Ahh the Siege Perilous. I’ve never understood …

Ahh the Siege Perilous. I’ve never understood how this thing works. All I know is that people go into it and they don’t come back out. Sometimes, like years later, they show up on the other side of the god damned world and they’ve turned into a Japanese ninja, but that only happened one time. It’s pretty cool to read this in context and get an official description of its purpose from the X-Men’s matriarchal guardian, Roma. And it’s pretty cool how Roma entrusts it to the X-Men. The Siege Perilous becomes a prominent narrative tool for Claremont, as he uses it to erase personalities and develop new ones, and make people disappear for long periods of time. It’s a pretty neat idea as far as contrived storytelling exploits go, and it feels really comic booky. Also, god damn it Psylocke. (Uncanny X-Men #229 – May 1988)