I got this issue on time; I learned my lesson from the last time. Let’s recap last issue, Nightcrawler rounded up all the remaining X-Men on the ship where they are awaiting to battle Nightcrawler’s father Azazel. In addition, Nightcraweler made some kind of deal with the red Bamf’s to turn them blue but we don’t know what it is yet.
The issue starts back at the Jean Grey School, which has not been seen since the first issue, where Warbird, Angel, and Rachel Grey (aka Rachel Summers) are all helping the blue Bamf’s fight the red Bamfs.
Well it’s nice to see that some of the teachers were left at the school just in case. It also answers my time question, apparently Storm, Wolverine, Northstar, Iceman, Beast, and Firstar have not been trapped in Hell for a very long time. Rachel cannot get a telepathic lock on any of the X-Men that went through the portal.
The red Bamf’s are trying to destroy the portal while everyone else is trying to keep it open because it seem to be the only way to get the rest of the X-Men back.
Back in Hell or at least on the pirate ship the Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Firestar, Beast and Northstar are getting ready to battle Azazel and his demon pirates.
While the rest of the X-Men, battle Azazel demon pirate army, Azazel and Nightcrawler faceoff.
I have begun to find their interactions interesting because of how much Nightcrawler hates his father. Nightcrawler will do anything to prove that he is different and not his father’s son. Nightcrawler and Azazel continue to bamf around the ship fighting each other.
Azazel decides to be a bigger ass then normal and bamfs down to Wolverine and stabs him through the back. Now this normally wouldn’t be a problem but Wolverine lost his healing factor becasue of a virue and Azazel knows this – ass.
Nightcrawler bamfs down to Wolverine who tells Nightcrawler to on keep fighting. A voice begins to talk to Nightcrawler in his head, I wonder who it could be, why Professor X.
Professor X, tells Nightcrawler that Archangels are on their way, that Nightcrawler should let them finish the fight. Nightcrawler should come back to Heaven because what Nightcrawler is thinking of doing can’t be undone. What is Nightcrawler thinking of doing? Nightcrawler tells Professor X that he knows that no jail but one can hold Azazel, since Azazel is Nightcrawler’s father, Nightcrawler must be the one to do it. Nightcrawler then tells the one Bamf that he is ready to pay what he owes so tell the others that it is time. What kind of deal did Nightcrawler make?
Back at the school the portal begins to glow and Rachel reads the Bamfs minds and all they are saying is “It’s time.” Then the Bamfs begin to merge together well that’s what is looks like anyway. Why are the Bamf’s merging together?
Nightcrawler then tells Wolverine to hold on, Wolverine just wants to be propped up to he can stab some people before he dies.
Seriously, they can’t kill Wolverine that would cause an uproar. Nightcrawler goes back to fighting with his father but Azazel is planning to leave because the Archangels are coming. Nightcrawler commands his Bamfs so come and attack his father.
Nightcrawler tells us that his father had sired children so they could be used as pawns to transport his army to Earth. Nightcrawler has decided to make his father proud.
Azazel is bamfed through the portal and Nightcrawler is standing on the other side – naked. I am guessing the Bamf’s merged together to form Nightcrawler? Then Nightcrawler cuts his hand and lets the blood drip down. Azazel tried to taunt Nightcrawler saying the people will die because of this, but Nightcrawler just punches him.
Thank goodness, because I was really getting tired of hear Azazel’s cray. The reason that Nightcrawler cut his hand was to use Azazel’s blood to trap him on Earth. Storm tells everyone to grab a Bamf because it is time to go. Nightcrawler closes the door of the portal once everyone is through while Professor X waves good-bye. Nightcrawler has come back to life.
Wolverine finds Nightcrawler on the roof of the school, Wolverine talks to Nightcrawler about how hard this has to be for him. Wolverine and Northstar were the only X-Men to have actually been transported to Heaven. Nightcrawler says how while he was there all he wanted was another adventure but now he doesn’t know if he can ever go back. Wolverine knows that Nightcrawler did something to get that body but Nightcrawler says he did nothing.
Then Nightcrawler thinks to himself how he saved billions of souls at the cost of his own.
Let me be the first to say – yay Nightcrawler is back, I have always liked his character. I finally have my answer as to what kind of deal Nightcrawler made. I don’t know how I feel about Nightcrawler giving away his soul on order to defeat his father. I agree that something needed to be done to stop Azazel but did Nightcrawler really have to give up his soul. I guess we will see the effect of that when Nightcrawler gets his own series. Also I am going to miss the Bamfs they were adorable, well at least I think they are gone. In the next issue, we will see Nightcrawler come face to face with his mother (I guess she had to see for herself that he was alive) and Cyclops. Nightcrawler obviously does not know about the change in Cyclops that should be an interesting meeting.
Until next month.