Once again, just thumbing randomly through the back issues at BAM! I stumbled across this little slice of Uncanny X-Men at the same time I found the "Fall of the Mutants" issues #226-227. I bought it recognizing it was a tale involving Sentinels- Master Mold is a super computer/giant robot that builds other Sentinels. This is what I've been wanting to read about, People!
“The Day of Other Lights” (issue #246, July 1989) contains a lot of character development- to the degree that seems to separate author Chris Claremont from many who came before him. It's really well done! I've read comparisons of his writing to "soap opera", but he gives these characters some depth. Dazzler (alone, scantily clad in a dark catacomb under the X-Men complex??) looks into a gem given to the X-Men by Siege Perilous, spooked by the other possible lives she could have ended up living, all of them disturbingly ending in death. The whole thing with Rogue sharing her body with Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel was new to me, and Claremont shares a conversation between Carol & Psylocke on a snowy New York stroll to a coffee shop about how that isn't going so well. Wolverine and Storm's conversation on his duties to the X-Men and himself as he comically tries to spruce up with some hair gel is well written. Havok & Longshot's training session with Colossus is interrupted by a showboating Dazzler, and Senator Robert Kelly's wife killed by the Master Mold, originally a Hellfire Club girl under Sebastian Shaw's wing, who's ironically trying to garner support from the Senator for a Sentinel building project. There's a lot going on here!
The juicy battle scenes come in the next issue, “The Light That Failed” (issue #247, Aug. 1989)! When Nimrod (indestructible descendant of the robotic, mutant-hunting Sentinels from the future) was accidentally merged with Master Mold in the previous issue, it looked bad for the X-Men.
More Later- Make It FUN!