Tuesday, June 22, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 209 - New Mutants #18 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Nine

New Mutants (vol.4) #18 (July, 2021)
"Homecoming"
Writer - Vita Ayala
Art - Rod Reis
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 26, 2021

Today we continue our discussion regarding a budding Krakoan "class system" when certain rules are bent for one of the more connected members of society...

We're headed back to the Crucible... this time to "make whole" a Mutant who... still has their powers?  Hmm... We've got a lot to talk about!

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Monday, June 21, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 208 - Wolverine #12 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Eight

Wolverine (vol.7) #12 (July, 2021) [LGY#354]
"Penumbra"
Writer - Benjamin Percy
Pencils - Scot Eaton
Inks - J.P. Mayer w/Oren Junior
Colors - Matthew Wilson
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 19, 2021

Wolverine is... still fighting Vampires?  Ya kidding me?  Don't we have a Gala to prepare for or something?

This time out Cranky Chris complains about this story that refuses to end... and wonders how much longer it's going to go.  Oh yeah, we also go to friggin Otherworld for the third time this month, so I'll complain about that too!

At least there's our always X-Cellent Mailbag... and our "This Week in X" segments!

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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE - The Comics Code Authority

Chris and Reggie's TOTAL PACKAGE

The Comics Code Authority
Weird Comics History, Episodes 1-5 (2016)


Hello Friends!

Something a little bit different... yet familiar today.  I was recently feeling kind of melancholy, and decided to start digging through the old Chris and Reggie Archives... which, I do from time to time.  Perhaps too often.

We put out a lot of audio content together, but that's just the "end product".  Our endeavors would always start with copious amounts of research... and our first "big" project was our five-part deep-dive into the Comics Code Authority.

It was five years ago, near to the day, where we began deep-diving into the post-war comics landscape... dissecting tons of information, including reading Seduction of the Innocent in its entirety, and going line by line through the Kefauver Senate Hearings on Juvenile Delinquency.

If you've never listened to these episodes before... and you believe that Dr. Frederic Wertham was the sole reason why the CCA was established (he wasn't... not even close), I invite you to take the plunge into this nearly eight-hour compilation of classic Chris and Reggie content.

If you've already listened to these episodes... well, it's probably been awhile - have another listen!  Lemme know how well these aged!

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TIMESTAMPS:
(00:00:00) Part 1: "Before the Comics Code"
(00:39:39) Part 2: "Seduction of the Innocent"
(02:23:04) Part 3: "The Kefauver Trials"
(04:06:27) Part 4: "Life Under the Code"
(05:35:40) Part 5: "Life After the Code"

Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 07 - X-Men + Fantastic Four (2020)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Seven

X-Men + Fantastic Four (2020)
(00:00:00) X-Men+Fantastic Four #1: "The Impossible Boy"
(00:33:32) X-Men+Fantastic Four #2: "Broken Borders"
(01:06:00) X-Men+Fantastic Four #3: "To the Victor"
(01:41:49) X-Men+Fantastic Four #4: "Welcome to the New World"
(02:49:53) Fantastic Four (vol.6) #26: "One Stop From Everywhere"
Writers - Chip Zdarsky & Dan Slott
Pencils - Terry Dodson & R.B. Silva
Inks - Rachel Dodson, Dexter Vines, Karl Story, & Ransom Getty
Colors - Laura Martin, Andrew Crossley, Peter Pantazis, & Jesus Aburtov
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Edits - Ballesteros, Biro, Smith, Breevort, Cebulski
Cover Price: $15.99
On-Sale: September 29, 2020

Stepping away from our regular Dawn of X storyline... due to a dramatic event that occurs in the sixth issue of one of our ongoings, we're taking a look at the four-part X-Men + Fantastic Four miniseries, which your humble host was absolutely chomping at the bit for.  Marvel must've known that, as they wasted very little time rendering the entire thing moot by de-Mutantifying Franklin Richards!

In todays Collected Edition, we'll discuss all four parts of the event miniseries as well as the issue of Fantastic Four where it's revealed that Franklin Richards isn't... and never, ever was... a Mutant!

This compilation also includes the landmark 50th episode of X-Lapsed, wherein I spend a good half hour or so being wildly self-indulgent in reflecting on my time in audio comics commentary.

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Friday, June 18, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 207 - Way of X #2 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Seven

Way of X #2 (July, 2021)
"Let Us Prey"
Writer - Si Spurrier
Artist - Bob Quinn
Colors - Java Tartaglia
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews-Balesteros, Thomas, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 19, 2021

It's my favorite day of the X-Lapsed Month... Way of X day!

After reading the first issue of this series, I was sure nothing could ever top it... and then they went and DID!  A truly wonderful issue, indeed - listen to me gush over it for over a half hour!

Plus: Our Always X-Cellent Mailbag!

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 206 - X-Factor #9 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Six

X-Factor (vol.4) #9 (July, 2021)
"Interlude: DJ Mark's Mixtape of Mojoverse Beats to Make Out To"
Writer - Leah Williams
Art - David Baldeon
Colors - Israel Silva
Letters - VC's Joe Caramagna
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Andrews-Ballesteros, Thomas, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 12, 2021

When is a penultimate issue more like a finale?  Well, when your actual final issue is a chapter of an Event Crossover... like the Hellfire Gala.

Oh, you didn't know?  There's a Hellfire Gala on the horizon.  They totally don't talk about it every chance they get... so, I don't blame you for not knowing!

Today, we look at a book whose watchword is "truncation".  The axe of cancellation appears to have fallen during the production of this issue... and yet, Williams and Baldeon still manage to deliver an enjoyable outing!  We've got Morrigan and Mojoworld... um, please listen anyway - I promise it'll be fun!

Also: An X-Panded Mailbag Segment full of x-cellent x-chatter!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 205 - X-Corp #1 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Five

X-Corp #1 (July, 2021)
"Simply Superior"
Writer - Tini Howard
Art - Alberto Foche
Colors - Sunny Gho
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $4.99
On-Sale: May 12, 2021

Welcome, friends... to, hands down, the most difficult episode of X-Lapsed I've ever done!  If you've been following this show for any length of time, you'll know I really don't like being negative about our books... but, this one... hoo boy.  I literally almost threw up the white flag.

I feel like I need to publicly apologize to Fallen Angels, Empyre: X-Men, the Broo King Egg story, X-Men #12 and #14 being the same damn book, and even X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing... because, those were all a dream compared to this!

On a positive note... if you can make it through my negativity long enough - we've got some great mailbag discussion to close out!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 204 - Children of the Atom #3 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Four

Children of the Atom #3 (July, 2021)
"Unusual Dinner Guests"
Writer - Vita Ayala
Art - Paco Medina
Colors - David Curiel
Letters - VC's Travis Lanham
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Robinson, Andrews Ballesteros, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 12, 2021

The CotA "slow burn" continues... and, well - there ain't a whole heckuva lot to say about it!

We do have some great mailbag discussion today though!

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Monday, June 14, 2021

X-Lapsed, Episode 203 - X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Three

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 (July, 2021)
"Chapter 7: Devils and Dark Rooms"
"Chapter 8: Adapt or Die"
"Chapter 9: New Growth"
Writer - Steve Orlando
Art - Andrea Broccardo
Colors - GURU-eFX
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Design - Carlos Lao & Adam Del Re
Edits - Tom Groneman, Mark Paniccia, Cebulski
Cover Price: $4.99
On-Sale: May 5, 2021

Today we cover a One-Shot... that is actually a Part III... which includes Chapters 7-9 of a story that started two One-Shots ago... and ran through a second One-Shot, that all had different names.  Also, it's just not very good!

Today I'm going to complain all about it... and Steve Orlando's wildly unnatural sounding dialogue!

Plus: Great Mailbag, including the return of a recently X-Lapsed friend

And - a plea to the comics social media bubble NOT to rush to spoil this week's Planet-Sized X-Men (ehh, who am I kidding... it's GOING to be spoiled for us...)

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Generation X-Lapsed, Episode 12 - Generation X #87 (2018)

Generation X-Lapsed, Episode Twelve

Generation X #87 (April, 2018)
Writer - Christina Strain
Art - Amilcar Pinna
Colors - Felipe Sobreiro
Letters - VC's Clayton Cowles
Edits - Robinson, Shan, Paniccia, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: February 21, 2018


It's the final episode of Generation X-Lapsed!

Will the Loser Squad be able to defeat M-Plate?

Will Jubilee be able to adequately use her newly returned PAFF powers?

Will we ever see these characters again?

Those answers... well, might be in this issue.

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Help me pick the next Sunday Special Series!

  • Mr. & Mrs. X-Lapsed
    • 18 Episodes
      • Rogue & Gambit 1-5
      • X-Men Gold Wedding Issue
      • Mr. & Mrs. X 1-12
  • JEANeration X-Lapsed
    • 12 Episodes
      • Jean Grey 1-11
      • Generations: Jean Grey
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 06 - Dawn of X, Volume 5 (2020)

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode Six

Dawn of X, Volume 5 (2020)
(00:00:00) Marauders #5: "A Time to Sow"
(00:28:18) Excalibur (vol.4) #5: "Verse V: Panic on the Streets of London"
(00:55:41) New Mutants (vol.4) #5: "Endangered Birds"
(01:35:21) X-Force (vol.6) #5: "Necessary Force"
(02:12:58) Fallen Angels (vol.2) #5: "Sensei"
(02:38:30) X-Men (vol.5) #5: "Into the Vault"
Writers - Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman, Benjamin Percy, & Bryan Hill 
Art - Matteo Lolli, Lucas Werneck, Marcus To, Rod Reis, Joshua Cassara, Syzmon Kudranski, & R.B. Silva 
Colors - Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Dean White, Rachelle Rosenberg, Frank D'Armata, & Marte Gracia
Letters - VC's Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino, & Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Robinson, Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: April 21, 2020

We're at our traditional "penultimate chapter" issues of each of our Dawn of X launch titles... however, only one of the six seems to be playing along!

Fallen Angels gets ready to wrap up by finally putting together their team (who we'll never see work together again after this series) - X-Men decides to ignore Fallen Angels completely by having X-23 fall back into her pre-FA character and costume... before the other series even ends -  Forge acts a chucklehead in X-Force - we resume our New Mutants space story (never thought I'd be so happy to see Deathbird!), your humble host becomes more accustomed to the new take on Bobby Drake, and Excalibur begins it's "Have I missed an issue?" meme!

All that, plus the always X-Cellent Mailbags!  If you are only now discovering X-Lapsed through these Collected Editions - please, reach out and let me know your thoughts!

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Friday, June 11, 2021

WC #1 - Green Lantern

Wednesday Comics #1 (Green Lantern)
By Kurt Busiek & Joe Quinones
Edits - Mark Chiarello

It's time to check in on our Action Comics Weekly "leading man", Green Lantern!  I wonder if this first outing will end with someone being brutally murdered?

Ehh, probably not...

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We open at the Orbit Lounge in Coast City where the gang from Ferris Airfield have decided to head for some after-work libations.  Hal isn't here... but, we're very much in the Hal-is-Poochy mode here, where everybody won't stop talking about him.  If Hal ain't on panel... make sure everyone wants to know where he is.  This is the Geoff Johns era, after all!


Carol is annoyed that Hal isn't here... and is also annoyed that, despite the fact that she turned down his advances, that he dares to date other women.  Remember, post-
Rebirth (the first Rebirth) Hal Jordan is basically Fonzie.  Men wanna be him, women wanna be with him.


On the bar's television is an interview with Joe Dillon, an astronaut.  Naturally, everybody says "Ooh, Hal oughta be here to see this!" because, I mean... what
else are these productive adult humans going to say?


We close out in true Poochy fashion, with someone just plain asking where Hal's at.  Turns out, duh, he's out Green Lanterning!


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Was... this parody?

This is basically every criticism of the post-Johns Hal Jordan given four-color flesh!  Hal Jordan... even though he doesn't actually show up until the final panel... is the main topic of conversation.  How do these Ferris folks even function in their everyday lives?

Do they stand in the shower wondering what Hal's upto?  When they fix their morning coffee... are they thinking about the way Hal uses seventeen Splenda packets in his?  I mean, this is just plain sad.

I say this as an actual fan of the post-Johns Green Lantern too (though with the understanding that sometimes the "man-crush" Geoff had on Hal was a little too evident)!  Though, as folks who follow this blog know, I'm also a fan of pre-Johns Hal Jordan.  I like my Hal to be a bit flawed... and not viewed as an idol to his work peers.

I guess as an introduction to 2009-Hal Jordan... it's about as accurate as it's going to get though, so I can't hold it against our creative team.  It's just, for long-time readers of Green Lantern, it feels a bit on the nose with just how adored our Hal is.

The art is nice too.

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 6 - X-Men #6

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Six

X-Men #6 (July, 1964)
"Sub-Mariner! joins The Evil Mutants"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Pencils - Jack Kirby
Inks - Chic Stone
Letters - S. Rosen
Colors - Eh?  Probably Somebody...
Cover Price: 12¢

Stop me if you've heard this one... it's the X-Men vs. The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants!  But, friends, that's not all... this time out, the Brotherhood is joined by Namor the Sub-Mariner, firmly establishing that the X-Men are part of the shared Marvel Universe!  Why, we even get editorial footnotes pointing us to recent issues of Fantastic Four and Avengers!

Plus: Starting today (and hopefully for as long as we can), we're going to be taking the pulse of the comics fan of the day, when we read and discuss the "Let's Visit the X-Men" Letters Pages!  Today we'll be covering the letters Stan and Jack received for issues #3 and #4 (appearing in X-Men #5 & 6)!

It's a good time as always... hope you'll give us a try!

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

WC #1 - Deadman

Wednesday Comics #1 (Deadman)
"This Dearly Departed Detective, Part I: Portents and Symbols"
By Dave Bullock & Vinton Heuck
Colors - Dave Stewart
Letters - Jared K. Fletcher
Edits - Mark Chiarello

Heyyy, another Action Comics Daily mainstay making it's Wednesday Comics debut!  For those of you who have been with me for awhile, you'll probably remember the two weird takes on Boston Brand that we checked in on during ACW.

The first was a (mostly) straightforward story with very clean and comicbooky Dan Jurgens art... the second had more of a horror bent with the more stylized Kelley Jones work.

This WC strip doesn't seem like either one of those takes!  Let's see what it has in store for us, yes?

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We open at a crime scene, where a woman and man have been brutally murdered.  Deadman is here while the police and CSI folk take it all in.  Boston comments that the officers seem to be disconnected from all this, though only says so to emphasize how "dulled" your senses can be to even the most traumatic of sights if you see them enough.  He also uses this to remind us all that he's... ya know, dead.


We then get the quick 'n dirty on Boston Brand himself... how he died, what a selfish human he was, the boring Rama Kushna stuff... you know the deal.


From here, we take it straight home... Deadman flies outside, hears a scream... then happens across, perhaps the killer culprit behind this current rash of murders!


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Not a whole lot to say about this one.  In a few ways, it's not unlike the Kamandi story we looked at earlier.  Deadman, like the Last Boy on Earth, is definitely more of a "niche" character (relative to the more mainstream JLAers, of course), and so - it would be to the story's benefit to provide a fair amount of exposition and introduction to him and his world.  This was accomplished pretty well here... despite the fact that anytime I see the words "Rama Kushna" I almost instinctively fall asleep.  It's right up there with "K'un L'un" on my bored-o-meter.

That said, this was quite well done.  We have our sorta-kinda mystery... we get introduced to our protagonist... and we get a cliffhanger ending.  What more could we ask out of a single-page Sunday Funnies format strip?

Let's talk art.  I'm a bit torn on it, as I really liked how it looked... but, I have this weird knee jerk dislike for the DC "Animated Series" look.  Definitely a "Chris-problem", as I know a whole generation (plus) worth of fans absolutely adore it.  I just never really did.  That said, without my weird bias - I did like how this looked.  As much as it pains me to admit, I feel the Animated Series look is a good fit for Deadman.

Overall - very nice first outing!

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 5 - X-Men #5 (1964)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Five

X-Men #5 (May, 1964)
"Trapped: One X-Man!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Pencils - Jack Kirby
Inks - Paul Reinman
Letters - S. Rosen
Colors - Wouldn't you like to know?
Cover Price: 12¢

Boy, I hope you're not already tired of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants... because, we're just getting started with them!

Today, we meet Jean Grey's parents... who have such a high opinion of Charles Xavier, they probably wouldn't even mind him creeping on their little girl.  They also don't seem to have a problem with the fact that she's the only young lady in a house full of teen-age boys.  Different times, I s'pose!

Also... the Brotherhood!  They do Evil and/or Morally Ambiguous stuff... it's kinda their gimmick!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

WC #1 - Superman

Wednesday Comics #1 (Superman)
Writer - John Arcudi
Art - Lee Bermejo
Colors - Barbara Ciardo
Letters - Ken Lopez
Edits - Mark Chiarello

Well, stop me if you heard this one before... we've got us a Superman strip!

Folks who have been following this humble blog for awhile will likely recall the absolute (sarcasm) joy (/sarcasm) I had going through the "Superman Strips" during our Action Comics Daily coverage back in 2019!

Woof, those were pretty rough.

Let's see if Wednesday Comics manages to crack the code on making a Super-strip into something readable!

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We open in Metropolis with Superman being punched all the way across the city by the latest generic hulking monster he's got to fight!  He lunges back toward the villain and proceeds to pummel it a whole bunch... actually shattering it's weird helmet, and revealing his wildly unpleasant three-eyed mug!


As he continues punching the baddie... a couple of goofballs wander up to cheer him on.  Uh-oh... a Superman strip with some goobers who seem to worship him?  This doesn't exactly bode well for us, do it?


Superman shouts at the lookeyloos to back the eff up... and the monster takes this opportunity to ask the Man of Steel a strange question indeed.  It addresses him as a Kryptonian, and suggests that he doesn't truly belong here.


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Well, first things first... the art here was amazing.  Truly a joy to behold... especially at this blown up newspaper size.  It's funny how the comics industry has gone to the slicker (more expensive) paper... and we always seem to hear that it's to the benefit of the art.  I think the fabulous work we're seeing here (and throughout Wednesday Comics) is a testament to just how nice art can look on regular old newsprint!  So, howsabout we go back to the cheap stuff, and maybe knock a buck or two off the cover prices?

No?

Anyway... let's talk story, of which, we don't get much.  It's Superman fighting a great big hulking monster... otherwise known as "Tuesday in Metropolis".  Nothing we haven't seen before... and nothing we won't see again (probably each and every week in the Super-books)!

I am kind of interested in the Super-fans who rushed in as our hero was beating the crud out of the beast.  Even though I was certainly no fan of the "Church of Superman" serial that ran through Action Comics Weekly... I will admit, if this is a callback to it, it'll get a decent pop out of me!

Other than that... not a whole heckuva lot to say.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this is headed... which is more than I could ever say for those old ACW strips!

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode 4 - X-Men #4 (1964)

The Essential X-Lapsed, Episode Four

X-Men #4 (March, 1964)
"The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants!"
Writer/Edits - Stan Lee
Pencils - Jack Kirby
Inks - Paul Reinman
Letters - Art Simek
Colors - Idunno!
Cover Price: 12¢

The Seminal Slog that is X-Men #4!


It's the first appearance of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants... including everybody's favorite former-mutant... The Pretender herself!


This issue takes a while to get going... but, gives us plenty of fun stuff to talk about!


Plus: Great Mailbag... and a brief discussion on Facsimile Editions!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

WC #1 - Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth

Wednesday Comics #1 (Kamandi)
By Dave Gibbons & Ryan Sook
Edits - Mark Chiarello

Alrighty... what's next?

Ka... Kamandi?  Really, that's what we're doing?  Hmm... okay.

Now, full disclosure... never really "got" Kamandi.  I think he's a cool character... and I like the trappings of his world, but never quite enough for me to actually sit down with him for all that long.  I'm pretty sure we did cover an issue of his book here on the blog way back in the long ago... and, only did that because it featured the discovery of Superman's costume in the far-flung post-Great Disaster future.

That said... I'm definitely interested in seeing how Gibbons and Sook make this oddball character work in the Wednesday Comics format!

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We open with Kamandi paddling through the remains of New York City... which, I feel like is how we always start Kamandi stories, innit?  Unless this is a retelling of his first story... which, ya know - it very well could be, come to think of it!  Worth noting Sook absolutely kills it here with the visuals!


Kamandi finally reaches shore... and it's one that he recognizes.  Its near the fallout shelter where he lived and got his name...
Command D.


We learn via narration that the Last Boy on Earth never knew his parents... but, was close with a man who he considered to be like a Grandfather to him.  He would raise Kamandi... but would pass away.  Our boy blames himself for his death.  We wrap up with Kamandi being approached by... something!  Something we'll surely see... next time!


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Not too shabby!

Now, again - I'm not terribly familiar with Kamandi... but, if I had to assume, I'd guess we're getting a take on his first story here.  If that turns out to be the case, I think it's a pretty good idea.  Kamandi is a (relatively speaking) fairly obscure character (I mean, he's no A-Lister), and so - starting out slow... and educating readers who may not have ever sat down with a post-Great Disaster story before is a pretty smart play.

That said, we get just enough here to wet our collective whistles.  We know there's been a Disaster... humanity is, for the most part, wiped out... Kamandi was raised by a man who may or may not have been his actual Grandfather... until he perished.  We even learn how Kamandi got his name.  All very well done - and beautifully drawn.

Can't believe I'm actually looking forward to the next installment!

X-Lapsed, Episode 202 - Marauders #20 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred Two

Marauders #20 (July, 2021)
"Windriders"
Writer - Gerry Duggan
Art - Stefano Caselli
Colors - Edgar Delgado & Chris Sotomayor
Letters - VC's Cory Petit
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 5, 2021

As the Hellfire Gala looms ever nearer, today's issue is basically an opportunity for us to be reminded that Storm was an integral part of the Marauders team... despite the fact that she's hardly done anything with them over the past couple of years worth of stories!

It's Ororo's farewell dinner... with plenty of sorta-kinda forced emotion and jokes about knives.

Plus: Great Mailbag and I complain about how quick social media is to spoil every beat of every story coming out!

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Monday, June 7, 2021

WC #1 - Batman

Wednesday Comics #1 (Batman)
Writer - Brian Azzarello
Art - Eduardo Risso
Colors - Patricia Mulvihill
Letters - Clem Robins
Edits - Mark Chiarello

What is a fella to do when he... misses blogging, but also still hates the format with which his blogging platform operates?

Hey everybody... it's been awhile!  Well, it's been awhile for actual written content, anyway.  I hope everyone's been well - and I apologize for the shift from words to audio... and from DC Comics to X-Stuffs.  I know the X-Books aren't for everybody...

So yeah, I've been wanting to write again, for a long time... but, every time I set to do so, I'm reminded of just how un-user-friendly Blogger has become since last year's "upgrade".  It is such an astonishing pain in the ass to do what I used to do here... that, if this were the way it was back in early 2016, I can guarantee that this blog would have never made it past a day or two.

So, here's a new project... that will hopefully mask enough of the Blogger negatives to make it worthwhile... and also facilitate me finally getting around to a reading project I've been dying to get to for over a decade at this point.

Folks, it's Wednesday Comics!  An initiative run by DC Comics for twelve weeks during the Summer/early Fall of 2009.  For folks who have been following this blog for awhile, I've mentioned a few of my "hiatuses" from comics... and, how I was out of work from early 2008 until the end of 2009.  During that time, the wife and I lost just about everything we had... very nearly lost each other, asamattafact.  That wasn't a sensation novel to me and mine... plenty of families were struggling and in a bad way back in 2008 - to the point where, if you say "2008" to anybody... you'll usually get a response not unlike "Nuff Said".

That said, I missed out on Wednesday Comics back then... and, due to their unique composition, it doesn't usually pop up in the cheap-o bins... or, the regular back-issue bins, for that matter!  Except for issue #6... I always seem to see that one in the wild... not sure why!

Anyway... I've wanted to discuss this strange and fun little run for ages now... just wasn't quite sure how to go about doing so.  I figure this will be kinda like "Superman Day" from our Action Comics Daily endeavor... just, well, everyday.  I'm not going to be including the entire strip here... as, that would be me just sharing this entire little collection... hopefully, I can shake off enough of the "blog rust" and choose decent images to compliment the discussion... what little of it there may actually be.

Oh well, that's enough pre-ramble... I'm hoping to get one of these out every day (not sure about weekends just yet), with a compilation post to wrap it all up at the end.  There are fifteen strips here... and, naturally, it starts with Batman.

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We open with Batman arriving atop the GCPD where he meets with Commissioner Gordon who had summoned him there via Bat-Signal.  Gordon mentions that he feels like a failure every time he has to flip that switch.


Batman asks what's up... and learns that an Investment Banking bigwig named Franklin Glass has been kidnapped... with the threat that he'll be murdered at midnight.  Batman asks about a ransom... to which, Gordon explains that the kidnapper didn't bother to ask for one.


Batman realizes that the clock has just now struck midnight... which, ya know... is too late to save the fella.  We wrap with a man, who I'm assuming is Franklin Glass having his nose plugged while gagged by a large goon.


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Not a bad way to start this off!

I think one of the most interesting bits about this entire Wednesday Comics endeavor will be seeing how our creative teams manage to "stick the landing" in writing using the "comic strip" format, rather than long-form storytelling.  Especially looking at if though the 2009 prism where decompression and writing for the trade was becoming something of an artform.

As we saw when we looked at the Superman two-pager each week during Action Comics Weekly... this definitely isn't the easiest format to work with.  There's only so much room to play with... where basically every single panel has to count.  I think this will be a fun little dive - and I'm looking forward to it.

Let's talk story... what little there is of it.  I do want to preface here that Brian Azzarello has never really been a favorite of mine.  He's a writer who caused me to drop both Superman and Batman within a single year during the mid-2000s - so, hopefully this little outing will fare better for me personally.

Now, this opens the way any number of Batman stories could have (and have) opened.  Batman responding to the Bat-Signal to check in on what Jim Gordon needs.  Here though, Jim comes across a bit different... defeated.

He comments that he feels like a failure having to turn to Batman for... well, I suppose calling it "an assist" wouldn't be quite right in this instance, would it?  Here, it's more like he called Batman just to not be alone when the clock struck twelve.  It's odd.

We don't know how long Gordon has known about the Glass kidnapping and ultimatum... and, if he's known for a little while, why he didn't call Batman sooner?  We're building a mystery here... and, I gotta say - I enjoyed it.  It's quick and breezy... which, I mean - they're basically all going to be... but, it's definitely a promising start to this neat little project.  I can immediately see why folks still remember the Wednesday Comics experiment so fondly.  Hopefully I won't be singing a different tune as we continue!

Worth noting, the art is very nice too.  The large newspaper format really gives the art room to breathe... and allows for us to, well... just plain see it so much better.  Great start!

X-Lapsed, Episode 201 - Hellions #11 (2021)

X-Lapsed, Episode Two Hundred One

Hellions #11 (July, 2021)
"Funny Games Part III: Kill Screen"
Writer - Zeb Wells
Art - Stephen Segovia
Colors - David Curiel
Letters - VC's Ariana Maher
Design - Tom Muller
Head of X - Hickman
Edits - Amaro, Basso, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $3.99
On-Sale: May 5, 2021

Wrapping up the latest Hellions arc to make sure we're done for the Hellfire Gala!

Oh, by the way... did you know there's something called the Hellfire Gala headed our way?  Betcha didn't... they hardly ever mention it!

Here, the Hellions fight their way from the Mindscape and we progress Sinister's story perhaps one step closer to the Chimeras!  All that, and I heap a creepy amount of praise on our Hellions creative team!

Plus: Great Mailbag (including a "day and date" missive), and a report on the "Week in X" both on Marvel Unlimited and on store shelves!

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Questerdays, An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast, Episode 3 - ElfQuest #3 (1985)

Questerdays, An EPIC ElfQuest Podcast - Episode Three

ElfQuest #3 (October, 1985)
"Raid at Sorrow's End"
By Wendy & Richard Pini
Colors - Glynis Oliver (uncredited)
EPIC Editors - Archie Goodwin & Jo Duffy
Chief & Consultant - Jim Shooter
Cover Price: $0.75 USD / $1.00 CAN

The Chris's are back... and on time (!), to deliver this third helping of Questerdays!

This time out, we pick up right where we left off with the Wolfriders' arrival at the little slice of paradise in the desert we'll soon find out is Sorrow's End.  We're going to meet some characters here that will loom large over the rest of this series... and be introduced to several very deep and interesting concepts - such as "Recognition" and "Soul Names"!  Definitely a seminal issue for the Questers!

Also: The rest of our usual nonsense... including a discussion of the worst Tom Hanks movie not to actually feature Tom Hanks, The Sisterhood of Steel, Fig Newtons, and Rip-Off shoes!  We even try calling the Rip-Off Hotline to find out more... did we get through?  Well, you'll just have to tune in and see... err, hear!

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

The Collected X-Lapsed, Episode 05 - Dawn of X, Volume 4 (2020)

The Collected X-Men, Episode Five

Dawn of X, Volume 4 (2020)
(00:00:00) Marauders #4: "The Red Bishop"
(00:33:13) Excalibur (vol.4) #4: "Verse IV: Fall Back and Think of England"
(01:11:02) New Mutants (vol.4) #4: "Fast and Furious"
(01:46:05) X-Force (vol.6) #4: "Blood Economics"
(02:22:40) Fallen Angels (vol.2) #4: "Shikatsu"
(02:51:39) X-Men (vol.5) #4: "Global Economics"
Writers - Gerry Duggan, Tini Howard, Ed Brisson, Benjamin Percy, Bryan Hill, & Jonathan Hickman
Art - Lucas Werneck, Marcus To, Marco Failla, Joshua Cassara, Syzmon Kudranski, & Leinil Francis Yu
Inks - Gerry Alanguilan & Leinil Francis Yu
Colors - Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Carlos Lopez, Dean White, GURU-eFX, Frank D'Armata, & Sonny Gho
Letters - VC's Cory Petit, Travis Lanham, Joe Caramagna, Joe Sabino, & Clayton Cowles
Design - Tom Muller
Edits - Robinson, Bissa, White, Cebulski
Cover Price: $17.99
On-Sale: April 7, 2020

The X-Books are still on somewhat shaky ground here - they're all going their own way!

X-Force does a thing, X-Men sees the movers and shakers of Krakoa take their seat at the Global Table, Rictor begins studying under Ayyyy in Excalibur, New Mutants takes aim at some scarily safe targets while at the farm (did YOU know that Big Pharma was bad?  Betcha didn't!), Marauders pays off the Taipei story from the first ish... and Fallen Angels continues being a collection of sheets bound together by two staples!

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