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Imagine If… – Episode 129 Uncanny X-Men Roundtable

Chris, Rafa, and Mitch invite other X-Men fans to talk about the newest rendition of the Uncanny X-Men at Fan-Quest Comics And Games for this #NewComicBookDay.

So if you ever wonder”What If?”, or utter the words “Just Imagine”, or love to argue “Who Would Win?” then this is the podcast for you. Let Chris and Mitch take you to another world, another time, and instruct you to “Imagine If…”.

Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Uncanny X-Men #16

A Review From Christopher Franey

Ok we’re back after a crazy hectic week and I’m here to talk with you about Uncanny X-Men issue 16, part 6 of “This is Forever.”  So I missed issue 15 which had some wild dynamics, reunions, and also some damages…mainly like Cyclops being shot in the eye by Hope.  So I’m wondering how that will be resolved since Dark Beast did operate on Scott, plus he also helped the infected X-Men lose the Transmode Virus.  So is Dark Beast a member of the team?  Has he done something to Scott?  Guess we will find out at a later time.So the issue opens up with “This began when someone I cared about died.  And it began to end when someone else I cared about did, too.  All I can think is how each step we take toward our end never gets us any closer.  It always comes out of nowhere…”  So I wonder who this narrator is; my first thought was Cyclops since the text box is in red, but with this latest entry I am wondering if by chance it might be one of the New Mutants.  Who could the first death be and who was the second?  Are they deaths that are part of this arc?  Maybe it was the death of Blindfold (Ruth) and this issue’s death…(SPOILER) Wolfsbane (Rahne). 

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That was a hard revelation to see in this issue especially after Rahne asked if she could stop and just live a normal life.  That was a nice moment and something that makes sense, sometimes people are just tired of fighting, especially since she has been doing this since she was a kid; I’ll be honest I was hoping that she would have the happy ending but it wasn’t in the script for her.   

So we see right off the bat that Cyclops is turning over Samurai, Dragoness, Forearm, and Strobe to Captain America so they can be properly placed into custody.  Scott admits he doesn’t like this and really doesn’t trust Cap, he even hides the fact that he still has Hope, Banshee, and Dark Beast.  What I found interesting in the conversation between the two was that Scott doesn’t see the USA as his country anymore, which is sad but understandable as he says, “I’m a Mutant, Steve.  Any country I ever had has been taken from me long ago.”  Hmmm…maybe a return for Utopia?  Before that scene ends we see Cap give a note to Scott, so I wonder how that will play out later. Havok has a moment where he expresses that he is tired of not being in Scott’s council and the lying to Captain America.  Alex doesn’t like the fact that Scott is getting more advice from Logan and not evening hearing out his own brother.  Scott simply tells him: 

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Which I find interesting as we do tend to blind ourselves and judgements for those we care about.  The next scene sets us up for some X-Men action.  As we see a “Magneto” led Brotherhood attack Connallon Air Force Base in Eastern Transia; the scary part of this Brotherhood is they have a Juggernaut.  We then shift back to Harry’s Hideaway and the decision is set who will lead the X-Men, Scott tells the group as of now he is no longer the De Facto Leader.  They come to a consensus that most of the team members are leaders, so actions will be put to a vote.  Illyana calls up the first vote and it looks like that is to add Hope and Banshee to the team, so this group goes into action against the Brotherhood. 

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Looking good!  What was interesting was the line all sins are forgiven, so this might help to launch this team forward instead of some of the past drama holding them back.  In this fight we see Cyclops flashback to Rhane which is crazy as they are in battle and his mind wandered.  They have a struggle with the Brotherhood but in the end they manage to get to “Magneto” and discover that he is actually Joseph, which puts Juggernaut in an awkward position.  Joseph explains why he is doing what he is doing and seems to try and recruit was is left of the X-Men to his side.  Yet in the end it doesn’t matter as Juggy says:

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Juggernaut seems to not want any problems with the X-Men and he tells them that he wants to help the Mutants out.  Joseph knows he is defeated and then continues with Villainous Monologue until we see a “swssh” across his neck and then his head fall off, so goodbye Joseph, hello Kwannon aka Nothing. 

I enjoyed the issue and I felt it did move the arc along a little faster than the previous issues.  It has set up a lot of questions and I hope we get to find the answer soon as we are six issues deep into this.  I enjoy the fact that it doesn’t really play off as Bad Guy vs Good Guy with the Brotherhood and X-men, but that both sides have expressed why they are doing their actions.  For once I can see the Brotherhood being right, I mean who wouldn’t fight this hard in the given situation.  When they were in the millions they had a hard enough time now that there is a handful of them they are really backed to the wall.  I can’t wait to see how this arc continues/concludes and next issue will definitely have lots to deal with from this fallout.  I give this issue 5 out of 5 Juggernauts and highly recommend this arc.  As always read on and Excelsior!

Imagine If… – Episode 128 The Power Of MARVEL!

Chris, Rafa, and Mitch go over the spinner rack and then give it a go in finding the wizard Shazam a champion worth of his powers in the Marvel Universe for this #NewComicBookDay.

So if you ever wonder”What If?”, or utter the words “Just Imagine”, or love to argue “Who Would Win?” then this is the podcast for you. Let Chris and Mitch take you to another world, another time, and instruct you to “Imagine If…”.

Imagine If… – Episode 127 Dr. Sivana 101

Chris and Mitch go over the spinner rack and dive into a 101 lesson for SHAZAM’s Dr. Sivana for this #NewComicBookDay.

So if you ever wonder”What If?”, or utter the words “Just Imagine”, or love to argue “Who Would Win?” then this is the podcast for you. Let Chris and Mitch take you to another world, another time, and instruct you to “Imagine If…”.

Chris’ Comic Book Corner: Green Lantern #6

A Review From Christopher Franey

Here we are a quarter of the way through the Morrison/Sharp era of Green Lantern adventures.  Of course this is based off of talks right now and the vision being that Grant Morrison will be doing two seasons, each season being 12 issues.  Liam Sharp is a master of the arts and delivers some beautiful pages in this latest issue.  So lets jump into the issue.
The issue tells us that we are on the planet Rann, which is a part of Sector 2814 (which I’m curious if this is a retcon or has always been so).  The BlackStars are about to take over Rann and also test Hal Jordan and see if he is worthy of being BlackStar Parallax.  His first mission is to kill Adam Strange, luckily Hal gets them to agree to a showdown.  

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So the BlackStars are representing MU and are threatening Rann with a Sun Eater that can only be stopped by the BlackStars, so join or Die!  To add to the drama the BlackStars have Rann’s champion and are going to have him showdown with Parallax.

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Sure enough after pleading and taking 10 paces we see Parallax shoot down Adam Strange, so Rann has no champion or hope.  Alanna does a great job of adding to Hal’s guilt and reminding him of his friendship and responsibility.  Luckily we know that Hal is a couple moves ahead.  We discover that the Rann culture doesn’t let anything or anyone go to waste, so the Department of Salvage will start harvesting Adam.  

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Now we finally meet Controller MU and he is very much the sinister looking alien that would be trying to create his own version of “Universal Harmony” under his thumb.  MU does recognize that the GL Power Ring is not cooperating.  Mu does want the information it holds but it will not respond, Hal does remind MU that the Guardians might’ve locked the ring since he did betray them.  The scene changes and we discover that Adam Strange is alive, so Hal isn’t totally evil like we’ve been led to believe.

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So now it is up to Adam to save Rann and his daughter Aleea from the BlackStars.  The scene shifts back to Hal and MU, with Hal reminding MU that he has done everything they have asked in order for him to become a BlackStar.  MU calls out Hal about joining the BlackStars to which Hal tries a play at being conflicted and not sure of which side he is on.

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MU decides to show his “absolute intent.”  He has a dream of no more police, armies, warriors, weapons, or rings…no more repetitions.  Just a universe of his own/creation and if he cannot have that then he will have annihilation.  MU is the ultimate Controller and is planning on using Aleea as a U-Bomb.  The U-Bomb will explode and all well be neutralized making Hal’s mission accomplished along with the annihilation MU wishes.  
Luckily the Strange family shows to rescue their daughter and help take down MU…but Hal is telling them to not shoot MU.  Sadly Alanna doesn’t hold back as she goes for the head shot, don’t mess with her or her family.  BlackStar Belzebeth does take the spotlight now and encourages Aleea to let the U-Bomb go off destroying everything.  

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This prompts the Guardians to break their cover and get Hal to disarm the U-Bomb so Hal uses his ring to do something (we will find out in an issue or two..?).  We see Rann is fine and safe, Adam and his family are all okay, but sadly Adam is called back to Earth, and I’m sure his last words are a clue to something for later issues as well.  We are left to believe that Hal has sacrificed himself to stop the U-Bomb, but then we see a ring in space with a planet inside it.  We see that Hal is there and talking to someone; it seems that Hal has some amnesia and is talking to someone by the name of Myrwhidden (check out wiki for more).

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So where does that ending leave us?  Well the character reminds me of Myrwhydden, so you’ll notice there is a different spelling with the y and i replacement.  The first time we meet Myrwhydden is in Green Lantern v2 issue 26 titled “The World Within the Power Ring!” so is that a clue or maybe an extension of the current story line?  I like how Grant Morrison has been mining Hal’s history and this issue’s ending looks towards the past, so I know I’ll be rereading GLv2 #26 and this issue again.  Liam Sharp’s art is just so much eye candy that you could lose yourself in it, which isn’t a bad thing.  This volume of Green Lantern has been great and I really love how it explores the “cop” side of Green Lanterns and their responsibilities.  This issue especially is a great ending and beginning to the overall story by Grant as we can see how these “cases” lead to each other.  So are the BlackStars done?  What will Myrwhidden do and is he realated to Myrwhydden?  I can’t wait for the next issue, so I rate this issue 5 out of 5 U-Bombs and recommend hitting the back issues to get the full story.  As always read on and Excelsior! 

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