A few readers were wondering about the context of the Marc Silvestri drawn panel from The Uncanny X-Men panels that I used last week. So, I’m presenting three pages from that issue (#244) for your enjoyment. This issue is entitled “Ladies’ Night” and is the first appearance of mallrat Jubilee!
Rogue throws a tantrum because she’s sick of having to share her body with Carol Danvers (who apparently has time to redecorate her room in between X-Men missions). I love seeing spindly Rogue picking up furniture and tossing it around. You gotta love that Australian Outback hideout where no one cares if you wreck the place. That stuff wouldn’t fly at the X-Mansion.
Dazzler proposes that they all take a break and stimulate the economy. Methinks Dazzler looks quite lovely all tan and sparkly.
I’ve skipped ahead a couple of pages and yes, this page is dedicated to super-heroines trying on new outfits. No super-menaces here, folks, unless you count high-heeled shoes. It does seem odd that Elisabeth is questioning the point of wearing them since she used to be a model, but who really understands Psylocke anyway? I kid, I kid, I used to love some Pyslocke once upon a time.
Wow. Last time we looked at Wonder Woman’s “Mod” era, she wasn’t tossing Lois Lane around like a ragdoll and claiming dominion over Superman. What in Hera’s name is going on? Has Diana gone mad? Well, this image is not actually from a Wonder Woman comic. The scene occurs in Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #93. A very fine read it is, too. That is by fine I mean hilarious. It’s also very beautifully rendered. However, dear reader, I must relate to that in order to fully enjoy the high camp art form that is Superman’s Girld Friend, Lois Lane, one must read it aloud with a group of friends, with or without a few cocktails. Only when this comic is performed as Comikaraoke* will you discern its true purpose.
I love that for once it’s Lois, not Zatanna or Black Canary who is wearing fishnets. And with some sensible shoes, too. They’re like flats, but they have a bit of a heel to them as well. Lois’ onepiece mini-skirt combo with the wide belt and matching collar is really suiting her and one must really appreciate the way her hair moves when she’s being thrown around. That hair flip is still looking sharp in the presence of imminent danger! It’s a nice contrast with Diana’s long hair which is stylishly pulled back (This is perhaps my favorite era of Di’s hair). It screams Barbarella, especially paired with the jumpuit and chunky jewelry. This is simply fashion heaven for me and I hope, dear reader, that it brings you a little joy as well. I urge you to seek out the collected trade paperbacks of Diana Prince Wonder Woman for yourself. The writing by Mike Sekowsky will entertain you and the art of Dick Giordano will thrill you. Besides, don’t you want to know the story behind this incredible catfight? Superman seems to be cheering on Diana’s rampage which might at first seem out of character for the Man of Steel, but longtime comic readers probably know that this is certainly not an isolated instance of Superman acting like an ass.
*Yes, I did just coin that term, but I think it fits quite nicely, even if we’re not talking about singing the comics, but one must open the definition of karaoke to include the idea of “performing ” the comic chosen in its most theatrical manner. I mean, if we’re gonna get technical, the word comes from the Japanese words : kara, void, empty + oke(sutora), orchestra (from English orchestra). So, I suppose it would be more appropriate to call it a Comichorus, referring to the ancient Greek word “Chorus,” defined as of group of actors that “serve as major participants in, commentators on, or as a supplement to the main action of the drama” (Dictionary.com), but whatever. I was trying to be clever but now I’m not so sure the word combination was worth all this explication. Regardless, Comikaraoke is also a wonderful pastime for the new Dark Avengers comic (or any Marvel comic with Norman Osborn in it). Go read some comics with your friends.
Storm is looking pretty dang fierce in the clips for this new game! I’m not a video gamer per se (I have this thing about not having tangible results of the time I spend on stuff), but this looks like the kind of game that I’d be all over if I was ever going to get geeky over a game!
Last week I chose Captain Britain & MI-13 #10 as one of my weekly picks. I enjoy reading about this ragtag group of heroes led by Pete Wisdom and Captain Britain who work together to preserve and protect magick in the UK. There is an awesome scene this week in which Storm returns the Ebony Blade to the Black Knight. T’Challa is conspicuously missing, but it’s nice to see Ororo ruling without her husband hovering around. She comes across like a true Queen. I especially loved new team member Faiza Hussain’s reaction to the scene. I shall not spoil it for you here as I want you to pick up this issue. It’s titles like these that really need your support as it doesn’t feature the A-List super-hero marquee names. However, because it doesn’t star the big guns, change can truly happen to the characters. Who would’ve thought John the Skrull would’ve met such a tragic end or that one of their own would betray them last issue? This kind of ensemble cast leaves the reader guessing in a good way. The recent issue features Dracula and Doom on the moon, making plans to conquer the world! If that doesn’t grab you, I don’t know what will. Maybe you like Blade the vampire hunter? Give this title a shot. I think there’s something in it for everybody.
Above, a panel by Marc Silvestri featuring Storm getting a makeover as led by Dazzler, and assisted by Rogue (in her Carol Danvers persona) and Psylocke (pre-nimbo version). Storm plays the square by not truly enjoying the idea of embodying even more spectacle, but proves to be a good sport in spite of her reservations. It’s good to have girlfriends when you’ve been worshipped as a Goddess your whole life!
I gave couple’s tarot reading’s last night at the Supper Club with my X-Men tarot deck. I should clarify that. I gave readings using a playing card deck adorned with images of the X-Men from the 90s. I have worked out a system in which I can divine with the images and the Minor Arcana inherent in the playing deck. Some of you dear readers may be surprised to know that the playing card decks you’ve been using for poker and old maid actually descended from the tarot. They simply lack the Major Arcana. A lot of Supper Club patrons were interested in why I sused this deck and why my name was legally changed to Storm. I now share this answer with you, dear reader, as I did them. Simply put, Storm was the only real role model I had growing up. Her character embodied compassion, kindness and grace. I vowed to use that as my inspiration and when I use the Mutant Oracle, I put that vow into action through divination/reflection.
In this panel plucked from a classic Chris Claremont and John Byrne issue of the Uncanny X-Men, Storm’s compassion for others has overwhelmed her. Luke Cage acts as the voice of reason, reminding her that they can’t save humanity from itself. A telling moment in the early story of a Goddess come to earth.
In Uncanny X-Men #100, the All-New, All-Different X-Men fight the original five (plus perennial hangers on Havok and Polaris). As Storm states, she could easily take out the somehow weaker version of Jean Grey but decides that she cannot attack her good friend (the first one she ever really had that was a peer). Her compassion leads her to use reason to try to understand what is happening and this leaves her vulnerable to Polaris’ attack. I remember when I read this for the first time, I was impressed with Storm’s ability to sense when things were awry. She and Wolverine have this trait in common; Wolverine uses his physical senses to let him know when things don’t smell right and Storm’s empathic oneness with nature alerts her to the falseness of this situation. The Jean Grey in this fight is actually a robotic duplicate (an X-Sentinel). Of course, Storm figures this out too late. Those “EEEEE”s you see on the last panel? That’s Banshee to the rescue, dear reader.
This page is drawn by Dave Cockrum and written by Chris Claremont. The meme of X-Man versus X-Men will be trotted out again and again over the years. It’s an oldie but a goodie as far as I’m concerned. I never grow tired of seeing the good guys beat on each other. Sometimes we really are our own worst enemy.
This is one of my favorite covers because it features Nightcrawler and utilizes tarot iconography. Darick Robertson drew this image for the tenth issue of the Nightcrawler ongoing series that lasted 12 issues. I love Nightcrawler with the Soulsword because this character is alternately known for his deep spirituality and his cavalier pirate-like gymnastics. Having a mystical sword blends two distinctly different aspects of the character together in a profound way. Kurt is able to use the Soulsword due to his strong moral compass and faith, and he is able to wield a sword effectively and with flair in combat (and fiery swords simply look cool). Ultimately, the sword is Illyana Rasputin’s, but I’d love to see Kurt get his own.
Alex Ross channels his inner Bill Sienkiewicz for an upcoming cover of a new New Mutants title. I am loving this cover, (especially since it has Cypher!) but it really needs Karma in it for the win (and yes, I know she wasn’t around much for the era that this image is tapping into, but Xi’an was one of the first five members and I love her). The good new is that Zeb Wells, the writer for the series, has big plans for Karma and is going to center the first arc around her!Bob McLeod pencilled the graphic novel and the first three issues of The New Mutants (first series). His art will be gracing the cover of the one of the upcoming issues of the new series! Awesome!
Who doesn’t love She-Ra? She’s like Barbie with a broadsword. How is that not cool? I didn’t watch the show as avidly as say, G.I. Joe or Super Friends, but I loved it whenever I got the chance. I remember really liking the Catwoman rip-off Catra and the only dude on the show, the hunky archer (named Bow as it were). I’m loving this image because it showcases every character in She-Ra’s cast. love the peacock lady (Peekablue) and the lady with the pink feathered wings. Go ahead and say it loud, you know you want to: ”For the honor of Grayskull! I am She-Ra!”
A great sketch of Gambit, that sexy Cajun mutant with the persuasive charm, exploding playing cards and ridiculous trenchcoat. Jim Lee mixes thick and thin marker lines with some smaller pen lines to bring the thief to life. I love how the white marker gives the hair texture. The red eyes are also a nice touch. Whoever Brian is, he’s a lucky devil.
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