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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Slight Change In Plans

My examination of Deathtrap: The Vault was supposed to post today, but I ran into some difficulties finding a digital copy of the issue for the purpose of including images (note to Marvel: even if you don't want to make this available on Marvel Unlimited, I still would have paid for a digital copy if you'd have let me), so that will have to wait until a later date (continuity-wise, in only needs to occur prior to the disbandment of Freedom Force in the '91 annuals).

Unfortunately, I don't have anything else to offer in its place. I'm working on the six month look ahead schedule, which should be up in a few days, but otherwise, we're still in vacation mode here at Gentlemen of Leisure.

Next week, we'll return to our regular schedule, beginning with Uncanny X-Men #276. Until then, I dunno, re-read a favorite old review?


  1. That's okay, it was reprinted in 1993 as VENOM: DEATHTRAP: THE VAULT. Just save it until then. ;-)

  2. The supermegamonkey website did a review of this issue:
    Maybe you could ask fnord where he got his scans.
    Alternately, this website has scans of most pages of Deathtrap the Vault:
    By the way, Deathtrap the Vault has to take place before X-Men 265- Super Sabre is alive in it and the mission where he died is referenced in X-Factor 70. Mystique appears in Deathtrap the Vault and she's hypnotized into thinking she's Val Cooper from X-Men 265 to X-Factor 69. So Deathtrap the Vault has to take place before X-Men 265.

    1. I've always assumed fnord's scans came from his own collection (that he scanned himself), but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to ask.

      That website is really helpful though; I think I've got a digital copy of this somewhere (I'm just away from where I have the bulk of my files stored right now/unable to access them), but if I don't, I should be able to work off those images.

      So Deathtrap the Vault has to take place before X-Men 265.

      Which is interesting, because it was released WAY after that issue. Which makes me think it was something that was completed then sat in drawer until somebody found an avenue for publishing it.

    2. Actually, it wasn't uncommon in the 80s and early 90s for Marvel Graphic Novels to come out long after they were written. The Aladdin Effect featured Storm with long hair (i.e. not a Mohawk) but came out in 1985. The Thor ("I Who the Gods Would Destroy") Graphic Novel takes place before Thor lost his Donald Blake identity in 1983 but came out in 1987. The Emperor Doom Graphic Novel was published in 1987 but takes place before Namor joined the Avengers in 1985. Hulk/Thing: the Big Change came out in 1987 but takes place before the Hulk became intelligent in 1982. Wolverine/Nick Fury: the Scorpio Connection came out in 1989 but was written before the Mutant Massacre. The Daredevil: Love and War Graphic Novel in 1987 takes place before Foggy shaved his mustache in 1985. The Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir Graphic Novel in 1993 takes place before Natasha rejoined the X-Men in 1991.

    3. That last one should be "Natasha rejoined the Avengers in 1991".

  3. So let's use this space to continue some previous discussions..
    I just read through Nth man based on the recommendation of posters on this site, and it was great. It's really too bad it got cancelled, and Hama didn't have the space to run his story as plotted over 24 issues. Opening issue 15 to find the "one year later" caption and then the rushed ending was unsatisfying. Overall a very fun series though.
    I also read Alan Davis' Clandestine. Good comics.

    1. The problem with Nth Man was that it was a Cold War series that came out just as Communism that was collapsing in Eastern Europe.

  4. I like that Deathtrap... is considered of being eligible for an X-amination on the strenght of the mutant federal task force Freedom Force starring it, of sorts. Maybe Marvel could have generally done more with the "good guys you find it hard to root for" thingy.

    It's harsh looking it back, considering their original motivation of becoming a federal taskforce of pardoned criminals in order to survive the waves of anti-mutant/superpower hysteria, to realize that should they have just remained mutant terrorists they would much less likely have been gutted all around the places.


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