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Jan 21

X-Force #16 annotations

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2021 by Paul in Annotations, x-axis

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

X-FORCE vol 6 #16
“Into the Deep”
by Benjamin Percy, Joshua Cassara & Guru-eFX

COVER / PAGE 1: Wolverine, Kid Omega and Forge fighting a giant sea monster.

PAGE 2. Memorial page for Mike Hobson.

PAGE 3. The Beast and Cecilia Reyes examine one of the zombies.

This is one of the zombified sailors that attacked the island last issue. Evidently they didn’t put up much of a fight.

“[Krakoa] is at once our protector and our destroyer.” It’s not immediately clear what the Beast has in mind by the latter point. Perhaps he’s referring to the fact that Krakoa still ultimately feeds on mutant energies. It’s unlikely he’s referring to any deep secret, given that he’s talking about it openly in front of Cecilia.

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Jan 20

Cable #7 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Paul in Annotations, x-axis

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

CABLE vol 4 #7
“Gritty Days in the City of Brotherly Love”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1. Cable holding a baby. Unusually for this series, Cable is holding his more traditional Big Gun rather than his shiny new Big Sword. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the 2008 Cable series, in which Cable was on the run through time with baby Hope in tow – though it doesn’t seem to be a homage to any specific cover.

PAGE 2. Epigraph. The “past that comes back to haunt” Cable is presumably the villain who gets identified at the end of the issue.

PAGE 3. Gorgon is remembered.

Gorgon died in “X of Swords” (specifically, in the previous issue). Grasscutter and Godkiller were the swords he was using in the tournament, arranged in an X design. They’re “wait[ing]” for Gorgon because he’s presumably going to be resurrected. But because he died in Otherworld, he can’t be resurrected as normal; instead, he’ll return as some sort of alternative incarnation of himself. Hence, everyone else is treating him as dead.

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Jan 14

Marauders #17 annotations

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

MARAUDERS #17
“The Winds of Change”
by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli & Edgar Delgado

COVER / PAGE 1. Storm and Callisto fighting. We’ll get to that in the story.

PAGES 2-4. Flashback: Emma and Callisto investigate Shinobi Shaw.

This flashback takes place during issue #11, after Emma returns home from Kate’s funeral to find Lockheed waiting, and reads his mind to find out how she died. (Hence the black outfit.) It doesn’t exactly match the original scene, where Emma said “show me” to Lockheed, saw what happened, and then turned to diamond and started punching the walls and vowing revenge.

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Jan 13

S.W.O.R.D. #2 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

S.W.O.R.D. vol 2 #2
“In the Dark”
by Al Ewing, Valerio Schiti & Marte Gracia

COVER / PAGE 1: Cable, Frenzy & Abigail Brand, alongside an image of the S.W.O.R.D. space station impaled into a Venomised Earth. This is a King in Black tie-in, though unusually there’s nothing else on the cover to indicate that fact.

PAGE 2. A mystery figure in New York.

As part of King in Black, New York is overrun by Knull’s symbiotes, and there’s a symbiote shield surrounding the planet. The shadow figure is a Venomized Cable, as we’ll see later on.

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Jan 8

Juggernaut #5 annotations

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

JUGGERNAUT #5
by Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney & Matt Milla

COVER / PAGE 1: Juggernaut and D-Cel fight the Warden’s bees.

PAGE 2: In memoriam page.

PAGE 3: The recap page, ending the series with a white colour scheme.

PAGE 4. Flashback: Juggernaut discusses D-Cel with Professor X.

Throughout this series, D-Cel has insisted that she isn’t a mutant, despite other characters repeatedly claiming that she is. Juggernaut wants to get her to Krakoa, but everyone seems to agree that she has to make the decision to call on Krakoa first. This isn’t exactly the approach that we’ve seen the Krakoans take with more powerful mutants, but… well, it’s D-Cel. The Krakoans probably have better things to do than hunt down minor mutants who don’t want to come anyway.

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Jan 7

Hellions #8 annotations

Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

HELLIONS #8
“The Grinning Neonate”
by Zeb Wells, Stephen Segovia & David Curiel

COVER / PAGE 1. Wild Child and Nanny fight their way past the Right, to the surprise of Havok and Psylocke. As we established in the previous issue, their resurrection has made both Wild Child and Nanny much more focussed and aggressive.

PAGE 2. Epigraph from (as usual) Nightcrawler. He insists that hate is not part of the soul of man, but something generated by circumstances.

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Jan 6

X-Factor #6 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

X-FACTOR vol 4 #6
“Suite No. 6: Scio Me Hili Scire ‘Second Movement'”
by Leah Williams, David Baldeon & Israel Silva

COVER / PAGE 1: Siryn, with her voice forming the image of a death spirit of some sort.

PAGE 2: An epigraph from Siryn, though with an asterisk to something redacted. Presumably this is supposed to indicate that it’s actually the death spirit that’s possessing her (of whom more later). Though this seems to be an original quote, the basic observation that death is comparable to waking from a dream isn’t new.

PAGES 3-4. X-Factor relax at home.

“May have gotten lonely and left an ill-advised voice mail to Alex last night.” Alex Summers (Havok from Hellions). Lorna and Alex were a couple for decades, but haven’t had many dealings lately. It feels a bit odd for people on Krakoa to talk about using regular mobile phones.

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Jan 1

Wolverine #8 annotations

Posted on Friday, January 1, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

WOLVERINE vol 7 #8
“War Stories” by Benjamin Percy, Viktor Bogdanovic & Matthew Wilson
“The Past Ain’t Dead” by Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert & Antonio Fabela

COVER / PAGE 1: Wolverine face to face with Maverick, which doesn’t actually happen in this issue.

PAGES 2-3. Wolverine arrives to visit Jeff Bannister.

We last saw Bannister (and his back garden) in issue #3, when the gate was planted. Evidently it’s become fully grown since then.

PAGES 4-5. Bannister tells his story.

Needless to say, there’s no established continuity involved here. Bannister is basically telling us that he became disillusioned as a CIA agent when he found that he’d been sent to kill other Americans in order to stop them from brokering a peace deal. It’s a fairly standard trope about the secret services having their own agenda. Bannister claims to be sticking around to do what he can from within.

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Dec 30

X-Men #16 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

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

X-MEN vol 5 #16
“Sworded Out”
by Jonathan Hickman & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1: Cyclops in the Quiet Council chamber, in front of the face of Krakoa.

PAGES 2-6. Cyclops, Cable and Prestige watch the appearance of Arakko.

“So how’s this going to work?” There’s some very tongue in cheek technobabble here, for those who really care. Basically, Arakko is brought back to Earth via the External Gate (which doesn’t really make sense, because the External Gate connected Krakoa with Otherworld, not with Amenth – let’s assume Saturnyne is helping out somewhere). The mechanics don’t matter, of course. But this does explain why Krakoa was so keen for the External Gate to remain open, in “X of Swords”.

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Dec 23

Excalibur #16 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

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

EXCALIBUR vol 4 #16
“They Keep Killing Braddocks”
by Tini Howard, Marcus To & Erick Arciniega

COVER / PAGE 1: Rogue, Meggan, Rictor, Jubilee and Gambit in Otherworld.

PAGE 2. Breakfast with Rogue and Gambit.

Rogue is summarising the “X of Swords” crossover.

We’ve heard mention of the Marauder bringing in goods from outside Krakoa before. Why you can’t just go through a gate to get them is never entirely clear.

PAGE 3. Jubilee and Rictor.

Shogo is (or so Jubilee assumes) upset at no longer being a dragon, now that he’s outside Otherworld. It’s a very mild parallel to Rictor and Rogue.

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