X-ual Healing – The Weekly X-Men Recap Column

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, and frustration of 30+ years of reading X-Men comics, we read every new X-book that comes out, recap the events, provide some back-links to Marvel Unlimited, and wonder when Marvel will let Chris Claremont write something again. Seriously, how do you have the greatest writer in the history of comics on the payroll and just not use him for anything?

It’s the way X-Men comics were meant to be read! It’s the column that can only be known as…




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Meet the New Leader of the X-Men in Powers of X #2 [X-ual Healing 8-14-2019]

Welcome to the first edition of X-ual Healing… on a newly redesigned Bleeding Cool?! That’s right, we’ve planted the black seed of Krakoa on our webserver and it grew a brand new site design. But even with all that work, we still had time to recap all the X-Books that came out last week… mainly […]



House of X, the Second Coming of Morrison's New X-Men? [X-ual Healing 7-26-19]

House of X, the Second Coming of Morrison’s New X-Men? [X-ual Healing 7-24-19]

So after a long wait, Marvel finally published House of X #1, the first issue of what’s set to be a multi-year X-Men run, with the entire line guided by Jonathan Hickman. And the response has been… well, why don’t you take a look for yourself. From Marvel’s website: Newsarama: “A towering achievement.” IGN: “Marvel […]

Everything Ends [X-ual Healing 7-17-19]

Everything Ends [X-ual Healing 7-17-19]

Next week, the X-Men line relaunches, and nothing will ever be the same again or something. But we’ve got five lame-duck X-books that came out last week that we need to recap, even though their events don’t matter because Hickman appears to be planning to ignore them. Dammit! One last time, for old time’s sake, […]

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The Secrets of Weapon Plus Revealed (Again) [X-ual Healing 7-12-19]

All of this is getting relaunched soon, so one could potentially argue that none of it matters, but Marvel is still putting out X-Men comics each week and we’re still recapping them. Read on, true believers… Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that Fox owned their movie rights, The […]

The End is Near [X-ual Healing 7-3-19]

The End is Near [X-ual Healing 7-3-19]

The Hickboot is just weeks away, all of the current X-Men comics are ending, and if Matthew Rosenberg has his way, there won’t be any mutants left before it all goes down. Let’s get to the recaps of the four X-Men comics that came out last week… well, three, actually, but for whatever reason, DCBS […]

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How Many Kids Does Wolverine Have, Anyway?! [X-ual Healing 6-26-19]

As the lame duck session of X-Men continues into its final month, ahead of Jonathan Hickman’s line-wide reboot of the franchise, more X-books came to an end last week. Plus, we’ve got a new Claremont comic this week. Yay! Lots to unpack here, six issues and over 3500 words of recap, so let’s jump right […]

Reboots! Huh! Good God! What Are They Good For? [X-ual Healing 6-19-19]

Reboots! Huh! Good God! What Are They Good For? [X-ual Healing 6-19-19]

What is the point of meticulously recapping the events of a bloated line of X-Men comics when the whole line is going to be relaunched in less than a month? That’s a very good question. The Hickboot approaches with House of X #1 on July 24th, and along with it, X-ual Healing: The Weekly X-Men […]


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Matthew Rosenberg Explains It All in Uncanny X-Men #19 [X-ual Healing 6-5-19]

It’s time once again for X-ual Healing, the column where we read all the X-Men comics that came out last week so you don’t have to! Well, you should read the ones you like. We’ll tell you about the rest. This week, it’s a very special episode, as Uncanny X-Men #19 explains basically everything that’s […]

The Age of X-Man is Starting to Unravel (X-ual Healing 5-29-19)

The Age of X-Man is Starting to Unravel (X-ual Healing 5-29-19)

Welcome to X-ual Healing, the column where we read every X-Men comic that came out last week and tell you what happened in them! Let’s jump right into it this week… 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 […]


X-ual Healing #1000 [X-Men Recaps for 5-8-19]

X-ual Healing #1000 [X-Men Recaps for 5-8-19]

Welcome to X-ual Healing #1000, a completely arbitrary number we slapped on this column just to get in on the hype, in the same way Marvel launched Marvel #1000 just to cash in on DC’s Action Comics and Detective Comics success. And just like Marvel #1000, very few women will participate in the writing of […]

How Deadpool’s @#$% Got a Major Power Upgrade [X-ual Healing 5-1-19]

What’s that? You’re looking for recaps of all the X-Men comics that came out last week? Well, you certainly stumbled upon the right article! Let’s get to it then, shall we? 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 […]

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X-Romance in the Air [X-ual Healing 4-24-19]

Psylocke and Blob. Rogue and Gambit. Leader and Dr. Alba (yuck)? Wolverine and the witch he met as a child (yucker)? Romance is in the air in almost all the X-books this week, it seems. Welcome to this week’s X-ual Healing, the column where we read all of the X-Men comics published each week (and […]

Matthew Rosenberg to Kill at Least 2 More X-Men (Spoilers) [X-ual Healing]

Matthew Rosenberg to Kill at Least 2 More X-Men (Spoilers) [X-ual Healing 4-17-19]

With the release of Marvel’s July solicitations, things aren’t looking great for the future of writer Matthew Rosenberg’s X-Men run. Despite critical acclaim from well-respected scholars, it looks like July’s Uncanny X-Men #22 could be the end of the line, with an oversized issue and the wrapping of multiple plot points, coinciding with the start […]

Age of X-Meh: Ranking the Age of X-Man So Far [X-ual Healing 4-10-19]

Ranking the Age of X-Man So Far [X-ual Healing 4-10-19]

I can’t do a mid-event ranking of the Age of X-Man books before getting through the current week’s issues, so let’s do the recaps first, and then afterward, I’ll tell you what I think of the Age of X-Man so far. Sworn to sell comics for Marvel executives who feared and hated the fact that […]