Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men

398 – Shanna the Wee Devil

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In which the rest of the X-Men return from space; Maggott is the new cool; Gambit’s past catches up with him; Chris Bachalo takes over as regular artist on Uncanny X-Men; Deathbird flirts singularly aggressively; Eany and Meany eat a truck; dating a telepathic ninja is going to take some getting used to; and Havok predictably remains ABD.
X-PLAINED
  • Motormouth (Harley Davis)
  • Motormouth and Killpower
  • Uncanny X-Men #347-349
  • Grovel and Spat
  • A horse guy who is actually a cat-frog-lizard guy
  • An extraordinarily half-assed action figure
  • Load-bearing backstory
  • Landscape
  • The other Nanny
  • Elegant foreshadowing
  • Beast’s appearance as a mutant power
  • Gambit’s chest hair
  • The end of playtime
  • CCA-compliant foliage
  • Deathbird and Bishop
  • A vanity plate
  • Eany and Meany
  • One-off psychometry
  • Psylocke vs. Maggott
  • Decompression
  • Havok’s enduring lack of a Ph.D.
NEXT EPISODE: X-Force hits the road!
NOTE: In this episode, Miles theorized Grovel’s voice as sounding halfway between Cable and Kermit the Frog without realizing that he was in fact just describing Sweetums. -Jay

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2 comments

  1. Uncanny #348 was my last issue of Marvel Comics, mostly due to the guy at the comic shop being a jerk. I came back at the tail end of Grant Morrison’s run, mostly thanks to finding Paul O’Brien’s X-Axis website, and seeing all the cool new stuff the X-Men were up to. But I DID re-read this run of the Joseph and X-Men in space a few times during the intervening years, and the instant I saw Spat & Grovel figures at Toys “R” Us, I picked them up, along with the rest of their line-mates, Nate Grey and Blink.

    It’s so funny that Maggott and Cecilia Reyes got all the hype, but Spat & Grovel got toys literally decades before Maggott. Poor Dr. Reyes STILL hasn’t ever received an action figure.

  2. Re: “Other Nanny”

    I like Magneto’s Nanny much more than the one who hangs out with Orphan Maker. The character design (even before Bachalo) is much stronger than Simonson’s weird egg armor, which I’ve never been able to take seriously.

    Magneto Nanny actually would’ve been a pretty good substitute for Egg Nanny all along; the kill-the-parents-to-protect-the-children schtick is really something that a robot would’ve come up with moreso than a traumatized scientist.

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