SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Uncanny X-Men” #13, which is on sale now.
When we left Magneto’s team of cutthroat mutant freedom fighters in last month’s “Uncanny X-Men” #12, they had teamed up with the Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club to investigate a research facility in the Atlantic Ocean. That research facility belonged to the Someday Corporation, a company promising to cryogenically freeze mutants in order to protect them from the spread of the deadly Terrigen Mist. But it turns out that the mutants signing up for “protection” are getting way more than they bargained for. The Someday Corporation turned those mutant volunteers into living weapons to use for their own purposes.
“Uncanny X-Men” #13, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Greg Land, picks up right where the previous issue left off — with the combined X-Men and Hellfire Club team facing off against a crowd of angry, manipulated mutants. But just as the crowd of aggressors overwhelms the away team, they attack pauses. The Someday mutants are in contact with a mysterious telepath who instructs them to halt and then teleports them all away.
The team returns to the Hellfire Club’s mansion, where Psylocke reveals that she felt a psychic presence “buzzing” all around them during battle: she knows someone is pulling the Someday mutants’ strings. And it’s not the corporation, either; an investigation of the research facility revealed Someday employees violently stuffed in stasis chambers and forced asleep via psychic means.
Magneto’s shape-shifting agent Mystique stowed away with the Someday mutants disguised as one of their own, and her reconnaissance led her to stumble upon the man that liberated the weaponized mutants from Someday’s clutches: Exodus
Exodus’ arrival also means that the spoilery — and previously unseen — cover for next month’s “Uncanny X-Men” #14 can finally be revealed.
Introduced in 1993’s “X-Factor” #92, the 900-year-old mutant Bennet du Paris first crossed paths with the X-Men during his tenure as Magneto’s most powerful follower and commander of the Acolytes. The guy has almost limitless psionic power, including telekinesis and telepathy, and is also a teleporter. He also has energy blasts, healing abilities and use his telekinesis to perform remarkable feats of strength. Exodus is a major threat.
The last time we saw him, however, was exactly two years and four days ago in 2014’s “Uncanny X-Men” #26. That issue saw him die at the hands of an even more powerful mutant: Matthew Malloy.
Of course that story ended with another X-Man — Tempus — traveling back in time to prevent Malloy from ever being born. While Exodus’ fate was not mentioned at the time and he hasn’t been seen since, it was safe to assume that he had not died since his murderer had ceased to ever exist. Now Exodus is back, and with his appearance in 2014 erased from continuity, that means the X-Men haven’t tangled with this former acolyte of Magneto’s since “X-Men Legacy” #263 way back in 2012.
“Uncanny X-Men” #14 — the cover for which you can see above — arrives in stores on October 5.
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