2. 2 Become 1
3. Too Much
5. Say You’ll Be There
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2. 2 Become 1
3. Too Much
5. Say You’ll Be There
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1. His relationship with Kitty Pryde
2. His kid sister, Illyana
3. Created by Lein Wien and Dave Cockrum
4. He is a Rasputin, and I’ve always been fascinated with the real Russian who worked for the Tsar. Such a fascinating character of history.
5. In the X-Men Forever universe, he was dating Natasha, the Black Widow.
6. He’s from Russia. If I had my way in high school, I would have taken a Russian Literature course instead of an English Literature course. He also adds to the diversity within the X-Men.
7. His friendship to Wolverine and Nightcrawler, though he is almost always the third wheel.
8. He fought Juggernaut to a stand still once
9. He was Juggerolossus for a moment
10. He died, in Uncanny 390, releasing the cure for the Legacy Virus, the disease that killed his sister in Uncanny 303. It was also quite the surprised at the end of the issue, probably couldn’t do that today. The issue would have came with at least three variant covers. Though now that I type that, Nightcrawler’s death did not come with various variants, if I remember currently.
11. He killed Harpoon for crippling Kitty during Mutant Massacre. It is still a badass moment. “Pray to whatever gods you have, little man”
12. Ultimate Colossus is gay, and that’s extremely fine by me. Ultimate Colossus, will go down as the best version of the character, and we have Mark Millar to thank for that.
13. He likes to paint.
14. He is a farmer.
15. In the House of M timeline, he never left the farm, though his sister did in a big bad way. Or at least, was farming in the present day. Did not quite memorize his profile in that House of M Handbook. If the world is predominately mutant, no reason to join a team and just use your skills to make a living.
16. He is one of the few (and maybe only) mutants to have worked on both Xavier’s side and Magneto’s side.
17. Besides the Outback era and the Uncanny issues prior to Kitty’s return from space, I pretty much own 75 percent of his appearances too, I’m sure of it. Plus the issues between 96 and 128, I also don’t own.
18. At Brian and Meggan’s wedding, he caught the garter and got to place it on Kitty’s leg. That’s something. I liked how they made a big “who saw that coming” comment in the issue.
Tried so hard to come up with two more things, for a nice round 20 but couldn’t do it.
By Darren Franich
My comments follow then a clean list after that. Some of his write ups are funny and others are just confusing. It seems to me, that if you don’t really know a character, just don’t rank them. I wouldn’t mind seeing a list of the Top 32 X-Men, if the write ups all are sound.
100. Maggott – You can always tell something from a list with who they rank at the very bottom. Sets the bar, every character should be better than this one. Which they should be. We’ll see!
99. X-Man/Nate Grey – I really liked Nate Grey when he was friends with Spider-Man.
98. Rachel Summers/Phoenix – ooof, the lowest I’m hoping my favorite characters are ranked. Seems a bit extreme. I get the impression this fellow doesn’t like anything that isn’t pure mainstream X-Men.
97. Pete Wisdom – Credits Warran Ellis for the creation but also calls Pete Wisdom – Gabmit without the cards. I’ve never thought of Wisdom quite like that. I always thought of him more like Wolverine with hot claws.
96. Joseph, the Magneto Clone – He isn’t a fan of clones. Who is, though? Really?
95. Dr. Cecilia Reyes – He docks points for being in the same team as Maggot, that is quite the range of stink Maggot has.
94. Strong Guy
93. Wild Child – References Wild Child’s time with X-Factor, so Mr. Franich is probably a fan of the X-Men during the 90s, which is going to explain a lot, I’m sure. Particularly, the mid-90s. I only read a handful of that X-Factor run, and I didn’t even remember that he dated Shard, Bishop’s sister.
92. Stacy X – A character that I have no real history with.
91. Random – Who even remembers this guy? I always think of his trading card, when I do.
90. Meggan – Oh no, the second lowest Excalibur member!?! Can Captain Britain be too far behind? I take it that he didn’t really read Excalibur as who thinks she is boring? 89. Caliban – I take it that he doesn’t really know Caliban (at all) with this write up – “Ohhh, that’s from Shakespeare!” At least write something regarding the Morlocks.
88. Copycat – Never really thought of her as a ‘copycat’ of Mystique, including blue skin and power set. Now that is an insightful comment.
87. Boom-Boom/Boomer/Meltdown – Never thought of her as a Pre-Jubilee character before. I do wish that Tabitha, like Kitty, didn’t run through a gauntlet of names. I’ve always been more partial to Meltdown, myself.
86. Sway – a character whose first appearance is followed by her last appearance ranks 14 slots higher than the lowest person? Crazy times.
85. Slipstream – This is what I’m getting at, why rank them, and how do you justify them ranking higher than a character that can be given five sentences.
84. Lifeguard – Ditto.
83. The Guy With The Face From X-Men: 2099 – Points for remembering 2099, a title I still have no connection with. I was a big Spider-Man 2099 fan but he never had an appearance by the X-Men in his title so I don’t know them. I’ve checked a slew of websites and Kitty nor any other X-Man of note, ever is referenced in that series, so I’m not seeking out any issues.
82. Dani Moonstar – The lowest ranked New Mutants and arguably, one of the best. He implies that he did some research and couldn’t find any hardcore New Mutants fans who like her, but I know that there are a bunch of them. I even know that I’m in the minority of ranking her third in the Top 3 Best ones.
81. Juggernaut – I have only read ‘hero’ Juggernaut in the pages of New Exiles.
A semi-decent X-Men villain who got goodified into a pretty inessential X-Men hero. Since only his “goodness” record is counted, he doesn’t rank very high. But even if you count the “badness,” he’s most famous as an Internet meme.
80. Micromax – Barely an Excalibur member. I wonder what website did he gleam all of this information from.
79. Magma – Second lowest New Mutant Member. I’m okay with ranking her the lowest, her origin story has been re-written far too many times.
78. Mimic – I do like Mimic, shame that Marvel just keeps him as a sad sack.
77. Vulcan – I do share his disdain for all things ‘space’ when it comes to the X-Men. It gave us Lockheed, isn’t that enough!?!
76. Petra – The X-Men’s Terra.
75. Shard – Can’t believe someone from a forgotten era of X-Factor is the bar set at 75. 74. Lady Mastermind – She was awesome in Mike Carey’s run of X-Men. I take it the writer didn’t read that with his pithy description – “Like Mastermind, but a lady this time.”
73. Hope Summers – He nails the ‘place holder’ for Jean until Jean comes back. I really hope she just stays dead. Marvel just needs to tell people that she really isn’t coming back. Her and Uncle Ben, it is over people.
72. M/Penance – He nails how complicated M and Penance’s origins are. That wasn’t the best era of Generation. This is the first two person ranking of the list. So we are now at 101 X-Men.
71. Darwin – Clearly a man who has only seen the First Class film
70. X-23 – I like that he reveals he his a game with Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I would play those games but no Kitty Pryde and I’m not much of a fighter game player.
69. Widget – Maybe he is a fan of Excalibur, he knows that Widget was a future Kitty Pryde combination. I still wonder if that was the plan from the very first issue or not.
68. Lockheed – Poor Lockheed deserves a much higher spot! At least in the Top 50! His description for the dragon harkens to him not being over X23 yet. Also, he is clearly a member of the X-Men. “Kitty Pryde’s pet dragon. Arguably not an actual X-Man, partially because he’s a pet and partially because he doesn’t even have an alternate-universe future clone.”
67. Polaris – Overly harsh review of Polaris, or extremely simple take.
66. Sabretooth – I also liked Exiles Sabretooth. Really the only version of the character that I am actually excited to see.
65. Daytripper/Magik/Amanda Sefton – Are we not beyond referring to Amanda as Magik? It isn’t the best era for the character.
64. Pixie – His description clearly indicates that he never read any of her crucial storylines.
63. Bishop – Only time I’ve read Bishop was in X-Treme X-Men where he was an actually good character.
62. Thunderbird and Warpath – Ooof, borderline racist, perhaps? We are now at 102 X-Men.
61. Moira MacTaggert – I like that her Wikipedia page is longer than the page for the First Minister of Scotland.
60. Sage – I don’t get people’s love for the character. You’ll read people going on about Original 6 as she was always working for Xavier in the Hellfire Club. I liked her in X-Treme X-Men where that Xavier backstory is hardly referenced. She was good in Exiles now too, that I’m thinking of it.
59. Mondo – The lowest ranked Generation X member. When I read ‘Mondo’ I usually think that is Skin’s real name, which may be racist on my part. I don’t really know that character.
58. Armor – The other Joss Whedon / John Cassaday character
57. Hepzibah – I never think of her as an X-Man as she is more of a Starjammer to me. Did not know her name originates with Pogo – whatever that is.
56. Karma – Makes sense to be on the lower end of New Mutants characters.
55. Xorn – Sounds like he at least read the Morrison run, which is the cool thing to do as a new X-Man fan. Marvel did no favors to how much they ran over the Magneto is Xorn storyline.
53. Synch – First Generation X member to die and the second lowest one. He writes that Generation X is so cool it makes X-Factor look like Excalibur, so that really sums up that guy the best.
52. Dazzler – I do wish that a Dazzler CD did come out. That would have been something.
50. Wolfsbane – The ‘like Feral except boring’ is also very telling. So this character is better than 50 other characters but not better than 49?
49. Banshee – His description seems all over the place. He is all things to all people.
48. Cypher/Doug Ramsay/Douglock/Warlock – Overly tries to make their origins complicated. Plus Douglock was always just Warlock. 103 X-Men.
47. Captain Britain – Implies that Excalibur is a minor part of his history except that it is the defining era of his history. The only time he has been not Excalibur was when he was part of MI-13.
45. Bedlam – Who even remembers X-Force’s Bedlam?
44. Fantomex – If there was a Fantomex television series, I may actually get the character finally.
43. Rictor – He makes a big point about calling Karma a lesbian but doesn’t mention Rictor being gay? The huh?
42. Cannonball – Interesting insight with Cannonball being the top student to being low man on the pole.
41. Sunfire – Does his costume look like Aquama’s costume but with fire? I don’t see it. 40. Angel/Archangel – The lowest of the Original Five and at 40, ooof!
39. Maverick/Agent Zero – Was he ever an X-Man? He was mostly Team X and solo when not.
38. Forge – His description makes him sound like a guy who doesn’t like Donatello?
37. Angel Salvadore – Unless Angel has the same powers as Oya, I believe he has the two characters confused.
36. Domino – I have no history with the character
35. Chamber – The guy leaves off all of the complicated silliness that happened to Chamber Post-Generation X – for the best.
33. Illyana Rasputin/Darkchylde – I would have liked Magik being in the Top 25 or even Top 30. Is her life “somewhere between Michael Moorcock and Labyrinth and God of War”? Might have to think about that.
32. Sunspot – He’s nothing like Sunfire!
31. Longshot – How the heck he isn’t ranked closer to Domino is beyond me with how much this guy doesn’t care for luck powers.
30. Marvel Girl/Jean Grey/Phoenix/Madelyne Pryor – OOOOF!!! Jean Grey and Madelyne Pryor are nothing alike! Did not expect her to be the second lowest Original Five member! 104 X-Men. 105 if you want to count Phoenix as a separate one, some do. 29. Danger – More popular than her Armor creation sister.
28. The Stepford Cuckoos – I like to just to refer to them as the Cuckoos. Are their names from Philedelpha Story? I thought Morrison just wanted their names to spell out SPICE.
27. Iceman – Glad Bobby didn’t make Top 25! Middle of the Original Five.
26. Feral – With the comment about Feral earlier in the Wolfsbane description, I thought for sure she would rank higher. I’m not that familiar with her as I didn’t read early X-Force.
25. Jubilee – I’ve never seen her described as the Dazzler of the 90s, as she’s usually the Kitty Pryde of the 90s. Also, the 25th Ranked! Every one following her is top quarter! I suppose she could be a combination of the two.
24. Shatterstar – Another character that has his origin completely screwed with.
23. Artie and Leech – I do like them paired together, as that’s how I think of them. 105 / 106 X-Men.
22. Psylocke – For all the grief other characters got, he is pretty kind to her and her complicated status quo change.
21. Legion – Sounds like he read Spurrier’s fantastic X-Men Legacy run.
20. Magneto, Age of Apocalypse edition – Wow, a ranking for a character at 20 who has essentially eight appearances. That is impressive.
19. Marrow – Wow, at 19!
18. Kitty Pryde – Oh no at 18! Kitty not being in people’s top 10, I can get, but not even Top 15? Bonkers. I do like how he references that a certain age group would rank her higher. I take it he must be 22 or so.
17. Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man – He must be a fan of Peter David’s X-Factor to rank Jamie so high. Doesn’t state that but it can be the only way.
16. Emma Frost/The White Queen – What is it with people ranking Emma over Kitty? Trying to score points?
15. Husk – How in the name of Sam Hain is Husk ranked so high? I imagine we are getting to his real favorites now and he is ranking them below where he would actually put them but doesn’t want people to over judge his list (too late).
14. Mystique – For someone whose hero standing is in question, sure is ranked pretty high. Though points for reading both X-Men Unlimited 4 and Get Mystique by Jason Aaron, the Wolverine arc.
13. Professor X – Interesting take on how he is more Kirk than Picard. I’m all for Xavier remaining dead for quite some time. Like Jean, he works better as a memory to motivate others into action.
12. Havok – The writer can relate to Havok, so I can’t say anything about that. Relate-ability is as subjective as it gets.
11. Colossus – Boo to Colossus! At least he isn’t in the top ten. I also really enjoy the X-Men arcade game.
10. Blink – Me thinks she is in the top ten just to tie into the Days of Future Past film. Even diehard Exiles fans wouldn’t put her in the top ten X-Men, would they?
9. Deadpool – Diehard Deadpool fans worry me. I went through my phase but now I’m move on and Deadpool and I rarely cross paths.
8. Gambit – I do like how this gentleman makes movie references, now I need to rewatch Rounders and see if that is how Gambit is. I don’t hate Gambit like others do. He was part of the 35th Anniversary Team and I liked him there. He was crazy on the 90s X-Men Cartoon so my exposure to him as is pretty limited. He was great on Wolverine and the X-Men too.
7. Beast – Second highest Original Five. It dons on me that I really only like one of these five or the group as a concept. Clearly the list creator hasn’t read any Beast in the past few years.
6. Cable – Cable, I should have known hadn’t shown up on the list and was due any moment. I just like the Joe Casey / Ladronn run on the title. Besides that, like Gambit, my exposure is pretty limited.
5. Nightcrawler – Now the top five begins and Kurt deserves his spot.
4. Rogue – I don’t get people’s love for Rogue, she’s cool and all but some people are hardcore fans.
3. Storm – I feel like this list and my typing of it has taken too long. Usually I have a running tally in my head and start anticipating which mutants should be next. Storm keeps surprising me with how many people rank her as the highest X-Woman. Is she? Not to me, not since the 80s.
2. Cyclops – I would have swapped one and two but that’s just the era we live in now. Apparently the guy read AvX, and he is right – Cyclops is on the verge of being awesome again! He’s already there but for anyone who thinks he is still the straight lace kid – they are in for a surprise.
1. Wolverine – Wolverine is number one. It was going to be him or Cyclops. Wolverine is one of those characters that really is all things to all people. It takes someone listing all of Logan’s traits to fully see how far Marvel has taken the character. Some descriptions from Darren Franich – “Built on a grab-bag of personality traits and powers that feel assembled by accident — claws, healing factor, amnesia, Canadian-ness — Wolverine has been variously presented as a scuzzy uncle and a heartless romantic, a man without a past and an immortal icon existing throughout time. He’s a barfight samurai, hilarious comic relief and/or a bruised leader dripping with gravitas. He can be self-consciously “cool” — a fifth grader’s idea of a grown-up — but he can also be a tragic figure, his own worst enemy.”
A list that feels like a lot of clutter but I would have a hard time making a list of 50 so 100 seems like a daunting task.
The List Proper
99. X-Man/Nate Grey
98. Rachel Summers/Phoenix
97. Pete Wisdom
96. Joseph, the Magneto Clone
95. Dr. Cecilia Reyes
94. Strong Guy
93. Wild Child
92. Stacy X
83. The Guy With The Face From X-Men: 2099
82. Dani Moonstar
74. Lady Mastermind
73. Hope Summers
65. Daytripper/Magik/Amanda Sefton
62. Thunderbird and Warpath
61. Moira MacTaggert
48. Cypher/Doug Ramsay/Douglock/Warlock
47. Captain Britain
39. Maverick/Agent Zero
37. Angel Salvadore
33. Illyana Rasputin/Darkchylde
30. Marvel Girl/Jean Grey/Phoenix/Madelyne Pryor
28. The Stepford Cuckoos
23. Artie and Leech
20. Magneto, Age of Apocalypse edition
18. Kitty Pryde
17. Jamie Madrox the Multiple Man
16. Emma Frost/The White Queen
13. Professor X
Writer Joss Whedon
Artist John Cassaday
Colorist Laura Martin
Letterer Chris Eliopoulos
Dangerous Part One of Six
Cover Dated January 2005
Shame Lockheed only appears on the cover. Due to solicitations, the original cover that they promoted didn’t have Colossus on it so there was a giant gap there which people clearly called that the final member of the team as why show a cave with that much empty space?
I like how you can see Lockheed so much clearer on the original cover!
So we wrapped up Gifted and this starts the Dangerous arc, their second on the title. Also, originally, going to be their last one before they renewed a contract for thirteen more issues (including Giant Size). Which is crazy as Gifted and Dangerous are both good but to be the only stories from this creative team? That would have been a waste.
I wonder if they really did renew or were they always signed for 25 but with an out at 12 in case it was a major flop?
There is an ad for Dodgeball, coming to DVD on the inside front cover. I still haven’t seen the film but my gal pal Candice tells me it is funny and that I would enjoy it. There are several ‘coming to DVD’ ads in this issue.
Onto the issue :
The opening page starts with a narration captions of a new character that sensing a new beginning. This will be Danger that we meet next issue.
The second page we see that Wing, the mutant who use to be able to fly until Ord forced the cure onto him in the previous arc. Imagine being able to fly and then having that ability taken from you? That has to be pretty devastating, and we see that Wing is pretty depress about it.
Wing isn’t sure what is next for him. The X-Men have agreed to let him stay at the school. Beast wants to run some tests to see if the cure was only temporary. Everyone looks at him with such pity – including his friend Hisako (Armor) and Miss Pryde. I like how he mentions that she has a ‘big new muscle boyfriend.’ I suspect he has a bit of a crush on Miss Pryde. Who wouldn’t? I wonder if most of the students do have crushes on the senior staff? I imagine Kitty seems more approachable than Emma, so she probably gets more crushes. Plus, Emma can read your thoughts and if you think of her, I’m sure that triggers something for her to shut you down. That’s my Emma anyway. Plus, she was dating Cyclops and who can compete with that guy!?!
Wing walks up to a cliff on the Xavier Estate.
Meanwhile, the X-Men are on their way to New York City via the Blackbird. Colossus is riding on the very top of the plane. I wonder how he asked Cyclops for permission to do that? As they had to build a special handlebar for him to do it.
I get that he has been locked in a room for months and wants to feel as free as possible, the team gets that too. But they had to build that handlebar and they had to make sure it was strong enough to not break while he was in his metal form. That couldn’t have taken ten minutes.
Inside, Beast is trying his best to keep the plane steady as he doesn’t want to lose Colossus as they just got him back.
I like how Whedon writes it as ‘months’ as Colossus died in Uncanny X-Men 390 – also titled, The Cure – cover dated March 2001 and now he came back at the end of 2004 – that’s three years so in comic time, probably is only barely six months.
Also, while they are in the Blackbird, the body of the jet is bathed in red light – which apparently, I am a huge fan of the X-Men in red lit rooms. Laura Martin knows what I like!
Cyclops comments that Colossus has seemed quiet lately. Wolverine jokes that Colossus use to be such a prankster. I do like Whedon’s Wolverine, he doesn’t use him too much but when he does, he gets some stellar lines.
Emma asks Kitty, since they are bosom buddies, if he has open to her at all. Kitty tells her that they have reached their destination.
Outside, is a giant not-Godzilla creature tearing up New York City. It is on a rampage. If only there was a giant werewolf and gorilla to accompany him.
Wolverine isn’t impress, it looked bigger on TV.
Cyclops gives out the orders. This turns on Emma, and Kitty wishes she didn’t have to sit next to her on these flights. Cyclops asks Emma to relay the directions to Colossus, he agrees to them.
Colossus jumps from the plane onto the lizard’s nose. He is commenting to himself, and I do like these next three pages – I sort of miss caption boxes. He notices the difference between Scott in his head and Xavier’s voice in his head from years ago. Scott seems more free than the professor. The word, free, has so much more meaning than it use to. He ends his thought with that he really should concentrate on the situation at hand or nose, as it were.
Kitty continues our second page of inner monologues. She is phasing people out of danger. She believes it means something that it was her who found Colossus, and not someone else. Though during that mission, it could have only been her. Which means, it has to mean something as no one else would have found him. Kitty phases a woman out of the way as a car comes crashing at them. She thinks to herself that she probably should start concentrating.
Wrapping this three page sequence, Wolverine is stabbing the giant lizard and his only thought at the time is – that he really likes beer. A running motif with Whedon’s Wolverine.
We cut to Emma, as she is evaculating an entire building. The civilians’ inner thoughts are – I want to leave in a swift and orderly fashion – in a cycle. She is standing next to Cyclops, who is optic blasting the monster.
Beast is blasting away at the creature while in the Blackbird. Then he gets a call on his phone as the Fantastic Four in their Fantasicar has arrived!
Getting to see Cassaday draw the Fantastic Four is a real treat. If I was Whedon, and just for myself too, I would have tried to cram as many cameos as possible so that I could say I wrote those characters but also to see Cassaday’s version of them. Whedon got to write the Runaways, people don’t seem to talk about that run so I’m not sure how well he did. I suppose the absense of comments is something. But the Runaways are no X-Men, so it could have been the size of the fanbase. Proving that X-Men fans and not just Whedon fans made Astonishing the success it was as I’m sure his Runaways run didn’t do amazing numbers. Or dare I type – astonishing numbers.
I really like Whedon’s Fantastic Four, or mostly, I like how humorous Thing is. He gets some classic lines here. He is first mad that the X-Men are infringing on their giant monster business. Next, he makes a comment about how he thought they made a cure for you people, to which Wolverine thinks he means mutants but he really mans Canadians.
There is an ad for Elektra coming to theaters on January 14th. I actually saw this film in theaters and was highly disappointed by it. I mean, you take an urban character and put her in the woods? How does that even get out of the approval setting? And there is a guy with tattoos that come to life and off of his body? Ooof! The DVD at least as a deleted scene with Ben Affleck portraying Matt Murdock in a dream sequence.
Right after that is an ad for an EyeToy game for the PS2, such a horrible device and failure that was!
Back at the ‘mansion,’ which is the mansion but really a Danger Room sequence. Armor meets up with her old friend. He is thinking of sucide and she does everything short of pushing him off the cliff. She keeps calling him, Eddie, that isn’t his name but since he doesn’t have his gift, he shouldn’t be at the school for the gifted nor have a cool mutant name. His parents are super excited to have their son back as he is no longer a mutant. All of this is too much for poor Wing.
Back in New York City, this happens :
How awesome does that look? Way!
After a quick game of Whack-A-Mole by Thing and Colossus, the monster is back into the ground. Reed is sure that it was one of Mole Man’s creatures, as it was heading towards the Baxter Building.
Reed asks Cyclops why they were there. Cyclops tells him that they are trying to do more superhero stuff. Reed knows that the X-Men have saved the world numerous times but the stinky flatscans don’t know about that.
Sue is happy to have saved the day with the X-Men, as it should do wonders for the mutant community, to be seen working with Marvel’s First Family.
Human Torch wonders what happens if this back fires and they start getting the heat that the mutants gets. Wolverine tells them that he will get a more interesting type of fangirls. Johnny asks his brother in law if they can turn evil. Reed tells him that maybe they can after dinner. Such a fun couple pages!
The X-Men are back in the Blackbird, heading home. Colossus is in his seat. Kitty and Colossus are lost in their own thoughts.
Cut to Agent Brand as she is having to defend herself to the SHIELD committee. They are upset as she made a deal with Ord that really blew up and endangered Earth.
Brand makes a reference to Breakworld having a bullet pointed at Earth’s head – which is amazing foreshadowing that I haven’t picked up on until this reading! And I’ve read these issues a bunch, thanks to my not-so-handy omnibus plus all four motion comics so I’ve had these issues read back to me as well!
An X-Man is slated to destroy Breakworld and all they wanted was that X-Man’s head. That is the price that Brand is happy to pay. She will make any ally, sleep with any foe as long as it protects Earth. There are no lines that she won’t cross as there are no lines to hold her back.
Also, the committee knows about the bullet too, she implies. Once we get to Astonishing X-Men 24, I have to see if she is shock to see the actual bullet or is she pretty unimpressed with it. She may have been wearing her sunglasses too so that might have blocked her feelings from us the readers.
She clearly isn’t demoted and is still the head of SWORD. Good thing too, as she isn’t the leader that we deserve but who we need.
There are back to back ads for DVDS – I, Robot and Napoleon Dynamite. I bought the second one and I keep meaning to own the first one as I would like to use that as my thesis statement for why we should never go into the building robot business. It has never turn out well for us human types. That’s why I can’t believe that Carnegie Mellon University is allowed to exist – especially after one of their robots drew first blood! That whole branch should have been shut down!
Back at home, the X-Men are disappointed that their rescue mission only was given 30 seconds of news time. Which goes back to my thoughts about the reality of the Marvel Universe and especially the state of New York. I imagine the news channels all have like a ‘super hero minute’ as they can’t be spending all day talking about superheroes.
Wolverine comments that he doubts the footage will go nationally. Which, I doubt X-Men and Fantastic Four fighting a giant lizard and all that resulted was some damaged buildings, would be of any interest in Montana. Maybe, just maybe, the entire country does a superhero minute, if there was an infrastructure for it, so they just replay the same footage. I can imagine that being the case.
Emma is more upset that there was three minutes of coverage for Paris Hilton. Colossus doesn’t know who that is, and Beast tells him it doesn’t matter, on a lot of levels. It is a dated reference, in back in 2004 but now, I’ll be surprised if new readers will remember who Paris Hilton is as she isn’t in the limelight anymore. Unless she is and I’m no longer paying attention to celebrity news. I don’t even have time to watch Joel McHale on the Soup!
Though, would celebrities and movies still get the attention they do with superheroes? I wonder if Avatar would still be the highest grossing movie as clearly there will be no Avengers movie in the Marvel Universe.
Kitty can’t believe they can’t get better press than that. Cyclops reveals his thoughts on the news. They have the stories already prepared, they just wait for the right pieces to fall into place or they bend them until they do. The story will never not be about, the Mutant Menace.
Emma then says another line that Kitty wishes she never heard – that J. Jonah Jameson will be tongue kissing Spider-Man before the X-Men can catch a break. I wonder why she says ‘tongue kissing’ instead of ‘french kissing’ is it because she isn’t twelve?
Then Armor comes in, she hasn’t seen her friend Wing in a while. So we know the Armor from earlier wasn’t the real one.
The Cuckoos follow her, stating that Wing doesn’t have much more time. Emma is surprised she didn’t pick up on it but she has had a bit of a day. The Cuckoos point to Blindfold, making her first appearance! She is mentioned in issue four but seven is when we see her.
Blindfold gives a cryptic message that once he dies, a new being will exist.
Cut to Wing, in a puddle of his own blood. He flew one last time, but it only lasted three seconds. Once he dies, the mansion and the cliff disappear, revealing it to have been a Danger Room simulation the entire time. Odd how the message on the screen is, Exercise Complete. It is a bit of a haunting final splash page, a young boy is dead in a giant room.
Wing’s death breaks Danger out of her room and takes on a new shape. It is a decent arc, I would just rank it as the fourth good one as it is just beaten by more enjoyable arcs.
Unstoppable, loses points for the abandoning Kitty in deep space but once she came back, I could enjoy it more. Thanks to Matt Fraction!
Kitty does get some great moments in this arc but it is the only one where she isn’t the real star of the book.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Artist Valerio Schiti
Color Artist Richard Isanove
Letterer VC’s Cory Petit
Cover by Arthur Adams & Jason Keith
I want all three variant covers! Especially the one by Siya Oum, that has Lockheed!
Such a great cover, I wish we could get an issue with Art Adams doing interior art, or even, if we got to see this costume within the pages.
Instead, we get Schiti doing what I can only imagine would be a costume that Kitty would have worn if she got swept up into the 90s costume designs. Lots of pouches and a big gun.
Pryde is all action, whereas Quill is in the dumps.
He’s sad as he lost an entire planet. She can’t believe he’s choosing now to have this chat, after trying to get him to open up about all of this.
Schiti treats us to a six panel grid page, he’s done it a few issues ago for great comedic effect. Here, we get to enjoy the rich characterization. Pryde asks if he likes her new outfit. He starts by saying all the things she is – a teacher, a scholar, a warrior, a Guardian – but she doesn’t know how to dress herself. I think it is a fun outfit.
Pryde counters that neither blue or Indiana Jones is working for him. She’s clearly hurt. Also, she can’t diss much of his outfit as she was wearing it, for a few issues herself. He brings that up and she mentions how, as Star Lord, she had to keep the brand going.
Pryde mentions how she has been a costume hero since she was 13 and still can’t find a look that works. Which is insane as her Excalibur Davis Blue Sweater look worked. Now, besides that look, most of her looks are simply a play on the classic X-uniform yellow and black color scheme.
Pryde took the time for this discussion to get him talking about something besides losing his planet.
I do enjoy not having alien languages translated for us.
Quill rushes in and Pryde snaps at him. She was going to go all stealth and disarm and knock them all out but he’s distracted and made this harder than it had to be. Pryde tries to pick up their previous conversation, about how he over-shot, going from Guardian to Planetary King.
Quill was under the impressions he never waned him to take the position but that was never the case. She was disappointed in him for not being Petr Quill, Star Lord, on the throne, instead he was a follower of a council, taking orders.
Quill wonders if they should run, as they are outnumbered. Pryde wonders if they should try to talk their way through, since she has more hero experienced than him – he agrees to listen to her.
In an awesome turn of events, Quill gets punched to his dumb face!
Pryde is glad Quill is knocked out, so he won’t be harping on her and her bad call. At least she wasn’t punched. Then again, if the alien tried to punch her, his fist would have gone right through her. Again, Quill really doesn’t know how to work with her. Pryde lost her gun and Quill lost a tooth.
Some ships have spotted the pair and start shooting at them.
We finally get to see what the planet looks like.
We see the prisoners and Pryde wants a gun.
Pryde wants to shut this planet down, as they are in a concentration camp! Which, naturally, upsets her and wants to free all of the prisoners. Pryde is on the warpath.
I like her getting all intense and rightfully so. She rarely gets to unleash and these aliens deserve her wrath.
In an amazing sequence, Pryde tricks one ship to explode another.
With her phasing power, she takes out another ship. Quill, meanwhile, tells the aliens to flee.
Quill runs into that giant green alien and gets knocked out again.
Planet Moord, Home Planet of the Brotherhood of the Badoon. Issue ends with Quill waking up inside an arena, on a planet that hates him.
Next issue features Thing, which looks fun.
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The Top Ten Comics of 2016 are –
Those are also the first ten comics I bought in 2016.
Brian Cronin of Comics Should Be Good fame really out did himself.
Previously, he made a list of all the times Kitty Pryde has made a speech.
This time, he made a list of Kitty Pryde’s Top Five List –
Not only did he make the list, he gave me a special shout out in the article! Which after the week I had when this article came out, I really could use the smile seeing my name on his incredible blog.
His list is –
5. Astonishing X-Men 22
4. All New X-Men 13
3. New Mutants 45
2. Marvel Graphic Novel 5 “God Loves Man Kills”
1. Uncanny X-Men 210
I really need to do reviews of these issues that I haven’t gotten around to it.
Oh man, I thought I had reviewed the bulk of these posts but I must have had the same thought that I have now, that I have to get to reviewing these other issues.
This is a pretty great list. Not great is how many Anti-Shadowcat peeps out there who make up the bulk of the comments of that thread.
I still can’t find an image with the full boarder – which is irritating.
I thought it would be fun to see how I ended up with all of the titles that were Secret Wars 2015 tie-ins.
The missing titles from the image above – and I’m noticing that it doesn’t quite match up with the one I have in front of me now.
So Civil War is missing from the top row.
From the bottom row, to the left of Guardians of Nowhere, House of M was added. From Guardians to E is for Extinction is –
X-Men 92, Armor Wars, 1602, Years of Future Pat, Squadron Sinister, Captain Marvel Corps, Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos, Giant Size Little Marvel AvX and Spider-Man Renew Your Vows.
So going from the main event, and starting with Master of Kung Fu and going around the border to Ultimate End, I own these issues –
Secret Wars 2015 1
Master of Kung Fu 1 – 4
Secret Wars Journal 1, 4
Star Lord & Kitty Pryde 1 – 3
Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars 1, 2
Inferno 1 – 5
Old Man Logan 5
X-Tinction Agenda 2
Giant Size Little Marvel AvX 1 – 4
Years of Future Past 1 – 5
House of M 1, 4
Ultimate End 1, 3, 4, 5
Not part of the flyer, Secret Wars 2015 Handbook
So of the 47 titles, I bought 13 titles. All in all, 35 issues, which I feel like I didn’t miss out on too much. Except for the event, itself, but I read those issues in the store, so I have a vague memory of it. 36 issues, if we count the handbook. Pretty impressive, of Marvel, that they didn’t really ad too many additional titles, I believe only the Handbook wasn’t originally announced. Unlike Civil War, that had several one shots come out, to fill in the gaps that the delays caused.
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I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has visited this Kitty Pryde blog this year, as we have beaten last year’s numbers and the year is barely half way over. Thanks!
So I was commenting in some thread the other day about how I would rank the New Mutants cast. My list starts off strong and then I have those I don’t favor as much but my middle section changes. After thinking about it, it really doesn’t change all that much – I just forget about certain characters. Which, I suppose is better than not liking them.
2. Doug Ramsey
3. Dani Moonstar
I also forget Warlock sometimes. When Sunspot left the team for a while, it made me realize how much I didn’t miss him. Also, Fallen Angels was not very good. Wolfsbane, if this list was made back during the last days of Excalibur – would rank much higher but since then, I haven’t really followed her and from what I’ve read, I haven’t missed much except for the ruining of the character.
Writer Warren Ellis
Penciler Carlos Pacheco
Inker Bob Wiacek
Colorist Ariane Lenshock
Lettering Richard Starkings and Comicraft
Cover Dated April 1996
Legendary Inker Bob Wiacek worked his magic this issue! Pacheco’s art is amazing, as per usual, but there is something that makes this issue pop out.
While checking to see if Bob Wiacek was on Twitter, he isn’t, but I found this link to a commercial that he did – way back in 2003 – with 50 Cent and G-Unit
Thanks to YouTuber and Marvel Legend, Bob Wiacek for hosting his own video! I subscribed so hard to his channel.
How cool is that!?! Pretty darn, I say!
Warren Ellis, one of my Top Five favorite Kitty Pryde writers – Claremont, Humphries, Davis and Byrne. Ellis started his run with issue 83 and went until 103. We will be reviewing five of his issues, this month. This issue, Ellis brings Lockheed back after a two year absence, ever since issue 76!
The very first page is the villain, Mountjoy’s face as he says it’s a tasty world.” We’ll learn more about him later.
The second page has, this issue moves pretty fast and is pretty awesome – Jean Grey, at the Xavier School, picking up the mail. Alistaire Stuart has some to the X-Men, trying to get in touch with Excalibur. Talk about being on the wrong side of the pond!
At the same time, 7am, in an expensive chunk of New York real Estate – Shinobi Shaw, the Black King, is still awake. Shaw isn’t happy, as the London branch is up to something but he has no connections to the Inner Circle there. Martine, his assistant, is bored. Shaw has to reach out to Brian Braddock, as he has a standing seat at the table.
If it is 7am in New York, then it is noon on Muir Island Medical Research Station. Which four hours doesn’t seem like Excalibur should be that out of touch with what is happening, state side.
Nightcrawler is bouncing a soccer ball off of his own head. He is debuting a new look, shaved head and a goatee. I like this era of a fun swashbuckler Nightcrawler. It was Amanda’s idea, for the makeover. Colossus and Kitty are hanging out with him.
Picking up on a thread, from way back in Excalibur 76! Kitty is still wanting to check on her father. Which was twenty issues ago, so nearly two years have passed – in our time.
Kurt whiptails the ball to Kitty (hard!) and she tosses it to Colossus, who bounces it off of his own head.
There is no chance of Kitty’s parents ever getting back together.
Kitty doesn’t like loose ends, and that reminds Kurt that Amanda has been bugged by a loose end for some time now. Kurt kicks the ball back.
Mile High Comics is having a giant X-Men & Spider-Man sale! Uncanny X-Men 122 -128, 130 – 139, are $13.00. They must have been out of 129.
Colossus catches the ball, no hands mister! Colossus advises Kurt that he should be direct with Amanda.
Meggan arrives, also sporting a new look! – which I like. Kurt has a phone call. Jean is on the phone. Meggan also points to Lockheed, who is no longer sulking about. Lockheed has been protesting the Pryde & Wisdom relationship. He has taken measures to letting his protest be known, as he is chewing on Wisdom’s pants.
The Inner Circle of the London Hellfire Club. Instead of Black and White houses, they have Black and Red, they must be checkers fans. Black is mad at Red, as the events of Excalibur 88 – 90 (the always helpful editor, Suze, lets us know) regarding the Dream Nails storyline, have tampered with the Hellfire Club’s goals. Now they have to move up their plans, and in a hurry.
The Red King mentions that Wisdom has killed a lot of people. The Black King (I wish they would name check each other) wants to make sure that the final steps of the plan, are done correctly. Black Air, the British version of SHIELD, in a way, needs to be tighten up, as Dream Nails, was one of their operations. This lady, with long finger nails, does magic and she is getting inpatient.
There is an ad for Generation X, the made-for-television film, which is set to premiere February 1996, to FOX.
Kurt, Kitty and Colossus take the call and Jean and Scott are on the other line, they are talking through a fancy big screen television phone.
Cyclops warmingly greets Kurt and Kitty, leaving out Colossus. Jean starts with wanting them to tell Brian that his sister, Psylocke, is still in a coma.
Thanks to the always helpful, uncannyxmen.net, Psylocke is in a coma, thanks to Sabretooth. Uncanny X-Men 328 – 330.
Kurt realizes the two X-Men didn’t greet Colossus and asks Colossus to come into view of the camera. Cyclops and Colossus reference that Colossus was experiencing head trauma, when he joined Magneto and now that has been fixed.
Jean turns the camera around, to reveal Alistaire Stuart. Which is weird that he stood by, silently, as these peeps exchanged pleasantries.
Stuart and Colossus are wearing pretty much the same outfit. So they are both, brunettes wearing brown trenchcoats, which is an odd choice for Pacheco to make.
Kitty asks Alistaire to explain why he is in America. Like an idiot, Colossus, asks who this guy is. Like really? I get that you don’t know him, but clearly Kurt and Kitty do, so maybe just stand there, listen and soak in the information. If you have questions, ask afterwards. You dummy.
Alistaire explains that Black Air, the sinister product of the peaceful WHO agency.
Great scene of the three Excalibur teammates whispering if they should believe him.
Kurt states that he is on his way. Kitty is seen stating that she is going to ask Brian for the Midnight Runner and that she is going to bring Meggan along. I’m sure the speech balloon tail should be pointing towards Kurt.
Muir Island gets a second call and Kitty takes it. Shinobi Shaw wants to talk to Brian.
Eastern England. Sebastian Shaw, who isn’t dead (but Shinobi thinks he is, as that is how he became a member of the Upstarts) and he is meeting with Scratch, with Black Air. In exchange for a box, Shaw receives some files. What is in the box, is what Black Air needs and wants. Shaw and Tessa (Sage) leaves and we could follow their adventure in X-Man 15. I own issues 12, 13, 16, 26 and 60 – so I won’t be taking that trip. With Onslaught looming, the titles are going to start crossing over.
Back at Muir Island. Kurt leaves with Meggan, in the Moonlight Flit. Now, uncannyxmen.net points out that this is an error. As earlier, Kurt states that he will ask for the Midnight Runner and now is flying the Flit. My No Prize solution, as Brian will leave, next issue in the Runner – is that Brian didn’t want lend Kurt the Runner and gave him the Flit.
The Flit is a complete medical plane, it has no weapons and is completely voice operated, as sometimes, you can’t be saving someone and flying a plane. Just read X-Men 25, and how hard it is to fly a plane with a wounded Wolverine and bad weather. The Flit doesn’t have weapons as Brian doesn’t want to fight anymore.
Brian has a videoconference with the younger Shaw. Psylocke was always more into the Hellfire Club – for the parties and their father liked it for business reasons, Brian was never really into it. Shaw mentions how one of the Inner Circle isn’t who they say they are. Back in a Bishop miniseries (I know!) a character, Mountjoy, was introduced. He is a shape-stealer, instead of a shape-shifter. He takes on the shape of a person, as he digests that person. Sort of like a Warwolf, but with a longer process, I guess?
I like how the footnote states that it happened in the pages of a Bishop series but a page turn, you get everything you sort of need about the character. Also great is the transition of Shaw telling Brian about Mountjoy to Kitty telling Brian about Mountjoy.
Brian decides that he will join the Inner Circle. I wonder what happens to the current Bishop, once Brian arrives?
Meanwhile, Wisdom and Lockheed are having a disagreement. Wisdom wants his clothes back and Lockheed wants Wisdom gone. This is so great!
Douglock is still trying to find his place in the world. He tried to view it through the lens of logic but now he is going to give chaos a shot.
On the way back to Muir Island, the Moonlight Flit is attacked. I wouldn’t have minded seeing the scene of Meggan meeting Cyclops and Jean Grey. The issue ends with the Flit, falling out of the sky.
X-Facts, the current version of Bullpen Bulletins. Wolverine’s title reaches the 100th issue mark. Will he get his adamantium back? The second wave of Analagam are coming. Spider-Boy is the issue I remember the most. Cable and Nate Grey meet up. Those are the featured stories. Issues coming out in February –
Uncanny X-Men 331
Generation X 14
Excalibur 96 – When the malicious Mountjoy inflitrates the newly-established HELLFIRE CLUB in London. Shinobi Shaw comes to EXCALIBUR for help! By Warren Ellis & Carlos Pachaco!
Professor X & the X-Men 6
Magneto & the Metal Men 1
I own only one of these. Now I wish I was keeping track, of all of these past Wish List.
Swordstokes, the letters page. Letters are from – Mark Shakespeare / Jon Prive of Bucks County, PA / Chris Wright of Moody, ME / Robert Jones / Rockwell N. Greene of Overland Park, KS / James Binnington of Coloma, MI / Catherine D. Kobasiuk of Mastic Beach, NY / Tom Malinowski of Bloomingdale, IL / Doud Ohmer of Covington, KY / Steven J. Wolfe of Mexico City, Mexico. Three pages of letters!
Next Issue : Join Us for Harpoons, Dogfights and Turncoats.
For once, we are actually going to read the next issue! Please, come back in two days!
WorstBlogEver announced the winners!
Doom breaking Cyclops’ neck in Secret Wars 2015 4
2nd Runner-up: “I want them to see the Wolverine coming.“- X-23
1st Runner-up: “Of course i was &#$% right!” – Inferno’s Cyclops
Winner: “To me, my X-Men!“- Storm
from Extraordinary X-Men
Most Bizarre Moment (Rouge Mort Trophy)
Winner: The Utopians
Most Shocking Moment
Winner: God Doom breaks Cyclops’ neck!
Secret Wars 2015 4
Winner: Gabby the Clone saves fingers
All New Wolverine
2nd Runner-up: Civil War Storm vs. Civil War Iron Man
1st Runner-up: God Doom vs. Cyclops, Secret Wars 2015 4
Winner: Martha Johansson vs. Rachel Grey
Spider-Man and the X-Men
2nd Runner-up: Matthew Malloy, Uncanny X-Men Volume Three
1st Runner-up: Clone X-23_3PAR, All New X-Men
Secret Wars 2015 4
Winner: Kitty Pryde and Star Lord, I voted for this one!
2nd Runner-up: Last Days of . . . Magneto, I read the final issue
1st Runner-up: Black Vortex, I’m a fan
Winner: Secret Wars 2015, not enough X-Involvement (in the series proper) but it was the defining crossover of the year
Low Point of the Year
Winner: Handling of the Outgoing of Teen Iceman, All New X-Men 40
High Point of the Year
Winner: Teen Iceman comes out, All New X-Men 40
Most Missed Character
2nd Runner-up: Warpath
1st Runner-up: Banshee
Winner: Dani Moonstar, two years running now
Best Debut Character
2nd Runner-up : The Endless Summers, Siege
I was stumped for this category, I should have said Magik from Siege and Kitty Pryde from “Star Lord and Kitty Pryde”
1st Runner-up: Azimuth, Extraordinary X-Men
Winner: Bo! Who I actually voted for! Glad others thought of her too.
Winner: Sunspot, Avengers
Best Mutant Appearing Outside an X-book
2nd Runner-up: Dazzler, A-Force
1st Runner-up: Sunspot, Avengers
Winner: Rogue, Uncanny Avengers
Least Favorite Villain(s)
2nd Runner-up: Luminous, Uncanny Avengers
1st Runner-up: Mathew Malloy, Uncanny X-Men
Winner: Mystique, Wolverines
2nd Runner-up: Magik of Inferno, so dark and twisted!
1st Runner-up: Goblyn Queen of Inferno, I would have switched these two
Winner: Mister Sinister, Secret Wars 2015, Age of Apocalypse, Inferno and A-Force (he got around)
Least Favorite Hero
2nd Runner-up: Beast
1st Runner-up: Fantomex (X-Force)
Winner: Teen Jean Grey (All New X-Men)
2nd Runner-up: Magneto
1st Runner-up: Magik
Least Favorite Cover
2nd Runner-up: Uncanny X-Men 600 Morlock Cover, also the Paul Smith variant, which means it should be on a least favorite list!
1st Runner-up: Age of Apocalypse 4
Winner: E is for Extinction 4
I didn’t buy any of these!
2nd Runner-up: Storm Volume Three Issue 10
1st Runner-up: All New Wolverine 1 Hip Hop Variant
Winner: Storm Volume Three Issue 11
I also don’t own any of these!
2nd Runner-up: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men : Black Vortex – Omega 1
1st Runner-up: Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men : Black Vortex – Alpha 1
Winner: Uncanny X-Men 600
Least Favorite Miniseries
2nd Runner-up: Age of Apocalypse Volume Three
1st Runner-up: Secret Wars 2015
Winner: E is for Extinction
2nd Runner-up: Siege, Volume Two – so good!
1st Runner-up: Inferno – so twisted!
Winner: X-Men 92
Least Favorite Story from a Single X-Title
2nd Runner-up: Counter-Evolution – Uncanny Avengers Volume Two
1st Runner-up: The Last Will and Testament of Charles Xavier – Uncanny X-Men Volume Three
If only it was four issues and two issues of fallout, it probably would have been better
Winner: Utopians – All New X-Men
So many missed opportunities
Best Story from a Single X-Title
2nd Runner-up: Bring the Thunder – Storm Volume Three
1st Runner-up: Once and Future Juggernaut – Amazing X-Men Volume Two
Lots of fun moments!
Winner: Last Days of Magneto – Magneto Volume Three
Least Favorite Ongoing
2nd Runner-up: Spider-Man and the X-Men
The one issue I read of it, wasn’t that bad
1st Runner-up: All New X-Men Volume One
Winner: Uncanny X-Men Volume Three
Bendis lost some luster on his run, towards the end, too many place holders
2nd Runner-up: Amazing X-Men Volume Two
1st Runner-up: Storm Volume Three
Winner: Magneto Volume Three
2nd Runner-up: Chris Bachalo
1st Runner-up: Victor Inanez
Winner: Andrea Sorrentino
2nd Runner-up: Greg Pak
1st Runner-up: Simon Spurrier
Winner: Cullen Bunn
Thanks WBE for compiling the list!