Marvel’s big summer crossover event is here but is it worth your time? Martian Luthor Kang and Biff Tannen sat down to discuss the first four issues of Secret Wars and some of its spin off titles. They also take a look at Marvel’s recently announced post Secret Wars series and the future of the Marvel Universe. It’s not too late yet to say goodbye.
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Taking a cue from a previous panel of the day when we featured a comic book ad we bring you 1987’s The Fall Of The Mutants.
After the unexpected success of the Mutant Massacre crossover the year before featuring (the then current X-Titles) Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor and New Mutants Marvel demanded more. For better or worse going forward we’d now more or less get a company mandated X crossover yearly. Some were ok and some were pretty fucking far from ok (X-Cutioner’s Song I’m looking in your direction). However with this particular crossover the events of each title don’t intersect or dovetail like the previous Mutant Massacre. Here the idea for the crossover is more thematic where each team undergoes a very big and relatively dark change. This is where in the pages of X-Factor Angel first became Archangel, a horseman of Apocalypse spinning out of the events of the last crossover. The X-Men die in an epic battle in Dallas only to be resurrected of course but the world at large watches them die on the news. They are given the Siege Perilous which will come into play a little further down the line and change X-Men history forever. The New Mutants well…they did New Mutant type things but it did result in the death of member Doug Ramsey.
It’s a pretty dark period for Marvel’s Merry Mutants and this in house comic ad by then X-Men artist Alan Davis perfectly showcases that perfectly.
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I want to love Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy series. I really do. I generally enjoy Bendis’ writing and hell after the movie, who isn’t a fan of the Guardians? You may remember a while back I read the first three issues to familiarize myself with the characters. The story was good enough, but it didn’t leave me dying to read more. After I finished it my curiosity was quenched. I’ve followed the series on and off, but most recently was able to re-read everything and catch up to the latest issue (which at the time of this writing is #21).
Marvel sure does love their crossovers, don’t they? Well let’s go back to 1991 when they were less plentiful. The Infinity Gauntlet immediately begins with a prologue of the events from the Rebirth Of Thanos to catch the reader up to speed. The Titan, Thanos in order to do Death’s bidding has collected all six Infinity Gems which give him powers far beyond a God. Literally anything he wishes for or thinks of can be accomplished. Part of the reason Thanos has done this is to impress the lady Death and win her affection. As Martian Luthor Kang put it, “he literally has a hard on for Death”. There is enough weird psychosexual stuff going on here for Freud to write a book about. Thanos plan backfires though since the Infinity Gems made him an entity far beyond that of Death that she can only be subservient to him and not his equal.
The title of this post is a paradox, because I love comic books. However, there’s a ton of things that really bother me about them. As I’ve mentioned a few times on the website, I was a big comic fan in my youth but around 1996 I gave it up. I don’t really recall why either, I guess I just moved on to other things. In 2012 that all changed, the 16 year hiatus was over. Biff was back and goddamn was there a lot of catching up to do! I started with some older classics I hadn’t read like The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. Slowly I’ve been working my way up to more current series to follow. A lot had changed in those 16 years and I’m here to tell you what irks me about new comics as well as the old ones.