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The posting of the Dark Phoenix Saga a few days ago made me think of a happier--and much, much sillier--version of that story. Specifically, the one in...



UNCANNY X-MEN #153 begins with Illyana Rasputin--at the time an uncomplicated and undemonic six-year-old--asking Peter and Kitty for a bedtime story. And so Kitty promptly begins the tale of the swashbuckling Pirate Kitty, and her true, er, friend Colossus, who are loved by the people and hated by the mighty, and have many exciting adventures. After a few too many of these adventures in the same city, they're thinking it might be a good idea to get out of town, and as they wander the docks they come to the aid of two strangers getting hassled by thugs...



Phoenix threatens to doom the world, etc., but Xavier faces her down with a magical jewel which contains the essence of Jean's soul, and she flees rather than confront it, warning that this isn't over. She has, however, wrecked all the ships in the city, making it difficult to follow her. Not to worry, Kitty has a solution:



This is about a year before the actual Lockheed-the-dragon shows up, and may have been what Kitty was thinking of when she named him. Now, why she gave the Blackbird jet an Irish accent I don't know, unless she's combined it with Banshee for some reason.

(Back in the real world, Nightcrawler is eavesdropping at the door, and gets Wolverine to join him when he wanders by.)

So our heroes fly after the Phoenix all day and night, until Lockheed finally calls a pit stop, and they set down on an island for a bit. And then:




He's walking along the beach, as it happens, where he finds a mysterious black bottle. Curious, he pulls the cork free, and what should emerge but a very familiar genie...



...I don't know how Kitty didn't hear the laughter from out in the hall.




They continue on their quest to find the Phoenix. It doesn't take very long.


After several pages of...well, failing to get killed, mostly, our heroes manage to hold Phoenix long enough for Xavier to bring out the soul-gem and bid the Phoenix to return to its proper home in the stars. "In the name of mercy--in the name of Lady Jean--be free."




Awww.

(Approximately 7 1/2 pages of a 23-page story.)

Tags: char: colossus/piotr rasputin, char: cyclops/scott summers, char: marvel girl/phoenix/jean grey, char: nightcrawler/kurt wagner, char: professor x/charles xavier, char: shadowcat/kitty pryde, char: storm/ororo munroe, char: wolverine/logan/james howlett, creator: chris claremont, group: x-men, publisher: marvel comics, title: uncanny x-men

Date: 2010-05-01 07:47 am (UTC)
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I started reading comics circa 1993, and I miss these X-Men. Back issues and all that.

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