Uncanny X-Men #229 (1988)

The core members of the X-Men “died” during the Fall of the Mutants (except for Kitty and Nightcrawler, who went on to found the new Excalibur team), so this is kind of a soft reboot for the book.  It’s actually a very organic way to launch the new, European team.

But this book doesn’t start with them.

Instead, it starts with a bank robbery in Singapore by the red-masked leader of a team of well-armed, half-machine lunatics who kill everyone in sight and then kidnap the daughter of the bank manager.

The robbers call themselves Reavers and they are able to teleport in and out of the bank via an old Aborigine named Gateway.

And guess what?  After being killed and resurrected, the X-Men chose to go to Australia to establish a secret base of operations…So they’re in the neighborhood…Of course the X-Men save the girl, but Gateway enables the leaders of the Reavers to escape.  Gateway doesn’t teleport himself, though, So he’ll be around.

The X-Men decide to keep the Reavers’ base for themselves, and establish their new hideout.

Then Roma, the godesslike woman who resurrected them, gives them access to a portal called the Siege Perilous that they can use as kind of a phantom zone to throw criminals in rather than kill them or turn them over to the authorities (which would compromise their secret existence).  They also can use it as a teleportation device to go anywhere they are needed (why not use Gateway for that?).

The stage is set!

Also: First appearance of Jessan Hoan, aka Madripoor criminal Tiger Tyger.

Creators: Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri
Grade: B-

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