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Oct 28

X of Swords: Stasis annotations

Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

“X of Swords, Chapter 11”
by Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz, Mahmud Asrar & Marte Gracia

COVER / PAGE 1: The ten champions of Arakko, some of them actually carrying their swords.

PAGE 2: Epigraph from Saturnyne. One of the big unanswered questions in this storyline is what exactly Saturnyne is trying to achieve by all this. In Chapter 1, the implication seemed to be that Saturnyne was faced with the prospect of a full scale war between the forces of Arakko and Krakoa, and offered a more symbolic mystical contest as a less destructive alternative. But it’s become increasingly clear that she has her own agenda.

For some reason, the small print on this page reads “Amenth sings.”

PAGE 3: Credits.

Oct 25

The Incomplete Wolverine, part 10

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2020 by Paul in Wolverine

Part 1: Origin to Origin II | Part 2: 1907 to 1914
Part 3: 1914 to 1939 | Part 4: World War II
Part 5: The postwar era | Part 6: Team X
Part 7: Post Team X | Part 8: Weapon X
Part 9: Department H

We’ve reached the Silver Age. Not that Wolverine’s going to interact all that closely with the major tropes – he spends this period in Department H, and few writers have felt tempted to send Wolverine to mess around with mainstream Silver Age stories. But there are exceptions.

FURY vol 1 #1
by Barry Dutter & M C Wyman
May 1994

Take this one-shot about the origins of SHIELD. The Silver Age heroes are active by this point. Logan guest stars in one chapter, teaming with CIA Colonel Rick Stoner to recover James Hudson’s stolen prototype armour from HYDRA. The incident prompts the formation of SHIELD, with Stoner as its short-lived initial Director, but Logan’s not involved in any of that.

Oct 24

Charts – 23 October 2020

Posted on Saturday, October 24, 2020 by Paul in Music

It’s another of those awkward weeks when the chart rules that were designed to stop older records hanging around become a little too visible. “Mood” by 24KGoldn has now been out for 10 weeks, and it’s several weeks past its sales peak. That means it switches to getting fewer points for its streams, and so its four week run at number 1 is followed by a glaringly abrupt drop to number 9. The lucky beneficiary is…

1. Internet Money featuring Don Toliver, Gunna & Nav – “Lemonade”

Oct 23

Juggernaut #2 annotations

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

“How Green is my Valley”
by Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney & Matt Milla

COVER / PAGE 1. The Juggernaut fighting the Hulk, obviously. This is a pretty straightforward issue, by the way – I don’t expect this to be a very long post.

PAGE 2. Recap page. The equivalent page in issue #1 was tinted red, to match the Juggernaut’s colours. This one is tinted green for the Hulk. If we’re doing a colour theme, then there’s still three issues to go.

We’re told that this issue takes place before Immortal Hulk #30. That’s a slightly odd reference point, because Immortal Hulk #30 was the middle chapter of a storyline. Presumably it’s nothing more than an acknowledgement that this story is lagging a bit behind the Hulk’s status quo in his own book.

Oct 22

X-Men #13 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-MEN vol 5 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 10”
by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar and Sunny Gho

COVER / PAGE 1: Apocalypse and the original Horsemen stand over defeated opponents, with Apocalypse carrying his two swords.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits.

PAGE 4. Data page on Grasscutter and Godkiller. These two swords have nothing in particular to do with this issue; it’s just part of the series of data pages on the contest swords which have been scattered through the stories to date.

Oct 21

House to Astonish Episode 186

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Al in Uncategorized

We’re back, with a bunch of chat for you about DC’s Future State, the return of the Thunderbolts, delays to Marvel’s Eternals and Aftershock’s merger, we review Amazing Spider-Man and We Live, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe brings you Sandman Done Right Done Right. All this plus Methadone Spidey, Miracle Dog and a Rainmate with a face.

The podcast is here, or on Mixcloud here, or available through the embedded player below. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below, on Twitter, via email, or via our Facebook fan page. And hey! You know what never goes out of style? Our t-shirts!

Oct 21

Excalibur #13 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

EXCALIBUR vol 4 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 9”
by Tini Howard, R B Silva & Nolan Woodard

COVER / PAGE 1. The two Captain Britains fight.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits

PAGES 4-6. The Braddock siblings arrive at the Starlight Citadel.

“A mutant who became a hero to a people who were not her own.” Betsy as Captain Britain, of course, although the claim that she’s a hero to the people of Britain has been more often asserted in this series than actually backed up. Many of the claims in this narration would carry a bit more weight if we ever actually saw Betsy doing anything in a national-hero vein. But broadly, it’s making claims about the weight of playing the role of a national symbol, and the downplaying of personal views which is necessary if you’re going to be all things to all people – to the extent that you can.

Oct 16

Charts – 16 October 2020

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2020 by Paul in Music

The singles chart is mostly spillover from the album chart; the album chart is mostly back catalogue as the run-up to Christmas starts…

1. 24KGoldn featuring Iann Dior – “Mood”

Four weeks. It does have some sort of challenge this time, though…

2. Headie One featuring AJ Tracey & Stormzy – “Ain’t it Different”
11. Headie One featuring Young T & Bugsey – “Princess Cuts”
24. Headie One featuring Aitch – “Parlez-Vous Anglais”

Three tracks from Headie One’s album “Edna” (named after his late mother) enters the album chart at number 1 this week – that’s his fourth top 40 album (though the others were all officially mixtapes), and his first number one. Its predecessor “Music X Road” got to number 5 a year ago, so it’s not a surprise that his official debut album album would reach number one.

Oct 15

Cable #5 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

CABLE vol 4 #5
“X of Swords, Chapter 8”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1: Cable, Cyclops and Jean Grey on the SWORD base with scary aliens in the background.

This post is going to be short – Cable #5 is a straightforward horror story introducing a new race of aliens and with little continuity baggage.

PAGE 2. Cable, Cyclops and Jean wonder where everyone is.

We’re picking up from a scene in X of Swords: Creationseven chapters ago – with no apparent interruption in time. I think we’re probably meant to take it that Scott, Jean and Cable’s mission over the closing pages of Creation took quite some time, and that they were quite badly out of synch with the rest of the storyline by the end of that issue, but it does read quite strangely, since there was no sign of that at the time.

Oct 15

New Mutants #13 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

NEW MUTANTS vol 4 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 7”
by Ed Brisson & Rod Reis

COVER / PAGE 1: Magik and Cypher sparring.

PAGES 2-4. Magik calls Cyclops to call him home.

Cyclops and Cable are still on the SWORD orbital base, where we left them in X of Swords: Creation. The timeline of their subplot is deeply confused, since essentially no time seems to have passed for them while Chapters 2 to 6 have passed for everyone else, but I’ll come back to that in the Cable #5 annotations. At any rate, Magik is bringing them up to speed on the premise of the crossover. They don’t return immediately, and Magik will give them another call in Cable #5 to chase them up.