Blindfold Commits Suicide (Uncanny X-Men # 11)
This week’s issue of Uncanny X-Men # 11 deals a lot of death and self-destruction for the remainder of mutants who stayed in Earth after the events of X-Men Disassembled. One of the unfortunate souls who was left behind was the mutant clairvoyant called Blindfold. and in issue 11, we find out that Blindfold commits suicide.
The issue was written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Salvador Larroca.
The story of Blindfold’s shocking suicide occurs from three points of view. The standard one comes from Cyclops’ point of view. It’s one of the things that sets him out to reassemble the X-Men in the wake of the “death” of the rest of the mutant race.
Before Cyclops could even talk to Ruth aka Blindfold, she disappears. Feeling that there’s more than what she’s letting on, Cyclops asks Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man to look for her.
The most shocking thing we see in this issue is Scott Summers encountering Blindfold’s remains, as she committed suicide before he even arrives.
Let’s take a break.
This is heavy stuff.
The whole story of Blindfold Commits Suicide continues from the POV of Wolverine.
But the really heartbreaking POV happens to be from Ruth’s actual story. We see her go through different emotions and some familiar mutant like Loa. And if you don’t read subtle things, this is called “The Last Blindfold Story”.
Loa was such a promising X-Man. It dawned on me that every few years or so, Marvel cuts down their mutants through event or another. Remember when they killed bus loads of students in the New X-Men book?
Anyway back to the story.
At this point, it connects with Cyclops’ POV of him rescuing Ruth after being attacked by a bunch of humans.
This is where it connects to Madrox finding Blindfold and subsequently giving Scott her address in the main story.
God that was heavy stuff. Knowing full well that no matter what happens, she dies, Blindfold commits suicide. It’s not something easy to take but Marvel seems to be making a statement. It also painted a bleak picture of what has come down their world after all the good they have done. But we’re not even getting warm yet in this story.
Also guys and gals, if you have friends and family who are having a tough time with their mental health issues including depression, talk to them. Don’t go down the religion path or the morality path please. Talk to them, show them that you truly care and save a life.