The X-Men villain and Wolverine rival Sabretooth sacrificed a heroic and heartbreaking sacrifice in Weapon X, which so far has been for nothing.
The mutant Sabretooth is known to be an unusually cruel villain who constantly plagues Wolverine and the other X-Men with a sick sense of pleasure. But in the wake of the “AXIS” crossover event, Sabretooth’s morale was reversed. As a result, the animal mutant developed several heroic tendencies and regretted his past atrocities. It all came to an end, however Weapon X (2017) # 26-27 (by Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, Luca Pizzari, Roberto di Salvo, Alberto Alburquerque, Ibraim Roberson, Frank D’Armata, VC’s Joe Caramagna and VC’s Chris Eliopoulos) as Sabretooth visited hell and witnessed to the suffering of his son, Graydon Creed.
The young Creed was an anti-mutant bigot in his lifetime who used his political influence to get others to lead his hateful cause. His hatred of mutants developed in part because he had been abandoned by his two mutant parents, Sabretooth and Mystique. After seeing Graydon in hell, Sabretooth felt guilty and responsible for not being a good role model for her son.
Sabretooth sacrificed his soul to the Devil to bring Graydon back to life, and as a result, his moral inversion was lost. The mutant villain returned to the land of the living as cruel and heartless as ever. When his morals were gone, the evil villain no longer cared to atone for his past and went straight back to doing what he was best at, inflicting pain and death on others for his own personal gain.
This story is both tragic and touching, but it has one major problem: Graydon Creed has not been seen since his resurrection. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. It is possible that he does not even know how or why he was brought back to life. This lack of follow-up removes an important part of Sabretooth’s sacrifice and makes it seem pointless, as it does not show what Graydon Creed has done with the new life he has been given.
If Graydon uses his second chance in life to continue his anti-mutant activities, then Sabretooth’s victim becomes tragic in a new way. Although he has been freed from hell, Graydon’s actions will no doubt send him back. Sabretooth may have thought his was capable of redeeming himself, but Graydon will have proved that his father was wrong and the victim will have meant nothing.
On the other hand, if Graydon uses this opportunity to flip a new leaf, new significance is brought to Sabretooth’s victim. If his son takes on a new, more benevolent mission, it will mean that his father was actually able to do something good in the short time he spent as a hero, and will suggest that his sacrifices may have been worth it.
One of these options could provide a compelling story. Showing the consequences of Sabretooth’s sacrifice makes what he did for his son more endearing and related, whether the end result is good or bad. Almost all good parents have at some point sacrificed themselves for their child, and as such understand the pride that their children improve as a result, as well as the pain of stubbornly refusing to make a change for the better.
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