X-Lapsed, Episode 048 – X-Men + Fantastic Four #2 (2020)

X-Lapsed, Episode Forty-Eight

X-Men + Fantastic Four #2 (April, 2020)
“Broken Borders”
Writer – Chip Zdarsky
Pencils – Terry Dodson
Inks – Rachel Dodson, Karl Story, Ransom Getty
Colors – Laura Martin
Letters – VC’s Joe Caramagna
Edits – Ballesteros, Smith, Brevoort, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: February 26, 2020

Keeping with our coverage of X-Men + Fantastic Four – this time out, Reed and the Gang are Krakoa-bound looking for their lost kids.  Only problem is, they ain’t there!  Instead, they’re out on an island somewhere with Uncle Doom and (Aunt?) Call Me Kate.

It’s a knock down drag out affair when the X-Men and Fantastic Four go at it… and one that, despite how much I’m enjoying it, I’m going to poke several holes in.

Also: Some parting shots at Fallen Angels, a reminder of a hot-take I made about a potential romance between Cyclops and Polaris – which facilitates a plug for our Weird Comics History – Twilight of the Superheroes coverage, and an endorsement for… Major X-Lapsed?!

Stuff I mentioned during the Episode:

Weird Comics History, Episode 23: Twilight of the Superheroes:


Talkin’ Twelve @ Chris is on Infinite Earths:


Major X-Lapsed, Episode 1:


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One thought on “X-Lapsed, Episode 048 – X-Men + Fantastic Four #2 (2020)

  • Damien Drouet-Whiter

    I'm really enjoying 4X so far. The original series back in 1987 remains my favourite Fantastic 4 story so it's great to see so many references. You're right that the Doom and Valeria relationship lifts the whole book.

    You mentioned how difficult it is to place the series in continuity. Cannonball should not be in this story. You could No-Prize it by saying that Bobby gave him a Krakoan gateway flower, but I don't see him visiting without his family.

    The weirdest thing about this series is that apparently when Chip Zdarsky proposed the series Hickman added the Cyclops and F4 scene to House of X number 1 to set this up. That means our favourite bit of that first issue existed solely to pimp a spin off. It seemed so integral.

    In the feedback section you spoke about Lorna Dane, she does reappear soon. She's a member of X-Factor when that launches and she plays a key role in the first 2 episodes of Ecchs of Tens. I do think the relationship between Scott and Lorna in X-Men 1 is unintentional. They forgot that X-Men fans are primed to see soap opera shenanigans in everything.


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