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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

X-aminations in October

Another pretty straight-forward month, with just one oddball week mixed in amongst the regular titles.

Also, I'll be out of town most of next week, so I'll be late in responding to any comments. But I will be reading them, and will get to them eventually.

Without further ado, here's what we'll be looking at next month:

October 3rd: Uncanny X-Men #172
October 4th: New Mutants #7

October 10th: Uncanny X-Men #173
October 11th: New Mutants #8

October 17th: Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Dallas
October 18th: Marvel Team-Up Annual #6

October 24th: Uncanny X-Men #174
October 25th: New Mutants #9

October 31st: Uncanny X-Men #175
November 1st: New Mutants #10

7 comments:

  1. October 17th: Uncanny X-Men at the State Fair of Dallas

    I have never even HEARD of this.

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  2. @Michael: I have never even HEARD of this.

    It was a free comic given away in the Dallas Times Herald around the time the other issues we're covering in this month were published.

    As far as I know it's considered non canonical, and though I've only ever skimmed it, it's pretty bad.

    But I wanted to cover it because A. It was one of those oddball issues that used to have a big presence on the back issue market for some reason and B. I thought it would interesting to look, as the X-Men's popularity continued to skyrocket around this time, at how they were being presented to a large, non-comic book reading audience (and, also, because I needed something outside the run of the regular series to cover along with that Marvel Team-Up annual).

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  3. I look forward to MTU Annual #6. It was omitted from the New Mutants Classic trades, so I was a bit confused when Sunspot and Wolfsbane suddenly started talking about that time they met Cloak and Dagger.

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  4. @Teebore - Free comic? That's some pretty sweet promotion, even if the execution was no good.

    @Matt - Ditto, though I wasn't too upset by the omission. It's really the only thing in the Classic trades that I've found reason to complain about.

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  5. @Matt: so I was a bit confused when Sunspot and Wolfsbane suddenly started talking about that time they met Cloak and Dagger.

    Yeah, it gets referenced a couple times in the series proper, so I figured it was worth covering. And the timing of its on sale date coincides almost eerily with the best place to insert the State Fair issue in the the run of X-Men (again, not that it's canon and it really matters anyway. But at least it wont severely interrupt the flow of Smith's run).

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  6. Big Tex! Woohoo!

    Is there anything in there to suggest the State Fair issue isn't canon? I'd like to see a sequel to it in the modern continuity. Even though I don't read X-Men anymore. I'd come back for that.

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  7. @Dan: Is there anything in there to suggest the State Fair issue isn't canon?

    Magneto is portrayed more as a traditional "super-villain" and not in the more nuanced way we saw in the contemporaneous "God Loves, Man Kills", and the new mutant character that gets introduced never really shows up again, but that's about it.

    As far I know, the biggest indicator that it's not canon is that none of the Marvel Indexes or Handbooks reference it.

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