In which Jay discovers a continuity loop; phonetic spelling reaches a new level of implausibility; it’s always already Onslaught; X-Force’s roster gets shaken up; Siryn goes undercover; and the Upstarts remain vaguely plot-relevant despite our fervent wishes.
- Mimic (Calvin Rankin)
- Wing problems
- X-Force #45-47
- One of Adam Pollina’s more remarkable non-Marvel art credits
- One of many homages to the cover of X-Men #138
- X-Force, its members, and its recent history
- Phonetic spelling
- Warpath’s hair
- Baffling managerial decisions
- Whether Reed Richards is machine washable
- Many pouches
- An unlikely friendship
- Sabretooth’s state of mind
- Rutland, VT
- The Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane
- Dr. Rachel Weisman
- Jeremy Stevens
- Part of why we like following X-books over time
- Character redesigns
CORRECTION: In addition to being the setting of a number of 1970s Marvel and DC stories, Rutland, VT is actually a real place with a famous annual (and largely superhero-themed) Halloween parade!
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In which Elle and Graeme save the day; Hank McCoy joins the real world (sort of) (briefly); Carl Maddicks may or may not be undead; academic discourse in the Marvel Universe leaves a few things to be desired; Steve Englehart is an unsung hero of X-Men; Mastermind lives up to his name; Warren Worthington has a good attitude about mutation; and Avengers Beast is the best Beast; and Graeme has strong feelings about Moira MacTaggert.
- The complex romantic life of Patsy Walker
- The increasingly terrible life choices of Hank McCoy
- Amazing Adventures #11-17
- Incredible Hulk #161
- Captain America #173-175
- Avengers #137, 144, & 178
- Marvel Team-Up #124
- Life after the X-Men
- The Brand Corporation
- Carl Maddicks (again)
- Vampire Secret Agent Linda Donaldson
- The dubious chemical cause of mutation
- Beast as proto-Wolverine
- Steve Englehart
- The high price of passing
- Several unusually realistic latex masks
- Norman Mailer’s Handbook for Unliberated Women
- Sad clowns
- Buzz Baxter
- Hellcat (Patsy Walker)
- Someone who might be Carole King, Indira Gandhi, or your sister (but isn’t)
- Questionable corporate practices
- Quasimodo (but not that one)
- Semantics of fur color
- The Griffin
- The Secret Empire
- Actual supervillain Richard Nixon
- Mimic (Cal Rankin)
- Avengers Auditions
- Best Beast stories
Special thanks to guest hosts Elle Collins & Graeme McMillan!
NEXT WEEK: Everything is terrible.
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