Rampage (UK) #4 (Story 1)

Background

"Rampage" was a UK teen pop-culture magazine published by Panini Comics from late 2004 to early 2007.

The content was predominantly a blended ad-shake of product marketing infomercials for toys, movies, and video games. But each issue also featured new Marvel stories written and illustrated by UK creators. Spider-Man frequently appeared in the stories, as well as being referenced in much of the filler material.

Elektra is the star of this issue, with her "new" movie coming out (SPOILER - it was a complete flop, 11% on Rotten Tomatoes). But that doesn't stop Jennifer Garner from being our centerfold pin-up!

But enough of that, let's get to our first story. The X-Men vs. Apocalypse in "Enemy, My Ally".

Story 'Enemy, My Ally'

  Rampage (UK) #4 (Story 1)
Summary: 16-Feb-2005 (Spider-Man References, X-Men Story)
Publisher: Panini Comics
Editor: Tom O'Malley
Writer: Mitchel Scanlon
Pencils: John Royle
Inker: Dylan Teague
Lettering: Peri Godbold
Colorist: James Offredi

The X-Men are investigating a magnetic storm deep in the desert. The source is discovered to be a giant magnetic mountain, glowing with blue magnetic energy (because magnetism is blue, everybody knows that). Deep in the mountain's heart is the machine which is generating this disturbance. And deep within the machine is... Magneto, whose powers are powering the powerfully-powered machine, clearly against his will!

Who could lie behind all this villainy? Will we ever know the true culprit... oh. It's Apocalypse.

Like all good villains, Apocalypse explains his plan. He is going to strip the earth of its protective magnetic layer, exposing its inhabitants to deadly cosmic rays. It will be... an Apocalypse!

"Not if we have anything to say about it, Mister!" says Cyclops, as the X-Men attack.

Professor X persuades the captive Magneto to open his mind so that they (Charles and Erik) can combine their abilities. Together, they destroy the machine from within. With his plan foiled, Apocalypse decides to abandon the field of battle.

So, is Magneto now an ally of the X-Men? No. Magneto now turns to briefly attack the mutant heroes, until Professor X takes advantage of their temporary brain-link to mind-zap Magneto to sleep.

One foe down, but Apocalypse is still out there somewhere!

General Comments

A silly six-page story, told by the numbers.

Heroes discover a threat. Heroes investigate the threat. Heroes defeat the villain behind the threat.

The question of Magneto's allegiance is the only non-linear component in the story. But hey, one moving part is better than none!

Overall Rating

No more or no less than you might expect. Three webs.