Multiversal brothers clash when Jimmy Hudson and Daken come face to face in a violent battle! Meanwhile, the X-Men must come to a difficult decision – are they with Jimmy or against him?
X-Men Blue #30 – The Search For Jimmy Hudson (Conclusion)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Nathan Stockman
Color Artist: Matt Milla
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: R.B. Silva and Rain Beredo
What You Need to Know:
After an adventure in deep space, the time-displaced original five (or O5) X-Men have returned to Earth and sought out their old teammate, Jimmy Hudson, who they discover has been consumed by an alien symbiote called Poison. Before Jean Grey can fully save Jimmy, he’s attacked by Daken, who was dispatched by Magneto to take care of him!
What You’ll Find Out:
The X-Men face off against Daken, who has been dispatched to kill Jimmy Hudson on Magneto’s orders since the X-Men weren’t able to properly take care of the escalating problem that is Poison. Given that he is one of theirs, the X-Men fight Daken for Jimmy’s life, especially since Jimmy himself is struggling to win against the symbiote that is threatening to wipe him out. Angel and Bloodstorm tag team Daken. In the excitement, Jimmy tries to flee. Angel starts to go after him, but Beast stops him, explaining that no one should go after Jimmy alone. Daken says that someone who can handle him should go after him. Jean confronts Daken and asks if Magneto really sent Daken after Jimmy, though Daken doesn’t respond right away, challenging Jean to make him tell her. Jean uses her psychic abilities on him, only to face a psychic backlash because of Daken’s psi-defense training, which is just the distraction Daken needs to chase after his brother.
Jimmy, overtaken by the Poison symbiote again, runs through the forest, determined not to allow anyone to destroy him. Jimmy and Poison are, after all, the final remnants of two universes. As he rushes through the forest, memories of both Jimmy’s past and Poison’s past flash through their minds, cementing their decision to survive. Daken tracks Poison as he reverts back to his Jimmy persona, and Jimmy points out that he has Wolverine’s senses and has known that Daken has been trailing him in the woods. He stops and turns, unsheathing his claws to fight his sort-of-brother. As Daken attacks, Jimmy reverts back to the Poison persona, and a deadly battle starts between the two of them, with Daken taunting Jimmy’s identity crisis, hinting that he could put an end to Jimmy’s suffering by just killing him. Daken explains to Jimmy that he knows what it’s like to struggle with darkness as well, but before he can finish his explanation, Jimmy interrupts Daken and tells him that he knows Daken is trying to use his pheromones to make him feel weakness, but the fact that he’s a Poison now means that the pheromones don’t work on him.
What follows is a brutal battle, one in which the brothers slash and claw and throw down with each other, ultimately stabbing each other with a katana. They both pull the katana out of themselves and start to move towards each other again, but are stopped by Iceman, who freezes them both in place. Jimmy breaks out of the ice that Bobby has covered him in, but Bobby freezes him again, reminding him that he can keep making ice as quickly as Jimmy can break free.
Jean tells Jimmy that she’s going to have a word with him, and when Daken tries to tell Jean that the thing that Jimmy has become isn’t Jean’s friend, Jean tells him to be quiet. Jimmy warns Jean that Daken is right, but Jean tells him she doesn’t believe that and places a hand on Jimmy’s head. A moment later she tells Bobby to free Jimmy, though no one thinks that’s a good idea. Jean insists that the guy frozen in front of them is still Jimmy at his core, and so Iceman freezes him. Jean takes Jimmy for a short walk away from the rest of the group and Daken, and they talk. Jimmy admits that there’s a lot of memories that are running through his head and that he no longer knows what he is. Jean, who had been under the control of the Poison Hive for a while herself, commiserates with Jimmy’s experience and then tells him that though she doesn’t know what he is now, she does know that he is her friend. She explains that she’s not going to keep him prisoner, and if he needs space to figure out what he is, then he should take all the space he needs.
Jean walks back to the rest of the group, where Daken tells her she was stupid for letting Jimmy go free. Not taking that bait, Jean asks Daken to tell them about Magneto. Daken resists at first but finally opens up, telling them that he wanted Daken to take care of Jimmy while Magneto went after some bigger targets – specifically anyone who he feels is a danger to mutants. His first target? None other than Emma Frost – the White Queen herself.
What Just Happened?:
This was a surprisingly short arc – only two issues – but two issues is really all the space this story needed to move the X-Men around on the board for the next arc. It was a smart move on Bunn’s part not to stretch this story out to four or six issues and write for the trade, especially as the story didn’t warrant it, since it’s all set up to give Jimmy a new codename (finally) and differentiate him from the rest of the Wolverine family to give him some sort of purpose in a superheroic landscape that is getting increasingly filled with Wolverine-type characters.
The conflict between Jimmy and Daken is an interesting one, and it’s nice that the conflict doesn’t stem from the fact that they’re both the sons of Wolverine, even if they aren’t the sons of the same exact Wolverine. Familial clashes are always better and more interesting when there’s something else that sets the characters in opposition against each other, and from the way things seem to be panning out, Jimmy and Daken could very easily be a next-generational take on Sabretooth and Wolverine, though this time the rivals are actually related.
Bunn has some good character work in this issue – Bobby is back to being something of a jokester, and it’s good to see Bloodstorm being fleshed out a little bit more through bits of dialogue as she drops hints of her backstory. Jean as the de facto leader of the team – as she has been for much of the time that they have been in the present – is especially more interesting to see in the light of Tom Taylor’s X-Men: Red. This younger Jean is a little fierier and outspoken than her older counterpart, and it’s a fascinating thing to watch. While the rest of the team tends to want to stop and think things through a little, Jean wants to blaze through for answers and results, and it’s fun to watch her be that tough and commanding.
The coming conflict with the X-Men stuck between Magneto and Emma Frost promises to be a good one, building up on everything that has come before for the X-Men, for Magneto, and for Emma herself. Seeing the X-Men side with Emma again – as they most assuredly will, since they won’t allow Magneto to kill anyone – will definitely be lots of fun.
Stockman’s art continues to remind one of a Saturday morning cartoon, which works very well for this arc. The characters are expressive, and the layouts he’s done for the battle between Jimmy and Daken are great, especially the dynamic splash pages depicting their brutal battle. His take on Jimmy in his Poison form – part classic Wolverine, part Venom – is an interesting figure, and one hopes that other artists who follow in Stockman’s footsteps are able to keep him looking as compelling and creepy as Stockman does. He’s like a nightmarish version of Wolverine, which is pretty much spot on for what the character should look like. Matt Milla’s colors definitely work well with Stockman’s art style, keeping that cartoon vibe going, but without dumbing down the artwork or making it seem child-like. The colors are strong, bold, and easy, taking on a beautiful watercolor-y effect whenever the panels depict images from either Jimmy or Poison’s memories. It’s some very lovely work.
Final Thoughts: This was a solid superhero story with plenty of action, some X-Men-appropriate drama, and teases for future stories that could prove to be very, very interesting indeed. This is definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of Jimmy Hudson or the Poison storyline that has been running off and on through the X-Books for the past many months now.
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