X-Men Legends is a dream come true for me – at least the first two issues. Written by Fabian Nicieza – with art by Brett Booth and inks by Adelso Corona – the first two issues focus on none other than Adam-X.
X-Men Legends is essentially X-Stories that were planned, but never got told for whatever reason. And Fabian had set up this story of “Summers Brothers” (that everyone locked on as a “Third Summers Brother”). Well, Fabian left the books before he got to finish telling the story – and Adam-X, whom I really enjoyed – sat in a virtual limbo for years – before seeing the light again during the Dark Avengers (where he was used, but his dialogue was very much a parody of the 90s for which many call him the embodiment of – but that’s because he never got developed due to Fabian’s departure). He began appearing again during the Hickman era of the X-Books recently (don’t get me started… at least in Dark Avengers, I was thankful to see him – so far during the “Hickman Era” – his cameos in X-Factor are not my thing…) But… that said… going back to X-Men Legends…
Fabian finally gets to tell Adam’s story – and it’s all in continuity. Officially.
So Marvel is teasing a new Defenders title – what makes this interesting for me is who we see on those cards… Cloud, Hulk, Moon Dragon, Valkyrie, Beast, Hellstrom, Namor, Silver Surfer … and I am not sure who the red vulture person is. Red Raven?
I collected the original Defenders title when it was released – and enjoyed it for the most part, back in the day – but it really picked up for me with Defenders #124 and going forward – this is when Iceman, Beast and Angel join the team – and I feel like this was some of the best development this trio got (which is ironic, since it’s not in an X-Book) – but the team also had Gargoyle and Valkyrie in it – eventually Moon Dragon, and eventually Cloud. It was a very different book. It went away from the “not team team book” that the original Defenders had, but more of a “team book that’s a team but a very casual team” book. The book introduced some unique villains – and even introduced a character I enjoyed name Manslaughter. (I like characters that have different powers – his was a form of limited telepathy). I am admittedly curious about this book…
James Emmett reached out to let me know about their Kickstarter (and my lameness, forgot to rapidly get back!) – but hopefully I can make up for it, because their Kickstarter just went live, yesterday!
So what is I Am Hexed?
The wickedly anticipated final installment of the four part comic book series I Am Hexed — by writer/creator Kirsten Thompson and interior artist Amagoia Agirre, with a cover by Paulina Ganucheau, a variant cover by Jenn St-Onge and lettering by Taylor Esposito —is set to launch on Kickstarter February 16, 2021. The campaign will also have a plethora of extra rewards including prints by a variety of amazing artists, buttons, key chain and much more!
I Am Hexed is a supernatural political thriller. There’s magic, mystery, personal drama, and an accidentally carnivorous plant.
Witches have been a part of the political fabric of Washington
D.C. since it was founded. It’s only since the 1960s that witches stood together and fought to take back the word “Hexed”. A movement was ignited when witches came out of the shadows and proudly showed off their broomsticks.
Now with the struggle for equality ongoing, Charlotte “Charlie” Helm, a junior staff member for Senator Royce, has been thrust into the murky and dangerous waters of political games between witches and their adversaries. Charlie goes on the run to find out who’s behind it with her ex-girlfriend Jaya and her friend Florence, who is a witch well versed in science-magic.
The witch-hunt for Charlie, Jaya and Florence continues in the final issue as they find themselves on the run from malevolent forces both inside and outside the government. The three witches must harness their powers to defend themselves, while unraveling a mystery that could save the entire witching community.
If you have the coin – support the Coven – head over to theI Am Hexed Kickstarter and toss the Witches some coin!
Tawmis, Amiee and Maico return for another podcast – again! What madness is this? One a few weeks ago, one a week ago, and another one? Yes. Yes. It’s true. This time we cover the last two episodes of The Mandalorian of Season 2.
It’s not a very long episode, so sit back and enjoy yourself.
So we always talk about how you can stream the episode right from the site – but we’re also on Youtube, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, as well as other social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
So check us out on iTunes (comment, rate, subscribe) –
Was talking to one of my D&D players, and how they’d listened to our latest podcast (shout out to Ben Abell) – and we discussed cartoons and Amiee’s lack of watching them – but I did say she was familiar with the X-Men and even played the Marvel RPG. This character sheet is OVER 20 years old because it predates me and her being married!
No. You’re not dreaming. It’s true. We went nearly a year without doing an episode – and now we’ve released one nearly back to back in less than a month. We discuss the latest episodes of The Mandalorian (up to an old character making their presence known – I will leave it at that!) We also cover some new releases in regards to what they released on Star Wars! Some new shows, movies, and animated series coming that we discuss and cover!
An untitled Star Wars show by Taika Waititi
Rangers of the New Republic
Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Star Wars: Visions
A Droid Story
So give us a listen! Share! Post it on your facebook, twitter, instagram, and whatever social media you cool kids use these days!
Newest issue of the Podcast is up! The Randolorian! And before you think that’s a typo and it’s supposed to be Mandolorian – don’t worry faithful listener, I know what I am doing… usually! It’s titled The Randolorian because while we were originally going to begin discussing the first four episodes of Season 2 of the Mandolorian – we ended up discussing The Mandolorian, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Clone Wars, Original Star Wars Trilogy, Star Wars Prequels (to some regard), Star Wars Sequels and even talk about how selling and working with LucasArts and Disney works. So there’s just a little bit of everything.
You can stream it below – or you can download it here.
So, I finally read Hellions 1 through 4. Primarily because it had Havok, Wildchild and Scalphunter in it. Scalphunter, originally one of the murderous Marauders, who went around killing mutants during the Mutant Massacre event was probably the one character from the Marauders who got the most development (aside from Vertigo and Sabretooth, both of whom were existing characters before the appearance of the Marauders). He appeared in the Gambit series a few times. So the fact that they were were trying to do something with him made curious. Apparently for sensitivity purposes, he’s adopted just using his last name as Greycrow.
So I have to disclose – I’ve not been following the X-Men for a long time. (Since a little before this whole Krakoa thing; but I had the general gist through Twitter, about the state of things). So Havok having mental instability (that’s such a new idea – using Sarcasm font) and feeling a little “evil” wasn’t a surprise. Then the dialogue between Exodus and Sinister, as a part of this Quiet Council (they’re anything but quiet) with Apocalypse there… I mean, these are villains that tried to kill the X-Men and humanity hundreds of times… and they’re OK just sitting there?
But, what I did enjoy seeing was the Hellions (the original ones; the ones that were a part of Emma Frost’s school) – namely Catseye. That makes me happy, because I felt they all perished uselessly (to make room for Generation X eventually). I also enjoyed seeing several of the dead Morlocks confronting Scalphunter, including the very first mutant to die – Tommy. Which, I was always confused about – they referenced it the character as Tommy, but she was drawn as a female (and again, female in this).
By the end of this issue, Sinister comes up with the idea of using these “bad apples” (Havok, Scalphunter, Wildchild, Empath, Nanny, and Orphan Maker) to use them as a team – and their first mission is to head to his old base (hidden under an orphanage) to take out the other Marauders who have refused to go to Krakoa. Cyclops assigns Psylocke to keep an eye on the team and to keep them in line, by any means necessary. The issue ends showing Madelyne Pryor in the form of the Goblin Queen.
The team shows up to the orphanage and speaks to local authorities, and Wildchild takes issue (since he’s far more feral than anything) and Greycrow puts him in his place (as he did the last issue, so this appears to be an ongoing theme). In the previous issue, Greycrow also warned Empath that if he mentally messes with anyone, he’s going to put a bullet between his eyes; and Empath manipulates Nanny, and so Greycrow keeps his word and kills Empath (but this isn’t a big deal, since they can be resurrected on Krakoa).
Shortly after, they find the Marauders, dead, hanging upside down. And the Goblin Queen reveals herself. The team fights the undead Marauders, with Havok taking off with Goblin Queen and being manipulated by her. Here’s where the dialogue again, just feels bland. Her rambling, I get it – is supposed to sound crazy – but it sounds so over the top and sometimes doesn’t even make sense (again, I get it, she’s crazy) – but it just doesn’t flow.
The team is defeated by the undead Marauders, but Psylocke and Wildchild escape, stepping into the shadows. This leads to Wildchild attacking her because he believes in his feral mind that she’s not strong enough to lead the team.
This issue has Goblin Queen sealing Havok’s mouth and he cuts it open with a broken shard of a mirror… I feel like it’s just trying too hard to be edgy. (And this coming from someone who loves the character Adam-X who was edgy defined in the 90’s).
Psylocke and Wildchild fight, and eventually Psylocke is forced to snap Wildchild’s neck, realizing his healing factor will save him from dying. When he does recover, he accepts that she’s strong enough and willing to do whatever it takes – gaining his respect and viewing her as the alpha of the team.
The issue starts with Wildchild and Psylocke showing up and fighting the undead Marauders to save Greycrow, Nanny, and Orphan Maker. Greycrow tells Psylocke to take the rest of the team away and he will take care of his people (the Marauders). He does so, by putting them out of their misery and shooting each of them. He then tracks down the Goblin Queen and the demons she summoned, suddenly flee – and Greycrow shoots her with a critical shot. As she dies, she mentions she just wanted to show the world she was a real person. Havok then freaks out and destroys the orphanage in fit of rage.
By the end, the team arrives back at Krakoa, where Psylocke tells Greycrow that the legacy Marauders (Prism, Vertigo, Riptide, Blockbuster, Arclight, Harpoon, and Scrambler) are approved for resurrection on Krakoa. On the flip side, Cyclops tells Havok that resurrecting Madelyn on Krakoa was not approved. But Cyclops turns out to be Sinister who’d taken form of Cyclops – and Nanny catches Sinister.
Overall thoughts –
I enjoyed seeing the Marauders, even if they were undead. I thought Greycrow had the best moments (slamming Wildchild’s face into the ground) and then shooting Empath in the head. But the dialogue is rough, for me. I just don’t feel like it flows.
It’s not absolutely horrible, but nothing I’d continue to collect.
Another time coloring; did this one in just under two hours. Just trying to get faster and doing things and not over think things. Didn’t turn out too bad, considering the original B&W image I had to work off of.
Turned into this with some brain relaxing digital coloring…