Strong Guy Watch: Wolverine Team-Up
This blog, the one you’re reading right now, remains the #1 place on the internet to track where Strong Guy shows up in comics. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now and am still having fun. People actually pay attention. And Strong Guy remains both cool and used in random appearances.
The latest continues to be the Marvel Unlimited X-Men comic. Last issue Strong Guy showed up in an awesome adventure with his best pal, Madrox the Multiple Man. In the newest issue, released last week, Strong Guy has a team-up with Mr. X-Man himself, Wolverine!
I won’t spoil what the duo get up to in this issue, but how cool is it that Guido gets to be written and drawn by Declan Shalvey? And he gets a team-up with Wolverine? Krakoa has been really good to our boy Strong Guy, and I look forward to pointing out more of his random awesome appearances.
Keep watching the comics, Strong Guy Watchers!
Strong Guy Watch: Sometimes We Do Get Nice Things
It’s a good day, my friends. Just yesterday I was talking about how I enjoy spotting my favorite comic book characters when they randomly show up. And it’s happened again! In the best possible way! If you’re subscribed to Marvel Unlimited, you’ve had access to some Marvel web comics, including an X-Men book. And as if Marvel was reading my mind, this week’s issue kicks off a new story starring a friendly reunion between Multiple Man and Strong Guy!
Even better, the whole thing is written and drawn by creator Jason Loo. Remember him? He’s the incredible fan who created his own Madrox fan comic and got discovered by Marvel honchos on Twitter and was brought on to do real Marvel work for the recent X-Corp comic.
I won’t spoil what happens in this issue — available now — but it features a real, awesome reunion between Jamie and Guido that recognizes that the two are best pals. I think that’s the first time we’ve seen such a thing in years! There’s also some quality time with wife, Layla Miller, and their son, along with some X-Corp cameos. And the comic will continue!
Jason Loo is the Multiple Man fan in all of us, and he’s getting to actually take the reigns on the character. This is a pretty good dream come true.
Strong Guy Watch: Secret X-Men
Fun news, everybody! Remember when Marvel held a public vote for the final member of the new Krakoan X-Men team? And remember how Strong Guy (and a bunch of others) lost? Well Marvel loves fun, so they’re going to launch a new Secret X-Men comic book next year starring all the nominees who didn’t make the cut!
Looks like fun to me! It’s going to be a one-shot comic by Tini Howard and Francesco Mobili in which the team goes on a mission into Shi’ar space. You can read more about it at Marvel.com.
Honestly, this team would make for a great group of X-Men. Marvel should keep it going! Also, I don’t want to say anything, but “Secret X-Men” was the title of my own Krakoa-era X-comic that, obviously, I’ll never get to publish. But I can dream…
Strong Guy is Not Going to be in the X-Men, You Cowards
Strong Guy has lost the vote for membership in the X-Men. That’s garbage. It was audience choice! We voted! And you people failed him! How incredibly disappointing. Marvel let us know with this fun mini-comic ahead of the Hellfire Gala.
At least the mini-comic is funny. And it features both Strong Guy and Multiple Man! That’s a major plus in my book. Still, what a disappointment. I should probably be upset with myself most of all. I didn’t do enough campaigning and glad-handing.
Also, did Jumbo Carnation not come up with one of those gorgeous outfits for Strong Guy? Or Is that sleeveless tuxedo what Jumbo came up with? Double also, they’re using Multiple Man as a waiter but didn’t get him any sort of party outfit at all? Just his classic uniform? This is the Hellfire Gala, people!
This great little mini-comic is by Zeb Wells, Mike Henderson and Rachelle Cheri.
Strong Guy Watch: Everybody’s Partying!
When it comes to comic books, one of my favorite things to do is watch for cameos from my favorite obscure characters. It’s one of the ways I built up my fandom in the 90s: searching out back issues where my favorite characters randomly showed up and had a line or two.
This is the entire basis behind my ongoing Strong Guy Watch series. I’m a big fan of the Strong Guy character, and for the past several years, he’s been making random cameos here and there. It’s fun to keep an eye out for the big lug.
With Dawn of X bringing back every single mutant character who ever lived, the Watch has quadrupled to include every favorite mutant I’ve ever had! Multiple Man, Maggott, Stacy X, Abyss, Blob, Mimic and so many more! None of them are starring characters in any of the Dawn of X comics, so I’ve got to stay eagle-eyed for when any of them might pop up at any time!
This week’s X-Force #9 features the best yet showcase of a bunch of my favorite characters! Everybody’s hanging out at The Green Lagoon!
Obviously we’ve got Strong Guy, who seems to be macking with Selene at the top middle of the picture. We’ve also got a couple Multiple Men hanging out on the bottom. He’s still wearing his classic costume, so the ongoing debate of a new Multiple Man costume remains ongoing. Writer Benjamin Percy continues to be the only Dawn of X creator to use Multiple Man, even if it’s only for quick, wordless cameos. Also, of note: this is the first comic book panel in literal years that features Multiple Man, Strong Guy and Wolfsbane…even though none of them are hanging out together.
This image is also the first reveal of what Blob is doing in Dawn of X: bartending!
I’ve been eagerly anticipating the Blob since his star turn in Age of X-Man last year. Bartending is a fairly good use of the character and I hope to see him get some attention soon.
We’ve also got Maggott canoodling with M at the bar, so that’s neat! And the rest of the scene in the actual comic features quick appearances from Avalanche and Toad!
I love panels like this in Dawn of X. This is a smorgasbord of mutant cameos in a way we’ve never seen in comics before! I hope they keep it up every now and then.
Still no sign of Mimic…