SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “All-New X-Men” #15, is on sale now.
Over the last few months, Beast has been up to something beyond science. The time-displaced teenage version of the X-Men’s super genius has began dabbling in the mystic arts following an adventure with Doctor Strange in “All-New X-Men” #8. While seeking a solution to his team’s trapped-in-their-own-future problem, his eyes were opened to the ways of sorcery — and now those problems have manifested in a dangerous way.
Last month’s “All-New X-Men” #14 saw Hank McCoy locked in his lab in the teen X-Men’s traveling home. While none of the X-Men were aware of it, Beast was secretly experimenting with dark magic. This month’s “All-New X-Men” #15, from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Mark Bagley, shows the aftermath of Hank’s new hobby. The issue starts out with Cyclops and Beast battling one of the demons unleashed by Beast’s messing with magic. After beating back a few monsters, Beast comes clean about his role in the incident.
Beast explains that science and sorcery have a bit in common, namely that “you study, you experiment, you follow a set of rules.” Livid, Cyclops points out that this carelessness is more indicative of the adult Beast — the one that pulled them forward in time to begin with — than the young Beast. Cyclops wants to know if this is because his friend has been unable to solve their time travel problem, but Beast says that’s not the case.
“I solved time travel the day Evan and I returned from Egypt,” says Hank, referring to his recent trip to Ancient Egypt. “I’ve been home… And what I found there would –” Another demon interrupts Beast, leaving what he’s learned about the team’s home time a mystery. Instead, the two friends have to fight to survive, making their way through their mobile home to Beast’s lab.
Beast explains that he’s felt out of his depth ever since the team traveled to the future. Whereas he was once a genius, he’s found himself unable to catch up with the advances made in technology during the decades they skipped. “I’m no genius here. No scientist,” Beast says sadly. “Just a smart boy with big hands and feet… willing to let loose hell on Earth just to feel special again.”
Upon reaching the lab, Beast makes a declaration — one that we will have to wait around to see if he sticks to it.
“No more magic. No more reckless flailing. This won’t ever happen again.”
Beast destroys the epicenter of the black magic, destroying the team’s Airstream vehicle in the process. When the rest of the team — who were elsewhere fighting other demons unleashed by the villain Madelyne Pyror — teleports onto the scene, Beast has no choice but to own up to what he’s done.
Much to their surprise, though, Cyclops and Beast learn that the demons they fought weren’t the only demons on the loose. The issue ends with Madelyne Pryor raining hell up on Miami, with her giant demons stomping their way through buildings.
Will Beast be able to keep his “no more magic” promise when there’s a legit evil sorceress to fight? And when will we learn more about Beast’s recent trip back to their home timeline? “All-New X-Men” #16 arrives in stores on December 14.
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