The B in X-Men is Silent: Bisexuality & X-Men

This Editorial comes to us from Everett Christensen Also you can get a T-Shirt with that header image from the Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men store The X-Men Franchise has taken a lot of heat for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Over the past few decades the number of textually lesbian and gay […]

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My History With X-Men

This Editorial comes to us from Everett Christensen I. Love. the X-Men. I have loved the X-Men since some of my earliest memories of being a small child in a one bedroom apartment in Stockton. I had a Cable poster. I assured my single mother working three jobs that the poster would help protect me from […]

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Anatomy of an X-Team: Case Study 2 – X-Factor #71-111

Last time we looked at the X-Men Gold team’s composition from the early ‘90s and whether and how close it adhered to The Template. This time, we’ll look at the concurrent run of X-Factor. X-Factor (1991 – 1995) Following the Muir Island Saga, the old roster consisting of the first X-Men was reclaimed and split […]

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Why The Time Is Right To Relaunch X-STATIX

Peter Milligan & Mike Allred’s X-Force #116 from 2001, their first issues on the book, spends its’ first 18 pages introducing readers to a new team of superheroes. They were well-branded reality stars that the world loved to watch. They were nothing like the X-Force team of the last hundred-odd issues, they were the new […]

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Domino’s New Look

This Editorial comes to us from Everett Christensen. Monday, July 31st 2017, we got our first look at Zazie Beetz in the role of Domino, a.k.a Neena Thurman, in the upcoming film Deadpool 2. These images showed us Domino as a black woman with vitiligo, lightening Domino’s trademark spot and ‘inverting’ her color palate. What followed […]

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When Storm is Not Enough: A Womanist Analysis of Representation in X-Men

This Editorial comes to us from Everett Christensen. Stories matter, representation matters. Representation impacts how we see others as well as how we see ourselves. If there is a direct critique to be leveled at the X-Men franchise as a whole on this point it is the lack of stories that directly address the present state […]

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Failings of the Mutant Metaphor

This Editorial comes to us from Everett Christensen. On Wednesday, the 14th of June 2017, in a comic named Secret Empire – United police with giant yellow Xs on their uniforms brutalized a human at the hearsay of a mutant [1]. This not only dilutes the Mutant Metaphor, it is irrational, irresponsible, and, frankly, dangerous. Any […]

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Anatomy of an X-Team: The Template

There are a lot of models for how to assemble an ensemble cast.  Some of it is going to be dictated by the show’s concept and setting – Star Trek modeled its cast after the functions of a ship at sea (or space as the case may be): A captain, first officer, helm, security, medical, […]

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Which X-Men Vape?

In our modern 2017 world, one question haunts all. “Do you vape bro?” Today I intend to answer this for the X-Men. Please note that my answers are definitive based on my experience as both a self-proclaimed X-Pert and a 2016 Reddit /r/comicbooks “/r/comicbooks Award” nominee (of which I was robbed). Professor X – He […]

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