All New X-Men Special #1

The Arms of the Octopus part 1 of 3.

Attempting to force Cyclops to face his misdeeds, among them the murder of Charles Xavier, Beast traveled back in time to recruit the only people he felt could do so -the original X-Men. Transported to the present, they were forced to face the dark reality of their fates. In response, the time-displaced team decided to stay in an attempt to better the future they have found. However, discention formed among the team leading to Angel abandoning his friends. Now, stranded and separated, the original team must find their own place in this unfamiliar world.

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Part of that unfamiliar world includes people yammering away on their cell phones, letting strangers know all their personal business. The gang are exploring the Big Apple together and Hank is narrating intellectually about how here all his stories are gone… and about how he kissed Jean and he doesn’t know if Scott knows.

Then he sees a girl reading poetry. He rambles academically and she divulges that she’s a PhD student… studying time travel no less. She’s really not feeling Hank McCoy, who is coming on way too strong and she begins to excuse herself. However a purse-snatcher stealing from women doing yoga that Bobby was ogling and Hank goes all Beast mode to stop the guy.

To his surprise… she thinks that him being a mutant is super cool.

Hank goes with her to see Dr. Jude. She says he’ll be so pumped to see a former student. So there they are with Dr. Jude, Hank says he always admired the professor’s work on Gamma radiation, which now he doesn’t work in because there’s a certain (ahem) stigma against it. And coincidentally, while he is there a massive radiation spike occurs and Oh hey, it’s OTTO OCTAVIUS.

Jean and Scott are bickering about what movie to see when a pummelled Hank gets thrown into a car. Everyone does the quick change and gets to fighting Doc Ock.

Spiderman busts in to fight the mechanically tentacled man and then Hank tackles Spidey and tells him that Ock is leaking gamma radiation all over the place.

Ock says he’s gotta find Dr. Jude because he’s not supposed to be there! (more time travel? Say whaaaat?)

Spiderman (who is still Green Goblin, amirite?) epically says, “Who are all of you? Some kind of mad cloning experiment of Xavier’s he intended to punish the world with after his death?”

I love Spiderman as an asshole, by the way. It’s hilarious. Anyway, he convinces the kids that they need to take “Otto Octavius” to Dr. Judes lab, I’m using quotation marks because Spiderman (who is an imposter) says that Ock is an imposter. Dr. Jude theorizes that maybe the X-Men’s time travel weakened the space-time continuum and maybe Ock came through. Spiderman thinks not but Ock is to radioactive to run appropriate scans on.

Then… Spiderman uses his Avengers connections to call in the one person that he thinks can help!!!

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The art is super cute. It’s fun to see the kids being kids. The writing is great, the angst, the insults, the complete and utter confusion of everyone involved. This is a 3 part series (that while taking place in the same timeline as Battle of the Atom, makes no actual sense that these things could be happening at once since Young Bobby and Young Hank were in the future future this week… anyway,)