Chris and Reggie’s Cosmic Treadmill
The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 13 - Empyre: X-Men

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 13 - Empyre: X-Men

July 31, 2021

A tale so tragic it took the entire HoXPoXDoX X-Book brain trust to put it together!

To say that your humble host is a bit grumpy reading the Empyre cash-in miniseries might just be underselling it.  This might be the downest you'll hear me (until we get to X-Corp, that is)!  Engage in some schadenfreude and listen to me trudge my way through this one!

*NOTE: Next Episode (14) of The Collected X-Lapsed will be an "audit", since between Amazon, Marvel(dot)com, Comixology, the Marvel Wikia, and the actual Dawn of X trades themselves... NOBODY can keep which issues appear in each volumes straight!  We'll do our best to straighten it out!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Empyre: X-Men #1: "[Alien] Plants vs. [Mutant] Zombies"
(00:42:12) Empyre: X-Men #2: "Growing Strong"
(01:26:28) Empyre: X-Men #3: "Staff Infection"
(02:04:37) Empyre: X-Men #4: "Un-Ring"
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 017 - Avengers #16

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 017 - Avengers #16

July 30, 2021

The Old Order Changeth!

Taking a step off the beaten X-Path to follow Brotherhood of Evil Mutants Alum, Pietro and Wanda as they officially join the good guys as part of Cap's Kooky Quartet!

Checking in with the Avengers won't be a regular thing here on the show... but, if there are any especially important Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch stories you'd like to see on the show - please don't hesitate to let me know!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 16 - X-Men #11

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 16 - X-Men #11

July 29, 2021

The Essential X-Lapsed is back... and it's just about time to finally deep-six Magneto and his Brotherhood!  But, you might be asking - how could we possibly go about doing that?  Well, wouldja believe that we're going to get a "deus ex characta" to do it for us?!

Today we meet the Stranger, in a story that could only be called "The Triumph of Magneto!"?

Also: Some great mailbag content... both for the show, and from the actual Letters Page from X-Men #11!  Hope to see you there!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 226 - Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 226 - Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1

July 28, 2021

A most awkward episode in which your humble host stumbles and fumbles his way toward x-plaining how he feels this issue fell a bit short.  Marvel at my ability to ride the fence in attempt to not inadvertently insult anybody!

An important issue and an important discussion... that kinda misses the mark, and is priced WAY out of whack at $10 USD.  For better or worse, we're going to talk all about it.

Also: Mailbag, some news, and (since this IS the July Finale) the X-Book Sales Charts for April, 2021!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 225 - Guardians of the Galaxy #15

X-Lapsed, Episode 225 - Guardians of the Galaxy #15

July 27, 2021

Welcome friends, to the milestone 225th Episode of X-Lapsed... or, maybe, considering the subject matter - we dump the [X] from the title, and just call it Lapsed Annihilation, Episode 0?!  Maybe then people will give it a listen?

Today, we're kicking off our look at the upcoming Last Annihilation story, which will run through Guardians of the Galaxy, S.W.O.R.D., and Cable: Reloaded - Ego the Living Planet has been covered with a candy shell... and is about to pop!  What horror lurks below the surface?  You're gonna have to listen to find out - or, ya know, read the issue... or look for spoilers.  Nah, you probably ought to just listen!

Also: Some great (and potentially) thought-provoking Mailbag content!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 224 - Cable #11

X-Lapsed, Episode 224 - Cable #11

July 26, 2021

It's the penultimate issue of Cable... and we've got a mighty big return to discuss!  Who's that popping out of the GoldBall?  The answer (won't) surprise you... or, at least it shouldn't!  Another fun issue of this wickedly fun series, which I will miss very much!

Also: X-Cellent Mailbag, our first dip into the X-Lapsed Voicemail Box, and "This Week in X"!

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Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - Crisis on Infinite Earths

Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - Crisis on Infinite Earths

July 25, 2021

The Celebration of Five Years of Chris and Reggie rolls on with a compilation of one the projects we were most proud of -- our coverage of Crisis on Infinite Earths!  This was a series several months in the making... and was comprised of hundreds of hours of research and writing.  This was an "around the clock" production... and the notes we took on Crisis actually filled more pages than Crisis itself!

It's a heck of series... and we had a blast getting to the bottom of it.  We bio EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER who appears (even if that appearance is in a single panel), we discuss the behind the scenes of Crisis-Era DC Comics, we cover every pre-Crisis appearance of the Monitor, we dissect EVERY SINGLE pre-Crisis alternate Earth (even those retroactively named via the Absolute Crisis Edition).  We also look at The History of the DC Universe, and chat up the fallout and the early post-Crisis landscape.  If you've got 12 hours to kill... this might be right up your alley!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 50: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-2
(02:12:44) Weird Comics History, Episode 22: The Pre-Crisis DC Multiverse
(03:37:25) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 51: Crisis on Infinite Earths #3-5
(06:15:37) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 52: Crisis on Infinite Earths #6-8
(07:28:41) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 53: Crisis on Infinite Earths #9-11
(09:19:41) Cosmic Treadmill, Episode 54: Crisis on Infinite Earths #12, History of the DC Universe #1-2
Total Running Time: 11 Hours, 18 Minutes, 33 Seconds
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Blog Posts (featuring "behind the scenes" information):
Part One (including EVERY Pre-Crisis Appearance of The Monitor)
Part Two (including "that" page... you know the one)
The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 12 - Dawn of X, Volume 10

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 12 - Dawn of X, Volume 10

July 24, 2021

Finally... it's time for Hellions!

The Collected X-Lapsed rolls on with the introduction of, perhaps THE surprise hit of this entire era... a team of B, C, and D list villains (plus Havok) engaging in therapeutic violence under the watchful eye of Mr. Sinister... what could possibly go wrong?

Also, Broo eats an egg, Wolverine fights flowers, and a Giant-Size issue supposedly featuring Nightcrawler!  All 'at and the usual X-Lapsed nonsense to boot!

*NOTE: Episode 14 of The Collected X-Lapsed will feature something of an "audit", since between Amazon, Marvel(dot)com, Comixology, the Marvel Wikia, and the actual Dawn of X trades themselves... NOBODY can keep which issues appear in each volumes straight!  We'll do our best to straighten it out!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) New Mutants (vol.4) #9: "Something Rotten In..."
(00:53:44) Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler #1: "Haunted Mansion"
(01:44:58) Hellions #1: "Let Them Be Snakes"
(02:44:06) Wolverine (vol.7) #2: "Your Own Worst Enemy"
(03:19:44) X-Men (vol.5) #9: "The King Egg"
(03:57:34) Excalibur (vol.4) #10: "Verse X: A Crooked World"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 223 - X-Factor #10

X-Lapsed, Episode 223 - X-Factor #10

July 23, 2021

Welcome friends, to a day of Multiple Milestones!  Today we wrap up both the Hellfire Gala and the fourth volume of X-Factor... as well as celebrate TWO-THOUSAND days of Daily Comics Content at Chris is on Infinite Earths!

We bid a sad farewell to our Boneyard residents, mysteries are awkwardly solved, people are horribly dressed... and wrap up with the discovery of SPOILER ALERT's dead body!  Whodunnit... well, we're going to have to wait and see!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 222 - Way of X #3

X-Lapsed, Episode 222 - Way of X #3

July 22, 2021

If we were using Marvels Legacy Numbering, this would be X-Lapsed LGY#275!

And to commemorate, we're discussing one of the best books in the line!  Today, as Nightcrawler recovers from a raging hangover, he (and we) get a lesson in how Making More Mutants might not be the best "way" forward for the nation of Krakoa.

Also, some psychic-sexytime facilitated by Legion, and an appearance from a character from the Joe Casey era... and no, I'm not talking about Warp Savant!  It's a great issue... and a really fun conversation I had with myself - I'd love to hear your thoughts as well!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 221 - S.W.O.R.D. #6

X-Lapsed, Episode 221 - S.W.O.R.D. #6

July 21, 2021

S.W.O.R.D. takes us into some Hellfire Gala fallout... and, it's all pretty great!  To say any more would be to spoil it... and, since the events of this story WERE spoiled for your humble host, I will do you all the kindness of saying no more!

You don't wanna miss this one!

Plus: My usual Musings, Mailbag, and more Facebook Friends!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 220 - Wolverine #13

X-Lapsed, Episode 220 - Wolverine #13

July 20, 2021

In what could've (and perhaps should've) been the next issue of X-Force, the Mutant CIA deals with the Telefloridian Menace... while also attempting to reconcile Beast's involvement in making them so!

This leads into your humble host having rather the odd conversation with himself, wherein I do my damnedest to come to the Beast's defense (sorta).  I'd love to hear your thoughts on current-year Hank McCoy - is there ANY saving this character?  Inquiring mind(s) wanna know!

Plus: Great Mailbag, and some super-fun discussion from some new Facebook friends! 

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X-Lapsed, Episode 219 - X-Corp #2

X-Lapsed, Episode 219 - X-Corp #2

July 19, 2021

It's X-Corp day... let's just push forward!

For those of you who can make it - there's some great listener mail, Planet-Size X-Men fallout and "This Week in X" to discuss!

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Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 5 - ElfQuest #5 (12/85)

Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 5 - ElfQuest #5 (12/85)

July 18, 2021

Picking up right where we left off last time - Cutter and Rayek are in the midst of THE CHALLENGE, and there two trials remain!  We'll discuss'em both right here!

Also: Our usual "back-matter", including the Quests & Answers Letters Page, the Bullpen Bulletins, and an extended look at the Ads... which feature some of our very favorite ones of the era: Saturday Morning Cartoons!

All that, plus some news on the ElfQuest AUDIO MOVIE and an update on the ElfQuest lead figurines we didn't even know were a thing a few episodes back!

Special Thanks to the ElfQuest Facebook Group!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2209159129

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Intro & ElfQuest News
(00:14:20) Bridge of Destiny
(00:55:07) Quests & Answers
(01:08:15) Bullpen Bulletins
(01:28:28) Ads
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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 11 - Dawn of X, Volume 9

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 11 - Dawn of X, Volume 9

July 17, 2021

Welcome to the fold, Cable!  Hope you enjoy your (relatively short) stay!

Our eleventh Collected Edition sees Kid Cable best Wolverine in battle before getting swept away to deal with some, of all things, Spaceknight stuff.  Excalibur is... back in Otherworld (duh), The New Mutants deal with boring Nova Roma stuff, X-Men focuses on Vulcan... and banging Brood in what might be the worst story to come out of this volume, X-Force heads into Terra Verde, and Marauders sees Pyro infected by a tiny little fellow.

All that, plus the usual backmatter nonsense you know and tolerate!  Lotsa Crucible fall-out chatter!  You're gonna love it (I hope)!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) New Mutants (vol.4) #8: "A-Hunting We Will Go"
(00:30:00) Marauders #9: "Journey to the Center of Pyro"
(01:37:28) Cable (vol.4) #1: "Big Guns"
(02:23:32) X-Men (vol.5) #8: "Swarm"
(03:01:52) Excalibur (vol.4) #9: "Verse IX: Schools of Magic"
(03:52:13) X-Force (vol.6) #9: "The Moral Jungle"
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X-Lapsed, Episode 218 - New Mutants #19

X-Lapsed, Episode 218 - New Mutants #19

July 16, 2021
The New Mu's are in their Carnation Abominations, and are ready to strut their stuff down the Green Carpet for the Hellfire Gala.  What's up with Tier?  Where's Gabby?  What's the deal with Amahl Farouk?  Can Doug and Warlock still be pals in a post-Bei the Blood Moon world?  Is Tran gonna show up?
 
Some of those answers and more... today!
 
Also: Mailbag and a little bit of x-relevant news for fans of Marvel mobile games
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X-Lapsed, Episode 217 - Planet-Size X-Men #1

X-Lapsed, Episode 217 - Planet-Size X-Men #1

July 15, 2021

Finally... we get to talk about the event that we had mostly spoiled for us months ago!  It's no longer the worst kept secret in the X-Books... it's out in the open!

So, for the few of you asking what it IS that I'm talking about -- Well, you'll have to listen (or, ya know, read the issue AND listen) to find out.

We've got some X-Cellent X-Tended Mailbag today as well, introducing a new letter writer to boot!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 216 - Children of the Atom #4

X-Lapsed, Episode 216 - Children of the Atom #4

July 14, 2021

Taking a sidebar from the #HellfireGala to check in on the COTA kids... who are still, after four issues, trying to figure out their way through the Krakoan Gates!

The glacial pace continues... we'll talk Mutant Appropriation, Pit-Sweat Consent, and much more!

We've also got some great Mailbag!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 215 - X-Men #21

X-Lapsed, Episode 215 - X-Men #21

July 13, 2021

It's the FINAL ISSUE of X-Men (vol.5)... and it's where we FINALLY get our first actual X-Men team of the Krakoan Era!  This should be super-exciting... if only Marvel didn't spoil it for us three month ago!

Oh well, we'll make the best of it!

Plus: More Sinister Secrets!  Illuminati Talk!  Mailbag!  I wax on about Beast's Ethical Handcuffs for way too long!  And much much more!

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X-Lapsed, Episode 214 - Excalibur #21

X-Lapsed, Episode 214 - Excalibur #21

July 12, 2021

Welcome back to X-Lapsed... I wish we could be meeting under better circumstances, but alas - it's Excalibur day!  

The Hellfire Gala rolls on, and Betsy Britain and the Gang engage in some ridiculous global politics, Rictor broods, and one of our team members is lucky enough to escape this book!

You WILL believe that a Coven of Witches can impact the global landscape... or not, but you'll see it either way.

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Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - The History of Underground Comix

Chris and Reggie’s TOTAL PACKAGE - The History of Underground Comix

July 11, 2021

Continuing the celebration of FIVE YEARS of Chris and Reggie with a compilation of another one of our "tentpole" series' wherein we go deep into the somewhat seedy, certainly salacious, world of Underground Comix!  We start with Tijuana Bibles... and don't stop until present day... talking about what Underground Comix were, what they became, and how they're still relevant to this day.

I hope you enjoy!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Part I: Tijuana Bibles, Joe Shuster, Harvey Kurtzman, Wally Wood, and More!
(01:13:54) Part II: 1968, Robert Crumb, art spiegelman, Trina Robins, Marvel's "Comix Book", and More!
(02:47:49) Part III: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Harvey Pekar - Underground-to-Indie: Peter Bagge, Wendy & Richard Pini, Dave Sim, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and More!
(04:23:18) Part IV: Underground-to-Corporate: Marvel's EPIC Comics, DC's Vertigo, Webcomics, Minicomics, and More!
Originally Weird Comics History, Episodes 12-15 (2017)
Total Run Time: 5 Hours, 41 Minutes, 53 Seconds
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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 10 - Dawn of X, Volume 8

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 10 - Dawn of X, Volume 8

July 10, 2021

This "collected edition" includes, among other things, the first mention of an X-Lapsed favorite: THE CRUCIBLE!  If you're new(er) to the show, and would like to hear where my fascination with the concept began... well, go no further!

Also: An homage to the 'NUFF SAID! issue of New X-Men by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely, with a bit of a Weird Comics History lesson on exactly what 'NUFF SAID! was, and much much more!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1: "Into the Storm"
(01:02:19) Marauders #8: "Furious Anger"
(01:27:42) New Mutants (vol.4) #7: "Spoilers"
(01:53:52) X-Force (vol.6) #8: "Game of Dominoes"
(02:33:55) X-Men (vol.5) #7: "Lifedeath"
(03:41:18) Excalibur (vol.4) #8: "The Unspeakable and the Uneatable II"
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 15 - X-Men #10

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 15 - X-Men #10

July 9, 2021

Today we take a trip to my second least favorite place in all the Marvel Universe... The Savage Land!  Listen to me mispronounce Ka-Zar's name about five-dozen times!

That - plus the original Letters Page discussion from the issue, the prehistoric Marvel Bullpen Bulletins, and the MIGHTY Marvel Checklist!

Also: An X-Tended X-Cellent Mailbag feature!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 14 - Strange Tales #128

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 14 - Strange Tales #128

July 8, 2021

We're back off the beaten path... checking in with our two resident conflicted members of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants as they attempt to officially "go good".  They figure the best way to go about this is to... break into the Baxter Building!  Oh well, they can't ALL be good ideas... Fighting and Flames ensue!

We chat up Wanda and Pietro... and dig into the X-Cellent Mailbag!  Be there!
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 13 - X-Men #9

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 13 - X-Men #9

July 7, 2021

It's AvX -- Round One!

Yes, friends - this is the first official run-in between The Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the World's Strangest Teen-Agers... and, it's a battle for the ages!  And, by "ages", I mean it's like a three-page slap fight, that includes actual hair-pulling.

Also: The truth about Professor X's injury, a Letters Page where people won't shut up about Marvel Girl's "catseye" headgear and Iceman's booties, and much much more!

Join me, won't you?  I'm very lonely in here!

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 12 - X-Men #8

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 12 - X-Men #8

July 6, 2021

In which an X-Man threatens to quit the team and our heroes face off against a Brand-New (somewhat) Evil Mutant!  It's just another day in the neighborhood for the World's Strangest Teen-Agers!

Also: The first time where we see them being "Feared and/or Hated"!  A seminal issue, indeed!

All that plus - Letters Page Goodness, prehistoric Bullpen Bulletins, and Mailbag!

Special Note: There is a bit of a... temporal distortion in the middle of this episode.  I can't really explain it... but I couldn't scrub it out of my recording.  Apologies in advance for any confusion... we probably should just forget it ever happened.

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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 11 - Journey into Mystery #109

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 11 - Journey into Mystery #109

July 5, 2021

Today we're covering the issue which finally caused your humble host to pull the trigger on Marvel Unlimited... mostly because he couldn't see himself attempting to track down an issue of Thor... and boy, is he glad he did - because this is a very fun issue, pitting the Odinson against our resident Master of Magnetism!  How can Magneto fair against Mjolnir?  Quite well, surprisingly enough!

Have a listen and find out for yourself!

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Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 4 - ElfQuest#4 (11/85)

Questerdays: An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 4 - ElfQuest#4 (11/85)

July 4, 2021

What do you do when a new guy rolls into town and tries to take your best gal?  Well, if you've got one handy - you might just throw a centuries-old ceremonial wand in their direction!

Today, friends - we kick off THE CHALLENGE.  It's the oddly sympathetic Rayek challenging the oddly kinda dickish Cutter, and it's "Winner take Leetah"!  We will talk all about this, while trying our best not to say the words "current year" and/or "2021" every other sentence!

Also: We go through the first-ever ElfQuest "Quests & Answers" Letters Page... which features some of the most convenient letters a comic creator could EVER hope to get.  The Bullpen Bulletins page is... well, it's there.  And our ads are a blast as always!  It's two and a half hours of ElfQuest goodness with ya boys Chris² - you won't wanna miss it!

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The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 09 - Dawn of X, Volume 7

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 09 - Dawn of X, Volume 7

July 3, 2021

We knew it wouldn't be too terribly long before we got ourselves a Dawn of X era Wolverine ongoing... and so, here it is!

This compilation episode (and anthology volume) only includes four "issuesodes"... but, that Wolvie ish is a long'un.  But first, the Marauders deal with the fallout of their loss last issue, Excalibur THANKFULLY takes a break from Otherworld to go on a foxhunt, and a Domino-centric issue of X-Force raises some very thought-provoking questions regarding the collectivist nature of Krakoa!

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TIMESTAMPS:

(00:00:00) Marauders #7: "From Emma, With Love"
(00:25:27) Excalibur (vol.4) #7: "Verse VII: The Unspeakable and the Uneatable"
(01:07:21) X-Force (vol.6) #7: "Domino Has Fallen"
(01:34:25) Wolverine (vol.7) #1: "The Flower Cartel""Catacombs"
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The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 10 - X-Men #7

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 10 - X-Men #7

July 2, 2021

The Blob is back... and hanging out with, who else... Magneto and his Brotherhood!  Do the newly-graduated X-Men... without their mentor - but with their new field leader, stand a chance?  You don't wanna miss this one... or, ya know, maybe you do!

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