Review Indie Comic: Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia #1

I’ve not watched wrestling since the days of Triple H, Heart Break Kid, and X-Pac made up Degeneration X. So when Edward Kuehnel reached out to me and asked if I would like to review a wrestling “themed” comics – I was, admittedly – skeptical, because my interest in wrestling stopped in the mid 90s or so.

But then, I started reading this comic – and immediately began laughing. This is a comic that has some brilliant moments of comedy through the dialogue – and even has some heart warming moments (between our big star and his love interest, Linda).

It’s not afraid to poke fun at itself, or even, the whole wrestling thing in general, for that matter. A lot of the dialogue and characters are over the top – and have their great slogans (“Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your @$$!” for example, for you WWF – er, WWE – fans). Our hero is no different – he has his own, over the top slogan that had me chuckling.

But if you think it’s just people in this – no. You’d be wrong. There’s a wrestling bear too – and he’s one of the top show draws! (He brings ma, pa, boys and girls to the show!) I even love how they stay true to wrestling terms (heels turning face, for example; is a villain turning hero) and jobber (someone whose not popular, and there, pretty much to take the fall).

Our would be hero decides to leave – and try his luck on his own, and the story takes a strange twist – but the humor keeps up throughout – and we finally see Planet Wrestletopia at the end.

One thing that was odd – is several times, they “cuss” (the “bad word” for poop), but then in one of the panels, use the traditional comic “cuss” (using #$%! instead). All in all this is a really fun comic and I’d highly recommend it!

Find out more about the creators: Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin, while Dan Schkade is responsible for the art and Marissa Louise did the colors and Dave Lanphear doing the lettering. You can check out Suspicious Behavior Productions website, follow them on Twitter, check out their Facebook page, check out their Tumblr page, check them out on Amazon, and finally check them out on Comixology!

– Tawmis
From the top rope!

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Black Panther, Thor, Venom, Immortal Hulk, Multiple Man… 2018.

So Marvel’s been leaking out news about this new “Fresh Take” on their comics (a fancy way of saying, they’re relaunching some books with #1 – again). One of their newest ones to be mentioned is Black Panther, which is no surprise, considering the block buster success of the movie (and Marvel was pushing Black Panther pretty hard before the movie came out; even having him get married to Storm, to probably draw in some of the X-Men fans into checking out what’s up with Storm). The writer will be Ta-Nehisi Coates and the pencils will be by Daniel Acuña.

I am, admittedly, curious what they will do with Black Panther. Will the focus be in Wakanda (like the cover seems to suggest)? Will we be seeing Klaw as how he appears in the regular Marvel Comics, or will the movie affect his appearance, and make him human looking? Will Man-Ape drop the ape get up and just have the furs? I am curious just how much of this incredible (and very successful) movie will impact the layout of the comic itself.

Donny Cates will be writing, with pencils by Ryan Stegman, the newly launched Venom book. The cover looks absolutely incredible – and might be enough to at least give this book a shot (though I admit, while I’ve liked Venom; I never cared for him as his own book; I loved him as a villain or anti-hero). Marvel has tried so many things with Venom lately – the Anti-Venom thing, the Space Venom thing, and on and on. But this looks to be more like the “down to basics” version of Venom. With a (anti) hero/villain like Venom, I suspect we will see quite a few Spider-Man appearances; but I am hoping they’re able to branch beyond that and include the vast roster of other characters that exist in the Marvel Universe. I think with a book like Venom, it’d be fun to bring in some obscure villains/heroes that have run into Spider-Man (Puma? Quicksand? Swarm? I say bring them on!)

Jason Aaron returns to writing Thor Odinson (as it seems Jane Foster/Thor ends up passing away) with pencils by Mike Del Mundo. For reasons I don’t know, because I couldn’t follow Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron or anything that came after that… I don’t know why Thor has a golden arm? (Maybe he thought Winter Soldier looked cool? Or Cable?) And not entirely sure why his hammer also appears to be made of gold (Midas Touch anyone?), but apparently he goes through several of them during a fight with Juggernaut. I suspect from the things I have read this is going to be a very different Thor, which means, for myself, this is going to be an easy pass. Jason Aaron is a talented writer – millions of folks love his writing – but it’s a style I am not a fan of personally (but that obviously doesn’t make him a bad writer, just to be clear). The main story will be about the artifacts of Asgard being scattered all over, and Thor has to go reclaim them.

Next on the line is The Immortal Hulk, being written by Al Weing and penciles by Joe Bennett. This takes place after the second Civil War in Marvel Comics, where Hawkeye simply put an arrow through Bruce Banner’s brain, to stop him from becoming Hulk, and killing Bruce Banner in the process. Hawkeye explained that Bruce told him to do it at some point. (Bad story telling, anyone?) Anyway – the Immortal Hulk is about Bruce Banner’s corpse arising as The Hulk (at night is what the preview says; but I imagine that’s just for the horror effect, and I doubt said Hulk is restricted to only rising at night). So now, Bruce Banner will be back as The Immortal Hulk while Jennifer Walters will be in the Avenges, simply as Hulk as I understand it. That’s not going to cause any confusion.

Another one coming up is a five issue limited series about Jamie Maddrox returning as Multiple Man – this, I guess, after coming back (or somehow surviving) his death with the Inhumans Terrigan Mist. This will be written by Matthew Rosenberg and art y Andy MacDonald. Ideally this means, we might be seeing an X-Factor book in the near future again? I can hope anyway…

Another book coming out is Cosmic Ghost Rider, who – I guess – appeared somewhere in Thanos. This will be penned by Donny Cates.

They say there’s more coming. So we shall see… and share thoughts as the news breaks.

  • Tawmis
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Avengers of Prehistoric Future Past.

Good news! Tony Stark is back to being Iron Man! Steve Rogers is back to being Captain America! Thor Odinson is back to being just Thor! What could make this better? All three of them are back in the Avengers! Yes, it’s true! As a part of the Marvel “Let’s Try To Keep Things Fresh” movement – they’ve brought the big three back together, as their original selves, and as a part of the Avengers – which will launch with a new #1 issue! But who else is in the Avengers? Let’s take a look shall we?

  • Black Panther – Sweet! I’ve always dug Black Panther when he appeared in the Avengers… never been one of my top favorites, but always a very cool, mysterious character! The movie has me appreciating Black Panther more than ever! (If you’ve not yet seen it – stop reading this – and go see it – then come back and finish reading this!)
  • Captain Marvel – I’ve always been a big fan of Captain Marvel (ever since her Ms. Marvel days!) So that’s great that she’s on a big, core book to get some extra attention! (I admit, my favorite version of Captain Marvel was her Binary form, in the pages of Uncanny X-Men #164).
  • Hulk – Er… but it’s Jennifer Walters, not Bruce Banner – but she’s gone through some changes, and is extremely amped up and looks just like Hulk (with the over sized muscles, rather than Jennifer’s more feminine appearance of She-Hulk). So apparently she adopts – or has already adopted the Hulk name. Which I am fine with – I’ve always been a She-Hulk fan – but part of what made her great was having that strength but also having that sense of humor. Curious if this Hulk will have any intelligence?
  • Ghost Rider – Oh. But… it’s Robbie Reyes. That’s… unfortunate. I get he got a big push in Agents of SHIELD (a show I stopped watching after the alternate dimension alien planet thing… and even then, I was watching it out of habit and not because I enjoyed it anymore), so I was already done watching AoS by the time the Robbie Reyes push came along. Sorry, give me Blaze or Ketch.
  • Doctor Strange – Nice! But he’s only on the team for a short bit – and his slot will be a rotating one (which sounds like the chance to bring in other Avengers members from time to time, depending on the story!)

So far, so good, right? I mean – I can tolerate Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider. So what are the other details?

Who is the creative team? Writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed Guinness. Well. I dig Ed Guinness’ art – but I admit, I dropped Thor: God of Thunder when Jason Aaron was doing it and doing that back and forth between present and past – every – single – issue. It just got too annoying so hopefully he won’t –

Hold on – the details just rolled in…

The series will have a familiar feel for those who read Thor: God of Thunder, with the series shifting back and forth between present day events with the current Avengers team and the story of the prehistoric Avengers of 10,000 BC.

Hold up a second. 10,000 BC Avengers?



There were Avengers… in 10,000 BC? Why yes… apparently there was… and it was introduced by Aaron and includes… the first Black Panther, the first Ghost Rider, Odin, the Phoenix, a version of Starbrand (which originated in New Universe), the first Iron Fist and Agamotto… and they formed to fight a Dark Celestial or some such thing like that.

So… I commend that Aaron is doing some continuity stuff – and this, over all, seems like it could be an interesting team to read about (but for Odin’s sake – why is even the 10,000 BC version of Phoenix also a redhead – could we not have gone with any other color?) – and while, initially I was annoyed at Avengers existing in 10,000 BC – after doing the research and digging up the team – it’s a cool concept. But, if I couldn’t hang with Thor: God of Thunder constantly going back and forth between present and past, I doubt that I’d tolerate it for long in Avengers – and these days, it’s about crunching money and being picky what I pick up, because of the cost of comics, so – sadly, this will be a pass for me – which is a shame, because Avengers and X-Men were my go-to comics, and what brought me into the world of collecting.

– Tawmis


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Marvel’s “Fresh Start” And What Does It Mean?

Earlier today, Marvel announced that 2018 will unleash a brand new “Fresh Start” for 2018 in the following video:

All of this seems to be stemming from Bendis leaving to take an exclusive deal with DC Comics. The video certainly seems like that the folks at the “House of Ideas” are amped for this new “Fresh Start” – apparently not this excited since “Marvel NOW!” (Maybe I missed the bus on that, but Marvel NOW didn’t do much for me). Some of the things we see in the video that stuck out – Thor seems to be back – well, not Thor – well, it is Thor – but Thor has not gone by the name Thor for … well, a very long time now. We see he has a shiny golden arm and… a shiny… golden hammer… that looks exactly like his old hammer. (Apparently Thor hit up someone from Pimp My Ride). I’ve not been reading whatever book “Thor Odinson” has been in for a very long time, since he stopped being a character I recognized; and I only ever got the first issue of Jane Foster as Thor so I am not sure what’s going on there; but from what I gather, apparently Jane Foster has (or had?) cancer – and this is somehow leading to Thor (Odinson’s) return? I don’t know. Sounds like a train wreck, still.

And we also see Iron Man and Captain America, and Tony Stark seems to be returning to the suit. So Riri Williams will be out of the suit (I am guessing) and resume her roe as Ironheart and be a part of the Champions – and apparently at sometime, Doctor Doom was also in the Iron Man suit (What the actual…?) Anyway – both Captain America and Iron Man have big “legacy” issues coming up (#600 and #700 respectively), so I am sure that’s where all the big, bangs, and whistles will happen.

I am personally glad to see that other writers will be given a chance to (ideally) shine, rather than it being the “Bendis Show” at Marvel. It’s also good to know that some of the characters Bendis created (Miles Morales and Jessica Jones) will continue to see some spotlight. With all of this going on, I suspect we will also be seeing the return of Marvel’s first family (team) – the Fantastic Four. There was an image floating around of the Fantastic Four, where it looks like the original four members – but they’re cut out, so you can’t see who it is. (I wish I could find it again – so for now, you’re just going to have to put up with a standard Fantastic Four image).

Though the creative teams – or even all the book titles – have not been announced, Tom Brevoort assured everyone that not all books will be going back to #1 for these “Marvel Fresh Start.” (Which is no surprise, because of the aforementioned big numbers for Captain America and Iron Man). But he did say some books will be getting a fresh start – it’s unclear if that’s existing books already, or if that’s going to be new books spinning out of this “Fresh Start” (for example, I am sure we will probably see an Ant-Man and Wasp comic since we have that movie still coming out, and the duo is featured in the front of the picture, down in the lower right).

Tom also added, “Do not ‘read’ anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece… We can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim! If you were disappointed or confused by the absence of someone in the promotional material, don’t worry just yet: more news is coming.”

So what that all means… who knows. Good news? Bad news? Thoughts?

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  • Tawmis

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The Hunt for Wolverine (or Ho-Hum).

First, let me get it out there – Wolverine was one of my favorite, all time characters, ever when I first got into comics, which was Uncanny X-Men #121. (If you’ve got any doubt, just search the site for “Uncanny X-Men #121” and you will see I bring it up – quite a bit).

As a young nerd, in the 4th grade, Wolverine represented everything I ever wanted to be. I wanted to be that guy that could defend myself and get into any scrap and be a skilled fighter, and have virtually no fear of ever coming to harm or illness because of Wolverine’s healing factor (which wasn’t, back that, so insanely over the top as it’s become).

His bad boy attitude, his costume (his yellow and black is still my favorite) all made him very iconic looking – and as a result, he also got a bunch of very cool looking panels. But, despite his slice and dice attitude and appearance, what made Wolverine especially appealing is – he was more than just that. His relationship and friendship with Nightcrawler, despite their night and day differences in attitude, felt genuine and sincere. While he showed kindness to others back then, such as Storm, and Jean Grey – that friendship with Nightcrawler really stuck with me. Why? Because we all look for something in these characters that is a reflection of ourselves – or at least, something we can relate to. That dynamic between Nightcrawler and Wolverine, to me, was very symbolic of my own relationship with my best friend (way back in the 4th grade, who is still, to this day – eons later – my closest friend). He was tall (unlike Wolverine), but a scrapper. He stepped in once, when someone was threatening me, back in the… 7th grade? I am the far more reserved, kinder, gentler soul that you see in Nightcrawler. (And people do change; these days I am more inclined to be the scrapper, and my best friend is the more peaceful one).

I feel like things changed forever, for Wolverine in X-Men #25, when Magneto ripped the Adamantium out of Wolverine. Now, I admit, when it happened, I thought it was a very cool scene. However, the change that would come, because of it, I didn’t care for. If I could have only glimpsed the future to see what would become of Wolverine.

For years, Wolverine carried on about, how without his Adamantium, he could feel himself becoming more and more feral… but for years (almost 10 years, if I remember correctly), Wolverine went on being Wolverine, having Wolverine like adventures. That was until Wolverine #100, where Cable’s son (from some alternate time line – don’t even get me started – again – on the X-Men comics and how they love their effing alternate time line stories) – tries to re-bond the Adamantium to Wolverine, but Wolverine rejects it… and in the process… devolves?

I am not even kidding. His entire appearance changed – drastically. He basically looked like a furry version of Beast, if Beast still had his furry look, but decided to shave everything except parts of his beard, eye brows, and made a Mohawk out of his hair, along with some big patches of fur on his arms. He suddenly developed talons on his fingertips (Sabretooth called, he wants his talons back!) and toes. It’s as if, suddenly, all those years of saying that he was going to go feral, all caught up to him at one time.

Because as the stories progressed, Wolverine (similar to how Beast would suffer the same fate years later – recycle bad ideas, anyone?) continued to devolve further and further, until he kept looking more and more primitive, and eventually went as far as even pretty much losing his nose. (That’s got to be a bit of a bitch, for someone who has heightened senses and suddenly can’t smell anything).

Oddly enough, Wolverine, who has never given an inch about what anyone has ever thought of him, apparently got extremely self conscious about his devolved look, and would go on – get this – to put a bandanna over his head and cut out the eye slots, to wear as a mask. Because… you know, using his original mask was completely out of the question, and we just had to have a more edgy version of Wolverine. For awhile there, while wearing said bandanna, he was still wearing tattered gloves and pants (with no shoes or boots). He eventually combined the bandanna look with a variation of his traditional costume in Wolverine #110.

Unexpectedly, and perhaps for the best, in Wolverine #111, Logan is – without explanation, restored back to looking like his human self in an issue, ironically entitled Restoration.

I am not sure what invoked this change back to Logan’s normal looking appearance; if it was slumping sales in the Wolverine book and hopes of restoring his appearance would bring back sales or whatever; but I was happy to get a Wolverine that I was at least familiar with; not just because of his appearance, but even the story shifted to a more, character centered version of Wolverine. But that wouldn’t last forever. Nothing does.

The X-Men would eventually spin into New X-Men, where Grant Morrison was the main writer, and Frank Quitley was the primary artist. I am not sure if the attempt was to make the X-Men more relate-able by taking them out of their “ridiculous spandex costumes” – but I couldn’t stand it. I didn’t enjoy the story, in many regards, probably because I wasn’t enjoying the art. (And this isn’t a knock against Frank Quitley – to be clear – he can draw better than I can, probably using his toes, than I can with my hands – but his artistic styles was one that I didn’t feel fit the “superhero medium” – it was, however, something that reminded me of art that you would find in the comic, Saga, which is an enjoyable comic, because that art style lends to the weird stories found in Saga). And remember the feral Beast, I mentioned? There he is, smack on the cover too. By this point, I was collecting X-Men, solely because I had from Uncanny X-Men #60 and up, without any gaps, so the completionist in me was agonizing. I did this until around Uncanny X-Men #540, where I drew the line and cut the chord.

Since then, they’ve made Wolverine a teacher, running his own school, which included a mutant Brood (remember the aliens that planted eggs inside the X-Men and tried to turn them into Brood Queens?) named Broo, an alien named Doop, Kid Gladiator (a young version of Gladiator of the Shi’ar Empire race, the Strontian), a part, piece, or a mutant spin off of Krakoa (you remember the island that tried to eat the X-Men?) I mean, I get it. Professor Xavier gave Wolverine the chance, no one else really gave, right? (Well, you know, if you don’t count that Wolverine was in World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, he was a part of SHIELD, and was also a part of Department H, all before becoming an X-Men, apparently)…

Wolverine was eventually killed in a four issue limited series entitled The Death of Wolverine. (I bet you can’t guess what happens?) Did you say, “Wolverine dies?” Then you’re right! I’d like to offer you a prize for such incredible insight, but the only gift I have to give is my witty sarcasm (and some say I don’t even have that to give!)

In this series, his healing factor is pushed to the breaking point, where he literally can no longer heal himself – and in a final fight, ends up encased in Adamantium (the unbreakable metal) and manages to climb to a rooftop, covered in this metal, where it dries and hardens, leaving him forever a several thousand pound statue on this roof (which thankfully, apparently never buckled under the strain of this weight).

Now, you may have gotten this far and wondered – why I wrote this (and probably, how you got tricked into reading it this far). Well, as the title suggests, there’s a Hunt for Wolverine going on. That’s right – because in Marvel, if you’re a popular character, there’s a good chance guarantee that Marvel is going to bring you back and make some kind of event out of it. (Remember when Jean Grey died, and then many years later, came back? And then remember when she died again? And then came back again? And then died ONE more time, but then came back? And then died, this time for the last time, but um, just recently came back? Remember when Captain America was shot in the head during Civil War? Or – remember when Bucky totally died, but then came back as Winter Soldier and killed Cap’s other partner, Nomad, and suffered no repercussions after he was free of the brain washing? If you know me, you know I had to put that slight in there). So, add Wolverine to that list of people who have apparently come back. And true to form, Marvel is making an event out of it. Is it a 4 issue limited series?


But. No, also.

In April, there will be a one shot of The Hunt for Wolverine #1. But the good times don’t stop there, no sir. Because from there, we go to:

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Matteo Buffagni

Written by Tom Taylor
Art by R.B. Silva

Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Butch Guice

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Chris Bachalo

So… not just one limited series… but…. four? (Why again?)

So aside from the changes done to Wolverine over the years, where he’s no longer even a character I know or understand – Marvel has gone out of their way to pollute the waters. Just what do I mean by that? They’ve flooded the Marvel Universe with Wolverine knock offs – follow me now.

First there’s Daken, deemed “Wolverine’s Son.” Now he’s different, because rather than three claws from the fist, he has two – oh, but look – one comes out of his wrist (because, that’s useful… how?) So what’s his story? Get this… In 1946 as Wolverine is living in Jasmine Falls, Japan with his pregnant wife Itsu, Romulus sends the Winter Soldier to kill Itsu. After Itsu’s death (remember when I said he had only killed Nomad – well, guess whose killing record goes even deeper – killing an innocent pregnant woman), a mysterious man cuts baby Daken from his mother’s womb leaving her body lying on the floor. Daken survives this incident due to his mutant healing factor. Hold up. Mutant abilities typically do not manifest until a mutant’s teen years; and I am to understand, that – a baby – not even completely born yet – has already developed a healing factor?

All right, let’s move on. Next we have X-23. You might think you know her from the Logan movie, but X-23 in the comics is slightly different. She’s a little older, for beginners. Now, aside from the fact that she appeared, she was wearing a Fang costume (which, maybe I am missing a piece of her backstory, but that doesn’t make any sense, since that costume originates from the Shi’ar Imperial Guard member, Fang – who is a race of known as Lupak). Wolverine once wore the same costume, briefly long before X-23, when they were – you know, fighting the Imperial Guard and he took it from Fang, to impersonate him and get the drop on the Shi’ar – so it at least made sense. I digress (I’ve done that a lot in this long rant, haven’t I?) The story behind X-23 is that she’s a clone of Wolverine – after 22 failed attempts (due to a damaged chromosome), X-23 is successfully made, and carried to term by one of the doctors. Now she’s different because she has two claws that pop out of her first (also laced with Adamantium – they just hand that stuff out on the corner these days!) – but hold on there’s a third claw that pops out from her foot also.

Still not convinced, huh, bub? How about this? Now that you know that X-23 was the 23rd attempt at cloning Wolverine… did you know that they made a clone of X-23? A clone… of a clone. And not just one. They made something like 10 of them. One of them just happens to be named Gabrielle. And sure enough, just like X-23, she can pop claws too – oh, but she’s different than Wolverine and X-23, in that she can only pop out one claw (I guess each time they clone they lose one claw in the process – so a clone of Gabby, would logically not be able to pop any claws right?) Gabby, as she is so affectionately called will also be featured as a part of the roster of X-Men: Red (led by the previously dead/alive again too many times to count Jean Grey), along side with her sister, X-23 (because having one claw member on the team – literally – wasn’t enough, that they needed to add X-23 to the team too).

We’re not done yet. Next, he first appeared in the Ultimates line, before he too was dragged into the “main time stream” of the Marvel Universe, and became a regular member of the current X-Men: Blue team – none other than Jimmy Hudson, Jr. In this Ultimates timeline Wolverine has a son with Magda, and gives the son to James Hudson, who takes and raises him. During a car accident, James is nearly fatally killed, when his mutant healing powers – just like dear old dad – kicks in. Kitty shows up and tells him he has claws too probably – and sure enough, he pops claws, and eventually develops a metal coating (how again?) over the claws. Now, as a part of X-Men: Blue he and (Teen) Jean Grey have feelings for one another, recycling the old story and conflict of Scott Loves Jean, but Jean is torn between Scott and Logan. Yawn. Been there. Was way better the first time, thanks.

You’d think, by now, we would have reached the end, right? Now. There’s still one more “Wolverine” to go. And it’s Wolverine himself. Except. Not himself. It’s him from a alternate future. (Remember when I said the X-Men and their alternate realities?) In the mid-2000’s, in Wolverine #66-72, there was a story that featured this futurist Wolverine. Well, because Marvel didn’t have enough Wolverines in the “main time line” – sure enough, they also dragged Old Man Logan into the regular Marvel Universe, where he’s been a staple member of the Weapon X and X-Men: Gold series.

So you can see why, I simply have not even the tiniest, remote, microscopic care about Wolverine and his return to Marvel.

  • Tawmis



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Adam-X vs Vulcan – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – The Truth.

Let me put it out there – first and foremost, I’m biased. Anyone who knows me, knows I am biased. Anyone whose listened to our podcast, knows I am biased. Unlike the majority of the comic book world, I am actually a very big fan of Adam-X; and let’s be clear, that is not sarcasm. I own a two page spread from the Captain Marvel comic where Adam-X appears (and got it autographed by Fabian).

Speaking of Fabian, he’s technically the reason all of this started, so many years ago. You see, way back in the day – on a warm, summer day in 1993, X-Men #23 came out. What could possibly be significant about X-Men #23 – it’s not a #1, or even a land mark 25th, 50th, or 75th issue! Well, in this issue, Cyclops runs into Mister Sinister in Alaska, and Sinister says:

“I care, Scott. Selfishly, I’ll grant you, for the fruitful pursuit of my own self-interests… But I care enough to wish you and your brothers to be protected from this illness.”

Scott catches the plural of brothers – and asks Sinister what he means by that, and he brushes it off as a mistake, and that he had only meant Scott’s brother, Alex Summers (Havok). Now, in 1993, Marvel was doing a thing where they were introducing new characters in the Annuals (in the event you’re interested, the list is provided at the very end of this article). Now, Fabian was also writing the X-Force books, including X-Force Annual #2, where Adam-X was introduced. Now, Fabian has gone on record as saying, his intended plan was to make Adam the “3rd Summers Brother”…

“The character [X-Treme] WAS created to be the 3rd brother, but once I left the x-books, the following writers/editors chose to ignore the sub-plot(which is their call to make). the good news is that no writer/editor contradicted the storyline plans I had, so maybe someday I could still pick it up.

While Fabian was indeed laying down the groundwork for this to come true (X-Force #29 and #30, Captain Marvel #2 and 3, and X-Men #39). Through those issues, we do get confirmation that Adam is not from Earth, and that he is the son of D’Ken and the rightful heir to the Shi’ar Throne; as well as Cyclop’s grandfather noting that Adam seems unusually familiar (and reminds him of his grandsons).

As fate would have it, Fabian left the book before he could tell the story. So, like many things in the X-Men books, it became a “dangler.” From there, wild speculations began, from it being Adam, or Gambit, among other things. The years rolled by, and very quickly, Adam faded into obscurity.

Fast forward to 13 years later, in 2006 – Ed Brubaker took it upon himself to – once and for all – resolve the whole “3rd Summers Brother” mystery in a way – that he, and Marvel, promised would shake the X-Men to their foundation.

So, how did they do that? Brubaker wrote a series called X-Men: Deadly Genesis, which retcons (retcon: revise [an aspect of a fictional work] retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events) the “Bible of the X-Men Books” – Giant Size X-Men #1 (which is the first appearance of: Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and is the second full appearance of Wolverine).

Let me take a step back. Let’s talk about how Vulcan even came to be. So back in Uncanny X-Men #156 (1982), Christopher Summers & Katherine Summers (Scott/Cyclops & Alex/Havok’s parents) while they were flying. They’re abducted by the alien race, the Shi’ar. Katherine is kept as a concubine, while Christopher is thrown into the slave mines. When Christopher tries to escape, D’Ken brings Katherine and guts her with a blade, killing her in front of Corsair (Christopher Summers).

However, X-Men: Deadly Genesis also retcons that, and explains that Katherine was pregnant at the time of the abduction, and the infant was cut out and thrown into an incubator and aged to adulthood, to be used as a slave. That adult turns out to be Gabriel Summers, who manages to break free of Erik the Red, a Shi’ar agent on Earth, and is found by Moira MacTaggert. Moira takes him to Charles Xavier, who makes him the leader of a branch of the X-Men, which composes of Gabriel (under the name of Vulcan), Petra, Sway and Darwin.

Originally, in Giant Size X-Men #1, the original X-Men are capturing by the living island of Krakoa; and that’s when Charles Xavier gets Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Wolverine, Banshee, and Sunfire to assist Cyclops in returning to Krakoa and saving the original X-Men. X-Men: Deadly Genesis’ retcon makes it so – before Professor Xavier gets this new team, he actually sends Vulcan, Sway, Petra, and Darwin to save the original X-Men. All four apparently perish in the mission; so that’s where Professor Xavier decides to get the new team (Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, etc.)

It’s explained in X-Men: Genesis that Professor Xavier feels so guilty about the death of Vulcan, Sway, Petra, and Darwin – that he finds and erases any memory of those who had contact with the four. (This is because, it’s the only way to even hope to explain why no one had heard of these mutants before; making the retcon larger and larger). Not only that, it puts Charles Xavier in a bad light, that he’s so willing to alter people’s memories because of his own, selfish shame.

Now, let’s think about this. In the X-Men’s next mission (with Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Banshee, and Cyclops), Thunderbird perishes in Uncanny X-Men #95 (1975) when he tries to stop Count Nefaria from escaping and the plane crashes into a mountainside, exploding (killing Thunderbird, though Count Nefaria appears later to be alive). But, what’s odd is – if X-Men: Deadly Genesis is to be believed; why wouldn’t Professor Xavier have also wiped the minds of those who knew John Proudstar, the later Thunderbird? Because, as luck would have it, James Proudstar (John’s younger brother) would not only take up the Thunderbird mantle, join the Hellions; he would also eventually go after, and try to initially kill Professor Xavier (blaming him for his brother’s death); he eventually backs down. So, there’s more inconsistency, if you try to accept X-Men: Deadly Genesis as cannon.

There’s just too many reasons for me to dislike Vulcan; the fact that they retconned Giant Size X-Men #1 (this is my biggest beef), the fact that to make his origin even remotely believable, it makes a few characters appear out of character, and is also inconsistent with what we have already seen.

Adam was intended to be the son of D’Ken and Katherine Summers. While I’ve talked to Fabian about it, he’s never fully confirmed his intended plan to me other than “It would have shaken up the space aspect of the X-Men universe.” I suspect, especially after Captain Marvel #3 where we learn he is the son of D’Ken (and with the long blond hair; a trait not found in Shi’ar, but clearly meant to be inherited from Katherine Summers), that Adam would have taken the seat at the throne. To believe Adam’s origin is much, much easier than the train wreck that Vulcan required.

Most comic book people don’t even really know Adam-X, other than “he’s so X-TREME” and “optimizes the 90s.” The later, I can see; he is pretty over the top with the blades. I would have cut down on the blades on the shoulder and the side of the legs. But most people probably have not read a single appearance to know anything more about him, then to use him as a joke. (Yes, believe it or not, Adam-X still comes up). He did appear not too long ago in Uncanny X-Men #513 and Dark Avengers #7, but he was written so poorly, that the writers were intentionally using him to parody himself (his dialogue is way, way, way over the top and written like a “typical surfer” – which, of course, is supposed to be a reference to the 90s). On the flip side, I will give it to Yost, who took over the X-Men books after Brubaker left and wrote Emperor Vulcan, Kingbreaker and War of Kings, all of which featured Vulcan, and was, at least an interesting story (though the death of Corsair was completely uncalled for).

I will probably never change anyone’s mind about Adam, or even Vulcan; but every once in awhile, I am inspired to ramble about it.



The 1993 Annual characters and where they appeared:

Annex – Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27
Bantam – Captain America Annual #12
Darkling – New Warriors Annual #3
Bloodwraith – Avengers Annual #22
Cadre – Web of Spider-Man Annual #9
Charon – X-Factor Annual #8
X-Cutioner – Uncanny X-Men Annual #17
Wildstreak – Fantastic Four Annual #26
Kyllian – Dr. Strange Annual #3
Dreamkiller – Darkhawk Annual #2
Hit Maker – Wonder Man Annual #2
The Assassin – Namor Annual #3
Lazarus – The Incredible Hulk Annual #19
Devourer – Daredevil Annual #9
The Flame – The Mighty Thor Annual #18
Face Thief – Iron Man Annual #14
Phalanx – Punisher War Zone Annual #1
Irish Wolfhound – Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #3
Khaos – Excalibur Annual #1
Nocturne – Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #13
Raptor – Avengers West Coast Annual #8
Night Terror – Ghost Rider Annual #1
Legacy – Silver Surfer Annual #6
Empyrean – X-Men Annual #2
Eradikator – Punisher Annual #6
Tracer – Deathlok Annual #2
X-Treme – X-Force Annual #2

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Welcome to the X-Books, Hope You Survive the X-Perience.

So, imagine this – you’ve been drafted to pull 7 characters, and 7 characters only – whether alive or dead, doesn’t matter – into each of these books. (And there’s none of, “I’d have this character working from their bases as a contact” to try and cheat as a number 8 or more). Whoever you have “working” at the base, counts towards your total.

So, with that – who would you put in the following books:

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Things are about to get violent at Marvel – Conan the Barbarian returns!

Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International announced an agreement today to bring Robert E. Howard’s famed pulp hero back to the comics publisher beginning in January 2019.

It’s an interesting move, because Darkhorse has been publishing Conan for quite some time now. So, you have to wonder – is Conan that popular of a comic book that Marvel would seemingly go out of their way to reacquire the license? I suspect there’s more to this. I am wondering, if comic book sales are good enough, that Disney (under whatever ‘flagship’ movie studio they want to select) is considering releasing a brand new Conan the Barbarian movie as well? Perhaps something to try and capture the Game of Thrones and Vikings type market? I remember owning quite a few issues of Conan the Barbarian back in the day when these were coming out (issue #141 sticking out the most in my memory for some odd reason – I may even still have it somewhere in one of my Random comic boxes) – but, I have to admit, I don’t remember being very enthralled by the Conan the Barbarian comics – they were cool to pick up if no other new comics I collected came in and I had a spare 60 cents burning in my pocket, begging to be spent.

Marvel has not released any creative teams information; only that it will be coming out in 2019. They also released these two promotional pieces:

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The Rumor Mill: The State of X

The events of the Phoenix Resurrection is apparently going to have rippling effects in the X-Men Universe. In X-Men Blue #16, they even tease this with a notice: Now for teasing upcoming projects, I can say that there are at least two new ongoing series in development. One completely unexpected and the other a fan favorite. It’s to early to get into any more information that that, but I am sure most X-Fans will be excited when we make our announcements. Keep your eyes and ears open!

There’s some speculation that the X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold books may also get renamed to Uncanny X-Men and X-Men, and drop the Blue and Gold names (no idea which book would get which title; it’d make the most sense if they go this route to make Gold the Uncanny book) and the books would resume the regular number of the titles. With Disney purchasing the “Mutant” rights back – it’s no surprise that they did announce a New Mutants: Dead Souls mini.

We know they’re doing a (Adult) Jean Grey led book called X-Men: Red, which – if they do rename X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold to X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, would they rename X-Men: Red to another name? Will it be released as something other than X-Men: Red?

X-Men Red doesn’t even count towards said two new books, I believe. So there could be potentially two other X-Men books coming out? It seems like New Mutants would a no brainer, to try and capture the audience that the movie may generate. What could be the other book? X-Force? X-Factor? It seems like since they said “unexpected” it could be something a little more off beat, like Excalibur.

What two books do you wish Marvel would release? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

– Tawmis

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It’s been a year – In Honor of our Princess. (Potential Spoiler Inside – Beware)

It’s been a year, to this very day that we lost Carrie Fisher. (See my original post, a year ago – Remembering Carrie Fisher). It was strangely haunting seeing her in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, knowing that she was no longer with us. Each and every moment she was on the screen, the first time I watched the movie, was filled with a touch of anxiety, because I was expecting that to be the moment, that General Leia would be “exited” out of the movie. So, it’s no surprise (other than the fact that I, unlike some Star Wars fans, thoroughly enjoyed the movie), and went back and saw it a second – then a third time. It’s still difficult, even a year later, knowing she’s gone. From what I’ve read, she’s being written out of Star Wars – Episode IX, rather than giving her a death scene, which I think is probably the better way to go. I would love, if they did something with her (real life) daughter (Billie Lourd), who has been in The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi, and do more with her. There’s only one more movie, for this trilogy – that they can’t do too much with her – I just hope that she appears in the final trilogy, so that we still get to see a piece of Carrie Fisher continuing the Star Wars franchise.

Carrie Fisher, May The Force Be With You, Always.

– Tawmis

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