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In which Havok and Wolverine head to Mexico; Havok tries his hand at noir; Wolverine gets serious about hair gel; Meltdown is probably not actually a common Russian surname; Susan X-Plains nuclear reactors; and we are pretty thoroughly besotted with Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown.
- Age of Apocalypse Corsair
- Epic Comics
- Marvel Comics Presents #24-31
- Leila O’Toole (Plasma)
- The Cold War
- Samantha Smith
- Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown #1-4
- General Meltdown
- Dr. Neutron
- The varying deadliness of vices
- Scarlett McKenzie (Quark)
- Some exceptionally gorgeous artwork
- Why we love Havok
- How nuclear reactors do and don’t work
- Other characters we’d like to see in Meltdown-type stories
- Adamantium vs. vibranium
NEXT EPISODE: The X-Men Anime
Special thanks to guest reactor X-Pert Susan Beaver!
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Links & Further Reading:
- Kurt Busiek
- Unpublished X-Men
- The X-Axis Silver-Age Index (archived)
- X-Men #32
- X-Men #37
- X-Men #48
- Marvel Holiday Special 1994
- Slan, by A. E. van Vogt
- Children of the Atom, by Wilmar H. Shiras
- Mutant, by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner)
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon
- The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper
- Astro City
- Tooth and Claw
In which Rachel finally gets to say “WHAT?!,” we examine three variations on the Silver Age, Twin Peaks is reality TV, we can’t believe you hired Hitler, Angel is not Batman, even the most sympathetic Xavier is still pretty creepy, Cyclops has a good day, Marvel Girl is not going to throw a dinosaur for you, Iceman is the Troy Barnes of the X-Men, and we say a fond farewell to the Silver Age.
- The X-Axis
- X-Men: Children of the Atom
- Hard-sell noir
- How to party like it’s sometime between 1986 and 1991, as filtered through 1999
- The perils of over-referencing
- Why Marvel is in the Tommy Westphall Universe
- The worst guidance counselor ever
- Villain speeches
- X-Men: First Class (but not that one)
- Fun, and several places to find it
- Angst-free X-Men
- Gender politics of superheroism
- X-Men: Season One
- The solution to the Silver-Age-Jean Grey problem
- Why Iceman matters
- The Silver Age cram book
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