I’m gonna be honest with you guys. These issues after “X-Cutioner’s Song,” they are not awesome. It would be one thing if they were just kinda… bad. But they are almost completely baffling and unintelligible to follow. I don’t think you youngsters these days have a true appreciation for how well edited the X-Universe is now, because back then, the number of concurrent storylines happening across X-Books that were in no way meant to really run together, let’s just say it did not make for an easy read.
So here we are, Fabian Nicieza writing, Art Thirbert on the pencils. And two issues out from the X-cutioner’s Song saga, this is the ultimate of placeholder issues. Charles’s childhood friend, Alexander Ryking aka Hazard, escapes out of the Ryking hospital (which is hinted at that it’s a place where they, contain? Rehabilitate? Do something to mutants), and goes on a killing spree because he’s mad angry. This sort of intertwines with some hints about Wolverine’s past, but it never really leads anywhere. So whatever. This is clearly just a placeholder of a story arc to bide time until the epic X-Cutioner’s Song. So, let’s talk about some panels.
Let me pose to you a scenario. “In this issue Ghost Rider will become infested by the Brood.” Yeah, sounds pretty cool, huh? But for some reason THAT part of the issue doesn’t click with me the same way as I remembered. Maybe I’m older, and maybe in a lot of ways, Ghost Rider just doesn’t seem that cool anymore? I mean he’s still COOL, but maybe those movies rubbed off on the mantle of the young Blaze.
X-Men #8 — Tooth and Claw
Guys. You guys. If you are around 30 years old and read comics, then X-Men #8 is a milestone in your comics life. This is the infamous X-Men picnic issue. The seminal Psylocke-in-a-bikini issue. This was one of those moments you remember forever. I have so much to talk about, that I’m basically going to dedicate a whole post to this issue. Are you ready?