Outright Classic Geek Picks: Marvel Mutants!
Our staff has a fondness for those Marvel mutants. Whether it be from a favorite comic book or video game- if it involves homo superior, we here at OG love it! Join us for this Outright Class Geek Pick as we celebrate the Children of the Atom!
Veigh: The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans
Walt Simonson and Terry Austin on art; Chris Claremont on story. Epic story featuring Darkseid and Dark Phoenix! A true classic from 1982.
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Walt Simonson, Terry Austin
Darkseid, Dark Phoenix and Deathstroke on one side! The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans on the other! It’s the rumble heard throughout the cosmos.
Originally published: 1982
Publisher: Marvel Comics/DC Comics
NOTE: First comic book appearance of the Source Wall.
William: Age of Apocalypse
The Age of Apocalypse for me still stands as the best X-Men crossover or Event of all time for me. This was the storyline that sucked me into the X-Men universe and I haven’t looked back since. So I not only have all the original issues but last October I bought the Omnibus of this Gently used for $20 and started rereading this again, slowly but surely because it’s one hell of a heavy read!
Written by Scott Lobdell, Mark Waid, Various
Art by Roger Cruz, Various
Charles Xavier is dead – killed in the past during a time-travel accident – and without his dream, the world has become a nightmare!
Original Publication Date: 1995-96
The breakout star of this story line was X-Man, a future version of Nate Grey.
Angel: House of M
Scarlet Witch is losing control of her powers, and reality suffers for it. While Xavier tries to control her powers, the Avengers and X-Men must come together and decide what course of action must be taken. But before they can come to any conclusion, the world is turned upside down in a reality where everyone gets what they want most in the world. This is such a powerful story, full of some of Marvel’s favorite characters, including one of my favorites: Wanda Maximoff. For 8 issues, it packs in a lot of story, a lot of emotion, and is definitely worth reading for anyone interested in Scarlet Witch, or anyone wanting a good team up between Avengers and X-Men, and definitely a great story regarding mutants.
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Oliver Coipel
The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff!
Original Publication Date: Issues 1-8, June-November 2005
The events of the storyline were later indicated to have occurred on Earth-58163.
Zack: God Loves, Man Kills
God Loves, Man Kills is the storyline that explored the mutant as minority allegory in the most affecting and fulfilling way. Reverend Stryker is hands down one of the most horrifying and hateful villains in the Marvel Universe. The scariest thing is that people like him and the Purifiers have real life counterparts.
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Brent Anderson
The Uncanny X-Men. Magneto, master of magnetism. The bitterest of enemies for years. But now they must join forces against a new adversary who threatens them all and the entire world besides in the name of God.
Originally Published as Marvel Graphic Novel #5, 1982
God Loves marks the first appearance of anti-mutant religious leader William Stryker.
Gaumer: X-Factor Investigations
Technically X-Factor volume 3, this is my absolute favorite X-Book of all time. Spinning out of what should have been a throwaway Madrox mini-series from Peter David became a 114 issue deep dive into some amazing characters and relationships.
Peter David is a master writer, and while the rest of the Marvel Universe kept getting either bogged down by events or, worse, completely ignoring them, X-Factor leaned into ALL the events, going as far as making House of M’s Layla Miller a star in her own right. But while the series rooted itself firmly in the current continuity of the time, it stood on its own as a just a damn good series driven by imperfect characters and their dysfunctional relationships. It had a noir feel but it was all about the Found Family Trope, and I’m a sucker for it.
The series teetered on cancellation months before it finally ended, and David tried to relaunch the series with a weird spin and without Madrox or Layla, but it just wasn’t the same. An underrated gem of an X-Comic, X-Factor Investigations is my choice for this week’s Picks.
Written by Peter David
Art by Pablo Raimuondi, Peter Yardin, Various
The detective agency of X-Factor Investigations first debuted in the pages of Madrox #5, March 2005.
Sean: Wolverine: Old Man Logan
Comic wise, if nobody has said it yet.. Old Man Logan, seriously one of my favorite stories.
Written by Mark Millar
Art by Steve McNiven
An aged version of Wolverine set in an alternate future universe designated Earth-807128, where the supervillains overthrew the superheroes.
Originally published in Wolverine #66-72, plus a Giant-Sized One Shot!
Old Lady Harley…yes this is a DC Comic, but it’s hilarious and is a parody of Old Man Logan!
Thomas: Return of the Brood
The Brood are Back! Way back in 88 when this came out I had already been reading comics I guess for around eight years or so. I remember my first issues of Superman and Spider-man from the late 70’s early 80’s but I had never really read and X-Men book. Let’s just face it 80’s Marvel was the best, all the main characters were there and the House of Ideas was running full steam. They were pumping out new characters and adult themed stories everyday. In this three issue run the Brood are attempting to take over the Earth by infecting Mutants, thereby creating a more powerful Brood soldier. Can even the X-Men stop them, of course Bub! Taking place before Inferno we get to see the birth of the Goblin Queen and much more. Featuring stellar writing by Chris Claremont and impeccable art by the great Marc Silvestri and Dan Green this should be a no brainer for Hollywood.
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Silvestri
Original Publication: Uncanny X-Men #232-234, August-October 1988
Brian: Jim Lee Joins In
Back in 1991, a collaboration between Chris Claremont and Jim Lee created something special. With new costumes and new characters, X-Men #1 made this series Legend. This also inspired, if you were as old as me, The X-Men animated series.
Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Jim Lee
The X–Men’s oldest enemy is back and it’s going to take everyone in the X–Men have to bring him down.
Original Publication Date: October 1991
There were 4 covers published for this issue that when put together made a landscape image.
David: The X-Men and the Micronauts
Back in the early 80’s there was a crossover event between these two frachises. Before Onslaught, Professor X had another dark personality called Entity, and he pretty much wrecked the Micronauts’s Microverse bad enough that Baron Kazra and the Micronauts joined forces to combat the threat Entity represented. Tracing the source of Entity’s power back to Earth, the Micronauts discover that Charles Xavier and Entity are somehow connected. Kazra defeats the New Mutants, despite being only 1 inch tall, but is defeated by the X-Men, only to somehow swap minds with Kitty Pride. The Micronauts’ Bioship explains the Entity situation to the X-Men and it’s connection to Professor X. The X-Men decide to help the Microverse, only to fall under the influence of Entity and shenanigans ensue. In the end, Entity is defeated and the Micronauts return to the Microverse. This was one of my earliest exposures to the X-Men as a kid. Luckily it was penned by Chris Claremont with Bill Mantlo, and Butch Guice on art duties.
Written by Bill Mantlo and Chris Claremont
Art by Jackson ‘Butch’ Guice
Original Publication Date: issues #1-4 January-April 1984.
Toy company Mego passed on the Star Wars license and instead crafted the Micronauts toy line in which this series was based. The comic ran for over 50 issues. The toy line unfortunately was a failure and resulted in the demise of Mego.
TV and Movies
Sean and John: Legion
Sean: I’m a little off the cuff, and I hope this vote counts.. but my geek pick would be Legion. It’s available on HULU for streaming purposes and totally binge-worthy. I consider it one of the more fresh takes on the mutants and certainly one of the more enjoyable/critically acclaimed versions of live action adaptations.
John: The FX series Legion- 3 season can be seen on HULU & is everything you’d expect the trippie hippie 40 minute shows to be. Its psychological, & crazy, psychedelic & crazy. Have I mentioned it’s crazy? If you’re not into being completely lost for 40 minutes at a time, it might not be the show for you. But I was blown away almost on a weekly basis when it was originally airing & if you want something that’s not off the wall weird & eclectic, you might wanna pass on it & just go watch the 90s X-Men the Animated series or something like that instead.
Eli- This would’ve been my pick too. Love this show. So weird and full of bizarre symbolism that makes you think. So glad they were able to finish this series before Disney took over. They would never take chances like this show did.
Don: X-Men: The Animated Series
Here’s mine: The X-Men Animated TV Series (1992-1997).
To me, this is one of the greatest Marvel TV series of all-time (right along with the 1990’s Spider-Man Animated Series). It all started October 31, 1992 with the 2-Part “Night of the Sentinels”. A ground-breaking animated series that pulls you in with the very first episode and seemed to get better with each passing season. Even when watching it today, it stands the test of time. Some of the classic story lines during this 5 season run include: Days of Future Past; Till Death Do Us Part; Beauty and the Beast; Phoenix Saga; Savage Land, Savage Heart; The Dark Phoenix Saga, Weapon X, Lies, and Videotape; Beyond Good and Evil; and The Phalanx Covenant, just to name a few. This series had fantastic animation and eye-popping color. The voices from the actors seemed to all line up with their cartoon character, as well! This series is a must own/must watch for all X-Men fans, or any superhero fan for that matter. Key the catchy opening music and watch that X-Men roll call before each episode. Gives me chills every time. Excelsior!
Joe: X2: X-Men United
Say what you will about the quality or accuracy of Singer’s XMen films, but this second installment has a lot of great scenes. Nightcrawler attacking the president in the White House. The strike team assaulting Xavier’s School. Magneto using the iron in a guard’s blood to escape prison. Plus Brian Cox’s Stryker is the definition of a cold blooded villain. I’m still traumatized by what my imagination conjured when I heard the line, “My wife put a power drill to her temple, in an attempt to bore the images from her mind.”
Eli: X-Men First Class
I get a lot of flak for this, but I was never a fan of the X-Men. Too much of a soap opera and so hard to penetrate as a new reader. But First Class was the 1st X-Men movie that I actually liked. Matthew Vaughn amplifies the action with his kinetic directing style and presents a clear and concise origin to Marvel’s mutant mythology. Plus Michael Fassbender as Magneto is just perfect casting. He owns that role and elevates Erik Lehnsherr’s character into a tragic anti-hero. Along with Logan and Deadpool, First Class is one of the few X-Men films that I really enjoy.
Tony: The Clothes Make the Mutant
I just love my Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters t-shirt. You wouldn’t believe how many people think that this is a real school. When folks ask me where the school is I tell them upstate New York. Then they want to know about my classmates, classes, teachers. Man, I love that I can describe the X-Men and people don’t realize that I am talking about characters from a comic book.
Tarah: Marvel Vs. Capcom
My pick is the Marvel vs Capcom fighting game series. As a fan of fighting games and of course of Marvel Comics and Characters this was a win for me as a gamer. It was really fun to play as some of my favorite characters in a Street Fighter-esque way. Highly recommend you check this out if you haven’t already!
Kevin: X-Men Vs. Street Fighter
After X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel Super Heroes, Capcom made worlds collide with the first entry in what would eventually become the Marvel vs. Capcom series with X-Men vs. Street Fighter! An amazing fighting game in its own right, its place in video game history is also very important as it would eventually birth the Marvel vs. Capcom series that would encompass all of Marvel and all of Capcom, which would become my favorite franchise of all time. The hype all started here.