Tuesday, April 25
Monday, April 24
In X-Men 192, we get our fourth new bad guy to just show up and exude villainy in about six months. This time it's Magus, the techno-organic father to the alien Warlock who is part of the New Mutants team. He arrives as new X-Men leader Nightcrawler puts Rogue and Colossus through their paces. For her, he tries to unlock the "Marvel sense" she stole from Carol Danvers. He chooses to tickle her into predicting his next move and, when she flies off angry, he realizes he took liberties with a person who can't touch anyone. Magus arrives, and Rogue uses her power on him to weaken him. He runs off. The others welcome back Kitty and Logan from their trip to Japan, and Kitty recognizes Rachel from her trip to the future. Xavier is mugged for being a mutant.
Friday, April 21
Thursday, April 20
Wednesday, April 19
So after losing her powers and learning the guy she's falling for made the weapon that depowered her, Storm leaves Forge's apartment. But here come the alien, invading, sorcerous Dire Wraiths to kill Forge. Storm and Naze, Forge's mentor, pull a Die Hard (four years before the movie) to get to the penthouse and save him. It's not a great issue; too much is happening here, but Rogue debuts a costume that is so bad it's good, and there are signs Storm's powers might not be gone after all.
Tuesday, April 18
Wednesday, April 5
In X-Men 185, the government and SHIELD are after Rogue for freeing Carol's friend. Rogue has run from the team in the wake of her instability as Carol's personality fights for dominance. Storm finds her and tries to prove her support by voluntarily giving Rogue her power and world view. Rogue tries to learn how to use the weather powers, but, while Storm is unconscious, the feds attack, armed with Forge's power neutralizer to make Rogue harmless. But they hit Storm, and she is seeming left powerless forever.
Monday, April 3
X-Men 182 is a sad issue. Rogue went to Xavier about ten issues earlier because she permanently absorbed the powers and memories of Carol Danvers, and she was losing her sense of self. In this issue, her memories mix with Carol's when a Danvers friend needs rescuing, and she again bounces between personalities while the Danvers friend, a SHIELD agent, tries to make sense of it and eventually says he wishes he could kill Rogue for the damage done to Carol. Rogue, exhausted and despondent, wishes he could too.
In 1984, Storm went punk after a number of traumatic battles. Kitty didn't like that, and with her new relationship with Doug Ramsey, and boyfriend Peter Rasputin feeling insecure about Doug, and almost marrying an underground mutant to repay a debt to save her teammates, things were chaotic in her life, and she took it out on Storm. Storm decided they needed a chat and swooped Kitty miles into the air. They made up, agreeing that they can help each other roll with punches literal and figurative. I love these comics.
Technically I joined the X-Men right after Rogue. The first X-Men book I bought off the shelf was 173, the issue where Rogue and Wolverine stand between Silver Samurai and the poisoned X-Men. Also Storm goes Punk. Also, Maddy meets the X-Men. A lot happens in those issues. Here's my post where I recreated the cover.
As I pursued daily art for the year, I was inspired to look back at those issues, and I rediscovered how packed to the gills they are with action, heartbreak, and oh that delicious internal angst. I decided to draw material from those issues for my daily art -- reliving my childhood love of the franchise and making love-letters to them.
It really starts here, with X-Men 163. Loyal readers know how devoted I am to Carol Danvers.
Binary (later Captain Marvel in Marvel) debuts and arrives to help Kitty in X-Men.
And we'll go from there.