Friday, August 8, 2014
X-men Supreme Issue #101: Prison Break Part 2 PREVIEW and Pic Updates
A big milestone has been achieved by the X-men Supreme fanfiction series and now work begins on the next. Thanks again to all those who took the time to acknowledge the 100th issue anniversary of X-men Supreme. It's milestones like this that help me remember just how far this fanfiction series has come. It also reminds me of just how much more I hope to accomplish. I've worked hard telling epic stories and developing characters. I've given big moments to characters like Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Charles Xavier, Nightcrawler, and Rogue. I've even found time to develop my own original characters in General Grimshaw and Captain Jack Freeman. However, there are still some characters I haven't sufficiently explored in X-men Supreme that are overdue for some development.
Emma Frost is one character I know has a very loyal legion of fans. She has always had a complicated role in the history of the X-men. I wanted to capture some of those complications in X-men Supreme, but in a more balanced way. I began that process when she was introduced in the X-men Supreme Phoenix Saga. Since then, I've only hinted at her development. Given her prominent role with the X-men, she's a character I want to develop in the best possible way. I began that process recently in X-men Supreme Issue 99: Escaping Destiny. I look to take a big step in the current arc, which I've entitled Prison Break.
Emma Frost has finally revealed some of her darkest secrets to the X-men. She revealed why she ended up leaving the X-men years ago and why she ended up betraying them during the Phoenix Saga. It all comes back to Sebastian Shaw and the Inner Circle. They've had a very powerful leverage over her in the form of five cloned daughters, which Shaw dubbed the Stepford Cuckoos. These innocent girls have been used against Emma Frost for years. Now, with help from Cyclops and Jean Grey, she's hoping to end the Inner Circle's hold on her for good. However, that promises to be easier said than done.
Emma Frost's battle against Shaw is only part of a much larger conflict that is unfolding behind the scenes. In addition to the battle against Shaw, Colonel Wraith and Reverend Stryker seek to free Graydon Creed from a prison in Colorado Springs. This operation is supposed to further their goals, but to accomplish it they had to work with Shanobi Shaw, who has been handling his father's affairs in his absence. It's part of an escalating conflict that will soon consume the X-men and many more. The nature of that conflict will become much clearer in the next issue. As always, I’ve prepared a an extended preview of how big this conflict is going to be.
“OUT OF MY WAY YOU PUNY LITTLE BUGS!”
“Run! Don’t bother shooting! just take Graydon Creed and-AHHHHHH!”
“God in Heaven!”
It was a new kind of Hell for the Purifiers. This monstrosity who called himself Juggernaut was every bit as unstoppable as he boasted. He had been imprisoned in the maximum security area and for good reason. This monster of a man was full of rage and hatred. The moment he saw them, he looked at them as if they were flies and treated them as such.
The six Purifiers tried to shoot him, but their bullets did no damage. The imposing figure was engulfed in this mysterious pink energy that seemed to protect him. It also granted him great strength, which he demonstrated by ripping off two doors from a couple of prison cells and throwing it right at them. It forced the six men to duck. Four of the Purifiers tried to return fire with their guns while the other two with the unconscious Graydon Creed tried to escape. Juggernaut made quick work of them, slamming his fists onto the floor and causing the entire surface to rupture. He then casually grabbed one of the purifiers and literally crushed him in his fist, causing blood and bone to spill everywhere.
“There’s no stopping this demon man!” said one of the Purifiers who was holding up Creed.
“God will protect our fallen brothers,” assured the lead operative, “But we must protect ourselves to complete this mission!”
It was a difficult request for any leader to make, but the three remaining Purifiers who weren’t escaping with Creed did so without question.
“Go on, my brother! We will fight to demonic man to the death!” said one of the Purifiers.
“For God and humanity!” cried another.
“You’ve gotta be shitting me,” scoffed Juggernaut.
Cain Marko wasn’t expecting much from these three pipsqueaks. He was only mildly surprised when one of them took out a small smoke grenade and threw it right at his face. When it went off it caused a momentary smoke screen that blinded him just long enough for the three men to get close enough to shoot at his head. The pink energy aura continued to protect him, but the three men still surrounded him and fired wildly at them with their weapons.
“DIE MINION OF SATAN!” yelled one of the Purifiers
“What a fucking joke,” scoffed Juggernaut.
Clenching his fists, the unstoppable figure swatted to his left and threw a hard punch to his right. This killed one of the Purifiers instantly and mortally wounded the other two by breaking at least half the bones in their body. They never stood a chance. Their attack was practically an insult.
While Juggernaut was momentarily annoyed, the two other Purifiers managed to slip by with Creed and make their way up the stairs towards the exit. They didn’t dare look back. They didn’t dare let the carnage of their fallen brothers slow them down. Their crusade would have to continue without them. The burden of this mission was now literally on their shoulders and to succeed they would need help from above both literally and figuratively.
“Come in, Brother Stryker! Come in! Our situation is growing dire!” the lead operative cried.
There was a bit of static over his radio at first. Once they passed through the heavy security barrier they went through earlier, it cleared up.
“Ezekiel unit, please respond! What in God’s name is going on down there?!”
“We’ve run into an obstacle of biblical proportions,” reported the leader, “It appears this facility had some truly devilish occupants in the maximum security wing!”
“How bad is it? Can you make it out?”
Before the lead operative could answer, Juggernaut emerged from the smoke below and looked up to see the remaining Purifiers escaping. When he saw them, the unstoppable figure cracked his knuckles in preparation for another assault.
“IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO UNCLE CHARLIE? YOUR LITTLE PAWNS WON’T STOP THE JUGGERNAUT!”
Using his vast strength, Juggernaut leap up the three flights of stairs and landed with a hard thud right in front of the medium security wing checkpoint. Even though it was open, it wasn’t enough for Juggernaut to just casually walk through it. He actually had to rip the door right off the hinges and throw it down the hall to narrowly miss the remaining Purifiers as they desperately tried to escape.
“I’m afraid our escape is still in question,” answered the lead Purifier, “We’ll try to make it out to the extraction point, but we need some intervention…divine or otherwise!”
But it isn't all conflict. I still try and find time for the less complicated aspects of X-men Supreme. That means another update to the pics section. There are a few beautiful X-women who deserve some additions. This time, it's Storm, Rogue, Mystique, and Psylocke who gets their turn.
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