I picked this one up primarily because of Neal Adams. I find his loopy dialogue weirdly entertaining, but apparently co-writer Christos Gage is scripting. Batman: Odyssey went on a bit too long, but this one is slated for six issues. I’m not sure exactly when this story is supposed to take place in Wolverine continuity. He is partnered with Sabretooth, yet he already has his claws. The claws are rendered in such a way that they could be made of either adamantium or bone. I thought Logan hooked up with James Hudson directly after his claws we implanted and joined the X-Man directly after that. Of course, if he has bone claws in the story (a notion I reject out of hand), then this story obviously takes place before “Weapon X.” I think his claws are supposed to be bone, and that aspect alone may keep me from reading the rest of the series because it doesn’t conform to Earth-J continuity.

The white-haired mullet-wearing character on the cover is Magneto. (I was hoping it wouldn’t be but afraid it would.) Charles Xavier is a student at Oxford University in issue one, not yet confined to his signature wheelchair. Wolverine refers to him (repeatedly) as “kid.” Sabretooth and Wolverine are hired killers in this story, yet still think of themselves as “good guys.” I am also uncertain how this team of “X-Men” jibes with “Avengers: 1959” in Sabretooth continuity. The other two members of the soon-to-be team are new characters.

I can’t recommend this series to anyone who cares about continuity.

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ISSUE #3: I finally got a handle on this series. I have to think of it like Chris Claremont’s X-Men Forever, that is, an alternate series of events which takes place in a parallel universe. The question is, where to place it? Here’s what works for me: I pretend that the Marvel Universe began with Giant-Size X-Men #1, and this series is the prequel. This issue features an amnesiac Prince Namor, but I don’t see it as predating Fantastic Four #4, necessarily; I see it as occurring in a universe in which the FF do not exist. We were speaking of John Byrne’s Lost Generation two months back. This series does not take the pains that one did to fit within established continuity (if that phrase even has meaning anymore).

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