An energy packet released from a nova star gains sentience and eventually makes its way to Earth to become … E-Man! A fun bit of counterprogramming from Charlton and the creative team of Nicola Cuti and Joe Staton.
Lured into a trap at Banshee’s ancestral home, the X-Men battle Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut. While a solid effort, this issue from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum struggles with both pacing and suspension of disbelief.
Jean Grey nearly dies saving the X-Men but becomes Phoenix instead … then the rest of the team goes on vacation. A mid-issue shift in plot keeps Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum’s debut of Phoenix from being a classic.
X-Men try to rescue X-Men but end up fighting … the X-Men? Sentinel shenanigans are afoot – perhaps with deadly consequences! Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum go all in for this celebratory 100th issue of X-Men.
The new X-Men race to S.H.I.E.L.D.’S orbital platform to rescue teammates captured by the Sentinels. A fun read from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum – but one that requires some serious suspension of disbelief.
The X-Men’s Christmas outing to Rockefeller Center is interrupted by the return of the mutant-hunting giant robots, the Sentinels! Great character work and dynamic art anchor this strong effort from Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.
A pair of short stories from regular Ragman writer Robert Kanigher. The first one, with finished art by the Redondo Studio, is a bit hurried, but the wordless backup story, featuring full art by co-creator Joe Kubert, is quite masterful.
When a mute, blind orphan witnesses a murder, local thugs once again come to blows with Ragman. Another excellent offering from Bob Kanigher and the Redondo Studio, though the art is better executed than the story this time out.