We round out the year in X-aminations with a pair of issues from each series, a pair of limited series intended to capitalize on the X-Men's growing sales success, and, appropriately enough for the day after Christmas, a twelve issue series involving most of the Marvel Universe's biggest characters created to support a toy line.
December 5th: Uncanny X-Men #179
December 6th: Magik #1-4
December 12th: X-Men and the Micronauts #1-4
December 13th: New Mutants #14
December 19th: Uncanny X-Men #180
December 20th: New Mutants #15
December 26th: Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1-12
(depending on how my schedule shakes out, this may get pushed to the 27th, or split into two posts, with the second half on the 27th. We'll just have to play that by ear).
Also, in the interest of continuing to share cool new (to me) X-Men related blogs with you, I've added a few new sites to the blog roll.
Both Abigail Brady's X-Marathon and SpaceSquid's Year X blogs are in the midst of performing a similar issue-by-issue analysis of the X-Men universe (with SpaceSquid in particular tossing out Marvel time and attempting to attach a specific day and date to the events of each issue), something I learned when they both popped up in the comments of my post on New Mutants #9, the point at which our three blogs coincidentally coalesced to cover the same issue at the same time. Their coverage of issues has since moved past my X-aminations, thanks in part to a wider range of titles covered and Abigail's darn-near-draconian daily posting schedule, but I'm currently working through their archives and enjoying their takes on the material.
If you only have time for one X-Men-related blog, I'd certainly prefer you stick around here, but if you have the time and inclination for more, I recommend giving both X-Marathon and Year X a look.
I was also recently directed, thanks to a post on Comics Should Be Good, to the Chris Claremont: Mindcontrol Central blog, an examination of one of Claremont's seemingly favorite and most prevalent Claremontisms, the use of mind control in his stories. I haven't had a chance to plumb the archives much yet, but it's definitely worth a look.
Finally, in non-X-Men related blogs, for anyone out there who is, like me and Dr. Bitz, fans of Billy Superstar's enormously funny reviews of every episode of Full House, the delightfully-monikered Rambo Homer McFly is in the midst of a similarly-snarky episode-by episode review of Family Matters, another one-time TGIF staple and the show which "gifted" Steve Urkel to pop culture. Check it out!