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Saturday, April 4, 2009

From our secret headquarters...

A shadow drifts through the empty base. The silent alarm is tripped. The signal is sent. I don my costume and race to our HQ ready to face whatever nefarious, evil thing has penetrated our defences.
Oh... it's just a cat.... Bugger. I squeezed myself into my skin-tight, rubber cat suit for naught but a pussy cat! Oh well, while I'm here I may as well do something.

Meeting up with my fellow comic-philes is like an AA meeting of sorts. It allows us to support each other for one. It lets us know we are not alone (I told myself I wouldn't cry). Together we can fight our addiction. Sadly, I think ours is a losing battle. You can see it in their eyes, they lust after those pristinely printed and pressed pages. The smell of ink on recycled paper. I NEED ONE! I MUST HAVE ONE!!! NO! No! I must calm myself, I don't sign on for another few days and can't afford my 'fix' yet.

Recently I borrowed my friends X-Men Essentials #1 graphic novel. Although I like the X-men I've never bothered with more than a look-in now and then. So reading this awesome collection (and it is pretty awesome) was like a lightning-bolt. For those of you who don't know what the hell I'm going on about X-Men Essentials #1 introduces characters like Wolverine, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Storm to the ranks of the X-Men. I found it quite a buzz to see their induction in print form, even though by today's standards the first few issues -written over three decades ago- look a little cardboardy now. Then, just a few days after, he handed me X-Men: Deadly Genesis -written only a year or two ago- which was a big thing (trust me those of you who don't know, it really is). Basically The first issue of Essentials has the new X-Men rescuing the original X-Men from the monster/island of Krakoa after a brief but intensive training 'montage'. What Deadly Genesis does is reveals that the new X-Men weren't the first team sent out to rescue the original team. I'll leave it at that. Think of it in a round about way as 'My Recommendation'.


MWPete said...

Hey Adam, great post. Thanks for the assist.
Speaking of those early X-men yarns, I remember reading them in an old black and white british comic. I absoloutely loved the Krakoa story, taking on an entire mutant island, these guys were good. I always loved the way Cockrum drew Cyclops boots too, real swashbuckler style. My favourite memory though is the real shock I got seeing Wolverine pop his claws when he wasn't wearing his costume. He was such a new character nobody knew much about him and I'd just assumed they were part of his gloves. The rest of the x-mens reaction was great too, they were pretty grossed out.

Wagonovic said...

I loved their reactions to his claws too. I was approaching the whole collection from a different point of view. For me The X-Men began their existence in the 90's cartoon serialisation and grew from there. I have to admit to squirming with excitement whenever I witnessed a 'first'. Right now I have just started the second of the X-Men Essentials collections and right within the pages of the first issue Wolverine reveals his real name to someone. I agree with you about Cyke's boots, though Colossus' boots are a little goofy.