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Thursday, January 6, 2022

X-amining Cable #39

"All Things Great and Small"

January 1997


In a Nutshell

Cable and the Micronauts defeat Psycho Man!


Writer: Jeph Loeb

Penciler: Ian Churchill

Inker: Scott Hanna

Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft 

Colorist: Mike Thomas

Editor: Mark Powers

Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras


Plot

As Psycho Man presses his assault, Commander Rann orders a retreat, leaving Cable behind. But Cable musters enough telepathic strength to send his allies a message saying they need to sever Psycho Man's connection to Vanessa in order to free Kane and reduce Psycho Man's advantage. Domino and the Micronauts proceed to Psycho Man's lab, where the Micronauts destroy his equipment while Domino brings Vanessa back to her senses. After Vanessa rescues Kane, Cable is able to harness everyone's emotions and blast Psycho Man, shutting him down. With Psycho Man defeated, the Micronauts bid farewell to Cable, Domino, Kane and Vanessa, sending them back to Earth. There, Domino and Vanessa make peace with each other, after which Vanessa and Kane ride off in search of an ordinary life. Meanwhile, at the X-Mansion, Moira MacTaggert desperately tries to reach Cable, saying Renee Majcomb is in danger and needs his help! 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

X-amining X-Factor #130

"A Mother's Eyes"
January 1997

In a Nutshell
Graydon Creed is assassinated. 

Writer: Howard Mackie
Penciler: Eric Battle
Inker: Al Milgrom
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Kelly Corvese
Chief Suspect: Bob Harras

Plot
As Mystique and Pyro plot their next move ahead of Graydon Creed's latest speech, Val Cooper tells Creed he either accepts the extra security provided by X-Factor, or the speech will be cancelled. Shortly thereafter, Val discovers Mystique trying to get close to Creed disguised as Val, and arrests Mystique, but a riot soon breaks out between Creed's supporters and his detractors. Mystique uses it to escape, appearing before Creed with some kind of weapon-like device, but Polaris intervenes, preventing her from using it. As Mystique is hauled away, she pleads with Val, saying she's making a mistake and needling her for not questioning the government's recent interactions with X-Factor more. As X-Factor captures Pyro, hiding amidst the crowd, Creed resumes his speech, believing the threat to his life ended with Mystique and Pyro's capture. But he is suddenly shot while on stage, reduced to ash by an unseen assailant. In the wake of the assassination, Mystique tells Val she was trying to save Creed, so as not to give his cause a martyr, something Forge backs up when he arrives with Pyro and tells Val the weapon Mystique had wielded was a force field projector. Just then, words appear on a nearby monitor, proclaiming that Creed's death was just the first, and that Mystique will be next. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

X-amining X-Men: The Animated Series 3x06 - Patreon First!

"The Starjammers"

Original Airdate
September 8, 1994

Writer
Mark Edward Edens

Plot
In the wake of her encounter with Gladiator and the looming presence of Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken, Phoenix announces that the X-Men must fight to save the galaxy. She then transports the X-Men and Lilandra across the stars to Lilandra's spaceship. There, Lilandra explains how the M'Kraan Crystal her brother D'Ken covets and she's stolen has the power to destroy the galaxy, just as the pirate Starjammers attack, declaring their intent to kidnap Lilandra and steal the crystal for themselves. The X-Men intervene, but with Phoenix recovering from the effort of transporting the X-Men, they are overwhelmed, and the Starjammers make off with the crystal as well as a captive Cyclops, whom Phoenix realizes is the son of the Starjammer's leader, Corsair, something neither man realizes. Corsair proceeds to contact D'Ken, offering to sell him the crystal. However, Corsair intends to use Cyclops' optic blasts to kill D'Ken, while D'Ken orders his Imperial Guard to destroy the Starjammers after he gets the crystal. Just as Corsair proceeds to execute his plan, Phoenix transports the X-Men to D'Ken's ship, and a fight breaks out between the X-Men, Starjammers, and Imperial Guard. D'Ken manages to get ahold of the M'Kraan Crystal and uses an incantation to open it; Phoenix tries to stop him, but fails, and everyone is drawn inside the crystal. 

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #6 - Patreon First!

"A Love Story!"
February 1987

In a Nutshell
Jean Grey prepares for a date with Cyclops

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski 
Colors: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot
With her roommate Misty Knight away for the weekend, Jean Grey prepares for a holiday date with Cyclops. However, their evening is interrupted by an attack by the Sentinels, who blast off into the sky with their captive X-Men. 


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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

X-amining X-Men: The Animated Series 3x05 - Patreon First!

"Cry of the Banshee"

Original Airdate
September 7th 1994

Writer: Michael Edens

Plot
Moira and Banshee are drawn to the commotion in Xaver's room, where he and Lilandra are battling Juggernaut. They gain the upper hand until Juggernaut's partner Black Tom enters the fray, saying they were hired to kidnap Lilandra. Xavier is thrown out the window as the pair make off with Lilandra, but Banshee uses his mutant sonic cry to rescue Xavier. Moira and Banshee remain dubious that Lilandra is real, but Xavier calls out to the X-Men, who reluctantly leave Jean's bedside for Muir Island. Meanwhile, Black Tom and Juggernaut meet with their client, Erik the Red, but Lilandra's psychic bond with Xavier allows the X-Men to learn where they are: Banshee's ancestral home. The X-Men travel to Cassidy Keep and battle Black Tom, Juggernaut, and Erik the Red, but their battle is disrupted by the arrival of the powerful Gladiator, leader of the Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken's Praetorian Guard. He easily tosses Juggernaut aside and claims Lilandra for his Emperor, but Phoenix awakens and quickly flies to Ireland, where she tosses Gladiator into space. Lilandra is saved, for now, but D'Ken himself has just arrived to the planet. 

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #5 - Patreon First!

"Prison of the Heart"
January 1987

In a Nutshell
Colossus falls in love with a Russian ballerina.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Colors: Glynis Oliver 
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot
Sketching at Brighton Beach, Colossus oversees a young woman being kidnapped. He intervenes, rescuing her, and learns she is Anya Markarova, a Russian prima ballerina who defected to the US. The two artists proceed to spend time together, discussing their shared experiences and falling in love. But when the Russian gangsters intent on bringing her back to Russia try to kidnap her again, Colossus exposes himself as a mutant in the process of saving her once more. Though he frightens off her would-be kidnappers, he scares Anya as well, who doesn't believe him to be human. He asks her to look into his heart, but she says that a man of steel has no heart, and leaves him. Night falls as Colossus sadly ponders the experience, before tearing up a drawing of Anya and quietly insisting she is wrong.  

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

X-amining X-Men: The Animated Series 3x04 - Patreon First!

"The Phoenix Saga Part II: The Dark Shroud"

Original Airdate
September 6, 1994

Writer: Mark Edward Edens 

Plot
Jean manages to pilot the space shuttle back to Earth, crashing it into the East River. As the X-Men search desperately in the water for Jean, she suddenly emerges, declares herself to be Phoenix, then falls back into the water, unconscious. Later, Jean awakens in the hospital with no memory of the crash. After Beast interrupts an argument between Cyclops and Professor X over who is responsible for Jean's condition, Xavier attempts to return to the mansion, but is hit once again by the strange psychic energy plaguing him, which knocks him out and causes a sinister looking astral projection of himself to emerge. This "Dark Xavier" proceeds to taunt Wolverine with mental illusions, nearly killing him, before doing the same to Gambit and Jubilee, triggering a fight which draws the attention of the police, requiring Storm to intervene to allow the X-Men to escape. Dark Xavier proceeds to the hospital and attacks Scott and Jean, but Jean is able to sense him. Firing a bolt of psychic energy, she destroys Dark Xavier. The real Xavier awakens, and realizes the psychic probe knocked down his mental defenses, allowing his repressed dark side to emerge. While being unknowingly watched by Erik the Red, Xavier decides to visit Muir Island for additional treatment. There, he meets Moira MacTaggert's fiancĂ©, Sean Cassidy. Shortly thereafter, the psychic probe returns, followed by the arrival of an alien woman named Lilandra, who has crossed space for Xavier's help in stopping her mad brother from destroying both of their galaxies. Just then, Juggernaut bursts into the room, announcing he's been hired to kill Lilandra! 

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

X-amining Rise of Apocalypse #1-4


"Hammer and Chisel" / "Blood of the Father" / "Face of the Gods" / "First Culling"
October 1996 - January 1997

In a Nutshell
The origin of Apocalypse, as he rises to power to challenge the pharaoh Rama-Tut!

Writer: Terry Kavanagh, with James Felder (issues #2-4) 
Penciler: Adam Pollina, Anthony Williams (with Pollina in issue #4)
Inkers: Mark Morales & Harry Candelario (issue #1), Morales (issues #2-3), Morales and Al Milgrom (issue #4)
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colors: Chris Lichtner
Enhancements: Malibu
Editor: Mark Powers
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
When a gray-skinned baby with facial disfigurations is left for dead by an Egyptian tribe named Akkaba, he is saved by Baal, leader of a tribe of nomads called Sandstormers, who believes the child to be destined for greatness. Two decades later, when pharaoh Rama-Tut learns of the existence of the now grown child, En Sabah Nur, he dispatches his vizier Logos and top general Ozymandias to capture him, believing him to be destined for power and wanting him as his heir. As pharaoh's forces clash with the Sandstormers, Baal takes his son into the crashed spaceship from which Baal rescued the time-traveling Rama-Tut when he first arrived in Egypt; when Baal dies, En Sabah Nur claims the technology in the ship for himself. Meanwhile, Ozymandias returns a conquering hero, though Rama-Tut is upset he didn't capture En Sabah Nur and announces his intention to take Ozymandias' sister Nephri as his bride. Seeking revenge, En Sabah Nur travel's to Rama-Tut's city. Disguised as a slave, he gets caught in the power struggle between Logos and Ozymandias just as the time-traveling Fantastic Four arrive in Rama-Tut's court. Rescued by Nephri, he falls in love with the woman, but when she rejects him due to his appearance, his mutant powers activate, and he uses Rama-Tut's technology to transfigure and enslave Ozymandias. As Rama-Tut flees Egypt in the wake of his encounter with the Fantastic Four, En Sabah Nur christens himself Apocalypse, and sets out to destroy the weak! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #4 - Patreon First!

"The Big Dare"
December 1986

In a Nutshell
Wolverine dares Nightcrawler to walk through Salem Center without using his image inducer.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski 
Colors: Glynis Oliver
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot
After a workout in the woods in which the loser is forced to buy the beer, Wolverine takes Nightcrawler into Salem Center, with Nightcrawler using an image inducer to mask his natural demonic look. After a few beers at Harry's Hideout, Wolverine dares Nightcrawler to walk through the town without the image inducer, believing Nightcrawler is ashamed of his true appearance. Remembering the mob that was chasing him when Professor X recruited him to join the X-Men, Nightcrawler is shocked by response he gets: Harry seems nonplussed, another townsperson assumes he's wearing some kind of makeup, a pair of kids waiting to see Star Wars excitedly think he's alien. When a few townspeople mock him for his accent and realize he's not wearing a mask, things threaten to turn violent and Wolverine prepares to intervene, but Nightcrawler simply teleports Wolverine and himself away. On a nearby rooftop, Nightcrawler thanks Wolverine for challenging him. 

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

X-amining Wolverine #109

[Untitled]
January 1997

In a Nutshell
Wolverine storms Akatora's island to rescue Yukio and Amiko. 

Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Anthony Winn
Inks: Dan Green
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Editor: Bob Harras

Plot
Wolverine watches as the Cyber-Ninjas hassle the Noodle Vendor, but only agrees to help him after the Noodle Vendor agrees to give him Amiko and Yukio's location. Meanwhile, Akatora's attempts to brainwash Amiko continue, and the girl is convinced the dragon who killed her mother was Wolverine in disguise. Enraged, she is given a dagger laced with blowfish toxin secreted inside a doll. Shortly thereafter, Wolverine, Pale Flower, Yohei, and a reluctant Noodle Vendor charter a ferry and attack Akatora on his island. He is in the midst of filming a monster movie, but all of his actors are ninjas who attack Wolverine. However, Wolverine's allies manage to rescue Yukio and Amiko, and Wolverine defeats Akatora. However, he taunts Wolverine that one of his allies is a sleeper agent. Smelling the blowfish toxin on Yohei's blade, Wolverine quickly kills him, but Akatora escapes in the confusion. Wolverine then departs the island, unaware that Amiko has been turned against him. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

X-amining X-Men (vol. 2) #60

"Night"
January 1997

In a Nutshell
Storm returns to Egypt to battle Candra

Story: Scott Lobdell
Script: Ralph Macchio
Guest Pencils: Cedric Nocon
Guest Inks: Chad Hunt
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Joe Rosas
Enhancements: Graphic Colorworks
Editor: Bob Harras

Plot
Storm is attacked in her attic room by Cyclops, but she quickly realizes he is being possessed by Candra, who says she wants something Storm stole from her before releasing him. Storm tells Cyclops of the time when, as a child thief, she stole a gem which her mentor, Achmed El-Gibrar, later told her was the heart-stone of Candra, housing her soul. She then leaves to confront Candra. Meanwhile, Jean and Cannonball meet in Washington DC and discuss the recent assassination of presidential candidate Graydon Creed. In New York, Storm arrives at a museum housing a replica of an Egyptian temple. Candra emerges, holding hostage Karima, the young girl who took over from El-Gibrar. She also reveals it was Jamil, another former student of El-Gibrar who joined Candra's side, who discovered Storm possessed the heart-stone. Jamil uses his mental powers on Storm, distracting her long enough for him to obtain the gem, at which point he reveals himself to be the Shadow King!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

X-amining X-Men: The Animated Series 3x03 - Patreon First!

"The Phoenix Saga Part 1: Sacrifice"

Original Airdate
September 5th, 1994

Writer
Michael Edens 

Plot
After recurring dreams of a starship battles being waged in space, Professor X summons the X-Men and orders them, on the strength of his intuition alone, to board a space shuttle bound for the Starcore One space station. With Jean's help, they telepathically pose as the crew of astronaut scientist Dr. Peter Corbeau, and board the shuttle. When they arrive at StarCore, the X-Men discover the space station has been captured by the alien Erik the Red, who knocks them out with gas. On orders from his emperor, D'Ken, he attempts to throw the X-Men out an airlock, but Jean saves them. As they fight back, Erik reveals that the station is monitoring a wormhole through which the rebel Lilandra is set to emerge. When she does, D'Ken fires on her ship using the station's weapons, but the X-Men manage to damage it enough to save Lilandra, though at the cost of the station's integrity. As they flee the exploding station in the shuttle, it becomes clear the shuttle will have to travel through the contrail of Lilandra's damaged ship; the resultant radiation will kill anyone not sealed in the shuttle's solar probe. With the auto-pilot damaged, Jean acts swiftly, telepathically learning how to fly the shuttle from Corbeau then directing the X-Men into the probe, knocking out Cyclops when he objects. With her teammates safe, Jean takes the shuttle through the radiation, crying out in pain as the image of a fiery bird appears before her. 

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

X-amining X-Man #23

"Crash Course"
January 1997

In a Nutshell
Nate Grey is visited by Bishop and Rogue. 

Writer: Terry Kavanagh
Penciler: Roger Cruz  & Manny Clark
Inker: Bud LaRosa
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Mike Thomas
Editor: Jaye Gardner
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
As questions continue to swirl about Threnody's true loyalties to Mister Sinister, she leaves the apartment she shares with Nate to get some space, leaving a distraught Nate to miss Bishop approaching the apartment. Meanwhile, vying for the position of Black Rook of the Hellfire Club, Madelyne Pryor battles Sebastian Shaw's candidate, Scribe, ultimately defeating her and revealing Mountjoy to have take control of her body, thereby earning Madelyne the title. Back at Nate's apartment, Bishop wakes Nate, who lashes out at him telekinetically, an attack Bishop is able to redirect. They tussle, eventually spilling out of the apartment where Rogue intervenes, calming things down when she explains Bishop - who experienced Nate's home reality - was simply worried about him, prompting the pair to check on him. Though Nate remains distrustful, Rogue reminds him that he doesn't need to be so wary of all the X-Men. Rogue and Bishop depart, and Nate returns to his apartment, only to suddenly find himself in a changed world. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

X-amining Uncanny X-Men #340

"Relativity"
January 1997

In a Nutshell
Iceman deals with the aftermath of an attack on his father

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Penciler: Joe Madureira
Inkers: Tim Townsend
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colors: Steve Buccellato & Team Bucce
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
Storm and Gambit arrive at the hospital where Iceman is at his father's bedside; he reveals that his father was attacked and beaten by Graydon Creed's men in retaliation for speaking out in favor of mutants. Meanwhile, Cannonball remains undercover in Creed's campaign, and is invited to meet with Creed. On the roof of the hospital, Iceman details how Creed staged the reveal of Iceman's beaten father, making it clear he knew about their relationship, but also that Iceman's father assured him he didn't out his son. Iceman struggles to understand why his father - who has no love for mutants - risked himself like that. Storm suggests it was the love of a father for his son. At Creed's campaign headquarters, Creed asks Cannonball about his father, and Cannonball pushes back, indirectly needling Creed about his relationship with Sabretooth. Outside the hospital, a group of Creed's men, registering mutants inside, prepare to attack, but Wolverine stops them before they start anything. Iceman decides to leave the X-Men for awhile, in order to help care for his father, while Cannonball has a clandestine telepathic meeting with Jean and insists on staying inside Creed's campaign despite the danger. At the hospital, a sorrowful Iceman tells his father he loves him. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #3 - Patreon First!

"Mourning"
November 1986

In a Nutshell
The X-Men return Thunderbird home to lay him to rest. 

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski  
Colors: Glynis Oliver 
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot
Following Thunderbird's death, the X-Men, as well as Jean Grey, accompany his body back to New Mexico for his funeral. When his body suddenly disappears, Thunderbird's parents strangely ask the X-Men to leave it be, but they insist on investigating. As they search, the X-Men reflect on their brief relationships with Thunderbird. Eventually, Wolverine tracks the body to the mountains, where he oversees Thunderbird's younger brother James giving him a warrior's funeral. He also discovers a box left by Thunderbird containing medals and a picture of him alongside fellow soldiers in Vietnam, and Wolverine realizes his experiences in war likely made him the angry, bitter person Wolverine knew. He then rejoins his teammates and the X-Men return home. Later, at Thunderbird's gravesite, James swears vengeance on Xavier, declaring it will be another Thunderbird who will claim Xavier's life as payment for the death of the first Thunderbird. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

X-amining X-Men '96 #1


"One Day at the Mansion"
1996

In a Nutshell
The X-Men, X-Force and Generation X gather at the mansion for a barbecue. 

Writer: Larry Hama
Pencils: Roberto Flores & Anthony Castrillo
Inks: Nathan Massengill & Al Milgrom
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Paul Becton
Enhancements: Malibu
Editor: Bob Harras

Plot
In the wake of Onslaught's defeat, the X-Men, X-Force and Generation X gather at the mansion for a day of rest and relaxation. After an intra-team baseball game, a Sentinel suddenly lands on the mansion grounds. The combined heroes attack, but the Sentinel reveals it gained sentience during Onslaught's attack and decided to warn the X-Men. It then succumbs to the damage inflicted by the X-teams, with Jubilee holding its finger as it dies. Later, the Summers family hosts a barbecue as the teams gather for a group picture, followed by fireworks compliments of Sunspot, Cannonball, Jubilee and Meltdown. Afterwards, Phoenix and Cable telepathically meld everyone's minds together briefly, in an effort to help everyone heal from their recent ordeals. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

X-amining X-Men Unlimited #13

"Fugitive From Space" / "Junction"
December 1996

In a Nutshell
The X-Men team-up with Silver Surfer to save the galaxy! 

Plot: George Perez
Script: Jorge Gonzales  
Pencils: Duncan Rouleau, Jim Calafiore, Andrew Robinson
Inks: Rob Hunter, Mark McKenna, Al Milgrom
Letterer: Comicraft
Colorist: Tom Smith
Editor: Kelly Corvese

Plot
A group of five X-Men - Cyclops, Phoenix, Bishop, Beast and Rogue - are aboard the Starcore space station along with Binary, helping the scientists on the station with their research. Suddenly, Binary loses control of her powers, and when the Shi'ar suddenly appear to arrest Binary, she flies off, leaving the X-Men to be captured instead. Deathbird declares the X-Men will be executed for helping Binary escape, but Lilandra intervenes, revealing that the Silver Surfer has apparently destroyed his home planet of Zenn-La. The X-Men offer to help the Shi'ar get to the bottom of the situation. Meanwhile, Binary finds herself in a white hole, while a confused Silver Surfer is attacked by the Shi'ar and learns about Zenn-La. Back with the Shi'ar, Beast discovers a shared energy signature between the white hole, the place where Zenn-La was, and a third anomaly. He says that if all three were to go nova at once, the galaxy would be destroyed. Phoenix confronts Binary, breaking her free of the control of alien beings called the Inciters, while Rogue & Cyclops confront Silver Surfer inside the third anomaly. Rogue and Silver Surfer team-up to confront the Inciters, learning they destroyed Zenn-La and framed Silver Surfer for it. Working together, the X-Men, Silver Surfer and Binary destroy the Inciters and save the galaxy, but Lilandra and Deathbird decide to keep their existence a secret from the empire. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

X-amining X-Men: The Animated Series 3x02 - Patreon First!

"Out of the Past, Part 2"

Original Airdate
August 5th, 1994

Director: Larry Houston
Writer: Len Wein 

Plot
The monstrous Spirit Drinker emerges from the alien craft, and quickly drains the spirits of the Reavers. As Lady Deathstrike and the X-Men retreat, Jubilee sacrifices herself to save Gambit, her spirit consumed by the creature as well. Monitoring the situation from the X-Mansion, Professor X reaches out telepathically to call Beast, Cyclops and Jean Grey into action. In the Morlock Tunnels, Wolverine, Gambit and Deathstrike try to destroy the Spirit Drinker in order to free the souls it captured, but have little luck. Wolverine sends Gambit to the surface with Jubilee's body, after whic Lady Deathstrike is caught and drained as well. Just then, the rest of the X-Men arrive. As Beast and Xavier investigate the alien craft, the rest of the team manages to force the creature onto the third rail of the subway, where the electricity is enough to destroy the Spirit Drinker, restoring to their bodies the souls it had consumed. Back at the alien ship, Xavier is suddenly overcome by visions of alien beings and the world afire. 

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Monday, November 1, 2021

G. I. JOE #59 - May 1987 (The Commercial, Not the Comic)

 


Joe's in trouble

He's got it bad

'cause Cobra's got a Pogo

And its hopping mad

On the run

For a gun

G.I. Joe SLAM

G.I. Joe -- A Real American Hero

Thursday, October 28, 2021

X-amining Youngblood/X-Force #1 & X-Force/Youngblood #1

"Smokin' Mojo" / Untitled
July - August 1996

In a Nutshell
X-Force and Youngblood team-up to fight Mojo!

Writer: Eric Stephenson; Eric Stephenson & Robert Napton
Pencilers: Roger Cruz; Stephen Platt, Dan Fraga, Richard Horie, Ching Lau, Michael Linchang, Mark Pajarillo, & Andy Park 
Inkers: Larry Strucker; Marlo Alquiza, Eric Cannon, Robert Lacko, Sean Parsons, Norm Rapmund, & Larry Stucker
Letterers: Steve Dutro & Kurt Hathaway; Kurt Hathaway
Colorists: Dan Shadian & Extreme Color; Dan Shadian, Extreme Color, & Quantum Color
Editor: Rob Liefeld 
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
Youngblood/X-Force: With Mojo seeking new sources for ratings domination, he sends the Agent to trick Youngblood into signing contracts that bring them to Mojoworld. But Shaft manages to escape, and takes a portal that deposits him in the Danger Room. X-Force agrees to help him and Youngblood defeat Mojo. Meanwhile, Ricochet Rita and Mojo II approach Youngblood and offer to help them defeat Mojo, and when Shaft and X-Force arrive, the two groups team-up. As they work to destroy Mojo's ability to teleport between Mojoworld and Youngblood's world, they free a number of heroes from Youngblood's world captured by Mojo. With the help of the additional heroes, the two teams manage to get Youngblood back home, but Mojo remains in power in Mojoworld, and is ecstatic about the ratings the entire situation has garnered him, as well as the promise of a whole new world of heroes to exploit. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

X-amining Generation X '96


"Everyday People"
1996

In a Nutshell
Generation X foils a plot by Fenris that impacts three different bystanders. 

Writer: Michael Golden 
Artists: Jeff Johnson and Dan Panosian
Letterer: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colorist: Cabrera, Lazellari and GCW 
Editor: Mark Powers
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
In the wake of Onslaught's attack, Banshee takes Mondo, Monet, Jubilee, Skin, Paige and Synch into New York City. Tensions run high inside the van as the group gets stuck in traffic. Meanwhile, the lives of three normal humans begin to intersect with the Generation X kids as well as the actions of Andrea and Andreas Strucker, who lead their Fenris terrorist organization in a plot to steal a mutagenic machine. Throughout the course of the day, the actions of the three people, Fenris, and Generation X are inextricably drawn together, with Generation X ultimately defeating Fenris (though the twins get away), while the lives of  three people are changed as a result of the events. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

X-amining Classic X-Men #2 - Patreon First!

"First Friends"
October 1986

In a Nutshell
Storm and Jean Grey bond over a mugging. 

Writer: Chris Claremont
Artist: John Bolton
Letters: Tom Orzechowski
Colors: Ian Laughlin
Editor: Ann Nocenti
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter

Plot
Storm arrives at Jean Grey's New York City apartment, having been invited there so the two women could get to know one another better. When Jean asks Storm to change out of her X-Men uniform in order to protect their secret identities from her roommate, Storm simply removes the attire and stands in Jean's apartment naked. Jean explains she can't run around New York naked, and lends her a dress to wear, before the pair go out shopping. While shopping, a thief grabs Jean's purse. The two women give chase, but Storm hesitates when he enters the subway. In the subway tunnels, Jean is overwhelmed by all the thoughts in such an enclosed space, and the thief gets away. When she confronts Storm about not helping her, she pulls a memory of Storm being trapped and the knowledge of her claustrophobia from her mind. Feeling violated, Storm is enraged and flies off, triggering a thunderstorm in the process. Jean gives chase, and explains how sometimes she loses control of her powers, and can't filter out the thoughts of those around her. After apologizing, the women return to the ground, and Jean takes Storm by the hand as they enter the subway together. 

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Monday, October 25, 2021

X-aminations in November 2021 & September 1996 Power Rankings


The Publication Year That Wouldn't End continues as push through more extra X-content, including another annual, the culmination of the "Cannonball & Iceman undercover in Graydon Creed's campaign" subplot, and Apocalypse's first miniseries!
 
On Sale October 1996
November 3: X-Men Unlimited #13
November 4: X-Men '96

On Sale November 1996
November 10: Uncanny X-Men #340
November 11: X-Man #23

November 17: X-Men (vol. 2) #60
November 18: Wolverine #109

November 24: Rise of Apocalypse #1-4

Thursday, October 21, 2021

X-amining Excalibur #104

"Buried Secret"
December 1996

In a Nutshell
Excalibur gets to the bottom of Douglock's identity while the MLF attacks Muir Island!

Plot: John Arcudi 
Script: James Felder
Pencillers: Bryan Hitch, Rob Haynes, Scott Koblish
Inkers: Paul Neary, Scott Koblish, Rick Ketcham
Letterer: Richard Starkings
Colorist: Araine Lenshoek
Editor: Matt Idelson
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
Douglock continues to struggle with the question of who he is, something not made easier by Kitty's insistent belief that he is her old friend Doug Ramsey. This triggers an argument between Kitty & Wisdom. While Colossus questions his place amongst the team, Nightcrawler & Moira debate what to do with the Xavier Protocol information. When Wisdom pushes Douglock to confess his secret, Douglock jumps out a window and must be calmed down by Colossus and Kitty. Ultimately, they decide to visit Doug Ramsey's grave in Westchester, accompanied by Wolfsbane. Meanwhile, the Mutant Liberation Front attacks Muir Island, seeking its Legacy Virus data as well as the Xavier Protocols. They manages to take out Captain Britain and Meggan while shutting down communications, but MLF member Dani Moonstar begins to quietly sabotage their plan. Meanwhile, the rest of Excalibur visits Doug Ramsey's grave. Kitty, insistent that Douglock is Doug, phases through the ground into Doug's coffin. She expects it to be empty, but is shocked to discover Doug's skeleton inside. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

X-amining Black Knight: Exodus #1

"The Bond"
December 1996

In a Nutshell
Black Knight & Sersi meet Exodus in the 12th Century and battle Apocalypse. 

Writer: Ben Raab
Penciler: Jimmy Cheung
Inker: Andy Lanning
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colors: Tom Zuiko
Editor: Kelly Corverse
Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras

Plot
Trapped in another universe, Sersi desperately tries to send herself and Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, home. However, she only succeeds in transporting them to the 12th Century, where Dane's consciousness gets subsumed in that of his ancestor, Eobard Garrington. He wakes up next to a familiar face, his friend Bennet du Paris. The pair are on a quest to a pharaoh's temple in Egypt. Along the way, they encounter a woman being attacked for being a sorcerer; it is Sersi. Dane's consciousness leads Eobard to save her. Bennet objects, worried it'll delay their quest, rending their friendship as Bennet goes off on his own. Eobard and Sersi follow after Bennet, and along the way, Sersi tells him about Dane, and Eobard sacrifices his soul to allow Dane to emerge. Meanwhile, Bennet battles Scarab, a mutant agent of the pharaoh, Apocalypse, and learns he himself is a mutant; Scarab names him "Exodus". Eventually Sersi and Black Knight arrive at the temple and are captured. Apocalypse orders Exodus to use his newfound power to destroy Black Knight in battle, but his fondness for Eobard wins out, and he turns his power on Apocalypse instead. Apocalypse in turn puts Exodus in a coma, and entombs him in Switzerland. Six months later, Black Knight finally finds Exodus' tomb, and places two guards outside, to protect his friend until Apocalypse's curse is lifted. Black Knight then tells Sersi it's time for them to go home.