[identity profile] kiplingkat.insanejournal.com posting in [community profile] scans_daily
After Punisher Week, Ruins, and the ending of the recent New Mutants (on top of the general misery that the 616 has become in the last 6 years), it was time for cracky S-D fun. Icon_u.k. made me think of this (so he/she is to blame), the most Epic Battle ever to grace the pages of Marvel Comics.

I give you...

New Mutants Annual #3 (circa 1987, 40 Pages)

Interestingly, this story was published after the Mutant Massacre, so it served the same purpose then it is now.

It begins with the Impossible Man dropping by Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (his first visit was in Uncanny X-Men Annual #7 when he collected the Mansion as part of a scavenger hunt) to find some friends to play with.




And how to Warlock and the Impossible Man decide to settle this?

By creating the most Epic Globe Spanning Fanboy "Vs." Thread ever to be seen!

The New Mutants (in their gawdawful graduation uniforms) give chase.

After breif stops at the NYC docks (where they have taken on the forms of the Hulk vs. the Thing) and Rio de Janeiro for a Mr. Universe contest, the opponents hie their way to Europe. After briefly mucking with Wimbleton....



















Of course, we all know where this is going....









And then Magneto comes home and things get truly 1980's sit-com-ish, but who cares!

Date: 2009-10-30 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] magus_69.insanejournal.com
Is this an Awesome Crowning Moment of Funny or a Funny Crowning Moment of Awesome?

Date: 2009-10-30 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ulf_boehnke.insanejournal.com
I say it's a Crowning Moment of Funny Awesome.

Date: 2009-10-30 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cainofdreaming.insanejournal.com
Thanks for this. I'd only ever seen the very beginning and the end, so it was nice to fill in some of the blanks. You wouldn't have the issue where Impy brought the kids to meet his friends, by any chance?

Date: 2009-10-30 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cainofdreaming.insanejournal.com
If I did I've long since forgotten, unfortunately. And I think it was possibly even an X-Force issue, rather than NM, my memory of it has really degraded.

But anyways, there was Impy, at least some of the old NM cast, Impy's three kids and a tropical holiday paradise. And whole lot of mischief.

Date: 2009-10-30 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Awwww...that was cute. :)

-- Adam C.

Date: 2009-10-30 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alschroeder.insanejournal.com
Thank you SO MUCH for this. Nice to see some FUN in a "comic" book.

Hmmm.

WHAT IF the Impossible Man, not Norman Osborn, was acclaimed the hero who stopped the Skrull Invasion?

Would SHIELD have been replaced by M.A.L.L.E.T. or W.E.D.G.I.E. instead of H.A.M.M.E.R? Instead of the Dark Reign, would we be seeing the Absurd Avengers?

We have the Illuminati and the Cabal. We need a secret organization of the Marvel Unviverse's whackjobs! Impossible Man. Slapstick. A time-displaced Speedball from pre-Civil War. Squirrel Girl.

Who's with me?

Date: 2009-10-30 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] statham1986.insanejournal.com
THIS.

So very much so. Marvel needs to lighten up a whole heck of a lot before I'll invest in more than two books at a time. I understand they pride themselves on being 'Your Universe' and their realism, but it's gotten so bleak the real world looks like fucking Oz by comparison.

Date: 2009-10-31 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heat16.insanejournal.com
With you! All the way!

Date: 2009-10-30 03:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
Just to clarify, I'm a "he", and I am delighted to take any blame which might be going if it led you to post this! :)

Date: 2009-10-30 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
Oh, and to further comment

1) I actually like the graduation costumes, a damnsight better that either the genuinely horrible Blevins designed ones they got after Doug's death, the Liefeld "costumes", or the strap and pouch laden montronsities of the 90's. Of special note is Doug's flakjacket, an eminently sensible design, and it's notable he was shot a couple of times whilst wearing it and survived, but the first time he didn't... :(

2) The battle in London is a real representation of the original Forbidden Planet comic shop in Denmark Street, it's grown a LOT since then, and moved twice (It's now on Shaftesbury Avenue)

Date: 2009-10-30 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thokstar.insanejournal.com
I always have a hard time taking Warlock seriously, mainly because he looks like Bill the Cat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_the_Cat), and the inevitable attempt to compare New Mutants and Bloom County never goes well.

Date: 2009-10-30 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] icon_uk.insanejournal.com
I'd say it's rare that you were supposed to take Warlock that seriously, after all, he never did himself.

Date: 2009-10-31 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cmdr_zoom.insanejournal.com
He had a much, much better look when Sienkiewicz (his creator) or Art Adams drew him. As much as I love Davis' art in most cases, Warlock is one character he really really did not get.

Date: 2009-10-30 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] neuhallidae.insanejournal.com
I love this. Love, love, love.

Date: 2009-10-30 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzene.insanejournal.com
LOVED this comic...oh, so adorable. XD I still like the swimsuit showdown the best.

Date: 2009-10-30 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] datcord.insanejournal.com
*sigh*

Dani's always so pretty in the old NMs.

...what? Let me have my crush!

Date: 2009-10-31 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aaron_bourque.insanejournal.com
Literally out loud.

Date: 2009-10-31 04:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] salamangkiero.insanejournal.com
Something always bothered me about Sam's Cannonball Helmet. And...I found out why:

http://www.mcghiever.com/JoeScale/SciFi.htm

It's from Sci-Fi, a G.I.Joe.

Date: 2009-10-31 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] proteus_lives.insanejournal.com
This is high-octane awesome!

We need Impossible Man in the X-comics again!

Date: 2009-11-02 06:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashtoreth.insanejournal.com
Reminds me of the Impossible Man/X-men's Truly Epic Scavenger Hunt!

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