UNCANNY X-MEN #148 (1981): 1st Caliban; Siryn is Banshee’s daughter

Okay–big issue.  Lots and lots of new stuff.  I have to rave again at how Marvel let Chris Claremont tell his story very slowly, unfolding over the course of years and years.  Decades, eventually.  

In this issue we learn that Wolverine has a history studying the techniques of the ninja in Japan–more of his Japan backstory that we are getting in drips and drabs.

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It enables him to drop Nightcrawler, despite his teleportation ability.

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We also meet Caliban for the first time.  He serves as the “villain” in this story, which is kind of a “girls’ night out” tale featuring Storm, Spider-Woman, Dazzler, and Kitty Pryde.

No sign of the rest of Moorlocks yet, but we do see him crawl out of the sewers in the beginning of the story.

And, look! He’s disguised in a trenchcoat!

This is also the issue where Chris Claremont gave Kitty the power to walk on air.  And it makes sense, because if she phases through solids then she must be standing on something, right?

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It’s really cool to watch a creator discover his own characters’ power set like this.

Meanwhile, Cyclops has been stuck on a desert island for several issues, and now it’s revealed that he’s not alone on that island…

Banshee gets a better backstory when he learns he has a daughter.

Theresa O’Rourke, aka Siryn. The character has already appeared in Spider Woman.

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