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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

X-aminations in January...and Beyond!

Since I caught up to what I had mapped out previously, I recently had to go through and update my schedule for what's ahead, and I now have a rough outline in place that goes through November 2014.

So I thought I'd share that outline, at least through next summer, which puts "Fall of the Mutants" in March, the addition of Wolverine and Excalibur to the (bi-)weekly rotation in June and has "Inferno" coverage wrapping up by the end of August, and which also sees the first of three summers in which Uncanny X-Men ships two books a months for three months.

Of course, I reserve the right to update this as we move along, depending on whether or not I stumble across any other ancillary issues or tie-ins that should be included, or if someone argues passionately for the inclusion of something I've intentionally left off (I'm also still planning on covering X-Factor's appearance in Hulk #336-337 somehow - maybe in a "X-amining X-Men Elsewhere" standalone post), and I'll continue to put up a monthly "look ahead" post on the last Tuesday of the month. But, as is, this should provide a fairly accurate preview of the year ahead in X-aminations.

And if I stay on top of the schedule, maybe I'll post something like this every six months or so.

January 2: Fallen Angels #1-8

January 8: Uncanny X-Men #219
January 9: New Mutants #54
January 10: X-Factor #18

January 15: X-Men vs. the Fantastic Four #1-4
January 17: X-Factor Annual #2

January 22: X-Men vs. the Avengers #1-4
January 24: X-Men Annual #11

January 29: Uncanny X-Men #220
January 30: New Mutants #55
January 31: X-Factor #19 

February 5: Uncanny X-Men #221
February 6: New Mutants #56
February 7: X-Factor #20

February 12: Uncanny X-Men #222
February 13: New Mutants #57
February 14: X-Factor #21

February 19: Uncanny X-Men #223
February 20: New Mutants #58
February 21: X-Factor #22

February 26: Uncanny X-Men #224
February 27: New Mutants #59
February 28: X-Factor #23

March 5: Incredible Hulk #340
March 6: Uncanny X-Men #225
March 7: X-Factor #24

March 12: Uncanny X-Men #226
March 13: New Mutants #60
March 14: X-Factor #25

March 19: Uncanny X-Men #227
March 20: New Mutants #61
March 21: X-Factor #26

March 26: Captain America #339 & Daredevil #252
March 27: Power Pack #35 & Fantastic Four #312
March 28: Excalibur Special Edition #1

April 2: Uncanny X-Men #228
April 3: New Mutants #62
April 4: X-Factor #27

April 9: Uncanny X-Men #229
April 10: New Mutants #63
April 11: X-Factor #28

April 16: Uncanny X-Men #230
April 17: New Mutants #64
April 18: X-Factor #29

April 23: Uncanny X-Men #231
April 24: New Mutants #65
April 25: X-Factor #30

April 30: New Mutants Annual #4
May 1: X-Factor Annual #3

May 7: Uncanny X-Men #232
May 8: New Mutants #66
May 9: X-Factor #31

May 14: Uncanny X-Men #233
May 15: New Mutants #67
May 16: X-Factor #32

May 21: Uncanny X-Men #234
May 22: Uncanny X-Men Annual #12
May 23: Marvel Comics Presents #1-10 (Wolverine feature)

May 28: Uncanny X-Men #235
May 29: New Mutants #68
May 30: X-Factor #33

June 4: Uncanny X-Men #236
June 5: Excalibur #1
June 6: Avengers Annual #17

June 11: Uncanny X-Men #237
June 12: New Mutants #69
June 13: X-Factor #34

June 18: Uncanny X-Men #238
June 19: Excalibur #2
June 20: Wolverine #1

June 25: Marvel Comics Presents #10-17 (Colossus feature)
June 26: Excalibur #3
June 27: Wolverine #2

July 2: Uncanny X-Men #239
July 3: New Mutants #70
July 4: X-Factor #35

July 9: Uncanny X-Men #240
July 10: Excalibur #4
July 11: Wolverine #3

July 16: X-Terminators #1-4
July 17: New Mutants #71
July 18: X-Factor #36

July 23: Uncanny X-Men #241
July 24: Excalibur #5
July 25: Wolverine #4

July 30: "Inferno" tie-ins
July 31: New Mutants #72
August 1: X-Factor #37

August 6: Uncanny X-Men #242
August 7: Excalibur #6
August 8: Wolverine #5

August 13: "Inferno" tie-ins
August 14: New Mutants #73
August 15: X-Factor #38

August 20: Uncanny X-Men #243
August 21: Excalibur #7
August 22: Wolverine #6

August 27: "Inferno" tie-ins
August 28: New Mutants #74
August 29: X-Factor #39


  1. Awesome schedule, especially looking forward to the MCP Colossus story. Maybe you might be able to make heads or tails of that piece of work.

  2. Looks good to me. Hope you've blocked out some time eat and sleep, too!

  3. @Spithead: Maybe you might be able to make heads or tails of that piece of work.

    I've never read it before. I'm curious, to say the least.

    @Matt: Hope you've blocked out some time eat and sleep, too!

    Nah, who needs that? :)

  4. "I've never read it before. I'm curious, to say the least."

    It's awesome. Ann Nocenti rules. I'm glad you're going to review it! I should re-read it, just to prep myself for discussion when you get to it.

  5. How related to the other x books and just in general how good is Excalibur, doing a read through of the Claremount era x books my self and have just gotten to the start of inferno, around about when Excalibur starts, is it worth reading as well ?

  6. Celtic -- I like Excalibur somewhat. The one-shot and the first several issues are good. I start to lose interest in it when the "Cross-Time Caper" storyline begins, and it becomes borderline unreadable for me by the end of that storyline.

    When Alan Davis returns as both writer and artist with issue 42, it becomes, in my opinion a very good read.

    Shameless plug: I talked about both Claremont's and Davis's Exalibur runs on my blog some months ago.


    I wasn't nearly as in-depth as I'm sure Teebore will be when he does his issue-by-issue analyses, but this may give you an idea of what to expect from the series.

  7. "Inferno" tie-ins

    I wonder, does that include the Damage Control issue that almost got the creative team fired for the cover? Because I want an exact replica poster of that cover, complete with the "Inferno continues... interminably" corner box.

  8. @celtic 67:How related to the other x books and just in general how good is Excalibur

    This will actually be my first time through Excalibur (aside from the introductory one shot) until we get to issue #71, so I was pretty much just going to point you to Matt's blog, which he did for me. :)

    @Mela: I wonder, does that include the Damage Control issue that almost got the creative team fired for the cover?

    I didn't go so far as to hash out which tie-ins I'll be covering when (instead just blocking off those weeks with the generic "Inferno Tie-ins" markers), but I'd like to cover everything, at least on some level (even if it's just a brief mention of some things), though it depends on whether or not I can get my hands on everything.

    So, long story short (too late), to answer your question, maybe. :)


  9. I fell behind for a while there, and may again, but I'm getting a kick out of finally reading my own personal "lost years" of the X-titles. Had I known JRJr. would leave so soon after Uncanny #205, frankly, I'd probably have stuck it out; I've liked what Claremont is doing and, in general, the art that's accompanying his scripts after the Romita/Green era much more than I liked the last year's worth of the title before I finally cut bait.

    My first dip back into that the X-titles outside of a random issue — like the Alan Davis annual with Captain Britain you just covered — was the introductory Excalibur one-shot, which prompted me to get the ongoing series. Its ties to the proper X-titles are minimal, from what I recall, and I only stayed with it for maybe a year because the fill-ins and the interminable "Cross-Time Caper" were too much to bear on a college-student budget, but I look forward to reading/rereading it. There's goofy sci-fi/fantasy stuff that borders on Mojoworld in terms of its eye-rolling to me, with all those otherdimensional jaunts that seemed to be a shared interest of Claremont and Davis's, joint but in the hands of Davis and Neary it sure looks good.


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