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The Next X-Men Shake’Em-Up Is Right Around the Corner!

X-Men comics are always evolving. This obviously makes perfect sense. And their next minor evolution is right around the corner. Thankfully, they’re staying on Krakoa for now. There’s just gonna be a whole wave of new comics, under the banner of Destiny of X.

First of all, no signs of Multiple Man or Mimic or even Strong Guy, so my excitement is slightly tempered. Still, there are a ton of new comics, so maybe my favorite X-Characters will get to show up somewhere.

Second of all, I’m fine with all of this. I love the Krakoa era and I absolutely want it to continue. I look forward to trying out each and every one of these new titles and I’m hoping for the best! I will try to share more info once it gets released.

And, again, if one of my personal favorites shows up, you best believe I’m gonna write about it!

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 10/2/21

My vacation is almost over and I accomplished not much of anything. Such is my usual style of vacation. Thankfully, it’s only my first vacation of the year. I’ve got a couple more weeks to burn. And thankfully, there were some good comics, like the second issue of Darkhawk and the start of X-Men: Inferno!

Comic Book of the Week goes to Superman: Son of Kal-El #3 for an issue that has everything, from great family dynamic stuff to cool action stuff.

Sometimes the Green Mile feels so long…

Meanwhile, I saw Venom: Let There Be Carnage and it was all sorts of things. Better than the first one, for sure. A great movie? Not really. But a lot of it has me excited for what comes next, and that’s no small thing. I’ll post my review and thoughts on Venom 2 on Wednesday.

Comic Reviews: Darkhawk #2, Inferno #1, Superman: Son of Kal-El #3, S.W.O.R.D. #8 and Thor #17.

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Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 7/10/21

Does it feel good to have Marvel movies back in the theater! Went and saw Black Widow and I loved it! I’ll have my review/thoughts up on Wednesday. Until then, I also had some great comics this week, like Batman, Runaways and Wonder Girl.

Comic Book of the Week goes to X-Men #1 for a fantastic launch of the new series. Very excited about this one.

They’ve mastered cool team poses so far

Meanwhile, I’ve got my 20th high school reunion on Friday. It will be exciting to let everybody know I’m still fat. But seriously though, should be a fun lark. I’ll tell everybody to come read my comic book reviews more often.

Comic Reviews: Batman #110, Children of the Atom #5, Runaways #37, Wonder Girl #2 and X-Men #1.

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I’m Disappointed We Didn’t Get to See Stacy X’s Crucible

Stacy X has finally returned to X-Men comics! She’s a favorite character of mine because she debuted just as I was finally starting to read and collect X-Men comics on an ongoing basis. But for a variety of reasons, she was dropped from the team after a short while. I’ve kept up with her in whatever weird little appearances she’s made over the past 20 years, and I’m very pleased to say that she’s on Krakoa and she’s got her powers back!

Stacy X showed up in this week’s Way of X #3. I hope she becomes a reoccurring character!

My favorite obscure mutants are popping up all over the place!

While it’s great to have her back, I’m a little disappointed that we did not get to see her Crucible. I was very much looking forward to that. And it would have been a pretty big moment for her character, considering her loss of powers has been her defining character trait over the past 20ish years.

Allow me to explain, because I love talking about favorite obscure mutants of mine!

So Stacy X is a mutant with both snakeskin and the power to control the pheromones and other chemicals in a person’s body. The X-Men met her while she was working at a mutant brothel, where she used her powers to give customers some truly mind-melting sexual experiences. This backstory and general attitude did not sit well with some of the X-Men (and perhaps Marvel?) and she was dropped shortly thereafter.

Then Stacy was one of the more high profile mutants to lose their powers on M-Day. She was an X-Man, after all, and most of the team kept their powers. In their M-Day aftermath comic, Generation M, Marvel really twisted the knife by turning Stacy into a real hooker living and working the streets.

Marvel really did her dirty

Stacy did eventually clean up her act and joined a random incarnation of the New Warriors a few years later. This version of the New Warriors was made up of ex-mutants using technology to become superheroes again. Stacy was known as Ripcord and she ended up getting killed. Such a thing happens a lot to New Mutants.

Stacy made a random and minor appearance in the comic Vengeance, which I think was supposed to be some kind of statement comic by Marvel? It didn’t go anywhere. Her rebirth was never explained.

Then she showed up in an issue of the recent Domino comic, attending a Mutants Anonymous meeting put together by Domino and Nightcrawler for mutants struggling to live with powers that make them look abnormal.

And then Marvel made up for it with this awesome scene

So as you can see, after a brief membership in the X-Men, Stacy X has been defined by the loss of her powers for nearly the past 20 years. It was a bigger deal for her character than pretty much anyone else in the X-Men franchise (if we don’t count Jubilee’s weird couple of years as a vampire).

When Marvel introduced the idea of the Crucible on Krakoa — depowered mutants fighting in an arena in order to earn their death/resurrection/repowering — I had hoped to see Stacy X go through it. I think it would have been a great way to cap off her major story arc.

But alas, it apparently happened off-panel. I’m just going to have to be happy with the fact that Stacy X is back, she’s got her powers and she’s doing good on Krakoa. I should be able to make my peace with that.

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I Fully Support Soft Serve, the Mutant Who Poops Ice Cream

The secret revelation of Soft Serve was something I stumbled upon this past weekend and I am 1 million % on board. Soft Serve is apparently a mutant who can poop ice cream, created by artist Bob Quinn in his free time. And Quinn just so happens to be the artist on the brand new Way of X comic, which I am loving.

When you’re an artist on an X-Men comic full of crowded group scenes, you get to have a little fun!

Quinn introduced Soft Serve to the world on Twitter back on Feb. 8.

That’s a fun and simple costume design, too!

One assumes he was already hard at work on the first couple of issues of Way of X at that point. And sure enough, Soft Serve made her “official” debut on the final page of Way of X #2 last week.

Take a good, hard look

Don’t see her? Take a closer look. She’s the one trying to offer ice cream to a fellow Krakoan.

That looks like a fun hat

Bob Quinn confirmed the arrival of Soft Serve on Twitter once the issue was out last Wednesday. According to him, it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission when it comes to sneaking his own, original mutants into the official pages of an X-Men comic.

Suffice to say, I love this. An artist and longtime X-Men fan having some silly fun with the big background shots of Krakoa? Wonderful! There have been so many of those big background shots, and filling them with unique and original mutants sounds hilarious and wonderful.

Soft Serve even has her own page on the Marvel Wiki. Who knows what that means.

I will be watching her career with much interest!

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