PREVIEWS: First Look at X-MEN GOLD #1

PREVIEWS: First Look at X-MEN GOLD #1

[PRESS RELEASE] The Future of Mutankind Begins Here! Your New Look at X-MEN GOLD #1! New York, NY—March 6th, 2017 — From the ashes of Inhumans vs. X-Men, an all-new team will rise to make Charles Xavier’s dream become a reality! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside X-MEN GOLD #1 – the hotly anticipated debut issue, coming to comic shops everywhere on April 5th. Brought to you by the all-star creative…

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REVIEW: Logan – The Best There Is

REVIEW: Logan – The Best There Is

Appearing in nine films over seventeen years, perhaps no actor today is as well identified with a signature role as Hugh Jackman is with that of Logan, aka Wolverine. Jackman went from relative obscurity to movie stardom when he landed the role for 2000’s “X-Men” and he’s formed the centre of the X-Men movie universe ever since. Logan is said to be Jackman’s final outing in the role that made him famous, and as swan…

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Sequart Examines Chris Claremont’s X-Men in “The Best at What He Does”

Sequart Examines Chris Claremont’s X-Men in “The Best at What He Does”

Sequart, the premiere organization for peer-reviewed comics scholarship, has turned their eye to arguably the greatest X-Men scribe in the title’s history: Chris Claremont. Their new book on Claremont’s time with the mutant family, entitled “The Best at What He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men”, takes on the monumental task of looking in depth at the writer’s seventeen year run at the helm of Marvel’s flagship title. At 296 pages, the book attempts to “analyze [sic]…

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DISCOURSE DISH: Marvel’s Mutants, Allegory, and the Anxiety of ‘X’

DISCOURSE DISH: Marvel’s Mutants, Allegory, and the Anxiety of ‘X’

This week, I’m taking a brief break from my usual Discourse Dish subject matter.  I know I’ve made my name with this column primarily in talking about DC Discourse, but this week, we’re hopping the aisle.  This week, with Death of X on the horizon, I want to talk about mutants. Specifically, I want to talk about being an X-Men fan in a climate of constant anxiety. X-Men fans pretty much operate in a constant state of ‘the…

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Mystique, Iceman, and Me: Bisexual Awareness Week as an XMCU Fan

Mystique, Iceman, and Me: Bisexual Awareness Week as an XMCU Fan

Bisexual Awareness Week comes to an end tomorrow.  As someone who identifies as somewhere between bi, gay, and queer, this marks a sort of bittersweet moment every year.  I spent a long time unable to find myself in stories I felt I could safely consume and wanted to. When I found out that comics!Mystique was bi, I was seventeen.  I had just seen the X-Men movies that had come out by then: X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The…

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REVIEW: X-Men: Deadly Genesis — How to Hate Xavier in 1 TPB or Less

REVIEW: X-Men: Deadly Genesis — How to Hate Xavier in 1 TPB or Less

X-Men: Deadly Genesis, penned by Ed Brubaker of Winter Soldier fame, focuses on “Charles Xavier‘s darkest secret.” Now, many people in the X-Men fandom — especially on the comics side of things — see Professor X as the secret, unintended villain of the X-Men Universe. I will argue that stories like Deadly Genesis only put the icing on a very tall, very villainous cake. But that belongs to another article, so, moving on. I have…

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LEGION: New trailers go for funny, underwhelm with ableism

LEGION: New trailers go for funny, underwhelm with ableism

Legion, an FX TV series following Charles Xavier’s son, dropped two teaser trailers this past weekend.  Both trailers clock in at under 20 seconds, and both attempt to add some lightheartedness to the hype for the series. Unfortunately, that humor comes at the cost of the dignity of mentally ill people.  The first trailer, below, titled ‘WTF,’ shows a catatonic man drooling.  David Haller and another character stare at the character in apparent disbelief.  Considering…

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X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

X-Men, Mystique, and Identity Politics: A Transgender Metaphor

Recently, I saw a YouTube video that broke down The Matrix as a trans woman’s coming-out metaphor.  The movie, made by two trans women, certainly holds up to that interpretation.  It lead me to thinking about my favorite subplot in the X-Men Cinematic Universe — that of Mystique and her relationship to her body. I submit that Mystique, likely unintentionally, represents the experiences and hypervisibility of trans people.  Her arc, particularly in X-Men: First Class and subsequent movies,…

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FLAMECON 2: Kitty Pryde ‘Queerest’ X-Man, Says Claremont

FLAMECON 2: Kitty Pryde ‘Queerest’ X-Man, Says Claremont

You heard it right — this past Sunday, at FlameCon 2 in Brooklyn, Chris Claremont, one of the definitive writers of the X-Men in the late 20th century, basically told us all that Kitty Pryde is the queerest character he ever wrote. Of course, the man speaks in riddles, so it takes some unraveling to see it. At the tail end of the panel “Pride and the X-Men,” panel member (and New X-Men artist) Phil Jimenez asked Claremont: “Who…

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Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

Point of Entry: Extraordinarily Uncanny X-Men

There’s very few series as convoluted and winding as the X-Men, featuring over two dozen main titles since it’s creation in 1963. This week’s Point of Entry will try to unravel the main storyline through the X-Men universe, focusing on six key jumping on points. The X-Men have been many things over the years, mostly a reflection for the world, pointing out prejudice and racism. Many of their enemies are relegious zealots or groups that would…

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