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We are well into the age of the X-Men crossove…

We are well into the age of the X-Men crossover, which, after 200 issues of Uncanny X-Men, started with Mutant Massacre and continues here with Inferno. This big-budget, big-story, summer movie mentality makes for some great comics when handled with an adept editing hand, but it also moved the comic book industry in a direction that kind of destroyed comics as we knew them. Before this, Uncanny X-Men was just a well serialized story, which took place over decades of comics. The tension ebbed and flowed, but huge events could surprise you at the turn of any particular page. There were no expectations and there was no particular issue that was any more capable of shocking you than any other. All that got thrown out the window when the marketing heads realized that if multiple comic book series drive toward the same big climax at the same time, then people have to buy a lot more comics to stay engaged in the story. When things are structured like this, big shit can’t be happening all the time, and you know a lot of what happens in between the big crossovers is just filler. Well regardless, the build-up to Inferno has been exciting, probably because the writing was is being handled by Chris Claremont and his editing team. The same cannot be said for the series in later years, when the events became routine and boring, and did not have the grace of talented people behind them. But let’s not think about that right now and just enjoy the good comics while they last. (Inferno Advertisement from 1988)

From here we’re heading straight into Inferno….

From here we’re heading straight into Inferno. The demon realm of Limbo has been threatening to burst and spill into our dimension for ages now, and we’ve all been procrastinating our ASSES off about dealing with it. You guys should have taken care of this problem ages ago!! See, this is basically what it looks like underneath my refrigerator since I haven’t cleaned under there since I bought my house 15 years ago. When I look under there, I can see eyeballs staring back at me. There’s a scorching case of conflagration going on under there. (New Mutants #70 – Dec 1988)

Lila Cheney, a fun, Dazzler-esque, teleportati…

Lila Cheney, a fun, Dazzler-esque, teleportation based character and Sam’s girlfriend who we really haven’t spent too much time with, buys the farm right here after teleporting these planet eating space slugs to the surface of the sun. Not a bad way to go. Hey this means Sam’s single!! Go get him Rahne!! Btw there’s no way they would see those insects exploding on the sun unless the sun was right god damned next to the planet in which case everyone’s faces would be melting off. (New Mutants #70 – Dec 1988)

Because the New Mutants are a real hot mess, t…

Because the New Mutants are a real hot mess, this glue-sniffing space spider’s plan of universal domination goes up in a puff smoke. Not going to lie, this story was boooring and may be my least favorite arc I’ve read so far for this blog. (New Mutants #70 – Dec 1988)

Well, Inferno has basically started, as Magnet…

Well, Inferno has basically started, as Magneto finds out after he flies to New York and gets attacked by a possessed fire escape. I like how he doesn’t really think twice about it. He just transforms into that killer white suit and heads on into the Hellfire Club. As if this shit happens to him every day. God damn it my life is so boring. (New Mutants #70 – Dec 1988)

This is the final issue of the Prelude to Infe…

This is the final issue of the Prelude to Inferno omnibus, excluding some bonus material at the end of the book, and it’s the final issue before we start Inferno proper. I haven’t been doing any reviews for these books as I’ve been going, but I plan on doing a big review for everything after I finish Inferno that covers everything I’ve read since the first issue of X-Factor. This, in my mind, encapsulates Jean Grey’s resurrection and all of the consequences that were caused by that event. (New Mutants #70 – Dec 1988) Happy holidays 1988!!!

Ok, while all this other Limbo drama is going …

Ok, while all this other Limbo drama is going on, we’re still dealing with this space spider storyline and this obnoxious Gosamyr chick. It turns out Gosamyr is part of some weird, parasitic, alien mind control species, and even though she looks all fragile and pretty, if the beings from her race aren’t allowed to gestate properly they turn into hideous, planet-eating, slug beasts. But they aren’t actually evil, they are just childlike. Or something. I wasn’t really paying very much attention. Here Illyana slashes Gosamyr with her soul sword and we can see her true nature. (New Mutants #69 – Nov 1988)

During her last stop in Limbo, Illyana retreat…

During her last stop in Limbo, Illyana retreated just as the hell dimension was completely engulfed with demons, and she withdrew her soul sword as she did so. Now she’s using it out in space and everything she slices with it gets corrupted into a Limbo demon. Not really sure what any of this means. To be honest I can’t keep track of any of this shit. (New Mutants #69 – Nov 1988)

Bad-assed New Mutants teleportation splash pag…

Bad-assed New Mutants teleportation splash page. (New Mutants #69 – Nov 1988)

Way to go, you little shit-heel New Mutants. A…

Way to go, you little shit-heel New Mutants. All of your debauchery and horsing around turned Magneto into a super villain again. This is pretty much any parent dealing with children under the age of 10. There comes a point where your kids are eating couch cushions and slinging vomit at each other, and taking turns stabbing each other in the eye with a pencil, and eventually you just can’t take it anymore. You lose your god damn brains, go to your closet, pull out your psychic-wave blocking super villain helmet that you built in college, and you say to yourself, I will raise these god damn kids even if I have to kill them. This is totally relatable!! (New Mutants #69 – Nov 1988)