Tag Archive for Secret Wars

Rachel Reviews the X-Men, Episode 57

Week of October 7, 2015:

In which Miles calls in sick, and/or Rachel steals the video reviews to spread the gospel of Secret Convergence on Infinite Podcasts and Siege #4.

REVIEWED:

  • Old Man Logan #5 (01:37)
  • Secret Wars #6 (02:58)

Pick of the Week: Siege #4 (04:11)


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Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 56

Week of September 30, 2015 –

In which we desperately wish there were more Inferno; Rachel is either too sober or not sober enough for E is for Extinction; and we PROMISE to to get these up on time next week.

REVIEWED:

  • *Inferno #5 (00:25)
  • E is for Extinction #4 (2:58)

*Pick of the Week (05:10)


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Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 55

Week of September 23, 2015 –

In which X-Tinction Agenda goes out with a fizzle, Years of Future Past goes out with a TIGER, and Secret Wars continues to careen merrily toward its end!

REVIEWED:

  • X-Tinction Agenda #4 (00:33)
  • Years of Future Past #5 (02:39)

Pick of the Week: Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #5 (05:19)


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Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 54

Week of September 6, 2015 (Somewhat Belatedly):


In which House of M is everything a Secret Wars series should be, and Age of Apocalypse is everything a Secret Wars series shouldn’t be.

REVIEWED:

  • Age of Apocalypse #4 (00:39)
  • *House of M #3 (03:19)

*Pick of the Week (05:35)


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Marvel Is Probably Not Actually Trying to Destroy Everything You Love

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POST SECRET-WARS STORY DISCUSSION, AHOY!

Rachel here!

A whole lot of you have been writing in to ask what we think of the recent revelation that the Terrigen Mists are gradually killing off the mutant population of the Marvel Universe. The popular theory of choice seems to be that Marvel has it in for the X-Men: that this is at best a pointless rehash of the M-Day storyline, and at worst a corporate grudge-fueled fictional genocide.

And look: Is Marvel putting more time, energy, and resources into the properties whose entertainment rights they control, and moving those lines front and center in shared-universe stuff? Yeah. But that has been happening roughly forever. In fact, it’s what made the X-Men so prominent in the first place: putting more resources into a line that was at the time tied significantly to the company’s financial success.

This is one of the main liabilities of investing emotionally in a company-owned superhero property: narrative resonance is often going to take a backseat to business. (To an extent, this is one of the main liabilities of investing emotionally in anything that someone else owns or creates: its development will ultimately be informed by priorities other than yours.)

Is Marvel actively sabotaging the X-line? Probably not. Occam’s Razor, y’all: I seriously doubt anyone there has the time–or the imperative–to plan a major arm of a publishing program based on sheer malice. That would be a baffling business move and a phenomenal waste of resources–and it really doesn’t jive with the creative attention that seems to have gone into the post-Secret Wars X-line we’ve seen so far. If Marvel wanted to destroy the X-line, they’d quietly back-burner it, whittle it down to one or two titles–or absorb the headlining characters entirely into other books–and walk away. That’s obviously not happening.

There have been five ongoing X-books announced post-Secret Wars, and we know of at least one other that’s going to be joining them (shhh, don’t tell)–and that’s entirely discounting the many X-affiliated characters who are part of other lineups. You may not like the direction the line is taking–which is fine; again, not every story or arc will appeal to every reader–but the line itself? Probably not going anywhere.

Okay? Okay. So, let’s talk about story.

A lot of the “Marvel is trying to destroy the X-Men” arguments are based on a few preview pages from Extraordinary X-Men, in which it’s revealed that the Terrigen Mists are killing and sterilizing mutants. Which, yes, sucks for mutants, and certainly bodes ill: remember the time Marvel introduced an incurable mutant-targeted virus that devastated the mutant population, destroying the X-line and permanently removing every mutant character from circulation?

Oh, wait.

Adversity is the bread and butter of good stories, especially good superhero stories. Two of the all-time best–and best loved–Daredevil runs are Born Again and The Devil in Cellblock D, and both of them are framed around horrible things happening nonstop to Matt Murdock. This did not happen because Frank Miller and Ed Brubaker hate Daredevil: it happened because adversity makes for good stories. As a writer, the more you love a character or group of characters, the higher the chances that you will throw them to the tigers just to watch them fight their way out. When you love a character, you give them challenges worthy of their narrative potential–and the X-Men, in particular, are a team and a line that historically have shined brightest with their backs to the wall.

The X-Men have been around for more than 50 years. They’re not going anywhere. The quality–and lineup–and the quality of individual titles will ebb and flow, as will their personal resonance for any given reader. (Remember the ‘90s? We do.) You’ll drift away, or you won’t; and you’ll come back, or you won’t; and either way, odds are good that the X-Men will still be around.

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 53

Week of September 9, 2015:

In which if you don’t know by now whether you want to read Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX, nothing we say is likely to sway you much one way or the other; Rachel’s favorite Cyclops is notably absent; and you should totally come see us at Rose City Comic Con!

REVIEWED:

  • *Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #4

*Pick of the week, but comes by it honest.


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Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 52

Week of September 2, 2015:

In which X-Men ’92 and Star Lord and Kitty Pryde end; House of M is a better miniseries than event; Age of Apocalypse is a better event than miniseries; and we have big plans for Rose City Comic Con!

REVIEWED:

  • *X-Men ’92 Infinite Comic #8 (00:42)
  • House of M #2 (03:02)
  • Age of Apocalypse #3 (06:21)
  • Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #3 (09:06)

*Pick of the Week (11:24)


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September 2015 Shirt of the Month: I SURVIVED SECRET WARS

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As yet another crossover event draws to a close, it’s time to count our longboxes, lick our wounds, and breathe a sigh of relief that we’ve lived to read another day. In that spirit, we present September’s shirt of the month, designed by the one and only Dylan Todd!

Secret-Wars

 

(Because, really, if there’s one single moment that sums up everything about crossover events, it’s the time Spider-Man had to teach the Beyonder to poop.)

As usual, the design is available on a whole mess of apparel–including kid and infant sizes, because if there’s any lesson you should take away from our podcast, it’s that continuity-heavy bathroom humor is for everyone. There are also tote bags and stickers!

NOTE: This is a limited-run shirt! It will DISAPPEAR FOREVER from the shop on October 1, 2015; get ’em while they last!

 

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 51 (feat. Katie Moody)

Week of August 26, 2015:

In which Katie Moody saves the day; Magneto ends with a bang; E Is for Extinction continues to be one of the most interesting books to come out of Battleworld; and you should really read Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra.

REVIEWED:

  • Magneto #21 (00:47)
  • E is for Extinction #3 (1:59)
  • Old Man Logan #4 (3:27)

Pick of the Week: The Protomen (4:12)


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The Protomen are the best band ever. You can find out more about them–and listen to a bunch of their music–here.

Special thanks to the amazing Katie and her amazing hair!

Rachel & Miles Review the X-Men, Episode 50

Week of August 19, 2015

In which it’s a pretty good week across the board; Dennis Hopeless is the wind beneath our wings; X-Men ’92 is the wind beneath our jetpacks; and we have somehow made fifty of these.

REVIEWED:

  • House of M #1 (1:31)
  • Inferno #4 (3:57)
  • X-Tinction Agenda #3 (6:08)
  • Secret Wars Journal #4 (8:09)
  • *X-Men ’92 Infinite Comic #7 (9:08)

*Pick of the Week (11:03)


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