SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “IvX” #2 and “Uncanny X-Men” #17, which is on sale now.
When “IvX” #1 concluded last month, the X-Men had decided to take action against the Inhumans by taking the fight directly to New Attilan. With the Inhumans’ Terrigen cloud on the verge of dispersing, rendering the entire atmosphere of Earth toxic to mutants, the X-Men felt they had no choice other than be proactive. By taking out the heaviest Inhuman hitters, the mutants felt they’d be free to destroy the cloud permanently before it could destroy them.
“IvX” #2, from writers Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule and artist Leinil Yu, sees the X-Men launch their attack on New Attilan. While brawlers like Psylocke and Warpath tear through their defenses, and the teenage Beast finds the lab of his adult counterpart and begins searching for any helpful research. One X-Man in particular, it turns out, has a very important role in the assault.
The X-Man Magik has been tasked with using her teleportation powers to snatch every aggressive Inhuman out of the battle and away from New Attilan.
Magik leaps into the fray and grabs new Inhumans Frank McGee, Flint and Naja, taking them out of the battle. Later, another X-teleporter — Nightcrawler — pulls the same trick on the Inhuman queen Medusa, snatching her away before she can do harm to the teen Beast.
With New Attilan coming under the X-Men’s control, Storm takes a moment to check in on the “prisoners,” who we then learn have been teleported into Limbo.
Over the last year, Limbo has served as home to the X-Men featured in Jeff Lemire’s “Extraordinary X-Men” series. The hell-like dimension is a hostile environment, to be sure, so the team has relied on Magik’s sorcery to keep them safe. However, the Inhumans that have been dropped into the dimension don’t seem to have any such protection from Limbo’s threats.
This week’s “IvX” tie-in issue, “Uncanny X-Men” #17 by Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley, follows this thread from the main event series. The issue reveals that members of Magneto’s squad, the team featured in “Uncanny X-Men,” have been placed in charge of keeping the Inhumans in check while they’re in Limbo. Of course things haven’t exactly gone smoothly; the issue begins with Sabretooth and Rachel Grey investigating an Inhuman corpse.
Rachel Grey is quick to point out the flaw in the X-Men’s logic: “Inhumans getting killed by demons after we dropped them off in Limbo isn’t going to win us any popularity contests,” she says. Her search partner Sabretooth doesn’t share her concerns, and continues to hunt for the remaining three unaccounted for Inhumans.
Sabretooth uses his enhanced senses to track the Inhumans via spilled blood, which leads them to one of their gravely injured “prisoners.” Sabretooth instructs Rachel to take care of the Inhuman while he tracks down the rest — a move he makes because he secretly knows what’s happened to the missing Inhumans.
The X-Man makes his way to a cave where he sees his teammate, Monet, preparing to feed on one of the Inhumans.
This is the continuation of a subplot that’s been boiling in “Uncanny” for a few months now. Previously, Monet let her supervillain brother Emplate possess her, thus passing his vampiric qualities onto her. Monet has kept this a secret from all her teammates other than Sabretooth, and now she’s lashing out in Limbo.
Monet reveals that even though Emplate gets no nourishment from Inhumans (he only feeds on mutants), they’re getting a “different kind of satisfaction” by feeding on the Inhumans. That satisfaction is mostly based in revenge for what the Terrigen cloud has done to mutants.
Sabretooth and Monet battle it out, and in the fracas one of the Inhumans escapes. Sabretooth then breaks off and goes after the Inhuman, saving him from a group of demons. But the Inhuman quickly learns he’s not exactly safe. Instead of saving the Inhuman from the demons, Sabretooth instead kept the Inhuman alive — for Monet to feed on.
In addition to letting Monet feed, Sabretooth knew that the Inhuman would tell the other X-Men about M’s condition. Sabretooth gave his word that he’d keep Monet’s secret until the two of them could figure out how to rid her of Emplate’s presence. With no solution in sight and a lone Inhuman jeopardizing Monet’s secret, Sabretooth made a choice.
“IvX” #2 established that the X-Men have gone to extraordinary measures to get the Inhumans out of the way, and “Uncanny X-Men” #17 showed the immediate fallout. Select Inhuman heroes and civilians are trapped in Limbo with a squad of untrustworthy X-Men watching over them, while the rest of the team follows through on their plan to destroy the Terrigen cloud on Earth. “IvX” #3 will arrive in stores on January 25; “Uncanny X-Men” #18 arrives on February 15.