Uncanny X-Men #371
Writer: Alan Davis & Terry Kavanaugh
Penciler: Jim Cheung

Inker: Mark Morales

Colorist: Liquid Graphics


X-Men #91
Writer: Alan Davis & Terry Kavanaugh
Penciler:Andrew Robinson
Inker: Danall Panosian
Colorist:Marieall Javins

X-Men Annual 1999
Writer: Alan Davis & Terry Kavanaugh
Rick Leonardi
Bob Wiacek
Joe Rosas

[Summary & Review by Kevin Sargeant.
Edited by Humberto M. Ferre']

X-51 (Machine Man) is pursued and captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. troops, because they need spare parts for the new "Project Deathlok". To which they intend to add the remains of Agent 18 (Jack Truman), his brain and nervous system in their project. Fury goes ballistic upon returning to the helicarrier and finding Tech-division has grafted Truman's remains with an android body, under the direct supervision of Major Remington Sole, Projects Coordinator. He had assumed command in Fury's absence and dispatched a squad to Muir Island to investigate an energy signature similar to the Techno-Virus. Coincidentally, Shadowcat, Nightcrawler, and Colossus are visiting Muir Island looking for Warlock who immobilizes a S.H.I.E.L.D. squad.

  • Continuity Notes
  • Appearence by G.W. Bridge (who mentions he is no
  • Mention is made of events in Cable #59-62 and Uncanny X-Men #362
  • The Deathlok program had been a secret program unknown even to Nick Fury
  • Fury rips off the Red Skull's mechanical hand
  • The Red Skull escapes with the damaged helicarrier at story's end.

Review This was an ok story whose only purpose was to set up the M-Tech line of Marvel comics (which have since all been cancelled). The setting on the helicarrier was pretty neat but I didn't like the portrayal of Nick Fury. He states that letting the Red Skull have the helicarrier is not an option, but then lets him get away with it in the end. The Fury I know would not have let the Skull get away, but this was an M-tech story not a S.H.I.E.L.D. story so there you go. Also, I missed the traditional S.H.I.E.L.D. supporting cast. None of the regulars we know and love were there. Sure there was a cameo by G. W. Bridge, but he's only sort of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. I did enjoy the spin-off titles, Deathlok (which had a strong S.H.I.E.L.D. presence), and Machine Man.