The X-Men just went head-to-head with a massive alien threat and they fought it by combining their powers to create a giant-size weapon.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for X-Men #1 by Gerry Duggan, Pepe Larraz, Marte Gracia & VC’s Clayton Cowles, on sale now
The current iteration of the X-Men were designed as protectors for the entire world, not just mutant-kind. With that mission in mind, the team has to be flexible, creative, and powerful in their actions. If their first battle is any indication though, the mutants are prepared to take down (and even create) anything they need to.
The first challenge for the newly assembled X-Men roster ends up requiring a unique response. Namely, for team to create a giant Sentinel-size mech suit out of spare metal from nearby construction sights and pilot it like the MegaZord from Power Rangers.
With the events of the Hellfire Gala still reverberating across the Marvel Universe, the newly elected X-Men have been setting themselves up once again as superheroes for the entire world — starting with building a new base within the New York City limits. The Treehouse quickly becomes a tourist attraction for curious New Yorkers, a boon for the local environment — and a massive target, with a massive alien creature known as a Mind-Reaver assaulting the city with psychic attacks. To contend with the threat, Jean and Polaris quickly erect a shield to protect themselves, Cyclops, Synch, Wolverine, Rogue, and Sunfire. Thanks to having recently used his powers in concert with Forge, Synch is able to come up with a plan on the fly to allow the X-Men to respond to the creature.
Polaris is able to draw the steel from various construction sites around New York City and crafts a building tall mech. The X-Men each in essence get their own role in utilizing the machine to the best of its advantage. Marvel Girl uses her telepathy to link the team up psychically. Rogue and Polaris effectively work the arms, with Polaris’ magnetic control and Rogue’s strength allowing them to operate the limbs easily. Synch and Wolverine works the legs, while the mech has two primary ranged weapons, courtesy of Cyclops and Sunfire. The former is able to funnel his optic blasts through a visor in the mech’s head, while Sunfire can shoot his flames through the massive X-symbol that Polaris created on the machine.
Finally, once the creature exposes a weakness from the battle, Wolverine — who has been waiting and watching for such a moment — is kicked directly at it. Effectively serving as a living bullet in a super-charged Fastball Special, Wolverine breaches the creature through a newly created hole in its defenses and just starts slicing things with her claws until the creature goes down. By the time Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers arrive to assist, the X-Men have already brought down the creature — earning the praise of their heroic allies.
The fact that the X-Men were able to craft a mech on the fly is nothing short of impressive, especially considering the Voltron/MegaZord elements of the machine, such as the crew manning different parts of the machine or utilizing their abilities to empower it in exciting ways. They even make it a permanent solution for future problems, moving it to serve as the lighthouse for the Krakoan Archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean. The X-Men even intend to tinker with the machine and potentially even give it more power boosts, which could make it one of the X-Men’s most useful defense mechanisms to be used in the protection of the world.
It’s also just exciting to see that, among the many tools the X-Men have at their disposal, they can now also bring a giant mech to the fight — especially considering not just all the Earth-bound threats to mutants, but the galactic problems that could be turning their attention to Earth as a whole in the aftermath of mutants taking command of Mars.
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