It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for both Chris Claremont and the X-Men. But what Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith created in Uncanny X-Men #186 is legendary. In previous issues, Forge, a mutant who’s power is he can literally invent anything gave the government a gun that strips mutants of their powers. It was supposed to be used on fugitive and X-Man, Rogue. Fellow X-Man Storm got in the way. Storm awakes to find herself being cared for by Forge himself on the top floors of his building. Over the course of days they fall in love. And then she learns he’s the man responsible for taking her powers away and she leaves him. Storm is broken from the betrayal and loss of her powers. Forge is broken because he’s fallen in love with a woman who has every reason to hate him forever.
As good as the story is, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible art by Barry Windsor-Smith. He creates little moments in this one issue that make it a simply amazing love story.
- Jack Cameron