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30 Aug

(I’ve been using the term panorama for this piece, but I have a nagging feeling that’s the wrong term… collage maybe?)

Here in its entirety, courtesy of Demon Geek, is the whole Danger Room Test Seqeuence composition that had been comprised of cards 91-99:

To read the capsule reviews of these cards, check out the previous 3 entries:

Looking at all 9 cards together actually looks much better, now that you can see how the various details spill over into each card, making them feel less like individual half-assed cards. For example I never noticed how Wolverine, Cyclops, and Gambit were all attacking the same robot (which Colossus may have thrown at them from the bottom right).

The top three cards are a little more disparate, with Nightcrawler and Archangel not doing much of anything at all. It would’ve been great if Nightcrawler had teleported into his current spot from a previous spot (between Wolverine and Cable, for example), and we saw the bamf explosion from where he disappeared; Meanwhile, Archangel could’ve been unleashing his feather blades, which would’ve nicely crossed over into several cards.

And finally, it’s hard to not notice Storm being the only woman of the nine characters, since Lee seemed to relish drawing women. I wouldn’t even necessarily count Storm as being the most popular female character at the time (Rogue, Jean Grey, and Psylocke could all be in the running), though she can definitely hold her own.

Trivia 1: there are 26 individual female character cards (counting Jean and Dark Phoenix as separate cards), compared to 50 male cards (counting the robots as anthropomorphically male, including Widget, but not counting the Brood), which means proportionally three of these nine cards should’ve been occupied by women.

Trivia 2: If someone were to ask you how many characters are in this composition, the correct answer is ten: Professor X can be seen in the window behind Gambit.


97,98,99 – DANGER ROOM: Cyclops, Cable, Colossus

29 Aug

Subject: Cyclops

I’d kind of noticed it before but never really thought about it too much, but man what is with Lee and drawing Cyclops (and other similar characters) with such a huge crotch? I understand it’s kind of a foreshortening that makes the character look taller, but when the focal point is a huge yellow Speedo, it’s just a little too damn distracting.


Subject: Cable

Where Lee drew Cyclops with a huge groin, Cable suffers (chronically) from gigantic thighs. Liefeld did it, and unfortunately Lee does it in this instance, though a little more subdued. It’s a kind of messiness that was nicely absent from his individual card, which was tightly rendered and posed. And since when does Cable have a spiked gauntlet? Who is he, Spawn?


Subject: Colossus

And to round out the panorama, we get Colossus. Lee is always pretty good when it comes to Peter, and it’s not like this pose is bad, but it’s a little muddled and honestly he looks no bigger than any of the other characters, when clearly he should be the largest out there (especially Wolverine). The posing in his side-b portrait is a more stock Colossus pose, the stoic face with the outstretched hand reaching out, giving Lee opportunity to show off the contours of Colossus’ muscles. In hindsight, he looks more like a creepy stalker (or Frankenstein) reaching out to his victim.

84 – MAGIK

8 Aug

Subject: Magik
Real Name: Illyana Rasputin
Height: 5’5″ Weight: 120 lbs.
First Appearance: Giant-Size X-Men #1, May 1975 (as Illyana), Magik Limited Series #1, December 1983 (as Magik)

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 2/7
  • Mental Powers: 2/7
  • Strength: 2/7
  • Fighting Ability: 5/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

I will admit: my first memory of Illyana Rasputin was in X-Men #20, when it was being revealed that she was the first victim of Stryfe‘s Legacy Virus. Even the concept of New Mutants and Magik was quite foreign to me at the time. Of course she was involved in a storyline right before then (in issues 17 and 18), which I never had (and continue to not) have access to. X-Men #20 was published May 1993, a month after I first arrived as a 9-year-old in the United States. And since comics take a while to have reached the Philippines back then, that explains the gap in my childhood collection.

Magik is again one of those peripheral characters that kind of led the way for the X-Men to get themselves into non-earth non-mutant related adventures, this time around to the realm of dark sorcery with the devil-like villain Belasco. I just recently read this first adventure, wherein a seven-year-old Illyana was kidnapped and returned to Colossus (her brother) having doubled in age, presumably having been confined in the dark realm the entire time and raised to be a dark sorceress. What a terrible way to go through your tweens (okay, the normal way is also pretty terrible).

The card biography refers to the fact that by this point in the continuity Magik had reverted to her 7-year-old self after effectively martyring herself for her fellow New Mutants, so it’s somewhat odd to see portrayed as her Soulsword-wielding, teleporting teenage self. Then again, this section IS called “Ex-X-Men” so I guess it’s okay.

The art in this is satisfactory, with a strong pose (that luckily doesn’t over-sexualize her) making up for the otherwise sparse detailwork. There’s a just-barely comical use of 90’s computer-generated imagery with the coloring of her teleportation disc, which really could’ve been much much worse.

Finally her Power Ratings are confusing; I can’t tell if it’s supposed to be representative of her “current” 7-year-old state, or her teenage state; if the former , a 5/7 in Fighting Ability seems to be stretching it, but if the latter, her Energy Projection rating seems paltry, at least if you’d consider her Soulsword and teleportation discs to be energy projections (I would).