Uncanny X-Men #496
“Divided We Stand, Part Two”
Writer: Ed Brubaker
Artist: Mike Choi
With ‘Astonishing X-Men’ running late, this issue inadvertently reveals a HUGE spoiler from the finale, so be warned.
That said, this is a nice homage to ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #180 with Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler traveling to Russia. As Wolverine notes, “What’re you lookin’ for, Elf? Juggernaut?”
Brubaker does an especially masterful job taking Wolverine right to the brink of insensitivity during a melancholy sequence before allowing him a remarkably insightful and thought-provoking rejoinder. And the fight to end the issue is a sheer joy, showing these characters doing what they do best.
From Marvel (preview): “Cyclops and Emma Frost adventure to the strangest land of all – San Francisco. The city has transformed into a bizarre version of itself circa 1968, complete with VW Bugs, flower power and hippies as far as the eye can see. Will they be able to lure Angel back to reality? Or will they succumb to their groovy desires and embrace the love generation forever? Also, Colossus (with Wolverine and Nightcrawler in tow)” On sale March 5, 2008.