I hope there isn't some hierarchy to this. I really hope no one cries and curses that i'm doing this when *such-and-such* is supposed to. I looked over past threads and it looks like, on the day the issue comes out, it's first come, first serve. I
Got this bad boy today and was dying to read it. Now i'm dying to share it. Usually X-Men synopsis come out pretty quickly on this forum, so i thought it'd be here by now. I
In any event, this is gonna be a VERY DETAILED SYNOPSIS. The 2 main parts deal with Creed's flashback and CAnnonball's illusion, so i'm gonna split them apart. Here we go!
As was scene in the preview thread a week or so ago, we begin with Sam Guthrie. He seems to be in a business office, thinking about life or whatever, and he is approached by a female co-worker named Sara. She wonders what's on his mind and Sam says he feels something is missing. After a bit of flirting, the mind-binding fades to black, revealing SERAFINA, fully wired to Lady Masterminds machines, and standing over Sam's comatose body.
**There's a montage of images that show Sara and Sam's relationship progress. FRom their dinner date, to marriage, to children. Suddenly, Sam starts doubting reality again, saying that it's like he has holes in his head. Serafina *glitches the matrix* and not only sends Sam to a Doctor that shows him he is perfectly healthy----she completely writes out their children, as if they never existed.
**Fast forward again, and we find Sam at home, once again questioning reality (what is the Matrix??:p . Serafina is about to glitch teh matrix again, but before she does-----WOLVERINE disconnects her wires from Lady Mastermind. He whips out his claws, ready to strike, but she tosses a small chip onto one of his claws. THis device chemically reverts his adamantium to its most POISONOUS state. He gets momentartily KO'd. Serafina then says her goodbyes to Sam, saying that when all his kind is gone, she will always remember him. Then she teleports away.
Cyclops, Cable and Rogue are interrogating Creed about his sudden need for sanctuary and his connection to this new threat.
Creed explains: he was on a commisioned murder in Peru, assigned to him by an anonymous dealer. He was supposed to kill a bunch of scientists, and was also partnered with a man named PAsco, a mutant who has a force feild power similar to Unus, but according to Creed, not as powerful. As they continue killing, a scientist named Casales begs Creed for his life, and reveals it was he who hired Creed in teh first place. He tells Creed about something incredible hidden in a vault. Creed kills him anyway, then investigates his story. Him and Pasco find a ship, CONQUISTADOR sitting in international waters.
Scene 3**interlude** this is really random. THis page shows the outside of teh mansion. An old looking, dirty, homeless guy walks up to teh main gate. He's stopped by O*N*E* soldiers. THe man starts babbling, as if he's talking to someone, but we cannot see or hear another person responding. So it makes him look crazy. Then he passes out, the O*N*E* soldiers looking at him quizzically. (All on one page)
*Back to Creed**
Creed and Pasco take a speed boat out to the location of the CONQUISTADOR ship. As Creed tells teh story, he adds in that teh very day they borded the ship was November 2. What does this mean?? It becomes obvious when Pasco tries to punch one of the main doors on the ship, and cuts up his knuckles. A bright flash of Light flashes out of nowhere, and suddenly Pasco is depowered. YOu guessed it, November 2nd is M-Day in Marvel 616.
Creed then notices the sky turn weird colors/ a wash of red and purples. Then the vault opens, and the super powered children fly out. They attack Creed and Pasco, and pretty much whoop their asses. The one called FUEGO (the immolating guy) shoots at Pasco, setting off the explosives he was carrying. Creed jumps off the ship as it seemingly explodes.
He tells the X-Men these "Children of the Vault" (That's what they call themselves) have hunted him across the globe ever since.
****Scene 4****Now here's the kicker. (Had to read this part twice to understand it) Cable uses his powers to go on the net and profect his thoughts onto a video screen. He explains that:
30 years ago, a group of scientists created a machine that could accelerate time by several hundred times! They did this as a way to see the results of their genentic experiments on an evolutionary scale (a process that would obviously take centuries to study on its own) Two years later, the scientists lease the CONQUISTADOR.
So the ship is basically a machine that accelerates time in that space alone. The Children are the result, and have been on the boat ever since. CAble explains that thirty years in our time was really 6000 years on the ship!! Since so much time has passed, the children have evolved more then once or twice. This makes them not really human, not really mutant. They've evolved further then both, to a certain degree. (Homo-Omega, maybe?? *yes i made that up**) Also, the technology they developed on this ship are beyond todays science.
Just then, Wolvie and Sam enter the room. Wolverine talks about the intruder, and how she used Lady Mastermind's powers BETTER than she ever could!
Cable wonders why the Children want their existence hidden. Rogue decides to lead her people to the ship and find out!
**Final Scene** The Children are on their ship. Sangre (the bold one with dark grey circles all over his body) berates Serafina for failing to kill Creed and for revealing herself to teh X-Men. Yet he isn't worried, for he says that the time for hiding is long past.
The last image shows the entire ship flying in the sky. We can see, what looks like the East Coast in the distance (that's just a guess). Looks like The Children are taking the fight to the X-MEN!!!!!
This was the "detail episode." Every arc needs one. It explains who and what these things are, Creed's connection, snf shows a bit more of what they can do. It is in no way the "Battle Royal" of last issue, and i'm perfectly fine with that. I still loved it. And considering all the info, it's probably the most important issue.
Clay Henry, while not visually stunning, does keep the flow going. His style makes the action a bit slower. But since this is a "detail episode," there's much more talking anyway, so it worked out in a weird way. It seems the final 2 parts are more about ass-kickery anyway, so Bachalo will be handling that!
Couple other observations:
Clearly Serafina is the "weakest-link", figuratively speaking. I'll save the details of this for people to read on their own, as one might agree or disagree.
One has to wonder what these "Children" are made up of. They appear to be more like..........Inhumans, thought they clearly are not. ANyone watch "Full Metal Alchemist". Maybe they're more like Homonculi.
Anyway, another fine piece of work Mr. Carey!! Can't wait to see the big battle!!