"Rage Against the Machine" - Uncanny X-Men 371, X-Men 91, X-Men Annual 1999
Writer: Alan Davis & Terry Kavanaugh
Penciler:(371)Jim Cheung, (91) Andrew Robinson (An.99)
Rick Leonardi
Inker: (371)Mark Morales, (91)
Danall Panosian, (An.99)Bob Wiacek
Colorist: (371) Liquid Graphics, (91)
Marieall Javins, (An.99)Joe Rosas
Letterer:Comicraft

[Summary & Review by Kevin Sargeant.
Edited by Humberto M. Ferre']

X-51 (Machine Man) is pursued and captured by SHIELD troops, because they need spare parts for the new "Project Deathlok". To which they intend to add the remains of Agent 18 (Jack Truman), his brain and nervous system in their project. Fury goes ballistic upon returning to the helicarrier and finding Tech-division has grafted Truman's remains with an android body, under the direct supervision of Major Remington Sole, Projects Coordinator. He had assumed command in Fury's absence and dispatched a squad to Muir Island to investigate an energy signature similar to the Techno-Virus. Coincidentally, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, and Colossus are visiting Muir Island looking for Warlock who immobilizes a SHIELD squad.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Mention is made of events in Cable #59-62 and Uncanny X-Men #362
  • The Deathlok program had been a secret program unknown even to Nick Fury
  • Fury rips off the Red Skull's mechanical hand
  • The Red Skull escapes with the damaged helicarrier at story's end.

Review

This was an ok story whose only purpose was to set up the M-Tech line of Marvel comics (which have since all been cancelled). The setting on the helicarrier was pretty neat but I didn't like the portrayal of Nick Fury. He states that letting the Red Skull have the helicarrier is not an option, but then lets him get away with it in the end. The Fury I know would not have let the Skull get away, but this was an M-tech story not a SHIELD story so there you go. Also, I missed the traditional SHIELD supporting cast. None of the regulars we know and love were there. Sure there was a cameo by G. W. Bridge, but he's only sort of a SHIELD agent. I did enjoy the spin-off titles, Deathlok (which had a strong SHIELD presence), and Machine Man.

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