SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Extraordinary X-Men” #17, on sale now.
Now that the new X-Men event “Inhumans vs. X-Men” has fully kicked off in a new limited series, the rest of the flagship X-books are following suit with tie-in stories that dive deeper into the rift between mutants and Inhumans. Last week’s “Uncanny X-Men” #16 focused in on Jean Grey’s mental battle with Karnak, and this week’s “Extraordinary X-Men” #17 highlights Storm’s team of X-Men and their reaction to the events of “IvX” #1.
The issue, which comes from writer “IvX” co-writer Jeff Lemire and artist Eric Koda, picks up right where “IvX” #1 left off. Storm, Forge and Old Man Logan return from their summit with the other mutant leaders with one major concern on their mind: are they at war with the Inhumans?
But that’s not the only thing going on in the X-Men’s X-Haven headquarters, located in the dimension called Limbo. As the X-Men return home, a 10-year-old mutant named Maya comes close to death due to complications from M-Pox, the illness created by the Inhumans’ Terrigen cloud. Maya and her family were plucked out of their home in Philadelphia and brought to X-Haven so Maya could receive medial attention, but she’s not responded to treatments.
As part of her last wish, Maya wants to meet Storm face to face. Since arriving in X-Haven, the X-Men haven’t been as attentive as Maya’s family thought they would be. While they’ve received medical attention, the X-Men themselves have been off trying to save the world on mission after mission. Maya’s older sister Alisha makes it her mission to get Storm’s attention, although that proves to be easier said than done considering the massive decision the X-Men and their leader are currently facing regarding the Inhumans. When Alisha finally finds Storm, the distracted Ororo is immediately pulled into an urgent meeting with Old Man Logan.
In her meeting with Logan, Storm reveals that she still has a problem with the idea of sending the X-Men to war. “War goes against everything I am! This is not just some battle against Mister Sinister or Apocalypse. This is different,” she says. “I swore to protect these people, not send them to war!” Storm also admits that she knows that if they declare war on the Inhumans and strike first, they’ll never be able to go “back to how it used to be.”
Logan leaves, saying that the world hasn’t been “like it used to be” for a long time already. Meanwhile, the determined Alisha finally gets the attention of the junior X-Men, including Jean Grey, and they get her an audience with Storm. Then, in Maya’s last moments, Storm arrives to be by her side.
Storm talks to Maya and discovers that the little girl has always idolized the X-Men, and has wanted to join them ever since she learned she had x-ray vision. Storm asks Maya what her mutant code-name would be, and Maya responds with “Lucid.” Storm then officially makes Lucid a member of the team, granting her dying wish. In her last moments, Maya looked at Storm and saw her as the complex individual she is.
The death of a 10-year-old mutant placed in their care brought Storm a great deal of grief, which manifested itself in a powerful bolt of lighting and immediate downpour. Newly emboldened, Storm emerged from Maya’s family’s tent and addressed her X-Men.
“As you all know too well, we have been waging a battle against the effects of the Terrigen cloud,” she said, “I brought you here to Limbo with the assumption that we would find a way to reverse the effects of the M-Pox. Because that’s what we do…We are the X-Men. And when it matters, we always find a way.”
But things have now changed. Storm now knows that the X-Men have failed in their mission. “There is no safe haven. There is no cure,” she says. The only way to ensure that no more mutants die from the M-Pox is to take action and, as Emma Frost proposed in “IvX” #1, destroy the remaining Terrigen cloud — and take out every Inhuman that will stand in their way. The issue ends with Storm finally finding the resolve to formally join the fray.
“Extraordinary X-Men” #18 arrives in stores on January 25, 2017.
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