Beast and Cloud and Iceman are touring college campuses across the USA to raise awareness about anti-mutant sentiment, and in this issue they’re protesting a speech by Senator Robert Kelly, who is a prominent bigot. The student rights organization has a very odd name: MONSTER (Mutants Only Need Sensitivity, Tolerance, and Equal Rights). Why would you call a civil rights group something scary? Anyway, the splash page shows what Marvel thought a college dorm looked like in 1984:
Dig the posters!
Cloud is crushing on Iceman pretty hard, but Iceman–who in 2010 canon is a homosexual–can’t be into her because she has both genders. Can you imagine if a character like Cloud was in the comics today? With all the current dialog about gender identity? Way ahead of its time.
This is mostly an X-Men lite issue, focusing on developing the mutant characters, but it’s good. Gillis is a solid writer for this book, and Perlin’s art has grown on me.
Creators: Peter Gillis and Don Perlin