Now THIS is how you build up another chaptered arc!
The previous issue was sort of a downer which was even more disappointing because I was pleased to see the Incredible Hulk make an appearance as one of the weekly Marvel guest star for XMFC series, but the story he was included in just wasn't substantial enough to captivate my interest. The entire thing was forgettable so let's move on from that and talk about this one.
With only eighteen pages, The Catalyst fairly did a quick and exciting job to establish the parameters and consequential stakes concerning the new clusterfuckery the X-Men and the professor are going to deal with, which actually hasn't been revealed yet. Still, I sure hope this arc would be much better than the last one with the monster island whose premise was a lot more enjoyable than its half-baked resolution.
For this issue, it started with a scene inside a space station where the professor volunteered his powers to detect a possible alien life form in a comet that's about to strike a surface of the Earth. Xavier manages to detain its direction to avoid contact with our world but was sad to inform everyone else that he didn't get to communicate with any existing life form at the comet's core.
The next day, everyone woke up without their mutant powers. Henry has normal hands and feet, Bobby can't ice up, Jean has no telekenis, Professor X has no telepathy while Warren's wings started shedding, which was quite a heartbreaking scene in itself. Scott was the only one who was happy to get rid of his pesky laser beams which was kind of insensitive to his friends, honestly.
However, he did prove himself surprisingly useful when a horde of goddamn Sentinels attacked the mansion right when everyone is stupefied and powerless. Even without his powers, Scott's training snapped into action and he lured one Sentinel inside the Danger Room using only his quick reflexes. I concur with Bobby; Scott was such a badass and he didn't even need to go all-Cyclops. It only goes to show that he's a natural, dependable leader, mutant-powered or not.
What was curious was that rather timely Sentinel attack--and the even more confounding fact that they attacked the kids in the first place when they're supposed to be programmed to detect mutants and I assume that if the X-Men are de-powered then that means that the Sentinels won't register them as threats. That could mean that the X-gene might still be present in them and is suppressed--or somebody knows shit like this is gonna go down and has re-programmed the Sentinels.
Does this have anything to do with the comet earlier? I don't know. AND I CAN'T WAIT TO FIND OUT. I'm really excited to see where this story leads and how and why did they lose their mutations all of a sudden.