Title: Uncanny X-Men: The Extremists
Authors: Ed Brubaker, et al.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Basically just a filler story that led from one big event (Rise & Fall of the Shi'Ar Empire) to the next (Messiah Complex), The Extremists finds the team that made it back to Earth back in the Morlock tunnels after discovering Caliban wandering the school grounds, after he had been attacked by Masque. It turns out, in a plot point very similar to the Destiny Diaries, that there was a Morlock named Qwerty who was able to see the future, and not just any future, but every future that could be. These visions eventually drove her crazy, but the Morlocks put her predictions down in a book, and after the events of M Day, they began to reallly pay attention to her predictions. Eventually, the Morlocks split into two factions, the ones that would just let Qwerty's predictions come to pass, and the ones that would make sure that the predictions would come to pass. This second group is led by Masque, who has taken it upon himself to lead in the great change that Qwerty predicted for all mutants in her book.
Really, I didn't find the story all that compelling. Qwerty's book sounded too similar to the Destiny Diaries (which end up playing a part in the concurrently running X-Men: Blinded by the Light) and the whole thing read way too much like a forced filler for me, instead of a necessary bridge from one story to the other. I don't feel that there was anything that really moved the story along, except for the last page and the possibility that Magneto had not lost his powers. Not a bad story arc, but by far not the best.
I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads & Instagram connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!