Axel-In-Charge: Unmasking the "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at a great X-Men vs. Dracula story from Uncanny X-Men Annual #6, by Chris Claremont, Bill Sienkiewicz and Bob Wiacek!
NOTE: Sorry for the delay – the blog’s server was down last night and this morning, so I couldn’t put this piece up until now.
The story opens with a sad turn of events for one of the long-time cast members of Tomb of Dracula (I’ve always been a bit put off by the idea of killing her off in another comic book, but at least Claremont and Sienkiewicz handle it well).
Next, we cut to Kitty Pryde dealing with her parents announcing that they are divorcing. Claremont often threw soap opera drama into his X-Men comics, but I think it really does work here.
Finally, perhaps the highlight of the book, Storm (under the control of Dracula, who had encountered her in an recent issue of Uncanny X-Men) dreams of killing all of the X-Men in the service of her master…
That is some damn fine comic book storytelling right there!
Of course, she dreamed it all, and as you saw above, someone possessed Kitty, and that someone is helping the X-Men in their fight against Dracula and the now-turned Rachel Van Helsing.
The rest of the issue contains a lot of well orchestrated action sequences, with a lot of characters getting some very strong character moments.
This is well worth checking out in the back issue bins – it has also been collected in a number of different collections.
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