UNEARTHED: God Loves, Man Kills; Part Three

That’s our Wolvie. Even after a potentially harmful Danger Room session, he’s as gruff about life as ever. This is the Logan I knew and loved, not the ridiculous mess he is these days. Aloof, laconic, mysterious. That’s how I like him.

And Kitty’s reaction to him is what it should be, too. I like it when characters talk about each other like this. I feel it adds an interesting dimension to team dynamics. But nowadays everyone’s so damned quippy it’s difficult for me to feel any kind of characterization at all.

Kurt gives the bad news. Of course, in the Marvel Universe, no one ever dies, so let’s just move on.

Later, Kitty and Illyana investigate a strange bit of electronics on the mansion’s grounds. When Kitty phases through electronics, she disrupts their circuitry somehow.

Logan and pals investigate the wreck somehow, even though they’re civilians and no cop would ever let a civilian into a crime scene like this.

Logan hints at his shady past. He’s been a bad, bad boy. It’s funny that he’s paired up with Colossus, who’s such a do-gooder and innocent. But that used to be the fun of this X-Men group.

I thought this was a fun visual bit, Nightcrawler coming into focus.

Weird how Wolvie’s claws don’t outright shatter the glass, but maybe it’s some kind of bulletproof glass that resists such breakage.

That’s Nightcrawler for you, always looking out for the little guy, even if they’re villains.

Unbeknownst to the X-Men, the car held heavy soldiers too. But a nearby Master of Magnetism neatly takes them out and ties them up. Why?

Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Kitty and Illyana are in hiding, waiting for someone to come repair the ruined sensor console.

It’s nice that Claremont acknowledges Kitty’s inability to either breathe or see while phased underground like this.

However, her ability to walk on air is still a serious hand-wave. Moving through objects, you’d think, would preclude her molecules’ ability to interact with anything, much less air. So how is this happening? Comic book physics, y’all.

So… okay, I guess it’s somewhat likely that the car has a Detect Mutants ability. But pre-rigging the trunk to emit nerve gas? That’s something you wouldn’t even see in a Bond film.

Wolvie’s playing interrogator here, and it’s a fun bit. But then, Magneto stops him. Why?

To outright torture the guy. Claremont’s playing fast and loose with this, giving us a condensed version. We don’t know what Magneto actually does to the dude. It’s pretty serious, even in a Graphic Novel.

Kurt raises the important question: if you use the tactics of the villain, doesn’t that make you a villain too? And we never get an answer.

Meanwhile, Xavier is being similarly tortured, presumably under the influence of some kind of hallucinogenic drugs.

His beloved X-Men — or demonic simulacra of them — take it out of him in pretty grisly ways.

This is some seriously gnarly stuff.

Real “Night On Bald Mountain” material here, as the X-Men cavort in devilish glee, attacking each other in an ecstasy of malevolence. Is there any hope for Xavier? Tune in to the next installment of “God Loves, Man Kills” for the answer!