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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reading the X-Men: (a little more than) 1 Year Later

I meant to write this on the anniversary of me starting this monumentally nerdy project of mine. I went back to my old blog and pulled up the stuff I've written about it and realized I actually started "Reading the X-Men" on November 11th of last year. Oh, well. So this is an anniversary and some change that I'm writing this on.

Anywoo, The basic gist is I'm reading all the X-Men comics. All of them. For those not near nerdy as Brian or meself, that's a metric rumpload of comics (not to be confused with a buttload, as that's a measurement for liquid equal to 126 gallons). I haven't gone through since February of this year and counted how many I've read so far, so I figured I'd do my figuring today on the (not-quite) anniversary!

What I've read so far:
Giant Size X-Men #1
Uncanny X-Men #94-296
Uncanny X-Men Annual #3-16
Amazing Spider-Man #161-162, 311-313
Power Man and Iron Fist #57
Wolverine: Days of Future Past #1-3
Marvel Team-Up #100, 117-118, 135, 149-150
Marvel Team-Up Annual #6
Dazzler #1-42
Spider-Woman #37-38
Avengers #263, 298-300
Avengers Annual #10
Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 5, 12
Magik: Storm and Illyana #1-4
Wolverine #1-4
New Mutants #1-100
New Mutants Annual #1-7
New Mutants Special Edition #1
New Mutants Summer Special #1
Secret War #1-12
Marvel Fanfare #4, 55
Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6
Iceman #1-4
Nightcrawler #1-4
Beauty and the Beast #1-4
Firestar #1-4
Secret Wars II #1-9
X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2
Wolverine and Nick Fury: Scorpio Connection
Wolverine and Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising
Heroes For Hope Starring the X-Men #1
Fantastic Four #286, 312, 322-324
Fantastic Four Annual #23
X-Factor (Vol. 1) #1-86
X-Factor (Vol. 1) Annual #1-7
X-Factor: Prisoner of Love
Alpha Flight (Vol. 1) #33-34, 53, 61, 87-90
Longshot #1-6
Web of Spider-Man #47-48
Web of Spider-Man Annual #2
Thor (Vol. 1) #373-374, 378, 427-429
Power Pack #27, 35, 42-44
Daredevil (Vol. 1) #238, 252, 262-264
Spider-Man vs Wolverine
Fallen Angels #1-8
X-Men vs Avengers #1-4
Fantastic Four vs X-Men #1-4
Incredible Hulk (Vol. 2) # 336-337, 340, 390-392
Captain America (Vol. 1) #339
Excalibur (Vol. 1) #1-60
Excalibur Special Edition #1
Excalibur: Air Apparent
Excalibur: Mojo Mayhem
Excalibur: Weird War III
X-Men and Micronauts #1-4
Wolverine (Vol. 2) #1-65
X-Terminators #1-4
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger #4
Spectacular Spider-Man #146-148
What If (Vol. 2) #6
Spellbound #1-6
Ghost Rider (Vol. 2) #9, 26-27, 29
Punisher War Journal (Vol. 1) #6-7
Marvel Comics Presents (Vol. 1) #51-53, 72-108
Wolverine and Havok: Meltdown #1-4
Wolverine: Jungle Adventure
Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence #1-3
X-Men: Spotlight On Starjammers #1-2
Wolverine: Rahne of Terra
X-Men: True Friends #1-3
Wolverine: Blood Lust
New Warriors (Vol. 1) Annual #1
X-Force (Vol. 1) #1-18
X-Force (Vol. 1) Annual #1
X-Men (Vol. 1) #1-16
X-Men (Vol. 1) Annual #1
Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #16
Wolverine: Inner Fury
Cable: Blood and Metal #1-2

Which comes out to 859 X-Men related comics I've read in just over a year. Damn.

So far I've only closed out two ongoing series - New Mutants (Vol. 1) and Dazzler. New Mutants is my all time favorite comic series. Dazzler is...far from it. I expect as I get to the late 90s, I'll be closing out a whole lot more ongoing series.

So much Wolverine. So much. I mean, of the 859 comics, he was in 924 of them.

22 mini series. 35 annuals. 19 one shots and graphic novels. 

I could explain the Summers family tree up till this point, I just don't want to. 

X-crossovers up till this point (not counting the annuals crossovers): Mutant Massacre, Fall of the Mutants, Inferno, X-Tinction Agenda, Muir Island Saga, X-Cutioner's Song. Inferno was far and away my favorite; X-Tinction Agenda was my least. X-Cutioner's Song, which I just finished for the 89th time in my life, is still my beloved guilty pleasure crossover.

The retcon work to make Cable fit as Cyclops' son was a thing of beauty. Rarely do the story pieces align to make that sort of convoluted magic make sense. 

I expect by this time next year I'll be into the Grant Morrison run of New X-Men. There's a TON of ground to cover by then.  

Creators that were awesome: Claremont (duh), Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson, Jon Bogdanove, Alan Davis, Bill Sienkiewicz (spelled that from memory, points to me!), Byrne, Cockrum, JR Jr., Mark Silvestri (who was underrated in his run), Bob McLeod, June Brigman, Bret Blevins, Greg Capullo (whom I wish had stayed around longer with the X, rather than waste damn near 2 decades with Todd McFarlane)

Recommendations from all these: 
- Chris Claremont's entire run on Uncanny
- The entirety of New Mutants
- God Loves, Man Kills
- Avengers Annual #10
- minis: Magik, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Fallen Angels, Meltdown, Longshot, Firestar, X-Terminators, X vs A and FF vs X. Iceman is crazy bonkers nutzo, words can't express just how weird that mini was
- Any Alan Davis Excalibur
- The Weapon X story in MCP
- The Asgardian Wars
- Daredevil's issue that crossed into Fall of the Mutants was harrowing and disturbing in wonderful ways

- Much of Dazzler
- X-Men and Micronauts, just friggin' terrible and uncomfortable to read
- Spellbound was disappointing considering it was Louis Simonson on it
- Most of the Wolverine one-shots and graphic novels
- Jim Lee's huge-selling X-Men run was so light and forgettable, Rob Liefeld's X-Force and Whilce Portacio's Uncanny (all running concurrently) seemed to have more focused directions
- X-Men: Spotlight On the Starjammers was gorgeous to look at but exhausting to get through

I just finished up X-Cutioner's Song and am about to delve into the most angst filled time of the X-folks' lives. The X-Men barely win anything during this time, and in fact Wolverine ends up losing his adamantium AND his nose! Age of Apocalypse and Generation X are on the horizon though. Onward!

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