X-Men ’92: House of XCII

No Spoilers: As an ardent fan of X-Men, The Animated Series from 1992, my high-level opinion of this new title is… fun! There are a few call-backs to old 70s/80s Uncanny X-Men that I found very pleasing. As a continuation of X-Men ’92, this takes a few cues from the current comics with enough of the animated universe’s lore. Professor Xavier is closer to realizing his dream of homo sapien and homo superior living in harmony. The book is short, and contains a bit of a question for me. I’ll have to revisit the last set of X-Men ’92 books to see if I missed anything or if it is a new wrinkle. You’ll know it when you read it.

Great homage!

The book is short, an easy read and the art is crisp! I cannot wait until the next issue. In the meantime, I have some old stories to catch up on.

X-Men ’92: House Of XCII (2022-)

THE ’90s ARE BACK — AGAIN! Everyone’s favorite ’90s incarnations of the X-Men have returned…but this time, everything is even all-newer and all more different! Mutantkind is taking a huge leap forward by founding their own nation on the island of Krakoa, guided by Professor X, Magneto, and a mysterious long-lived woman who knows more than she should. That’s right – the ’90s X-Men are tackling the Krakoan Age thirty years early… and it’s NOT going to go the way you expect!

Wolverine and the X-Men: The Best X-Men Series

Wolverine and the X-Men
Wolverine and the X-Men

Today, in the stationary mobile command cave, we are screening the first few episodes of Wolverine and the X-Men. This is a show that was pulled off of the air far before its time. Well animated, and perfectly plotted, the series took a new spin on an old favorite. It wasn’t a continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, nor was it related to X-Men: Evolution. The only  thing unchanged between this iteration and the previous, Evolution, was the return of Meghan Black as the voice of Rouge. Along with that link to a previous show came the voice of Steven Blum, as Logan, to firmly anchor us into this new reality for the team. His voice gives the show a solid amount of gravitas from the very beginning.

The character development is really solid. It does rely on you being familiar with the characters from the beginning, but it does fill the audience in as the series moves along it’s plot arc. Slowly you find out past events that lead to the current issues, and even the far flung future, ala Days of Future Past.

I won’t get through the entire series today, we have a Back to the Future trilogy marathon planned, so I’ll jump forward and praise the finale. The show ended on such a strong note that it’s even more unfortunate that we didn’t get a second season. No spoilers if you haven’t seen it, but a nod and wink to those who did. Like Young Justice, this one deserves another shot but it being Disney I just don’t know that it will.

Being one of the few fans of the original team, they are represented along the way.

Epic Byrne: The Comic Art of John Byrne

Epic Byrne: The Comic Art of John Byrne

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Epic Byrne

Epic Byrne is my excuse to share art from my favorite artist of all time. You’ll note that I did not say “comic artist”. He is probably the reason I sampled other comics from the Fantastic Four, to Lab Rats. He is more that just an artist but also a wonderful writer. He’s a fan of the subject matter and has my respect. People have some negative things to say about him but show me anybody who’s ever existed who doesn’t have their detractors. The cover seen above is one of the most influential books I have ever picked up at a comic shop and I love to thumb through it from time to time. If you want even more John Byrne, head to byrnerobotics.com which is the only place on the internet where the man posts anything.