Lets review what happened in last months issue Wolverine and Northstar are in Heaven. Charles tells Wolverine where he is and about Azazel but unfortunately that makes Wolverine fall off the floating pirate ship. Storm, Iceman, and Firestar are all in hell. Iceman freezes all of hell, but that is too much energy for Iceman, so Firestar does her best to protect him because the other pirate ship kidnapped Storm.
This issue starts off with Azazel telling his pirate crew about how they are going to control the underworld.
While that is happening Beast come through the portal and he is definitely not happy to fall into cold water. The pirates on the ship try to attack Beast, well its Beast so that does not go over well. During this time, Azazel shows up, which starts a banter between Azazel and Beast.
Azazel basically tells Beast how he is planning on becoming the new God and Devil. Basically Azazel is collecting all the souls that he can because that will give him more power. In purgatory, all the power comes from the souls. Azazel manages to kick Beast back into the water that contains souls.
Azazel leaves the ship after he tells the pirates to find Nightcrawler and to kill any X-Men that they find.
On the other ship, the pirates are complaining to the Captain Kid about how Storm keeps breakout of everything, ropes, chains, etc. They are also complaining about how Storm has broken noses and tore off nipples, because lets face it Storm is a badass.
Just as the pirates are about to cut off her hand, Nightcrawler shows up to save Storm.Storm is so happy to Nightcrawler and vows to not leave there without him.
Which results in a touching moment, Storm tells Nightcrawler how much she has missed him and Nightcrawler saying how he was right to fall madly in love with her all those years ago. This results in a flashback of Nightcrawler surprising Storm with her Attic room.
While I am diehard ROLO shipper, I would be all right with a temporary Storm and Nightcrawler relationship if he comes back. Not to mention Nightcrawler is rather adorable, I just can’t help having a soft spot for him. Storm and Nightcrawler continue to fight the pirates on Captain Kid’s ship only to have the other pirates run onto their ship. Apparently, the other pirates are afraid of something that is on their ship, which happens to be a very angry Beast. Unfortunately, Beast does not seem to recognize Nightcrawler, which scared Nightcrawler a lot, because well an angry Beast could be worst then an angry Wolverine.
I have to this issue started off slow, while I am a fan of Beast I did not need to have him go through the portal. I found the whole banter between Beast and Azazel to be completely pointless; it was only put in to explain what Azazel was doing. I am pretty sure they could have found another way to that. While I originally did not want Nightcrawler to show up just yet, I actually liked how they had him save Storm. Again, while I am ROLO shipper, I did find their interaction to be very cute. I would be all right with a temporary relationship between them.
I am looking forward to seeing if Northstar caught Wolverine and check in on Iceman and Firestar in the next issue. I am hope the X-Men manage to all join back up at some point during the next issue. I am also curious to see Wolverine’s reaction to Nightcrawler flirting with Storm.
Until next month