June 30, 2021
The X-Men continue looming large over the early Marvel Universe... this time with their youngest member - the sixteen-year old Kid Kool himself - crossing paths with the youngest member of the Fantastic Four - Johnny Storm, the Human Torch in the pages of Strange Tales #120!
Will these two teen-agers forgo the "Superhero Team-Ups... the Marvel Way" formula... or, will we waste several pages of this short story with a Silver Age clashing of Fire and Ice? You may be surprised... I know I was!
June 29, 2021
Today we head off the beaten path for the first (but not last!) time ever during our dip into the silly Silver Age, with the first X-Men guest-spot outside their own Marvel Mag!
Here we will focus on Angel as he invades an Iron Man story in Tales of Suspense... and also gets hit in the face with an ATOMIC BOMB! It's a seminal look at the old Marvel Method of hero on hero violence... back before it was something we'd see every month (if not week)! A fun little story, and I hope you'll check it out!
June 28, 2021
The Hellfire Gala continues... and not everyone from our favorite crew of Irregulars has received an invite! It's almost as though... not all mutants are created equal! Hmm. We might just keep talking about that.
Also: Some Inferno theories, Mailbag, and Comichron Sales Charts for everything X in March, 2021 (it's not great news)!
June 27, 2021
Celebrating 30 Years of X-Force by sharing a compiled version of my three or so hour conversation with myself regarding 2019's sorta-kinda controversial miniseries (until people forgot it was still a thing) - Major X! I discuss my roots in Liefeld fandom, what early 90's comics meant (and continue to mean) to me... and then, we get into it!
This is a very up and down little outing, so strap in - it's going to be a bumpy ride!
(00:00:00) Major X #1
(00:26:33) Major X #2
(00:45:06) Major X #3
(01:09:54) Major X #4
(01:29:12) Major X #5
(01:54:16) Major X #6
(02:16:39) Major X #0: "All Along the Watchtower, Parts 1 & 2"
June 26, 2021
As news begins to trickle in regarding the upcoming INFERNO event, The Collected X-Lapsed is inadvertently relevant (well, as relevant as it can be) - as this compilation episode contains the "shoe-drop" issue of X-Men wherein we all learn of Mystique's designs on our Island Nation! Also: Kitty goes for an x-tended swim in Marauders, Fallen Angels mercifully ends, and Beast gets even nastier over in X-Force!
All that, as well as the always x-cellent Mailbags and the normal amounts of my marblemouthed nonsense! If you're just now discovering X-Lapsed via these "collected editions", please let me know!
(00:00:00) Marauders #6: "A Time to Reap"
(00:48:57) Excalibur (vol.4) #6: "Verse VI: Watch the Throne"
(01:13:38) Fallen Angels (vol.2) #6: "Conclusion"
(01:49:32) New Mutants (vol.4) #6: "Not As Hoped"
(02:20:09) X-Force (vol.6) #6: "Intelligence"
(03:09:48) X-Men (vol.5) #6: "The Oracle"
June 25, 2021
In which the Hellfire Gala continues... and I talk myself in circles trying to figure out how to "fix" the Beast! Our favorite sociopathic mad scientist might just have veered a little too deep into straightforward supervillainy at this point... where only a "deus ex cerebro" can save him! I'll talk all about it... after I kvetch a bit about the rampant spoilers for everything-X overflowing on Social Media!
Also: Great Mailbag, wherein I get the opportunity to wax nostalgic over my days on USENET while "fanboying " out over Paul O'Brien from the X-Axis and House to Astonish!
June 24, 2021
We are cordially invited to the Hellfire Gala... and so, if you can find something outrageous and/or stupid enough to wear - I invite you to be my date!
Today we kick things off with sort of a bird's eye view on the event... it's a tough issue to analyze, since so many of the story threads will be fleshed out as we proceed... and so, this is mostly a recitation of events with very little in the way of analysis and editorializing.
But that's not all! Come for the Gala, stay for the x-tended Mailbag Segment!
June 23, 2021
On the eve of the Hellfire Gala, our flagship book (in its penultimate issue) finally decides to advance the main story of this era!
Remember Nimrod? Remember Orchis? Remember Mystique threatening to burn everything down? Well - it's finally time to start moving these elements forward - and it looks like it's all headed to INFERNO
... but, ya know... first, a fashion show.
June 22, 2021
Today we continue our discussion regarding a budding Krakoan "class system" when certain rules are bent for one of the more connected members of society...
We're headed back to the Crucible... this time to "make whole" a Mutant who... still has their powers? Hmm... We've got a lot to talk about!
June 21, 2021
Wolverine is... still fighting Vampires? Ya kidding me? Don't we have a Gala to prepare for or something?
This time out Cranky Chris complains about this story that refuses to end... and wonders how much longer it's going to go. Oh yeah, we also go to friggin Otherworld for the third time this month, so I'll complain about that too!
At least there's our always X-Cellent Mailbag... and our "This Week in X" segments!