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One of My X-Men Wishes Came True!

The great thing about Dawn of X is that every single mutant character that ever existed has a chance of showing up in the pages of an X-Men comic. For a fan of obscure mutants, that makes every new issue out of the X-Men franchise a game of Where’s Waldo, in the hopes that some random Z-list favorite of mine will show up.

And one has! And he was on my list! A couple months ago, as Krakoa was really getting started, a did a List of Six for obscure mutants I hoped to see on Krakoa. This week’s Cable #2 brought forth one of those characters: Paulie Provenzano!

When they move to Krakoa, Paulie can do the Crucible!

Turns out, Paulie — known here by his mutant name “Omerta” — is the father of the first mutant baby born. He’s partners with Stinger, another obscure Z-list mutant who was mentioned in another comic as being the first mutant to give birth. So mazeltov!

You can follow my earlier link for the scoop on who Omerta even is. He was an X-Man for a single storyline, and mostly served as a jackass homophobe who learned an important lesson about acceptance from Northstar. That storyline was one of my earliest attempts to start reading X-Men on a regular basis, so Paulie stuck with me for some reason.

Now to use my mutant-summoning powers for good! Bring forth the rest of my list! Where is Lacuna?! What about Abyss? Perhaps even…Shortpack!!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 7/25/20

Oops! Looks like I got my timing wrong and this weekend is Comic-Con @ Home weekend, not last weekend like I thought. Ah well. Who can tell what day it is anymore? We’ve still got new comics to enjoy, including Batman, New Mutants, and more Empyre, including a nifty tie-in with the X-Men!

Comic Book of the Week goes to Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 for a truly wonderful one-shot set in the alternate Coinless dimension! Fun times all around!

We never get the zombie movies we really deserve

Meanwhile, one of my local comic book shops had to shut down due to COVID and they held a going-out-of-business sale. I swung by and picked up the first four tpbs of Peter David’s most recent X-Factor series! Score! I’d been eyeballing the big compendium for that series because it’s clearly out of print, but these half-priced tpbs should tide me over nicely! I’m also thinking of getting into Invincible…anybody have any thoughts?

Comic Reviews: Batman #95, Empyre #2, Empyre: X-Men #1, Hellions #2, New Mutants #11, and Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1.

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My Ongoing Investigation to Determine the Truth of Multiple Man on Krakoa

A man needs a mission. What else do we have in this life but the urge to accomplish a goal? Why even keep this blog going after all these years considering it never became the biggest, most interesting blog in the world? I guess I just like having stuff to do. There’s my Strong Guy Watch, chronicling every random, minor appearance of Strong Guy. And now I’m going to dub this my Multiple Man Mystery!

Multiple Man is alive and well on Krakoa…but is he the real Multiple Man? New evidence arrived this week in Empyre: X-Men #1, the tie-in to Empyre. For the first time in Dawn of X, Multiple Man has speaking lines.

Madrox and Monet actually have a complex history

He’s also wearing his modern costume, which is mostly just a jacket over a stylized T-shirt. I really like the modern costume.

So in this issue, Multiple Man joins up with Angel, Monet and Magik to investigate one of the gateways on Genosha, with the lot of them getting wrapped up in the whole Empyre thing. Multiple Man is mostly used to help clean up the gateway.

He’s helping!

And that’s it so far! We’ll find out more as the story continues.

But here’s the big deal: not too long ago, Multiple Man was killed off. He was eventually replaced by one of this dupes, who had reduced powers and just wasn’t the same guy. This duplicate starred in an actual Multiple Man-titled comic book mini-series, the only comic to ever bear that name, so it felt like a big deal.

When all the mutants were resurrected on Krakoa as part of Dawn of X, Multiple Man came with them…but which Multiple Man? Did they resurrect the original? Or did they resurrect the replacement? I’d like to think it was the original, but considering the weird retcons and continuity flubs inherent in the replacement storyline, I wouldn’t put it past the current X-Office to just not care to get Multiple Man right.

Hence this new Multiple Man Mystery segment! I will track every appearance the character makes on Krakoa to hopefully determine, once and for all, whether or not this is the original Multiple Man back among the living. It’s important to me.

Also, he’s worn a different outfit in every appearance so far. That part is kinda weird…to the point that it’s gotta be intentional, right?

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The 6 Characters I Would Use in Secret X-Men (My Dawn of X Comic)

It’s that time of year again: San Diego Comic-Con! Except the world sucks and those of us in America are going to die from a horrible virus that’s ravaging our dumbest states! Comic-Con, like everything else, was cancelled this year. They’re going to make a lot of big announcements virtually, and I’ll still report on them on this blog if they’re fun enough. But really, the main thing I care about is my annual tradition of fan-casting a superhero team!

And since San Diego Comic-Con is not real this year, then neither is my superhero team! Meet the Secret X-Men!

Not these guys specifically! Scroll down!

So basically, ever since Dawn of X revived and relaunched the X-Men franchise, we have seen all manner of new X-Men comics come and go. We’ve got X-Men, New Mutants, X-Force; we had Fallen Angels for a bit, and we’ve got Marauders and maybe the Hellions; a new X-Factor is supposed to be coming out. There’s a ton of freestyle X-Men books, is what I’m saying. Me being the creative chap that I am came up with one of my own: Secret X-Men. And since it’s probably far too late for me to get my foot in the door of Krakoa to pitch this idea to Marvel, I’m just going to make a fan-casting blog post about it!

I’ve done a bunch of these over the years. They’re basically just a fantasy game where I get to write some major team comics and pick my own roster. Last year was Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ve done the core X-Men team. I’ve done my version of X-Force. I’ve done the Avengers, the Justice League, the Fantastic Four, the Teen Titans, the Defenders and the Exiles. So enjoy those old lists and join me after the jump for my idea and the team roster of the Secret X-Men!

And feel free to share your own dream Dawn of X comics, real or imagined, in the comments below! This is just going to be a creativity free-for-all.

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Strong Guy Watch: He’s on Krakoa!

Good news, everybody! Strong Guy has finally been spotted on Krakoa as part of Dawn of X! Every X-Person ever, hero and villain, has supposedly been resurrected on Krakoa, but some of my favorite characters have been missing since the big relaunch.

But Strong Guy shows up in a big group shot from this week’s X-Force #2! He’s also, apparently, gone back to his 90s costume. Probably because of the upcoming action figure.

Krakoa Group Shot 01

Also, uh, spoilers…

I’m glad to see he’s no longer dead. Vive le Strong Guy!

Also in this picture is our first confirmation that the Blob is also on Krakoa. He wasn’t in the big villain arrival scene during House of X, so I was holding out hope that Marvel was planning something special for Blob in the wake of Leah Williams’ excellent take on the character during the Age of X-Man.

This appearance doesn’t negate potential plans for Marvel and Williams, so I’m going to hold onto hope that something excellent might happen.

Now to sit back and wait for Multiple Man and Mimic to finally appear…

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