Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

339 – Luck Be a Lady

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In which evil robots are fundamentally more optimistic than climate change; Ozymandias could probably use a new hobby; Wolverine goes full Kate Beaton; “Luck Be a Lady” would be a kickass hymn; Shard gets a body (kinda); and the X-Men definitely do that.

X-PLAINED:

  • Some of Stryfe’s team-ups
  • Fatal Attractions (briefly)
  • X-Cutioner’s Song (briefly)
  • Genesis / Tolliver / Tyler Dayspring
  • Several other individuals named Genesis
  • Lost noses, historical and fictional
  • Uncanny X-Men #332
  • Wolverine #100-101
  • Uncanny X-Men Annual 1996
  • Zoe Culloden (The Expediter)
  • Ozymandias
  • Wolverine, golden retriever
  • An Elektra cameo
  • Wild Thing
  • Bishop and Shard (again)
  • The return of Preacher
  • The Hound (again)
  • A reunion
  • Deplxelation
  • Krakoan team niches
  • What heroes do

NEXT: X.S.E.


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4 comments

  1. It’s funny that you brought X-Cutioner’s Song up as I was just listening to those episodes again. I laughed when you mentioned how large and unwieldy 12 parts are considering the recent X of Swords 22 part crossover.

    I liked these occasional mini crossovers even if it gave the impression of constant crossovers in the mid-90’s. If I recall, this was pretty close to X-Man crossing over with Excalibur and Cable. Plus there was the Sabretooth stuff in both X-Men titles and X-Force.

    I thought bringing Elektra in to Wolverine was inspired and I’m a little sad that no one ever remembers their friendship after Wolverine’s appearance in her upcoming series and the all too brief Wild Thing series. What is strange is that, in the subscription page, Elektra was listed as an X-Men series.

    Lastly, if I recall correctly, Bob Harras added the captions to the scene where Cyclops hits his head. It sounds like he was thinking about a story that was never followed up on.

  2. Williams and Baldeón’s X-FACTOR was the comic that inspired my question about Krakoa teams, actually! It’s such a great, creative premise that you only get in this kind of setup where the “four to seven characters run into each other by chance, foil a supervillain and decide to stick together as a team” origin is off-limits.

  3. The Elektra/Psylocke outfit similarity actually makes sense because they were both associated with The Hand. I assume the intention was to suggest Psylocke was the next Elektra. Now why female Hand ninjas go with sexy top, boots, gloves, and nothing else, will probably be only known in Frank Miller’s head, but that explains the comparison.

    Thankfully, recently, Marvel has introduced female Hand ninjas dressed like male Hand ninjas (the Black Panther: Most Dangerous Man Alive series comes to mind). You also have Lady Bullseye, who is her own can of worms.

  4. “I mean as I said, I’d like to see more about mutants who choose NOT to live on Krakoa. Krakoa as a mutant paradise, as a mutant utopia, is a really cool concept — but it’s a concept built on the premise that mutants in general will be fine with basically leaving off their prior lives and relationships in a lot of ways.

    And I have to think that there’d be a pretty substantial segment of the population that wasn’t down with that. So I’d like to see more in terms of both what Krakoa’s relationship is to that, and what position that puts those mutants in.”

    Oh my GOD thank you so much Jay, I’ve been trying to itch out why Krakoa has felt so weird and off to me, and this is it EXACTLY — I’ve always related to/approached the X-Men primarily (because of who I am) as a diaspora narrative, and this… is not that.

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