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Monthly (Comic) Book Club - June and July - Inferno




Reading Schedule

June 3 - 9: (X-Factor 34, 35) Uncanny X-Men 239, X-Terminators 1
June 10 - 16: X-Terminators 2 and 3
June 17 - 23: X-Factor 36, Uncanny X-Men 240 (Uncanny 241)
June 24 - 30: New Mutants 71, X-Terminators 4
July 1 - 7: New Mutants 72 (and 73), X-Factor 37
July 8 - 14: X-Factor Annual 4
July 15 - 21: (Uncanny X-Men 242, X-Factor 38)
July 22 - 28: (Uncanny X-Men 243, X-Factor 39)

The reading list is a combination of the Inferno part 1 TPB and mycomicshop's reading order for Inferno (https://www.mycomicshop.com/search?SeriesID=1711). Books in parentheses are optional because they're either lead-ins but in the TPB or they're in the part 2 TPB. In other words, things not in parentheses are the main reading from part 1. If you want to see how other heroes are dealing with New York being invaded by demons, definitely take a look at the MCS list because there are lots of other series that got pulled in.


Discussion topic ideas:

* Thoughts on the story or artwork
* Details in the story, artwork, or presentation
* References to outside events or other works of fiction
* Making of/Behind the Scenes details
* Editions you will be reading from
* Items in your collection pertaining to this week’s selection
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Not sure if there is much difference but here is the reading list from Comic Book Herald and Marvel.com


Also, for the next week or so we’ll be open to suggestions for next month’s reading for anyone that wants to join in.

A few guidelines:

-The selection should be under 12 issues, 16 at the very most. They can of course be shorter.

-The selection should be easily available at a reasonable price, like a cheap tpb. We want to avoid stuff that is out of print, impossible to find, or very expensive

-We want a bit of variety. This month we’re reading an X-Men story so we almost certainly won’t read another X book next month. There is a VERY loose pattern of Marvel, DC, indie
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I think the Marvel reading order is the same, especially for the 'core' books. The Comic Book Herald order would slip New Mutants 71 a week earlier. I don't have the TPB in hand but if anyone happens to, they could check the order of the books there.
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For folks who aren't up on their X-lore (or only know it from adaptations that changed things a bit), here's some background.

Jean Grey died at the end of the Dark Phoenix saga. Shortly after, Cyclops leaves the team and wanders around. He ends up in Alaska and meets a woman who looks just like Jean, but her name is Madelyne Pryor. They start a relationship, Scott gets past Jean being dead, and they get married. They have a kid, Nathan (who will eventually be Cable), and Scott is basically retired.

Later, Jean is found alive and Scott more or less abandons Madelyne and their child to start X-Factor. Madelyne is attacked by the Marauders, who kidnap her son, and takes up with Havok and the X-Men. She sees Scott and Jean on TV doing X-Factor stuff and is rightly upset. A demon from Limbo, S'ym, takes the opportunity to start her on the path toward becoming the Goblin Queen. She makes a deal with another demon to find the Marauders and her son. That pretty much gets you to the start of Inferno.
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The Marvel Unlimited reading list started with X-Factor 33 so I read that one first.

The issue begins with a few events kind of converging.

The first is a terrible heat wave in New York. Seems pretty standard for Summer but with an event named Inferno who knows if that will be relevant later on.

Next you have the deadline for registration under the Mutant Registration Act. This is understandably a major event for mutants of all kinds.

Beast was apparently injured in a previous issue and seems on the verge of death and seems to be shifting to and from his blue, beastly form and human.

Finally, you have strange, unexplained events like manhole covers attacking random people, strange voices over the phone, etc.

It is amidst all of this that the Alliance of Evil attacks a TV reporter to protest mutant registration and challenge X-Factor, who had previously beaten them.

They find Jean and Iceman shopping with some young mutants for school clothes when the Alliance attacks them.

Cyclops, out over the Atlantic, is watching over Hank as he recovers. I guess he had been primarily in his human form prior to his injury, recovers with his intellect intact and possibly greater strength?

Beast and Cyclops teleport back to New York and help defeat the Alliance. Freedom Force, the reformed Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, arrive to take the Alliance into custody and remind X-Factor to register themselves, which they do, save for one of the young students who decides he will turn himself in to the Navy, who had been searching for him after he accidentally killed someone with his powers.

Amidst all this there seems ro be a hidden group abducting mutant children to “save them” from mutant registration.


Overall it felt like this issue packed a lot of stuff into it. I always question the wisdom of resistant groups outright calling themselves “evil” like the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants or the Alliance of Evil. It’s pretty clear that evil in these cases are a narrative perspective not how the mutants actually see themselves or their motivation. The Alliance using violence to resist mutant registration may not be ideal, but evil? They make some decent points when they were trying to convert the student to their side, that the response to his “crime” shouldn’t be registration or incarceration, but education to teach him how to better control his powers.
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X-Factor 33 and 34 are pretty clearly tied to Inferno, 34 more so. I wonder how they decided where to draw the line between 'prologue' and 'the event' when they made the TPBs. Also, if you want a pinch more continuity, read X-Terminators 1 before moving over to Uncanny.

I know all the storylines and the characters but never actually read these books, so that was kind of fun. I would consider Rusty and Skids to be deep cuts but they must have been in X-Factor somewhat regularly. Or maybe they just happened to show up again 30 issues after they first appeared at the beginning of the series. It was also fun to get some tidbits like when Rogue had Carol Danvers stuck in her head, one would pick up control of the body if the other was knocked out. Also, Psylocke was kind of a badass even before she was a ninja.
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X-Terminators 1 was actually next in the Marvel Unlimited reading order so I went there next.

It’s mostly about all the kids from the previous X-Factor issue settling into their nee schools, and in Rusty’s case prison.

The issue begins with a group of demons planning to invade earth and steal powered children to increase their own power. Apparently Magik’s sword is the key that seals the demons in their dimension and when she wields it they take the opportunity to invade.

Two young mutants, Artie and Leech are kidnapped from their school and a latent mutant at the school spots the abduction and tries to stop them. When he’s knocked out the guardians at the school try to contact X-Factor but without luck since they’re off on a mission of their own.

Annoyed that they write off his story of goblins as flights of fancy, Takeshi uses his newly discovered powers to pick up the X-Force teens from their dorms and together they break Rusty out of Military prison to go rescue Artie and Leech.

There’s not as much here to unpack compared to the previous issue but you can see things developing. I thought Leech and Artie were cute though I wasn’t sure if his illustrated speech bubbles should be taken literally or if he was communicating ideas directly at people. I guess people do actually see the pictures though.

Takeshi was a bit of a strange character. I expected him to be a young kid who hates mutants and before that edge was blunted he had Artie helping him on an invention while being frustrated and angry at Leech. When his outburst encourages the kids to leave he wants them back and even he doesn’t seem sure why. I’m also unsure how his power would be categorized. Is it like a form of reality bending or is it meant to be more grounded?

I thought it was a little entertaining how quickly things escalated from “tough times at school” to “let’s assault a military prison and bust our friend out.” It’s really not gonna help Rusty’s “mutants are people not dangerous weapons” stance that he’s protesting for.

I thought the art was fairly good, though maybe a little on the cartoony side at times. It worked especially well when Boom Boom and Skids were at school since it gave it an almost Archie Comics appearance
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Takeshi is a character I had never heard of until a year or two ago. Someone called Wiz Kid was in the X-Men Sword series and he was treated like an established character but I had no idea who he was. Turns out he's Takeshi. He has some kind of technoforming ability, where he can basically make what he wants as long as there's suitable material around. Sort of like Forge but he assembles things mentally.
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X-Factor 34 is primarily focused on Archangel’s attack on the base of The Right to save his girlfriend.

The Right are being aided by demons in exchange for the list of infant mutants for them to abduct. There is a lot of exposition covering Angel’s past relationship with Hodges, the leader of the Right.

Interspersed we have a mysterious group that is abducting the mutant children ahead of the demons and Cyclops has located his son and is rushing off to find him but Jean won’t let him go alone.

Archangel ends up defeating Hodges and possibly saving his girlfriend. The art doesn’t make it super clear if Angel killed Hodges but the dialogue suggests Angel giving in to his darker side so I’m not sure if Hodges is meant to be dead. If he is then the demons somehow went back on their word (shocking, I know)
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Hodge shows up pretty prominently in X-Tinction Agenda (the Genosha crossover event) as a head on a robot. This filled in some backstory for me.
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X-Terminators 2 and 3 continues the story of the kids trying to find the children being kidnapped by demons. It's kind of silly in places, which I guess partially explains the vibe in the recent X-Terminators series. That had a different group (although Boom Boom was there) and they were fighting vampires, but it was over the top throughout.

X-Terminators 3 does reference a couple of books later in the reading list but not in a spoiler-y way. It's possible the reading order should be a little different but I don't think it hurts to read these two together and keep a little continuity going.
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Hodge shows up pretty prominently in X-Tinction Agenda (the Genosha crossover event) as a head on a robot. This filled in some backstory for me.


The head in a jar seems like a good “Sorry things turned out horribly but we TECHNICALLY kept our word” angle from the demons
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X-Terminators 2 really hits you with the 80s of it all and how much times have changed.

The dress up sequence and the fashions they chose are all feel like they’re out of an 80s teen movie. Taki is a computer whiz and he even has a spellchecker! This leads to the joke that the demons thi k he can check magic spells and so decide to capture him.

It’s a bit sad but I guess chalked up to teenage obliviousness that Taki is doing so much for the group and still gets so ignored.

The demons are still trying to capture infants but I guess Artie and Leech aren’t exactly what they’re looking for.

Given the state of New York, I can see why the event has so many crossovers. Overall it’s a fun issue but it still feels like the major players have yet to appear. Sure the teens may be main protagonists, at least that’s how it seems to be playing out so far, but what few major mutant characters that have appeared are distracted with other things and still aren’t tuned into the demon threat. The next issue in the reading order is Uncanny X-Men so we might see more known characters start to become involved
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This leads to the joke that the demons thi k he can check magic spells and so decide to capture him


I enjoyed this, and the general 'demon lackeys are not so smart' through line. I appreciate a bumbling goon.
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