or: Love Punch
This week’s first grab got shoved back in the box when it turned out to be X-Men 174... we can do better than this, try again... Dr Strange 68, hmmm... one more time, X-Men 167... seems this is one of “those” boxes that’s only got my stuff. OK, X-Men 174 it is.
I was never a fan of the “is Maddy really Jean?” thing. Knowing my run was soon to be over, I didn’t feel it was my place to argue. Looking back, I have to admit to some passive aggressive behavior. Having never done Jean in the book, there was nothing to compare Maddy to, twin wise. All I had was hair color. I could’ve chosen a more Jean-like hair style but, noooo, I had to go with a non-Jean ‘do.
With all due modesty, I’d like to nominate myself for Marvel’s Hardest Punch™. I admit it, Scott’s my favorite X’er. “My” Scott would never have done this. But, you know me, I get lost in the story and, even though I’ve known it was coming all along, it just ticked me off and I tee Scott up and let him have it. The happy embrace. The wait/what moment. The slow push off at “the question” (Are you my dead girlfriend come back to life?) and then... wait for it, gotta turn the page... WHACK!