Archive for November, 2010

Godel x Uzumeri #3: X-Men 102-108 (or, Carefree, Cavalier, Claremont-Cockrum Conviviality)

Posted in UGGU: Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men on November 22, 2010 by doctorcasino

Uzumeri: Welcome to the third edition of our look at Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men run. I’m David Uzumeri and this is Addison Godel – he knows all this material and has read it before; I haven’t. This episode we take a look at issues 102 to 108, which comprise an Irish adventure, a fight with Magneto and two totally insane cosmic issues that introduce the Shi’ar.

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Godel x Uzumeri #2: X-Men 96-101 (or, Credence Claremonter Revival)

Posted in UGGU: Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men on November 9, 2010 by doctorcasino

Godel: Welcome, everyone, to the second installment of this, uh, quarterly feature (sorry about that), where we hard-headedly plow through Chris Claremont’s classic 16-year tenure on the not-yet-Uncanny X-Men. Last time we really covered the prologue: Len Wein and Dave Cockrum’s unveiling of the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men in Giant Size X-Men and X-Men (vol 1) 94-95. Now, with issues 96-100, Claremont (who scripted the last couple of issues) takes over as writer. So this is the “real” start of the run.

If you’re looking to follow along at home, this material is readily available in the first black-and-white Essential X-Men volume, or in color in the first two Marvel Masterworks: Uncanny X-Men collections.

IN THESE ISSUES: The X-Men scuffle with a demon named Kierrok the Damned and a mysterious man named Erik the Red (an identity Cyclops once adopted in the 60s run). Then, on a trip to New York, they get attacked by a new set of mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. As a couple of subplots start ticking, the X-Men fly to the Sentinels’ space-station base to beat them and their mastermind Stephen Lang. With their death-defying descent back to Earth, Jean survives a near-death experience to become the powered-up Phoenix. Then Banshee inherits his family castle and the team go on a holiday to Ireland.

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