Dave Lapham wisely continues his string of issues that shed more light on different members of the X-Terminated. This issue’s featured player is Deadeye, who is given an origin, and is shown to have a different perspective on the War to the likes of Stryker. Her origin was very well-told, it was a tragic story really. It’s good that Lapham is fleshing out his cast, and it’s even better that he’s doing it at the same time as he continues the bigger story. So here we see what it was that Stryker was up to when he freed M, who has renamed herself as Penance and seems to represent a threat to Weapon Omega. Stryker plans to help her win the war in return for giving the remaining humans somewhere to live. And initially it looks like it might work, Penance manages to make Colossus switch his loyalties (leading to the fight between him and Cyclops and the cover) but in the end, she bows to Wolverine. Stryker has given her Sugar Man now, and it’s a big mistake. This book is just so fucking grim, but I like it, not everything can be sweetness and light. Not that it is in comics these days, but this makes most superhero comics look like Johnny DC.