Hank McCoy goes too far and takes control of Wolverine’s mind. Will this start the downfall of the X-Men, X-Force, and Krakoa?
The X-Men have more than enough enemies to deal with. The Purifiers and Orchis are the first that come to mind. Recently, in A.X.E. Judgment Day, the Eternals were trying to kill mutants. Those are three major threats on top of the world’s governments who would like nothing more than to wipe Krakoa off the map. On top of enemies from without, there are also enemies from within. Fans know that Mr. Sinister is always up to something. But Hank McCoy (Beast) has become just as bad.
In X-Force Annual No. 1, Beast knew that he was sending Domino, Kid Omega, and Wolverine into a no-win situation. Yet he sent his teammates anyway to get data on them. Beast knew that if they were killed that they could come resurrected. Thankfully, all three members of the X-Force survived. In Wolverine No. 26, Beast goes even further and becomes more deplorable.
Wolverine was captured and pieces of him were sold to the highest bidders. Beast interrupted the auction and paid to kill Logan. Instead of helping him escape, Beast cut Logan’s head off. When Logan was resurrected, Beast didn’t allow The Five to update his memories. Instead, Beast took him away and said he’d take care of everything. Taking care of it meant he’d make Wolverine his personal killing machine against his will. Wolverine has been stripped of his humanity. Something that’s happened to Logan time and again. Nevertheless, this isn’t something you’d think a friend would do.
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Beast has been a horrible person for years. He doesn’t care about the repercussions of his actions. It’s so bad that even Uatu said that Hank McCoy disgusts him. What he’s doing now may be the worst thing he’s done. He betrayed someone that considered him family. Not only does Beast know Logan’s past about being mind-controlled, but Wolverine just saved him from Kraven the Hunter (X-Force No. 33).
Once Logan gets his mind back, Beast won’t be able to stop what Wolverine does to him, especially when he finds out that Beast kept Logan’s metal skeleton as a trophy. More than that, how will the Quiet Council deal with Beast? On one hand, he violated a mutant’s mind. However, there are no laws against that. It’s just morally wrong. Although, forcing Wolverine to kill does go against the, “Kill no man” law.
Then there’s Charles Xavier. He may say that Hank McCoy is too valuable to be punished. If that happens, Logan will leave Krakoa for good. He’s already on the fence. This could be the thing that tips the scales. And, if Logan leaves, Domino may not be far behind. She loves Logan and won’t take the violation lightly.
Look for the fallout of this story arc (“The Beast Agenda”) to lead into the X-Men crossover Fall of X. Especially if Hank McCoy isn’t punished for his actions.
What do you think, readers? What kind of fallout do you expect from the X-Men when Wolverine gets his memory back? Let us know in the comments below.