Beast’s Dark Variant Claims How Much Hank McCoy Has Changed

One of the most interesting elements of X-Men ’92: House of XCII is the transition from a sprawling epic to a more singular vision, recasting the entire Krakoa era in one specific purpose. It’s been a fun experiment in adapting, and now one of its most deliberate changes highlights one of the most controversial yet interesting character developments of the time.

The version of Beast featured in X-Men ’92: House of XCII #4 (by Steve Fox, Salva Espin, Israel Silva, and VC’s Joe Sabino) streamlines and amplifies the dark development that was given to Beast in the Krakoa-era X-Men comics – and highlights the complexity offered to the character in the books Like X Force​​​​​​.

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X-Men ’92: House of XCII adapted the current expansion period of the X-Men comics succinctly, reimagining the modern era of Krakoa from the perspective of the team’s 90s iteration. This meant streamlining some elements to accommodate the smaller overall cast of characters available and recreating events such as X of swords be of smaller range. One of the most interesting adjustments they make to the storyline is the fate of Hank McCoy, aka Beast. During their version of X of swords, Beast rushed to the mystical realm of Polemachus to inform his allies that anyone who died on this plane would be affected upon his resurrection. Ironically, this led to Beast killing himself – and in turn, his restoration seemingly turning him into the Dark Beast.


X-Men ’92: House of XCII #4 confirms this by featuring a Hank McCoy who definitely took on much harder impulses. While most of Krakoa’s mutants are distracted by the Inner Circle gala, Beast ambushes Mister Sinister and gets the better of Sabretooth. Dark Beast decided he wanted to push Krakoa further than the Inner Circle would accept, and recruited his fellow Polemachus-resurrected mutants (Solarr and Silver Samurai) to help carry out his plans. He even uncovers the secret to Jubilee’s survival – ending the life-threatening issue in front of a shocked Wolverine while also securing a seat within Krakoa’s inner circle of government. This version of Beast is turned into a villain entirely by the story – which is a reflective take on how Beast has transformed in recent years in Marvel’s main timeline of Earth-616.


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In the past, Beast was a jovial and heroic figure – a veteran of the X-Men, as well as the Avengers and Defenders, in addition to his role as an educator to a new generation of students at Xavier’s School for Gifted. Youngsters. . But “Decimation” and his role in the Illuminati pushed Beast down a darker path, one he fully embraced in the Krakoa era. As the leader of the CIA-inspired X-Force tasked with protecting the mutant nation, Beast has become a tougher, colder figure. He twisted moral lines, approved of murderous acts, and even betrayed longtime friends serving the protection of Krakoa to the best of his ability – something Abigail Brand (current SWORD leader, member of Orchis and ex of Beast) noticed recently.


Although the Beast Earth-616 hasn’t become an overt villain – at least not yet – his X-Men ’92 variant shows how far this type of transformation could go. Thanks to the faster pace of the animation-inspired timeline, it makes sense to refocus Beast as a pure villain for the second half of the story. But in the main storyline, Beast’s more gradual adoption of tougher tactics was an engaging necessary evil to see the character through. He’s still nominally a hero – but no longer necessarily a good man. If anything, the pet peeve of X-Men ’92 highlights how complex Beast’s evolution has been in modern X titles, and why it’s better that the longer story took the time to explore this instead of being forced to rationalize it in a clever way.


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