Friday, September 22, 2017
X-men Supreme Issue 157: Drug War Part 3 is LIVE!
Sometimes, heroes like the X-men have to overcome bad situations in order to defeat a powerful foe. They’ve done it many times before throughout the X-men Supreme fanfiction series. They took down D’ken in the Outer Limits arc, Sinister in The Good, The Bad, and the Sinister, and Magneto in both Overlord and Uprising. Like all great heroes, the X-men find ways to rise to the occasion. Then, there are other times when the situations don’t just negatively affect them. They affect their enemies as well.
In the Drug War arc, the X-men are facing an enemy in Sebastian Shaw who leaves nothing to chance. After getting defeated, and impaled by Wolverine, in the Phoenix Saga, he’s a lot more cautious these days when it comes to fighting the X-men. Despite uncovering his plot in X-men Supreme Issue 154: Reaching Out with Mutant Growth Hormone, the X-men were already way behind the curve by the time they mobilized. Some of that is due to the X-men being divided after the events of X-men Supreme Issue 148: New Divide. Most of it, though, has more to do with Shaw’s cunning.
Right up into the previous issue of the Drug War arc, he seemed to have both the X-men and X-Force defeated. He even managed to turn Jubilee, who Sage tried to send in as a spy, into an enemy by dosing her with MGH. Between her and his allies in the Wyngarde sisters, he seems to have all the cards. Charles Xavier, Generation Grimshaw, and President Kelly can’t stop. Cyclops and his covert team, X-Force, can’t stop him. He had every opportunity to take this fanfiction series down a dark new road.
Then, the situation turned. A figure that X-men fans should recognize well, especially Wolverine fans, showed up and turned the tide against Shaw. His name is Daken. Who he is in the X-men comics is somewhat different than what he is in the X-men Supreme fanfiction series, but there’s one key similarity. When he shows up, situations get messy and sometimes in a very literal way. That’s what the X-men, X-Force, and Sebastian Shaw are about to face.
His arrival is not as random as it seems. Daken is actually part of a plot that I’ve had brewing in the background for quite some time, going all the way back to events in X-men Supreme Volume 5: Dark Truth. He’s part of a story that can only have the biggest possible impact when Charles Xavier, Wolverine, and the X-men are at their most divided. The conclusion of the Drug War arc will set the stage. It will also add a major complication to the ongoing efforts of X-Force and the X-men. It’s hard enough dealing with the Mutant Monitoring Initiative when they just have corrupt businessmen like Sebastian Shaw to deal with. It’s quite another when they’re dealing with forces that involve Daken.
Wolverine’s son, the rise of Mutant Growth Hormone, and the impact it will have on the X-men and X-Force alike are just starting to unfold. The situation isn’t just going to get more complicated. It’s going to get personal. The Drug War arc won’t just mark a turning point. It’ll act as a catalyst for a much larger conflict that’s been waiting to pounce. The scope of that conflict should become somewhat clearer at the end of the issue.
Volatility Sensibility and Drug War each tested the divided X-men in ways they’ve yet to experience in this fanfiction series. It’s a different set of conflicts, even compared to those in the X-men comics. While X-men Supreme may be going in different directions, my commitment to making it awesome remains the same.
As always, I encourage everyone to provide feedback so I can be certain that this fanfiction series is sufficiently awesome. I especially need that feedback after a major arc like this. With Daken arriving soon, that level of awesome needs to be there. Either contact me directly or try to post it in the comments section. Either is fine. All support I get for X-men Supreme is supremely appreciated, regardless of how positive or negative it is. Thank you very much to all those who have taken the time to provide feedback. From the bottom of my hearts, I appreciate that. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Xcelsior!