“X-Men Disassembled” kicks off in this week’s Uncanny X-Men #1, and the newly-relaunched weekly series from writers Matt Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, and Ed Brisson wastes no time in shaking things up for the X-Men and establishing a cascading series of mysteries that point to big trouble ahead.
Spoilers ahead for Uncanny X-Men #1.
As Uncanny X-Men #1 opens, Jean Grey has a vision of dozens of copies of Jamie Madrox searching for Kitty Pryde as the X-Men fight them off. Meanwhile, Kitty Pryde leads a team of young X-Men to confront Forearm as he attacks a laboratory.
During their approach, Kitty suddenly phases out of the plane uncontrollably, frying the circuits as she disappears. The young X-Men crash into the lab, with Anole and Oya sustaining injuries. It turns out Forearm isn’t alone – it’s the entire Mutant Liberation Front – and they’re attacking the lab to destroy a vaccine that prevents the X-gene from manifesting mutant powers in children.
Though they’re saved by the adult X-Men, the young team is left questioning whether they should be helping the MLF destroy the mutant vaccine.
In New York, anti-mutant senator Ashton Allen extolls the virtues of the mutant vaccine, urging its implementation to save the human race. As Jean Grey prepares to rebut him, a horde of Madrox clones rush the stage covering the Senator and saying they’re trying to stop whatever is about to happen.
Though the X-Men engage the Madrox copies, the fight ends abruptly when Senator Allen disappears in the same way Kitty Pryde disappeared previously. The confounded X-Men are blamed for “attacking” Senator Allen – but the story’s end reveals that the Senator, Kitty Pryde, and Apocalypse are all being held captive by some mysterious force.
Then, in a series of flashback back-up stories, Bishop, Storm, Jean Grey, and the young X-Men all fight a group of humans who suddenly manifest energy powers and begin mutating. As Jean tries to psychically contact them, she learns a mysterious single entity is controlling them all – and it tells her its just trying to fix a problem it caused.
During the fight, a woman Jean met earlier in the story who displayed strange abilities is apparently killed. However, she appears to Jean one last time saying “I’m afraid it’s only the beginning.” As he woman walks away, she transforms, changing to a form seen only in silhouette that resembles Nate Grey’s look in previously-released covers to upcoming Uncanny X-Men issues.
The story continues in November 21’s Uncanny X-Men #2.