I love when this happens. I love the Krakoa Era of the X-Men! Everything and everyone is fair game! Including the gloriously underserved Ugly John. He’s alive and well on Krakoa now, according to the latest issue of X-Men. Check out this nifty letter that Forge sent to Cyclops that namedrops our three-faced boy!
This makes me very happy.
So who is Ugly John and why do I care so much? I’m so glad you asked!
Ugly John is a mutant created by Grant Morrison at the very start of their New X-Men comic all those decades ago. Ugly John was the first taste of the madness that Morrison had in store for the X-Men. Just a dude with three faces.
Morrison then promptly killed Ugly John. He never lasted more than an issue or two. Cyclops and Wolverine went all the way out there to save him, but Ugly John got killed by Morrison’s great villain plans. It happens. But the character always stuck with me because I love superheroes who are also just regular dudes.
Ugly John didn’t have laser eyes or weather control. He was just a dude with three faces, but he was as much a mutant as anybody. And then he was killed, never to be heard from again.
Until now! That letter from Forge in X-Men #8 confirms that Ugly John is alive and well on Krakoa! How nice!
And I care because Ugly John was on my List of Six of obscure mutants I wanted to see return on Krakoa. How cool is that? Did somebody see my list once upon a time? Or are there other people out there who remember Ugly John?
What’s especially cool is that 4 out of the 6 characters I listed have shown up somewhere in the Krakoa Era. Which is awesome! Now we just have to wait for Lacuna and Postman.
Also, quick note, that letter from Forge also seems to doubly confirm the existence of Soft Serve, the X-Man who poops ice cream from her butt. This was one heck of an Easter Egg-filled letter. This is all rather pleasing to me.
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.
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.
Don’t see her? Take a closer look. She’s the one trying to offer ice cream to a fellow Krakoan.
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!