When the Marvel Universe jumped ahead eight months in time following the end of “Secret Wars,” plenty of ongoing series picked up with a number of mysteries at the heart of their stories. As months have worn on, many of those mysteries have been resolved; in the case of the X-Men line, the current series “Death of X” is doing a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to clearing up how the X-Men got to the place they are now.
One mystery in particular from “Uncanny X-Men” has been solved thanks to “Death of X,” series writer Cullen Bunn confirmed in a recent interview with CBR. Ever since the release of “Uncanny X-Men” #5 March of 2016, fans have wondered exactly who it was that the X-Man Monet lost during the eight-month gap. Monet revealed that she was grieving during a throwdown against the bounty hunters known as the Dark Riders.
Later in the issue, Storm tried to help Monet through her grief, but M was not ready to hear any of the X-Men leader’s comforting words.
“Death Of X,” which launched in October, fills in what happened during that jump ahead in time. The debut issue included the death of one prominent mutant — one that had a lengthy history with Monet.
Jamie Madrox and Monet were teammates in X-Factor Investigations, a series that lasted for eight years before its end in 2013. Now, as revealed in the latest edition of CBR’s X-POSITION, “Uncanny X-Men” writer Cullen Bunn has confirmed that Monet has been grieving the death of her longtime teammate Multiple Man.
“Very early on in my involvement with the X-Men, all of the writers got in a room to discuss the events of ‘Death of X,'” said Bunn. “I couldn’t help but think that Madrox’s death would hit Monet in a significant way and would impact her characterization going forward. It was a little tough to write, as I had to keep that a secret up until the revelation in ‘Death of X.'”
Since the reveal of Madrox’s death, Bunn hasn’t had time to connect these two plot points in the pages of “Uncanny X-Men”; in recent months, the team has dealt with the return of the villain Exodus and, more recently, Psylocke left the team. Now that we know Madrox is who Monet is mourning, it’s possible that we’ll see this play out in the pages of “Uncanny.”
Bunn also revealed that one of “Uncanny’s” tie-in issues with “Inhumans vs X-Men” — January’s #17 — will focus on Monet’s partnership with Sabretooth. It’s possible that there will be more talk of Monet’s grieving process there — or, as the cover indicates, it could also focus solely on M’s risky decision to absorb the vampiric powers and hunger of her supervillain brother Emplate into herself. Basically, Monet’s got a lot going on right now.
The next issue of “Uncanny X-Men” arrives in stores on December 21.
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