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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

X-aminations in November 2018

Next month, "The Phalanx Covenant" concludes, two more villain-centric '94 annuals come out, and we get to spend Thanksgiving with all the assorted preview material Marvel pushed out ahead of the launch of Generation X!

On Sale August 1994
November 7: Uncanny X-Men #317
November 8: X-Factor #107
November 9: Wolverine #86

November 14: X-Men (vol. 2) #37
November 15: X-Force #39
November 16: Excalibur #82

November 21: Generation X Ashcan/Generation X: Opening Volley/Generation X Collector's Preview

November 28: X-Men (vol. 2) Annual #3
November 29: X-Force Annual #3
November 30: Cable #16

Power Rankings June 1994
This is another weird month, with most of the series "on pause" ahead of the crossover and featuring guest or fill-in art, yet at the same time, each series' issue more or less falls in line with previous rankings.

1. Uncanny X-Men #315
2. X-Men (vol. 2) #35

Both breath-takers before the crossover, Uncanny does its best to give some context to Colossus' defection, while X-Men returns Cyclops & Phoenix from their honeymoon. The latter probably has the stronger art, but the former a better script.

3. Cable #14
4. X-Factor #105
5. X-Force #37

Cable jumps a few spots on the back of strong Steve Skroce art and a fun issue with callbacks to "Inferno" and Madelyne Pryor, while X-Factor beats out X-Force this month thanks to art from a young Bryan Hitch.

6. Excalibur #80
7. Wolverine #84

Excalibur once again ekes out of the bottom spot on the back of narrative relevance, as the "Phalanx"-setting up "Douglock Chronicles" concludes.

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  1. I predict EXCALIBUR won't stay so close to the bottom after November. Warren Ellis's first issue is #83! (And it's weird to me that I'm so excited for that, considering I usually don't like Ellis -- but his EXCALIBUR run is the one shining exception to that rule. I love it to bits.)

    But just in general, I've been waiting for this period for quite a while. I mean, I love a lot of the earlier 90s stuff you've looked at, but this is just about the point where I became a full-on X-Fan, coming out of "Phalanx Covenant". From my perspective, there's some good stuff ahead!

  2. I haven’t ever read the Ellis run of Excalibur but I predict that I’m going to be as upset with the Kitty Pryde & Pete Wisdom relationship as when I found out about it at the time.

  3. I really disliked Warren before I even read Excalibur and I've never cared for his run as it was obvious he had totally different values and standards than I did/do. There was a Wizard special around this time with an interview with him saying that Kitty is now 18 and she should be screwing every guy she comes accross. I was 13 or so at the time and didn't understand why he would want to make Kitty into this skank. She was always the computer nerd that had a crush on Colossus and just because she is suddenly 18 (though that ages everyone else suddenly) she shouldn't be turning into someone that loves 35 year old guys.

    1. *His Excalibur, I had been reading it before that. As a kid I never cared for Davis's take on the book, too silly. I really enjoyed when they started being part of the X-Universe and had Sinister show up and Phoenix interacting with her 'parents'. I disliked that Warren brought it back to being a super British book again when it was just joining the rest of the X-Universe.


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