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1987 And All That: X-Factor #12-23

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

XFactor1X-Factor #12-23 (Marvel) by Louise Simonson, Marc Silvestri (#12), Walter Simonson (#13-15, 17-19, 21, 23), David Mazzucchelli (#16), June Brigman (#20), Sal Buscema (#22), Bob Wiacek (#12, 14-15, 17-19, 21-23), Dan Green (#13), Joe Rubinstein (#16), Randy Emberlin (#20), Petra Scotese, Joe Rosen, Bob Harras

I tend to enjoy any comicbook that looks at the inescapable personal torments, damaged relationships, and psychological strains of the superhero lifestyle. Secret identities, an endless and self-feeding cycle of violence, taking on the impossible responsibility of keeping the rest of the world safe—it’s bound to take its toll on anyone, and it’s nice when a narrative acknowledges that. X-Factor #12-23 digs deep into these superhero problems and their consequences, then piles on several other whole sets of problems, too. There is, of course, the classic conundrum of humans fearing/hating mutants no matter what they do, which is amped up more than usual in this particular series because of its foundational concept of X-Factor pretending to be mutant hunters. Though less explicitly discussed, there’s also an argument embedded in these issues that the whole idea of gathering mutants together and training them to use their powers and fight evil mutants might be flawed, that Xavier did both harm and good with the original X-Men and now, as X-Factor, those same characters are repeating his mistakes with a new generation. Then again, there’s no better alternative offered here, because if not protected, nurtured, and taught control, the young mutants of the world could potentially do massive damage without even meaning to. So X-Factor presents a pretty dreary interpretation of the mutant-heavy reality of the 1980′s Marvel Universe, one where there may not be any truly good choices for mutantkind to make, especially because, in that world, superpowers almost always lead to superheroics (or supervillainy), which in turn lead to their own significant stresses, injuries, etc. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 264: Marc Silvestri, Part 3 – Uncanny X-Men #218 and #255 and Cyberforce #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #218 and #255 and Cyberforce #1, the first two of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated June 1987 and December 1989, and the third of which was published by Image and is cover dated November 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 193: Rob Liefeld, Part 2 – Uncanny X-Men #245 and New Mutants #88

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Rob Liefeld, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #245 and New Mutants #88, both of which was published by Marvel and are cover dated June 1989 and April 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 170: John Romita, Jr., Part 4 – Uncanny X-Men #301

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #301, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 168: John Romita, Jr., Part 2 – Amazing Spider-Man #246 and 250

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issues are Amazing Spider-Man #246 and 250, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated November 1983 and March 1984, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 102: Mahmud Asrar, Part 4 – Supergirl #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mahmud Asrar, and the issue is Supergirl #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 2011. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February 2014

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“In war we’re tough and able / Quite indefatigable / Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable”
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Year of the Artist, Day 33: Bernie Wrightson, Part 3 – The Weird #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bernie Wrightson, and the issue is The Weird #3, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1988. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2014

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“What’s so amazing / That keeps us stargazing / And what do we think we might see”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for February AND March 2013

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Last month, I didn’t get a chance to finish all of these before I went to the convention in Seattle, and then I was busy when I got back. So this month, we get a double dose of trades and books I’ve read and such. That means this is really long, and I apologize for that!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2013

Oxford comma in the title of this post: Yay or nay? I love Oxford commas, myself, but I enjoy hearing opinions about grammatical minutiae!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 321: The Weird #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from The Weird #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1988. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 222: Iron Fist #14

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Chris Claremont and John Byrne! Today’s page is from Iron Fist #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1977. This scan is courtesy of Our Dread Lord and Master, Brian Cronin himself, who possesses every comic book ever published! Thanks, Brian! Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2012

Hey, it’s that time again, when we hit things hard and we hit things fast and then … we’re gone! We’re like ninjas that way!
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