X-Men Unlimited #3 (1993)

Sabretooth joins the squad, which makes sense because Wolverine lost his adamantium and left the team to go pout about it.

My issue, though, is this: How did regular readers keep track of a (fairly important) event like this?  It didn’t happen in the book titled, “X-Men” or the long-running book titled, “Uncanny X-Men,” but instead happened in this bimonthly oversized comic.

Anyway, the book starts with Sabretooth hunting Maverick.

In his own recent miniseries, the telepath Birdy used her powers to keep him from killing, but Birdy has been killed, so now he’s struggling with killing again.  So when it comes time for the final blow, he cuts but doesn’t kill.  Because we have to rehabilitate him, see, so he can join up with Professor X?

So they do things like call him a Kitty Cat.  To walk back years of him being a psycho.  And having Professor X enter his mind and explain why Sabretooth is so mean. It’s because…Well, I”m sure you’ve already guessed.

Abused kid.  Again.

In the end, Professor X decides he can “cure” Sabretooth of his bloodlust, and decides to hold him at the mansion until that work is complete.

I liked Sabretooth as a different kind of character—turning him into another version of Wolverine (he even says “bub”) isn’t appealing to me. Still, all in all, this is one of the better X-books I’ve read recently—maybe because it’s relatively linear and the large cast is fairly controlled.

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