Here we are folks. Sorry for the late start. The end of an era begins.
>Day 5: 437 - 443
>Art: Salvador Larocca
>Day 1: 410 - 416
>Day 2: 417 - 422
>Day 3: 423 - 427
>Day 4: 428 - 436
this arc is so lowkey compared to the last few.
I actually think it's PERFECT for the tone he's cultivated in the book. Now, is it perfect for X-Men.....that's another question.
check archived threads.
This issue follows the Planet X/Here Comes Tomorrow arc of New X-Men, so, if it seems like it doesn't follow from the last issue...that's why.
you can breathe now
apparently i'm being overtaken by a parapersona intent on spilling some morrison here at the end
Austen and Larroca move over to (New) X-Men. It drops the "new." I actually own those issues, but i don't have digital copies. To be honest with you, I've never read them. they were the remnants of an abandoned pull list.
this previous page makes me enjoy Emma more as a character than I think I ever have.
She shows back up in X-Men, 157 160 163 164, the New Mutants series that was running at then time, and then AGAIN in Astonishing Vol 3(????) and I have no idea what is "happening" to her.
this >>77993290 was meant for you
But now I'm wondering if I should track down Austen's X-Men and continue the madness.....
I've also considered a New X-Men storytime next....I may just let THAT bleed into the Austen X-Men stuff.
me too. I never really realized that the run doesn't really "end," it just kind of does that crappy romeo and juliet story and then the Magneto stuff, and then it moves books.
And some pages from New X-men #122. There is a little bit of wiggle room for Magneto to have "switched" places with Xorn I guess inbetween the annual and this sequence.
Honestly, my position was always that "Xorn is Magneto" was a crap reveal even within Morrison's run. It felt like an asspull at the time, and still does to me.
AND I thought the retcon stuff started in these last Uncanny issues but it's in Austen's X-Men.
hair color hasn't been much of a priority in this run
It's like Austen gets his entire idea of the South from Blazing Saddles.
I was afraid that the final arc would be just plain mediocre instead of outright bad, but once we got to cartoon hillbillies in mech suits and a Romeo/Juliet romance where the man literally can't stop talking the most painful "romantic" prose I've ever seen outside of Myspace blogs I knew we were fine.
>way he treats religion
>way he treats rural areas/the south
>BIGOTS ARE COMING TO KILL YOU
I hate to invoke this kind of language...but that's exactly the kind of thing that makes people see "anti-conservative bias" or a "liberal agenda" in comics. Then again, "BIGOTS ARE COMING TO KILL YOU" is kind of exactly what X-men is about, so I don't even know.
I'm a dirty agnostic liberal faggot and I thought everything he did with religion and the South was embarrassing. Every part of the story involving bigotry felt like a bad 80's anti-bullying PSA, there was never any modulation in the storytelling so it was always at this ridiculous melodramatic octave. His depiction of The South was two steps away from Yosemite Sam.
The best part of the Evil Pope storyline was Austen's random Bible quotes every page, it's like you could see his smug expression coming off the page going "Uh yeah I'm so fuckin' deep man lemme throw another hot quote here it's like poetry." It was so insanely disrespectful and fucking stupid.
I'm still baffled by the "get Nightcrawler to be pope, somehow causing the Rapture" plot. Even ignoring basic shit like Catholics not believing in the Rapture, surely he's noticed that Popes are chosen from high-ranking members of the clergy and not some no-name priests who literally just started their jobs?
I want to see Evil Pope's flow-chart for Kurt's next 30 years of papal ascendency carefully plotted-out.
Or maybe Lucky Chuck had just read Angels and Demons and wanted to see if he could write a story that was somehow even stupider.
Yeah...we're continuing this shit tomorrow....
>a dirty agnostic liberal faggot
I'm only not one of those.
There is this tendency in comics and other pulp media to use biblical language and imagery as a way to kind of co-opt the "gothic, mythic" sensibilities of it all. The cover of one of those issues with Nightcrawler on the cross in the rain. I'm thinking of Leifelds Prophet run, the way Spawn and the Crow play with the imagery. Crimson. God, what else from the mid 90's onwards..
Anyway, yeah. Austen's use of angels and demons as pulp romance and soap characters (NO...I am your FATHER!), the way he handles scriptures, it's bad.
>Josh is coming back
YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN CHUCK.
The entire Draco storyline was maybe the closest I've ever come to feeling like I'm reading genuine fanfiction. Like Lucky Chuck, FF.net writers also love cramming random biblical imagery and secret fathers with an OCDonusteel collection of siblings into the mix.
And the covers are so cool. Does this LOOK like it should be an incredible book?
Trial of Juggernaut would have been a better end to this run. Just felt like a better end cap.
She Lies With Angels didn't really resolve stuff with Paige. None of it was really interesting or original either. I liked Paige as a character, but giving Emma diamond skin kind of made Paige irrelevant anyway.
Of Darkest Nights picks up from what was probably the worst part of Morrison's run (though I was never much of a fan of RIOT!). Wolverine taking the high road never really works well, and Marvel insistence on making SW and QS not Magneto's kids once again takes some of the impact out of their older stories.
Also, wasn't Havok and Polaris together again toward the end of X-Factor?
Having not read Planet X it was pretty jarring to go from Angel/Paige being Austen's clear OTP to her suddenly being dead over the course of a single issue.
RIP Paige/Skin. You were probably the most consistent character in the run, being Chuck's waifu at least meant you never went insane or stupid.
The juggernaut plot gets resolved in the upcoming X-Men issues. We also get some more Annie, Sammie and Josh.
Wait what? Skin was crucified and died. Paige is fine. She's by angel in this shot from X-Men #157.
Day 6 - HELL IS ETERNAL edition
>New X-Men 155 - 160
More of Larroca's art. The inks get better.
>New X-Men 155, 156
This will be an epilogue to Morrison's story; the NXM side of the last two Uncanny issues we did today.
>X-Men 157 - 160
The Xorn stuff that I thought was in today's ST. It's a good thing I did that NXM Annual today because it will be relevant tomorrow.
It happens. I had to look up "WTF happened to Monet?" She goes along on that first mission just call Stacy a bitch and get sucked out of the plane. THAT is her contribution to the book.