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X-Men Blue #28

X-ual Healing: An End to Sustainable Genocide in X-Men Blue #28

Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The Uncanny X-Men suffered great indignities, but with a corporate merger on the way, the X-Men can finally get back to doing what they do best: being objectively the best franchise in comics. Each week, armed with the joy, heartbreak, […]

X-Men: Blue #28 cover by R. B. Silva and Rain Beredo

X-Men: Blue #28 Review – How Far Magneto Has Come

Polaris’ X-Men are at the mercy of Miss Sinister, the White Queen, and Havoc. These villains are on the cusp of unleashing Mothervine, the mutagen in Jimmy Howlett’s blood that can turn people the world over into mutants. The weapon has already landed in some regions, and Magneto is doing what he can to contain […]


X-ual Healing: Mothervine Unleashed in X-Men Blue #26

Welcome back to X-ual Healing, the weekly recap column where we obsessively read every X-Men and X-Men-adjacent comic that Marvel publishes, tell you what happens, provide additional context where necessary, and examine whether the comic makes good use of the long and convoluted history of the X-Men by referencing it in a way that’s accessible […]

X-Men: Bland Design X-Travaganza – The New Team Gets New Costumes in X-Men Blue #25

Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” It’s been a rough decade or so for X-Men fans. As part of Ike Perlmutter‘s feud with Fox over the Fantastic Four movie rights, Marvel’s […]

X-Men Blue #24

X-Men: Bland Design – Malice Attacks in X-Men Blue #24

Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” It’s been a rough decade or so for X-Men fans. As part of Ike Perlmutter‘s feud with Fox over the Fantastic Four […]

X-Men Blue #24 cover by Jorge Molina

X-Men Blue #24 Review: This One’s Actually Really Good

Sebastian Shaw attacks Magneto after he rejects the offer to join Mothervine. Meanwhile, the new Marauders attack Xorn after he too rejects their offer. Thankfully, Xorn receives help in the form of Jimmy Hudson and Bloodstorm. Unfortunately, Malice infiltrates the Madripoor mansion through the body of Polaris. Finally, Briar Raleigh seeks out new X-Men with […]

X-Men: Bland Design – X-citing X-Position X-ists in X-Men Blue #23

Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” Each week, we aim to recap what happened in all of the X-books that come out that week, praise the things we […]

X-Men: Bland Design – This Damn Crossover Finally Ends in Venom #163

Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” Things have changed in the X-Men comics (and superhero comics in general) since the glory days recapped in Piskor’s magnum opus. Gone are all […]

Venom #163 cover by Will Robson and Morry Hollowell

Venom #163 Review: Enough Good Action to Make a Solid Issue

Jean Grey and Killer Thrill have been taken over by the Poisons. They are joined by a third Poison whom appears to be Kraven the Hunter. Cyclops hopes to save Jean, but Venom tells him that the Poisons kill the Klyntar hosts. Knowing that the symbiotes are now a liability, the X-Men, Venom, and the […]

X-Men: Blue #22 cover by Nick Bradshaw and Federico Blee

X-Men Blue #22 Review: An Improvement but Could Still be Better

The X-Men and Venom finally arrive on the ship of Killer thrill and her symbiote-enhanced mercenary crew. After taking out their non-powered grunts, the team splits up. Cyclops goes to save the Starjammers, and the rest go after Killer Thrill’s crew. Unfortunately, there may be another unexpected visitor to further complicate things. X-Men: Blue #22 […]

X-Men: Bland Design – The Poisons are Fashionably Late in X-Men Blue #22

Another week, another Venom crossover sliding into our recap DMs! When will it end? Oh god, when will it end?! Welcome, dear readers, to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly multi-part recap column that strives to answer the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” Things have […]

Venom #162 cover by Will Robson and Edgar Salazar

Venom #162 Review: Another Issue of X-Men Blue

With the X-Men now armed with their own Klyntar symbiotes, the team plus Venom fight Haze Mancer and his symbiote-wrangling robots. After this confrontation, the team is ready to pursuit the symbiote-enhanced mercenaries that took Corsair and the Starjammers. While writing that summary, I had to stop and look back to see if anything happened […]

X-Men Blue #21 cover by Arthur Adams and Federico Blee

X-Men Blue #21 Review: Weird Faces and Symbiotes as Far as the Eye Can See

The symbiote-garbed mercenaries that grabbed the Starjammers find the X-Men and Venom. A fight ensues that ends with Cyclops being badly hurt, forcing the X-Men to retreat. Venom continues working the angles to find out who and what these mercenaries are and where they’re holding the Starjammers. Eddie finds out where their supplier is, and […]

X-Men Blue #21

X-Men: Bland Design – Everyone is a Venom in X-Men Blue #21

Welcome to X-Men: Bland Design, the weekly column that answers the question: “What if Ed Piskor had no art skills, a juvenile sense of humor, and less classic material to work with?” This week there are five X-Books on the stands, which will cost you a total of $20 to buy and, thanks to modern decompression techniques, take roughly ten minutes to […]

X-Men Blue Annual #1 cover by Nick Bradshaw and Federico Blee

X-Men Blue Annual #1 Review: Venom Crossover Marathon

We are given a scene of a hunter capturing Klyntar symbiotes. Then we see Corsair and his Starjammers in contact with Cyclops. Suddenly, a group of symbiotes attack the pirate crew, and Cyclops gathers the X-Men save his father and his crew. Given that they are symbiotes, the X-Men think it best to find an […]




X-Men: Bland Design – X-pository Dialogue Abounds in X-Men Blue #19

Welcome back to X-Men: Bland Design, the column where we rip off Ed Piskor’s X-Men: Grand Design, except instead of recapping the good old issues of X-Men, we’ll recap the new ones that come out each week. This week, there are six X-issues on the stands, if you count The Despicable Deadpool as an X-book, […]