Posted - November 3, 2016
Deathbird is currently the Empress of the Shi'ar.
The 275th issue is a Giant-Sized one.
We open with a Starjammer attack
Here is a beautiful shot of an Apocalypse-class Shi'ar battleship. Underneath is the much smaller ship of the Starjammers.
The Starjammer's motto.
'The greater the odds the better the fight' - something for us to remember during those life moments when we feel like we're going to throw up.
Uh oh, here come the Imperial Guard.
The odds just flew out the window.
Beautiful panel of the X-Men trapped by Deathbird.
Uh oh, somebody gets loose.
Deathbird counters effectively though.
More than that she manages to "kill" Wolverine.
Of course, it's technically not possible to kill Wolverine.
As Deathbird makes her retreat, Lillandra, the Starjammers, and the X-Men meet up.
The X-Men are still baffled about where Lila Cheney teleported them. It is all explained and a decision is made.
It's the Imperial Guard vs the X-Men and the Starjammers.
I've always considered the Imperial Guard to be the equivalent of DC's Legion of Super-Heroes.
While the battle is going on we have the imminent Round 2 of a previous fight.
And the winner is.
How the heck did they take out Gladiator? That's like taking out Mon-El.
And the Deathbird-Wolverine fight?
To cap things off Professor X reveals himself.
Now back to the Savage Land.
The reason why Rogue is fidgetting is that she's wearing armor. The invincible Rogue is not used to being made to wear armor; but she has lost her powers. Here's a better view of that armor.
They're off to another fight with the uber-powerful Mistress of Magnetism, Zaladane. They're bringing their own magnetic powerhouse though.
Colonel Semyanov has been seething at being in such close proximity to the murderer of his son, Magneto. Suddenly, he is unable to contain himself and fires at Magneto.
Magneto goes down but so does one of the other gunships. It's a bonehead move because very shortly the U.N. forces are attacked by. . .
Back in the crash site a T-Rex(?) looks at Rogue the way you and I would look at a crab.
That armor she's complaining about saves her life plus it seems that Rogue still has some of her old strength.
Conveniently, the only four crash survivors are Zabu, Ka-Zar, Fury and Rogue. Waitaminute, it makes sense, Zabu is a giant cat, Ka-Zar is at peak form. Fury is a recipient of the super-soldier serum and Rogue's powers are slowly returning.
In Zaladane's headquarters Magneto is alive but captured.
And look, even Shanna has been made subservient by the fetid Worm. What we are witnessing is the impending transfer of all of Magneto's power to Zaladane. Two sessions are needed and one is complete. During the course of this session Magneto's past is displayed for all to see.
The horrors Magneto has been through the trauma he has received are all but intolerable. I understand his anger. Those who would call this one evil should see the path he walked if only to understand how Magneto came to be.
Fury and the rest manage to infiltrate Zaladane's headquarters.
As they go to rescue Magneto something wonderful happens.
She's able to do a lot of damage but in the end she falls victim to Zaladane.
Amidst the fighting Magneto is able to use the equipment to restore his powers.
But was he fast enough to save Rogue? Yes he is.
Magneto kills Semyanov.
Was this the right thing to do? Yes, and no. He had to kill the Colonel because the Colonel would stop at nothing to avenge his son. And who can blame Semyanov? He is a father in the right, avenging his son. Magneto is also in the right to destroy somebody who would destroy him. And Magneto is guilty of murdering those submariners including the young Semyanov. He is not absolved of that and he did what he had to. What a complicated character Magneto has become.
Next, Magneto contemplates the destruction of Zaladane.
Magneto makes his decision against massive opposition from his allies.
Not only that. Magneto makes his stand.
I admire him. I will always respect his strength and his willingness to do what must be done. It is, sadly, also the end of the burgeoning Magneto-Rogue romance.
The issue ends with a mouth-dropping cliffhanger. With the X-Men/Starjammer victory Lillandra should have regained the title of Majestrix Shi'ar - and she has. In the celebration that follows members of the X-Men and the Imperial Guard are attacked and the villain is revealed!