Monday, August 26, 2019
X-aminations in September 2019 & February 1995 Power Rankings
"Age of Apocalypse" concludes and the prime reality returns this month, in which I'll be traveling a fair amount and prepping for our local October comic convention, hence the lighter-than-normal schedule.
On Sale April 1995
September 4: X-Universe #2
September 11: Generation Next #4
September 12: X-Man #4
September 18: X-Men Omega
On Sale May 1995
September 25: X-Men Prime
February 1995 Power Rankings
This is a pretty solid month; X-Calibre #2 is really the only below-average issue, and even then, it's not terrible (just overly-grim & poorly drawn). So whatever distinctions are being made here are largely the result of splitting hairs.
1. Factor X #2
2. X-Man #2
3. Weapon X #2
X-Man remains surprisingly strong, moving into "shit hitting the fan" territory with only its second issue, while issue #2 represents the best issues of the other two top series, with the final full issue of Factor X drawn by Steve Epting and the zenith of its "Shakespearean plotting" phase, while Weapon X is elevated by the separation of Logan & Jean Grey.
4. Astonishing X-Men #2
5. Generation Next #2
Two issues of a piece, strong on art but light on story. Prefer Bachalo to Madureira? Just swap these two spots.
6. Amazing X-Men #2
7. Gambit and the X-Ternals #2
Plot-heavy issues that advance their series' overarching narratives. This is probably also the best issue of Gambit and the X-Ternals, but is let down by the art, per usual.
8. X-Calibre #2
The only real clunker of the bunch.