X-Lapsed, Episode 300 – X-Men: The Seeds of Tomorrow (2019)
X-Lapsed, Episode Three Hundred
X-Men: The Seeds of Tomorrow
Hickman’s X-Men Revealed ~or~
House of X/Powers of X Free Preview #1 (September, 2019)
Writer – Jonathan Hickman
Art – Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Mark Brooks
Colors – Marte Gracia
Letters – VC’s Clayton Cowles
Edits – Jordan D. White, C.B. Cebulski
Cover Price: FREE
On-Shelves: July 17, 2019
Celebrating THREE-HUNDRED Episodes of X-Lapsed… and SIX-YEARS of DAILY content at Chris is on Infinite Earths, by taking a look into the past — to the very seeds of the era I’ve dedicated thousands of hours to over the past couple of years – the 2019 House of X/Powers of X Free Preview!
In addition to our hindsight-fueled look at “What’s to Come” in the X-Men Universe, I also chat a bit about how we got to where we are… and do a full-on “State of the Union” chatting up all of the books we’ve covered to this point.
Plus: Great Mailbag and a Stuffed Voice Mailbox! It’s near two-hours of me talking to myself… you don’t wanna miss it!
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2 thoughts on “X-Lapsed, Episode 300 – X-Men: The Seeds of Tomorrow (2019)”
Hi Chris! I’ve really enjoyed listening to your super-sized 300th issue. It took two days worth of my journey to work but it was well worth the time. You really have achieved an amazing feat in podcasting. To have such a comprehensive and intelligent analysis of the Krakoan era is a great resource for all Fake-Ass Comics Historians. Sadly I check my social media way too infrequently to have seen your request for listener responses but I wanted to share my two-penneth.
As you know I got into US comics in 1986 and my first storyline was the Mutant Massacre this means that I consider the Golden Age of X-Men to be Uncanny 200-275. This is when I was all in and loved absolutely every issue. The Blue and Gold relaunch was the beginning of the end for me. I clung on until just before X-Cutioner’s song but I was over the X-Men. Then i read that John Romita Jr was coming back to the X-Men with issue 300 so I had to come back after less than a year of being X-Lapsed. This gives me a slightly different view on the X-Men than a lot of the X-Lapsed community because I started earlier.
Onto key stories, I have to whole-heartedly agree that Giant-Sized X-Men number 1 is not a good comic. I was fooled by the retelling in Classic X-Men number 1 into thinking that it was a pretty good story but it wasn’t until it was reprinted as part of the 100 Greatest Marvels series that I finally read the actual issue. It’s pretty ropey. I genuinely think that without Dave Cockrum’s phenomenal character designs it would have amounted to nothing.
I have favourite stories from every era but I’ll start with the earliest. I have a very nostalgic love of the Juggernaut 2-parter from X-Men 32 & 33. I read it reprinted in the Marvel UK title Thor and the X-Men when I was very young and it is the cornerstone of my fandom. It probably doesn’t deserve to be so highly rated but I can’t help but remember it fondly.
My pick of the Claremont/Byrne era is the Savage Land story. It is often overlooked but I think it works better than the Dark Phoenix or Days of Future Past because it gives time to all the characters and slightly changes your view of them all.
My next key recommendation is Uncanny 150. The development to Magneto in this story is the foundation of his character to this day. A genuine must-read even though you have to stomach Kitty’s worst costume ever.
Everybody in the World should read Uncanny 159 where the X-Men meet Dracula by Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. A perfect single issue.
The introduction of the Morlocks in 169/170 is the best of the Claremont/Paul Smith run. It’s a great read just for it’s exploration of Storm’s character but I would also recommend it as a key text to understanding Marauders in the Dawn of X era.
The Mutant Massacre has to be up there. I personally would recommend the run from 210-215 so you get the preview and the aftermath. Absolute mastery from Claremont.
You would expect me to select Fall of the Mutants as the next essential storyline but I’m going to recommend the lead-up over the actual story. Issues 220-224 are just a slow spiral into darkness. You can see everything going wrong and the stakes raising. It really gets you in the feelings.
The original Inferno remains my favourite X-storyline ever and I would recommend reading the Brood and Genosha story arcs as part of Inferno. They add so much to the event. Marc Silvestri is at his best here and Claremont is in his pomp. It cannot be beaten (Uncanny 232-243, X-Factor 33-39).
The next couple of years have some great stories but none of them stick out as essential. They are just fun action comics. The next key story for me is the whole Legion Quest/Age of Apocalypse storyline. As mentioned in the episode it gets a little creepy but the whole storyline is great. It felt like it gave a real shot to the books just when everything was getting a little boring.
For me there is only one other essential X-Men story between Age of Apocalypse and the Krakoan era and that is the Morrison run. The re-invigoration of the concept was masterful. A true example of how you can completely reconceive a concept without undoing anything. I genuinely believe this was Morrison’s best work since Animal Man. It is clearly the strongest influence on Hickman.
I stuck to X-Men recommendations only because otherwise I would be commenting for days and I do have to go to work later but rest assured that I would be recommending lots of New Mutants, X-Factor and Excalibur from back in the day.
Anyway, I hope you’re keeping well. Take care.