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Review: X-Men #101

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.

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Review: X-Men #100

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.

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Review: X-Men #99

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.

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Review: X-Men #98

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.

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Join Us: ‘Comic-Book Reality’ Wraps Up With Three Free Zoom Presentations in June

Over the past eight years, comics-studies scholar T. Andrew Wahl traveled more than 10,000 miles talking about comic books, superheroes and U.S. history as part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. But his current talk – “Comic-Book Reality: Superheroes and the Power of Representation” – closes its run in a virtual space with three free Zoom presentations this month.

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Review: Ragman #4

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.

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Review: Ragman #3

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.

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Review: Ragman #2

Thugs keep looking for more than $2 million in missing loot – but find only pain when encountering Ragman. A fine followup to a great debut, again by the team of Bob Kanigher and the Redondo Studio.

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Review: Ragman #1

When his father is murdered, Rory Regan dons a tattered costume to fight for justice in the ghetto – as Ragman! One of the underrated gems of the mid-1970s, from the team of Bob Kanigher and the Redondo Studio, with a little help from Joe Kubert.

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