You know how Mystique is one of the coldest, most independent and self-possessed characters in comics history, let alone within the X-Men franchise? Across the decades only a few characters have been able to wade through comics continuity and come out with a fresh and sharp edge still intact, and Raven Darkholme should surely be … More The Draco, Part 1: How Did We Get Here?
Giant Days is a brilliant, weird, funny comic about three girls living together at Sheffield University in the UK. Created by John Allison and drawn by talents including Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin and Whitney Cogar, the series has been going strong for several years now, and has amassed a rightfully devoted fanbase. As it’s set … More The Annotated Giant Days, Issue #1
In which Cyclops races off into the woods to recover his mind from a severe trauma. The trip involves meeting up with his long-lost father, Corsair, to attempt a spot of father-son bonding after years of each thinking that the other was dead – and things get more awkward from there. Scott Summers enters Uncanny … More X-Roulette: Uncanny X-Men #391
In which the team have to deal with Master Mold, part of a group of robots which were designed to get rid of all mutants – but then upped their game, overthrew their creator, and decided to get rid of basically all humans at the same time. Also, Iceman builds a flying saucer. This is … More X-Roulette: Uncanny X-Men #15
It’s time to start what might be the actual best single issue of this entire run! Batgirl is on a mission to Brazil whilst Stephanie Brown is busy discovering the joys of her local library. There’s telemovies, one-armed pull-ups, Teen Titans, scorpion-based assassins and the ‘familiar’ artistic stylings of Ian Bertram to enjoy – it’s … More Batman Eternal #11: Scorpion Woman
In which the Juggernaut is advancing on the X-Men’s island home of Utopia, and can’t be stopped on his slow march of destruction. Cyclops has thrown hundreds of ideas and powers at the supernaturally-charged villain without success, and the last hope he has is that Colossus can beat Juggernaut at his own game. Colossus is … More X-Roulette: Uncanny X-Men #543
If I might be allowed to start with some heresy, while Marvel may sell itself as “the world outside your window,” it’s actually DC’s comics that offer the important life lessons you can actually use. Villains? They’re a cowardly, superstitious lot! Orphans? They will grow up to accomplish great things sans parental love and influence! … More Justice League of America #123: Where on Earth Am I?
In which Cyclops and Beast have to contend with the continuing rampage of a “sub-human” known as Grotesk, whilst Professor X stops the other X-Men from helping out. Even once you’ve read the end of the issue, it still doesn’t make any sense. Oh, and then Xavier dies, for the first time. Even amongst the … More X-Roulette: Uncanny X-Men #42
In which the X-Men move to San Francisco to start a new lives for themselves. While Cyclops an the rest of the adult X-Men relax into a newfound life of celebrity worth, Pixie is the victim of a hate-attack from a new “Hellfire Cult” which shows that mutants still aren’t safe from prejudice and hatred. … More X-Roulette: Uncanny X-Men #501
by Seb Patrick Those of us who have an investment in comics, and in their continuing health as a medium and an industry, often find ourselves looking at how successful – or, more often, not – they are at appealing to new readers. It’s common to criticise ongoing Big Two comics for being impenetrable and … More Christmas With The Super-Heroes #2 (1989)