In which Jay makes a sartorial switch; Hope Summers is less confusing than you might expect; we are very happy to present our first all-artist convention special; Ramon kills his idols; Rachelle deciphers the past; Bret (re)defines New Mutants; a long-time mystery is resolved; colorists deserve more respect; the Xavier School probably has an actual curriculum; and a lot of X-Men have really cool hair.
The adventures of Hope Summers
Several Phoenix hosts
The time Quentin Quire became a Shi’ar god
Our panelists’ definitive X-Men
E for Extinction
Killing your idols
Coloring as archaeology
Visually defining the X-Men
New Mutants that might have been
The actual color of Storm’s ’90s costume
Editorial direction vs. editorial mandate
Practical considerations in costume design
Actual education at the Xavier School
Wolverine’s assorted children
The best hair in the X-Men
NEXT EPISODE: Cannonball dies (briefly)!
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In which Louise Simonson’s New Mutants run gets off to a rough start; drugs are not a reliable way to impress your space girlfriend; Magma gets a character arc; Tarot’s powers are kind of iffy; it’ll take more than a few illegal fish to stop Magik; and Bird Brain thoroughly fails to live up to his potential.
Sunspot’s brushes with villainy
The de-aging of the New Mutants
New Mutants #55-58
A memorable dress
A cautionary tale
The New Mutants as a Saturday morning cartoon
Bird Boy / Bird Brain
A romantic dilemma
Several alternative foci for Tarot’s powers
Redemption and humanization of villains in X-books
The best and worst of Bret Blevins
Non-comics writers we’d like to see write X-books
Other teen time travelers we’d add to All-New X-Men
NEXT WEEK: Live in Las Vegas!
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