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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With 2014 upon us we’ve been seeing a slew of new series and new #1 issues partly due to Marvel’s idiotic business model of constantly relaunching series because of new creative teams or new directions of the character. I digress though because this has already been discussed so let’s take a look at 3 new series I read this week.
Black Widow #1
This book starts off in James Bond mode and giving us the end of another adventure in Russia where Black Widow’s saving someone’s life who has a hit on them. We follow Natasha back to America where we find out that in her personal time she’s been taking dangerous jobs in order to pay back the families of people she’s done wrong by. The writing and the art on this book are both solid. It’s a great encapsulation of a first issue; it gets the point across and sets things up pretty quickly. I know it’s hard to say, since it’s a #1, but strangely I’m just not feeling this. It’s exactly what I thought it was going to be which I was looking forward to, but for whatever reason it just didn’t sit well (Stan Sitwell?) with me.