Partly inspired by the announcement of the lineup of characters for the New Mutants TV show, partly because it's a Monday and some nice art never hurts, and partly because I am so freaking jealous of this guys collection that I think it deserves
At the risk of sounding like an old fart, listening to Rachel and Miles Explain the X-Men has reminded me of how much FUN the old X-Men titles could be, and how densely packed the issues were, plotwise back in that pre-"Stories written for TPB" era.
Case in point was this issue #26, which I genuinely happened to chance upon whilst tidying up my flat.
Zombies... Miracleman killing his former sidekick... Identity Crisis... it's been a fairly harrowing series of postings lately...
And whilst those have, for the most part, been good powerful stories... more or less.... well... less in a couple of cases IMHO, but that's neither here nor there, it's time for another change of pace.
Alan Davis is akin to comfort food for me, his art is sleek and vaguely cartoony in the best sense, and coupled with the right writer (Chris Claremont, Mike W. Barr or himself, amongst others) produces awesome results. I've posted New Mutants Annual #2 in the past, as well as X-Men Annual #10, but this remains a favourite)
Thos who saw my post earlier in the week will recognise the green guy, anyone who knows the New Mutants will know who the other guy is.
As two shapeshifting aliens set out to prove, once and for all that;
(Cover by Barry Windsor-Smith, who did a run of NM covers)
This story comes just after the arc where the New Mutants had temporarily joined the Hellions as part of a scheme by Emma Frost (then still full on evil member of the Hellfire Club) to get them on her side and demoralise Magneto, then the Headmaster of Xaviers), the team had recovered and some had headed home to spend time with their folks.
It's been a long and rather trying week for this little Robin fan as so much has changed... but rather than wallow in what has been lost (I'll still do that, but on my own time) it's time for this old codger to "Accentuate the Positive" again, and reach for the comic equivalent of comfort food... and for me, that's a little classic Alan Davis.... I was going to go for his Detective Comics run, but I think I'll use bits of that for my next Robin posting, so instead, it's off to another reliable source of entertainment; The New Mutants, with added Alan Davis.... (These 16 or so (of 48) pages are scanned form my original, 26 year old copy of this, so there are liable to be some less than CG perfect colouring issues etc)
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