Merry X-Lapsed – Uncanny X-Men #230 (1988)
Merry X-Lapsed – Year Two
Uncanny X-Men #230 (June, 1988)
“Twas the night…”
Writer – Chris Claremont
Pencils – Marc Silvestri
Inks – Joe Rubenstein
Colors – Glynis Oliver
Letters – Tom Orzechowski
Edits – Nocenti & DeFalco
Cover Price: $1.00
Kicking off Year Two of “Merry X-Lapsed” by checking in with the Outback Era! Longshot is haunted by inanimate objects via his psychometric powers, which force our heroes to play Santa Claus, on… of all nights, Christmas Eve!
Also: Dazzler wishes she was dead, and Havok dresses like a janitor!
It’s a fun, heartwarming… if perhaps a little too syrupy sweet, story — but one that’s definitely worth your time!
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One thought on “Merry X-Lapsed – Uncanny X-Men #230 (1988)”
It’s betwteen this story and X-Factor 27 in the race for my favourite X-Men Christmas story so it was great to hear you covering it. I’m sure a lot of my affection for this story comes out of it being one that I picked up new. This is my era and I love it all. You could drive a shiny red motorbike through the plot holes (as you say, how can they not know it’s Christmas but have gifts ready) and the Scrooge McDuffiness of the treasure trove is a bit ridiculous but I can’t deny that it is better than the sum of it’s parts.
I do have a no-prize explanation for the Motorbike. Maybe the Reavers bought it new with cash they stole so there isn’t an owner to return it too.
By the way I always saw Havok’s outfit as a Safari suit (verging on a French Foreign Legion look) rather than a janitor but I could be wrong. Maybe Havok was put on the Hellions for crimes against fashion. Talking of fashion this issue features the debut of my favourite Storm costume. It gets refined over the next few issues (losing the unnecessary ribbing) but I love the way it combines a punk attitude with Storm’s original look.
Overall I have to say I hope you have a Merry Chris-mas and thanks for bringing Kermit back.