THE UNCANNY X-MEN #108-110 (1976-1977)

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John Byrne starts his epic run with uncharacteristic humility, with this piece on the letters page:
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But then he quickly dives in, getting coplotter credit with Chris Claremont and, in #109, introducing Vindicator and the “Weapon Alpha” concept that would eventually fill in a lot of holes in Wolverine’s past and establish the world’s first Canadian superteam.  This was the beginning of Wolverine becoming one of Marvel’s most popular characters.

But first, we finish the story from #107.  The X-Men and Starjammers are in space trying to stop a mystical crystal from swallowing the universe.  The Avengers know about it, but can’t join in the fight.

To save it, Phoenix needs souls…

…It works and the team returns to Earth, where the Canada adventure can start…

It starts with Vindicator trying to reclaim Wolverine as part of Alpha Flight, and then, of course…

…they fight.  The rest of the team fights Warhawk.

The story naturally flows from the one before it–seamlessly moving between entirely different arcs.  That’s what makes these comics so hard to break up in posts.

 

Issue #110 was also the first time The X-Men played baseball–and it would become a regular feature.

Creators: Claremont and Cockrum

Grade: A

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