This great website is keeping track of Michelangelo’s Pieta Comic Covers. I’m going to post the ones I own.
Wolverine and the X-Men Volume Two Issue 11, by Mahmud Asrar and Marte Gracia
This great website is keeping track of Michelangelo’s Pieta Comic Covers. I’m going to post the ones I own.
Wolverine and the X-Men Volume Two Issue 11, by Mahmud Asrar and Marte Gracia
Story & Script Chris Claremont
Story, Art & Color Barry Windsor-Smith
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Cover Dated May 1986
Kitty Pryde doesn’t appear in this issue, in fact, none of the X-Men do, besides Wolverine. Kitty is in the character corner box, on the cover – so that’s all I need to buy an issue.
When I reviewed Alpha Flight 33 –
I mention how this issue, Mile High Comics had this issue at various prices – $3, $4.80, $6, $9.60, $15 and $30. Pending on if it was Newsstand or Direct Market. I got it, for Father’s Day 2015, for $2.90, so that’s a pretty good deal.
I mentioned this issue, in that review, due to this, 205, being Lady Deathstrike’s next appearance, after Alpha Flight 33 & 34. Here, she gets a major upgrade from Spiral, as does the three Hellfire Club goons, that Wolverine tore into, way back in issue 133 of Uncanny X-Men.
Onto the issue – which could be summarized as “one big fight” but there is more to it. A lot of the heart of the issue comes from Katie Power (of Power Pack fame) being in the issue. Windsor-Smith’s artwork is intense and takes the issue to the next left.
The issue opens in Spiral’s Body Shop, as we witness the birth of Cyborg Lady Deathstrike. She is now a threat to Wolverine. The Post-Hellfire Club slash Pre-Reavers – Reese, Cole and Macon, have also become cyborgs. Lady Deathstrike has a deal with Spiral, that once she gets her revenge, Spiral will reverse the process and make Lady Deathstrike human again.
South Street Seaport, on the Lower East River Shore of Manhattan Island. Katie Power is on a school trip.
I do like how we join the Wolverine v Lady Deathstrike and Trio fight, clearly an hour into the action.
Macon is down, already, and Cole fires a laser cannon into the crowd. A blizzard is occurring and it is thick, adding to the chaos.
Katie gets separated from her class, and she runs into Wolverine. Not just regular Wolverine, but a badly beaten Wolverine. This guy is down to only his boots and briefs. Gone are his shirt, gloves and . . . his ability to to communicate! This starts to scare Kate, as Mr. Logan is super scary.
The villains keep firing on Wolverine, who goes from growling to speaking in Japanese. Katie knows that something is seriously wrong with Wolverine. For his part, Wolverine is trying to protect Katie. With a huge RAHRRRR, his English returns. As does his manners, as he thanks Katie for stalling along enough for his healing factor to kick in – both physically and mentally.
Wolverine gets to Cole and takes him out of action.
We finally get to the center piece – Wolverine v Lady Deathstrike!
There is an ad for New Universe, in 1961, the Marvel Universe began. Now 25 years later, there is The New Universe. Not as dramatic as the end of Secret Wars 2015’s first issue with the ending of two universes.
Wolverine tries to debate with Lady Deathstrike, about her choices. She tells him, that either she gets her revenge for her father and can start her life anew – or she dies and is free of the burden. Lady Deathstrike gave up her humanity, for this goal, something Wolverine wishes he could have back.
Wolverine tears into Lady Deathstrike, until she can’t get up again. He doesn’t kill her though.
Checklist – New Mutants 38, Power Pack 21, Vision and Scarlet Witch 7, Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe 5, Alpha Flight 33 (so this issue must have came out, right afterwards! – that is some tight continuity!), Uncanny X-Men 204, X-Factor 3 and Marvel Age 37.
Issue ends with Wolverine and Katie, walking away and holding hands. To be honest, the Katie pages, are probably my favorite.
Letters page has letters from – Kahtryn J. Routtliffe of Chicago, IL / Kate Payne of Salem, OR and Jeffrey L. Morris of Billings, Montana. Montana Represent, Yo!
Next issue caption states that Dan Green returns to the title, as he has been doing a painted Doctor Strange one shot, written by JM DeMatteis, which sounds pretty awesome. The story, itself, it is the X-Men’s last night in San Francisco. They meet Julia Carpenter, the second Spider-Woman and Freedom Force shows up. Freedom is a Four Letter Word!
Inside back cover ad is for Power Pack (getting top billing!) and the Amazing Spider-Man with some helpful tips on how to protect yourself from sexual abuse.
Writer Chris Claremont
Penciler John Romita Jr.
Inker Bob Wiacek
Colorist Glynis Wein
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Cover Dated December 1983
I got this issue for Father’s Day 2015. I reviewed the issue already, when I did X-Men Classic 80 – which reprints the issue.
So that was pretty easy. Good Job, Past John – once again, thinking ahead!
Writers Karl Kesel & Steve Mattsson
Penciler Chris Gardner
Inker Phyliss Novin
Colorist Tom McCraw
Lettering Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Cover Dated May 1996
Cover by Tom Grummett and Karl Kesel
Losin’ It! Part Three of Six
I only own this for the Uncanny X-Men 141 Homage Cover but this should be a fun look back.
The Team of Marvel Database, has a counterpart in the DC Database –
Who I am counting on, for having the right volume number.
I wasn’t following Superboy, at this point, I think I followed the first 12 issues or maybe just six, after Superman came back from the dead.
The cover art team, are the creators of Superboy, that’s pretty awesome. The only thing I really know about this Superboy, is that he was merged with Ben Reilly’s Spider-Man, to make Amalgam’s Spider-Boy. Which was awesome.
Inside front cover ad is for The Power of Shazam! who is on a cereal
Superboy has made Hawaii his base. I imagine he still doesn’t like being called, Superboy – but he may be over that silly characterization.
The Hawaii Police are trying to arrest Knockout, Superboy is with her, so they will have to deal with him, too. Knockout has apparently killed a fellow police officer.
Superboy, who has a giant sole earring on his left ear. Oh 90s. He knocks on the door and Knockout tells him to come inside. Which he does and sees her, from behind, and she seems to be only wearing a pair of green panties.
There is an ad for Batman Forever, the year’s biggest hit, and now – on Pay Per View!
Knockout puts on her costume, they are partners and shouldn’t have secrets. She keeps calling him, pup.
There is a knock at the door and Superboy answers it, along with Krypto. Krypto seems to be a puppy, himself. The police are at the door, which surprises Superboy. Snare, one of the female officers – one of the better ones, takes pleasure in trying out her skills against Superboy. With all of the commotion, Knockout tries to leave out the backdoor.
There is a house ad for Sergio Aragones Destroys DC, which I imagine is a reaction to Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe, which I also imagine is way better.
Superboy uses one of his more unique abilities, tactile telekinesis, to thwart Snare’s attempts. Knockout circles back and starts fighting the officers. Superboy’s jacket is ruined, in the fight and this annoys him. One of the officers drops a twist-cannon, which bullets go around Superboy and strikes Knockout, wounding her.l Now Superboy is full of teenage rage!
Snare throws an anti-gravity bomb at Knockout and this takes her to the ground. Superboy wasn’t exactly thrilled with how rough Knockout was being with the police – who I imagine are like Marvel’s Code Blue, police force.
Roxy, a friend of SB (as she calls him) tackles Snare, who seems to really want to take down Superboy, for her father. Maybe. Snare punches Roxy out, and the lead detective makes Snare sit the fight out, as Roxy is on their side.
Superboy gets the anti-gravity bomb off of Knockout. Superboy flies Knockout to safety. This officially makes Superboy wanted by the police.
Later. Rex Leech, who I believe is actually Superboy’s Public Relations Agent, or something like that. He’s horrible.
Superboy visits his ex-girlfriend, who is also a reporter – Tana Moon. Tana tells him about Knockout being wanted for murder. He suspects this is an elaborate trick. Tana keeps calling him, kid, and this annoys him. He tells her that she is jealous of Knockout and flies off in a huff.
Issue ends with Tana reporting the news that Superboy is a fugitive. Knockout is suspected of killing, Officer Wesley Smithson. Next up on the news, Hawaiian Chain’s newest island- Loihi, has risen ten thousand years sooner than expected. That can’t tie in to the main plot, right?
Letters Page – Kid Stuff – has letters from – Neil Ahlquist of Minneapolis, MN / Bob Kowalski of Detroit, MI / Nick Robichaud of Bedord , MA and Rick Fimple of Vaancouver, WA.
Next issue caption box states that Supergirl will be showing up.
Inside back cover ad is for Batman Black and White, an awesome anthology series!
Not a horrible issue, I expected to be confused as this was the middle chapter of a storyline but it was written very new reader friendly.
Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Leonard Kirk
Colored by Guru EFX
Lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Art by Dave Wilkins
Cover Dated November 2010
Fall of the New Mutants Part Three of Five
Inside front cover ad is for ABC’s No Ordinary Family, that I really enjoyed, especially with the two Kitty Pryde references that they made!
It took me forever to find this link –
Lots of Google searches!
This will be my last New Mutants review, for a while. This storyline was the New Mutants portion of the fallout from Second Comings. At the end of that crossover, Magik was sent to Limbo – against her will and she barely escaped.
In order to relax, Cannonball took the team out to the desert to relax. General Ulysses and his squad have also finally come out of Limbo, after being in there for twenty six years. They were not alone, the babies from Inferno, now grown adults, are with them – and all of them have a special power of their own. This group, Project Purgatory, has captured Pixie.
Three Hours Ago. Dani and Sam are having some drinks. Sam is claiming that Lila Cheney, the rock goddess, was not a good kisser. Dani claims that maybe it was Sam that wasn’t the good kisser. Then we get the moment that was twenty seven years in the making! Dani and Sam make out!
Amara, as she is the worst, breaks up the kissing. Illyana’s soulsword goes wild and Illyana’s goat legs come out! Which is always a good time! Usually, for nobody but maybe for the readers as things always get exciting, once the goat legs come out. Illyana knows that Pixie has been captured.
Look how amazing that page is! Kirk outdid himself! The entire art team did!
Illyana starts talking like a character of old. There is no time to inform the X-Men. That is, until Warlock starts crying and Magik chooses to both – cut the lame characters and inform the X-Men, at the same time. Warlock had a bad influence on the demons of Limbo, a long time ago, and he really shouldn’t be there.
Sam, the idiot, tries to tell Magik that he is in charge. Not where they are going, which is awesome!
This storyline, has been what Wells has been leading up to, since the first issue.
Cannonball does not want to be in Limbo. Poor Cannonball, doesn’t he know that the New Mutants have three storylines that they MUST repeat! Limbo, David Haller and Asgard – with maybe a Hellions story in there, when they were not dead. Oh, and the Demon Bear. They have five stories that get recycled.
Sam huffs his way to Magik but demons stand between him and her, one does not speak harshly to the Queen, in her own domain.
Cannonball really continues to misread the situation. The demons of Limbo are Magik’s subordinates, not her friends.
Magma wants to skip the next silly dialogue exchanges and wants to know what the plan is. Magik explains that, soon, Pixie’s soulgem will be taken and the Bloodstone Amulet will be complete. Which I’m not sure in thirty years, has ever happened, but we have always been told that nothing good will ever come of it. Magik further explains that, on Earth, there is only one more hour to get prepared but in Limbo, they have weeks to prepare – for war!
We get implications that this storyline is when Magik left, from the first issue. Originally, Sam lead his team, straight to their deaths. Magik wants to keep them safe, and out of the action.
Magik doesn’t know where Pixie is, but her horde of demons can take them to someone who does know. Magik is hoping, that her being in Limbo, will bring out her enemies.
Project Purgatory. They know that Magik is in Limbo. The Inferno Babies are ready for a massive battle.
The New Mutants get to a village, it has taken them two weeks to get there so almost a full hour on Earth, must have passed.
I like how, up to this point, Magik and the demons have been speaking in a foreign tongue – but only now does Doug feel the need to decipher the language, out-loud. I’m sure Illyana would have told them, if they asked. Maybe, in those two weeks, Doug finally got a handle on the language.
The horde brings out Witchfire – the main villain of X-Infernus.
Witchfire gave the soldiers the bloodstone amulet, but not quite as willingly as Magik implies. Either way, her weakness has brought Limbo into chaos. More chaos. Witchfire offers the helpful advice, that if they follow the blood soaked roads, they will find the soldiers. Magik is tired of her, and tells her demons to make Witchfire suffer.
Project Purgatory. They have a plan to use Pixie’s gem to get access to the full power of her soul.
There is an ad for Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions, such a great game! I could have used more of the Spider-Man Noir levels.
Two Weeks Later, so four total. The team has made it to Project Purgatory’s base in Limbo, but the soldiers are not there. The soldiers have lost their access to Limbo, and are having to find a second way back. They went through a portal in the desert, and Magik knows where they must have done it, so they ride again.
Project Purgatory. General Ulysses is losing his mind, well, more of it. Just then, a doorway to Limbo opens.
There is an ad for New York Comic Con, 2010 by both Romita Legends. I love the Romitas BUT what the hell is going on there with Spider-Man? Both of his arms look like they are disconnected!
Look how battle worn the New Mutants look! And they haven’t even fought anyone yet, they have been merely surviving in Limbo for a month. Illyana is angry and wants Pixie back. Some of the soldiers are not thrilled that the white devil has come into their home.
The Inferno Babies get the first attack. The leader of the Inferno Babies tells, Toko, to get Illyana’s soulsword.
There is a house ad for Thor 615 by Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry.
Illyana’s swordsoul doesn’t even pass through Toko and she knocks the sword out of Magik’s hand, which gets her off her guard. The leader gets four hits later and Illyana is down.
Issue ends with the Inferno Babies about to turn their attention to the New Mutants.
There is a house ad for the Wolverine Goes to Hell storyline. Wolverine 1, X23 1 and Daken, Dark Wolverine 1 – are the new titles.
The back cover ad is for the Mazda 3, looks like they are still making 3s but they aslo had a 6, which I found with a simple Google search and I’m not sure if that means anything.
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Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Penciler Stuart Immonen
Inker Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist Laura Martin
Letters & Production Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Dated October 2010
Cover by Joe Quinones
I own this issue, just for the cover.
Steve Rogers, as Director of SHIELD, has made a couple Avengers teams. This one boosts of a cast of – Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Captain Marvel, Mockingbird, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Thing! Which is a pretty awesome roster, actually.
Brother Voodoo is the Sorcerer Supreme, was attacked by possessed Doctor Strange and Daimon Hellstrom. They were after the Eye of Agamotto so Voodoo sent it to Cage. The demon that took over Strange and Hellstrom’s body, also took over Cage’s body. Iron Fist took the Eye of Agamotto (which I may end up learning how to spell, without having to refer to the last time I wrote it above) and then the demon took Iron Fist’s body and vanished. After that, the sky opened up with fire and lightning and a horde of demons are entering this dimension.
Now you know what I know, up to this point.
Issue opens with Victoria Hand, sitting in her car. Apparently, Steve Rogers placed her on the New Avengers team. She was Norman Osborn’s right hand person, at HAMMER. Looking her up at Wikipedia –
Apparently she dies in issue 32 of this series. That explains why I haven’t seen her much, these days. Reading more on that page, the events of this issue play out for the rest of this volume, at least – up to issue 32. That’s some long form writing.
Hand is not happy with being forced onto the team, it is a jail sentence. Her punishment will be to hearing teases from Wolverine and Luke Cage. She looks up and sees that the sky is on fire.
Iron Fist is in a white room, with two voices, who want him to hand over the Eye of Agamotto.
Central Park. Captain Marvel (she’s Ms. at the time but that does seem backward), Thing, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Doctor Voodoo, Hellstorm, Dr. Strange and Mockingbird are wondering what to do.
Hellstrom suspects he recognizes the demons but Strange says he is misidentifying them. Carol (that’s what I will call her, why not) asks if she can just punch the problem. Mockingbird is curious if Carol really needs permission. I like these two being on the same time, though I don’t really know Mockingbird.
Carol, taking charge, takes along Spider-Man and Thing – who I like in this issue and on this team.
Strange takes Hellstrom and Brother Voodoo (I don’t get why they renamed him, Doctor Voodoo, Strange is an actual doctor – the word ‘doctor’ isn’t associated with being the Sorcerer Supreme – if anything, he should be called Supreme Voodoo – or something) away, as they need to handle the bigger issue. Strange casts the, Mordune’s Reversal Teleportation Spell.
Jessica is going back to the Mansion, to get her baby to safety – which will be her mother’s house in Jersey. Which I thought her family all died in that toxic spill. I guess not. Wolverine tells Cage that they need a nanny -which will be Squirrel Girl, eventually. That happens in issue seven and has the job until the final issue, 34.
Carol reveals she never saw Ghostbusters, which Thing and Spider-Man both start questioning her about that. Which is where the fun of this issue comes in, as we get classic Bendis team interplay. Spider-Man starts talkin to Thing, about how this would be a perfect time for an ol’ Clobbering Time shout but Thing wants a new more Avengers expression. Spider-Man points out that he, himself, hasn’t stopped making with the jokes. Spider-Man gives the people what he wants, whereas Thing wants to grow, as a person.
Avengers Mansion. Jessica lands and starts fighting the demons off. Veronica Hand starts blasting at the ghost demons with a giant gun and this gives Jessica a chance to grab baby Danielle and take off. Cage sees that his family is safe and can commit to the fight. Wolverine wonders if the magic folks are having better luck.
Doctor Voodoo’s Sanctum Sanctorum, New Orleans. The trio start reading books, trying to research who is behind the threat. Hellstrom keeps asking Strange, who is strong enough to possess Strange. Strange can’t think of anyone and we can tell that troubles him.
Over in the Astral Plane (I’m guessing) with Iron First. One of the voices recognizes Iron Fist’s molten heart of the dragon, Shou-Lao – proving he is a mystic warrior. This voice condemns the other voice for being an idiot – he possessed the one hero that could resist them. Issue ends with the big reveal that the smarter voice is . . . The Ancient One, he who trained Doctor Strange!
Not a bad issue, I’m a little more curious, after reading up about how tightly the next thirty issues are plotted.
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Part of the Heroic Age relaunch, and having Bendis writing the Avengers titles, was that this gave Bendis a chance to retell Avengers history, via The Oral History of the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. This is Chapter 5.
Those interviewed are – Kang (the time traveller, would-be conqueror), Reed Richards, Alicia Masters, Ben Grimm, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, Rick Jones, Captain America.
This chapter mainly deals with Kang, and his influence on the Avengers. So this takes place, from what I can tell – Avengers Volume One issue 8 to 16. Kang appears in those two issues and in-between those, in issue 11.
The next chapter takes place in Avengers 4, which I reviewed here –
Writer Chris Claremont
Artists John Romita Jr. & Dan Green
Letterer Tom Orzechowski
Colorist Glynis Wein
Cover Dated May 1994
Reprint of Uncanny X-Men 191
Cover Tom Raney and Hilary Barta, much better than the original with Vision and Colossus punching each other, which isn’t half bad.
We conclude the horrible Kulan Gath, which really, isn’t that bad.
Issue opens with Spider-Man pretty much defeated, tied up and bleeding out, in front of Kulan Gath and his mind controlled heroes.
We get the recap page of what has been happening. What I like seeing are the mirrored panels. I wish the second to bottom row, matched the faces like how the bottom pair match placements.
I think Claremont does a great job of writing Spider-Man here. We get his inner monologue of how he feels he may seriously lose everything in this fight, but he still cracks jokes. He finally calls Kulah Gath on how he refers to him as, Man-Spider. Someone had to finally say something.
Also a prisoner of Kulah Gath, is Selene, who is more defeated than I ever seen her. This will be explained away later.
Dani Moonstar and Sunder arrive and give Kulah Gath the bad news, that they didn’t get the non-mind controlled heroes. He ages both of them, turns them into stone and reverts them back. It seems very painful.
This segues us to the rebels, lead by Captain America. Illyana is counted as one of the rebels, as they team up with Maddie Pryor.
We get heroes on heroes in a fight. Scarlet Witch attacks Colossus. Magik cuts Colossus loose of the crimson bands of Cyttorak, something he will do again at the end of AvX. This frees Colossus, so he can punch Vision, just like on the original cover of the issue. This panel will be repeated later.
Rogue gets stabbed to the back by an s-word and dies.
Storm freaks out and starts wailing on fools. Captain America dares order Magik to teleport everybody away, she graciously agrees to do it. Storm and Warlock stick behind to ensure that their rebel friends get away.
Once at their base, Magik calls Magma out for how she didn’t help them at all in the previous fight. This makes Magma cry and this will also make sense later in the issue.
Captain America comes up with a plan of attack. There will be two teams, Captain America leading the bulk of the heroes. Maddie Pryor will lead the other, Nightcrawler, Magik and Callisto make this team, as they are stealth team. Captain America’s crew are using the front door. Pryor’s crew gets attack by some mind controlled folks, including Wolfsbane.
Magik v Wolfsbane, New Mutant on New Mutant action! Magik’s soulsword frees the minds of whomever she strikes so Wolfsbane and Dani are now free of Kulah Gath’s control. Callisto kills Sunder, as Magik frees Sunspot.
Throne Room. Spider-Man is still just hanging about. Colossus punches vision again, which is the image that does make up the original cover. Vision phases his hands through Colossus and both explode. Good thing everyone who dies is brought back at the end of the story!
Magik and the others show up to help Captain America’s team.
Cannonball frees Spider-Man from being crucified. Storm and Warlock arrive and Magma starts acting a tad out of character. She reveals that she was really Selene, the entire time and Kulah Gath was abusing Magma, earlier in the issue.
Warlock absorbs both Storm and Selene. Doctor Strange is able to access all of his mystical might. Warlock and Storm are a new entity now.
We get an awesome panel of Strange and Magik working together to set the world right again. I bet when Magik was going back in time to train with Strange, that it takes place at least after this issue.
Issue ends with Nimrod on Earth.
Thanks to this great website for all but one image –
Writer Ralph Macchio
Penciler John Hebert
Inker Greg Adams
Letterer Michael Higgins
Colorist Carlos Lopez
Teleplay by Ted Peterson and Francis Moss
Cover Dated May 1994
This issue is titled, Red Death, and is the comic adaption of Red Dawn, the fourth episode of the season season.
Chris Sims, when he was covering every episode, wrote about it here :
I like it as there are screencaps from the episode, including this one –
I bought a Fair condition of this comic for Christmas 2014, through Mile High Comics. In this instance, that means that the comic and the cover are barely holding onto each other via the smallest amount of the top staple.
Onto the comic. Issue opens with Omega Red breaking out of his test tube chamber.
Moscow. Some Russian government officials is excited to get the Soviet Union reunited again. Darkstar is the hero on site to manage Omega Red.
Two Days Later, Westchester County. Jubilee is skateboarding and gets hungry. Some flastscans have spray painted anti-mutant hate speech on a wall next to the grocery store. The grocery store is being vandalized for being pro-mutant. Colossus happens to be near by and chases the vandals away.
He actually was on his way to Xavier’s, as the Soviet Union is being terrorized by Omega Red and Colossus wants to go home to protect his family. Jubilee tells him that the X-Men are gone but she will leave a note and the two of them take off.
There is a two page ad celebrating the greatest combination of two things – The X-Mena nd Hi-C Fruit Punch,
They get to Colossus’ parents’ collective and it has been trashed.
Colossus recounts his origin and we get little girl Illyana. In the FOX Cartoon universe, Colossus doesn’t get to Illyana, his father does and then Colossus saves his father.
Colossus takes the blame for the damage, and is labeled disloyal and leaves the country.
The best part of the issue is that Illyana is a teenager (minus the visit to Limbo, I hope) and they hug as it has been years.
Omega Red is killing the individual leaders of the broken countries.
The X-Men return home. Rogue and Storm are laughing that Jubilee left a silly note and how goofy a guy named, Omega Red, could be. Wolverine walks in, as he lost Morph (yet again) which the editor note states that it was in issue two. He recognizes the name of the villain and knows that Jubilee is way over her head.
Former USSR. Illyana has lead Colossus and Jubilee to where the Rasputins are being kept. Colossus gets so enraged that he charges at the complex.
Then we get a seven page insert for the Marvel Mart, which is bookend with trading card inserts that make the comic a real pain to handle. There are two pages of the trades that are out. 2099 / Spider-Man / Venom / Various Marvel sets. X-Men trades are – Dark Phoenix Saga / 30th Anniversary Magazine / All New All Different Masterworks Vol 1 / From the Ashes (go buy this!) / Excalibur : Mojo Mayhem / X-Force Spider-Man Sabotage / Masterworks Vol 1 / Wolverine mini and X-Tincton Agenda. Solo titles include – Gambit / Sabretooth / Fatal Attractions 1-3 / Fatal Attrations 4-6 / Wolverine and Punisher Damaging Evidence and Cable. There is a comedian selection with Ren & Stimpy and Groo.
There are shirts, hats and buttons.
Back to the story. Omega Red hands Colossus’ his arse. Wolverine shows up and fights Omega Red. This reminds me of how Omega Red kills Colossus’ parents in X-MEN 17 – 19 (they die in 18).
I do like how it is an actual fight between Wolverine and Omega Red, this Wolverine struggles.
Rogue takes out Omega Red. Colossus thanks the X-Men for their help. Omega Red gets back into the fight. The whole team goes after him.
Bullpen Bulletins, Now on Sale. Barbie hits issue 41, she wrangles up cattle. Wolverine 81, Nightcrawler and Shadowcat help Wolverine track down his adopted daughter. X-Factor 102, Random tries to kill Polaris. X-Men Adventures Season 2 Issue 4, this very issue! X-Men : Early Years 1, reprinting the very first issue.
There is an ad for USA’s Weird Science. I really dug this lineup back in the day, along with Duckman.
Storm makes it snow and the cold freezes Omega Red in place.
The Soviet Union is saved! Illyana is reunited with her parents. Darkstar goes after the foolish Russian leaders who thought setting a homicidal sociopath loose, to fix the problem, was a smart idea.
Issue ends in the Savage Land, with Xavier walking and Magneto. They outrun a T-Rex.
X-Animated Mail. Letters are from – Samantha Minc of Hampstead, Quebec, Canada / Jondh Crismore of New Haven, IN / Elissa Dukes / Christopher Teare of Burlingame, CA / Jara B. Hullar of Richmond, BC, Canada, Becky Iles of Terryville, CT and Quenby Walls of Orlando, Florida.
Writer Robert Kirkman
Penciler Ben Oliver
Inker Jonathan Glapion
Colors Jason Keith
Letters VC’s Joe Caramagna
Phoenix?, Part Three of Three
Cover Dated August 2006
We finish the Ultimate X-Men issues that I bought at Christmas 2014.
If you want to follow along, this spectacular website has all of the pages :
Previously, Sebastian Shaw froze Xavier’s bank accounts. Lilandra Neramani, Majestrix of the Church of Shi’ar Enlightenment, has offered to give Xavier the needed money – if she can get examine Jean Grey. She wants to do this as Jean is suppose to be the manifestation of their god, the Phoenix – of course. Xavier accepted, as he needs money. The examine has been quite painful for Jean. Emma Frost is trying to hold a dance at her school and the Brotherhood of Mutants has crashed it. Cyclops has brought a team to fight the Brotherhood. The X-Men have a new team member, Elliott Boggs, who will be named – The Magician.
The issue opens with The Blob on the attack. The Magician is trying new techniques to bring Blob down. Toad and Cyclops are fighting each other.
Xavier Institute for Gifted Children. Jean is going full Dark Phoenix and Lilandra can’t believe it. The Phoenix manifestation isn’t suppose to be a sudden transformation, more like a gradual change. So she doesn’t believe Jean is doing it right. Xavier comes into the room and tries to calm Jean down.
The Academy of Tomorrow. Rogue still has Gambit’s powers at this point. Magician makes it so that everything around Blog is light so he falls off his feet. Once he is in movement, he is easier to deal with.
Xavier Institute for Gifted Children. Xavier shuts down Jean and is knocked out in the process. Gerald comes inot the room, I guess he is a partner of Lilandra’s.
Emma Frost’s Academy of Tomorrow. These two couldn’t come up with a regular name for a school, I guess. The media starts calling Boggs, the Magician, they are really digging him. We start seeing that Scott isn’t a big fan of him. He’s all powerful so him being on a team seems unnecessary. He doesn’t last that long and gets his own three part storyline as the very next storyline. So this is a three parter and the next is a three parter, so that makes up a trade. Cyclops sees Angel, who was sent to Academy of Tomorrow, at some point. Scott has an awkward greeting with his brother, they really don’t get along well. Some things never change. Scott tells Colossus that if he wants a ride home, they are leaving soon so he should say goodbye to his boyfriend, Northstar.
Xavier Institute for Gifted Children. Jean wakes up, not proud of her actions. Lilandra concludes that it must be the Phoenix that is coming through Jean. Gerald speaks up and states that Jean’s parents were members of the Church of the Shi’ar Enlightenment, so Jean must be acting out what she overheard as a child. Plus, her blood test results came back all wrong. Gerald states that Jean has a split personalities. This, naturally, makes Jean very upset as she has been called crazy, for all of her life.
Later. Kitty comes out of her room (I imagine she didn’t go to the dance, as she’s dating Spider-Man at this point) stating that the media is loving the Magician. Kitty is excited about being on talk shows, unfortunately, Xavier will never put one of his better and smarter students on the news. Even though, she is the best example of a non-threatening mutant – unless you really think about how deadly her powers are.
Storm wonders if Wolverine is back yet. Kurt is still not talking to Colossus, we learn in the second annual that it is due to Kurt being disgusted with Colossus’ life style – which is way too harsh and unfair.
Cyclops looks for Jean and Xavier intercepts him first, as he has to tell the young man the news.
Scott goes to Jean, she wants to be left alone. We see that goblins are all over Jean, but Scott didn’t see them, so she may be going to sleep. I do enjoy Ultimate Jean getting to experience the Goblin Queen and the Phoenix Saga, all in one go. That seems like a decent way to handle it as we will never get a Maddie Pryor in the Ultimate Universe, which is a real shame. Though I don’t recall exactly what happens with the goblin subplot, we will have to watch and see.
The Church of Shi’ar Enlightenment Headquaters. Gerald makes a call to Shaw, so we know he is a bad guy now. He tells Shaw the truth, Jean is the vessel for the Phoenix and he suspects they can use her. Actually, he is working for the Hellfire Club but not necessarily with Shaw. This is how the issue ends.
Cover by Brian Stelfreeze
Ads Howard Mackie, John Rozum, Bob Washington
Features Gary Barmum, Tom Daning, Jack Morelli, Fabian Nicieza, Michael Rockwitz, Tony Stark, Rob Tokar, Ben Urich, Janet Van Dyne
Swimsuit Shoot Max Fleisher
Ads Paul Ryan & Tom Palmer, George Perez, Mike Zeck, Tom Morgan, Walt Simonson, Ron Frenz & Joe Sinnot, John Buscema & Tom Palmer
Features Donald Hudson, Joe Jusko, June Brigman & Al Milgrom, Jon Bogdanove & Stan Drake
Swimsuit Shoot Jim Lee, Steve Leialoha, Joe Jusko, Kevin Nowland, Rob Liefeld, Michael Golden, Jackson Guice, George Perez, Whilce Portacio & Scott Williams, Marc Silvestri & Terry Austin, Ron Frenz & Joe Sinnot, Steve Geiger, John Romita Jr., Rick Leonardi & Al Williamson, Walt Simonson, Paul Ryan & Joe Rubenstein, Bret Blevins, Mike Mignola
Cover Dated 1991
This is Marvel’s first Swimsuit Issue, so they try to match a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special. The four that follow (and I own them all as Kitty Pryde is in each one) are simply characters in swimsuits.
We’re reviewing this issue today, as we lost Paul Ryan this day, a year ago.
Special thanks to Le Messor, from the Comics Should Be Good post memorializing Paul Ryan’s death –
Without his help, I wouldn’t have known which pages Paul Ryan contributed nor who drew the Dazzler feature.
This issue has ads and features, which is pretty fun.
Paul Ryan gets the very first ad, starring Wolverine for Macho, Speed Stick Deodorant.
The photo shoot took place in the Savage Land.
Northstar gets an interview
Wonder Man gets an ad for underware
Super Olympics is a feature
Beast gets an ad for shampoo, Ultra-X
She-Hulk gets a workout feature
Silver Surfer gets a feature
John Bogdanove and Stan Drake’s art is featured in the Rockin’ in the Stone Age.
The Boys and Girls of Summer is the straight photo shoot pages
Reed Richards gets an ad for Kronex Watches
Quicksilver gets an ad for Spike shoes
Marc Silvestri gets to draw the X-Ladies and Lockheed! Major points for Lockheed and Kitty Pryde sharing the same swimsuit pattern. Other ladies present are – Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, Rachel, Psylocke and Dazzler.
Hercules gets an ad for Atomi-Flex.
Paul Ryan gets the final two page splash piece with the Avengers v West Coast Avengers playing a classic game of Tug O War. The Avengers are – Thor, Hercules, Se-Hulk and Captain America. West Coast Avengers are – Hawkeye, Mockingbird, US Agent, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch and Iron Man. Seris is the dame floating in the middle. Quasar, Tigra and Wasp are watching from the sidelines.
Ben Grimm gets a feature
Matt Murdock gets the final feature, written by Ben Urich
Namor gets the inside back cover for his company, Oracle
Thor gets the back cover ad for Flic Disposables
For $3.95, pretty impressive that there are no real ads.