of his old compatriot, the mutant known as MAVERICK! Don't miss this special over-sized issue celebrating Logan's history while kicking off the next arc and serving as a jumping on point for new readers! Parental Advisory In Shops: Dec 30, 2020 SRP: $4.99

We suspected she may have been popped up in this month's X Of Swords: Stasis #1 – but only because we should she might be in stasis within Krakoa, to preserve the current timeline. It might of course mean something else. Here's a preview…

X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview
X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview
X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview
X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview

(W) Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
X OF SWORDS, PART 11 A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.
Rated T+ In Shops: Oct 28, 2020 SRP: $4.99

And from Wolverine #6 out this week…

X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview
Wolverine #6 Preview.
X Of Swords: Stasis #1 Preview
Wolverine #6 Preview.

(W) Ben Percy (A) Viktor Bogdanovic (CA) Adam Kubert
Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.
Parental AdvisoryIn Shops: Oct 07, 2020
SRP: $3.99

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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