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The Most Popular X-Cards in July and All Time

4 Aug

We’re 5/6 of the way through these cards, and if you haven’t already, go and start from the very beginning! Meanwhile, in the month of July, readers from all over the world have been really into reading about:

  1. X-Men: Blue Strike Force
  2. X-Men: Gold Strike Force
  3. Lady Deathstrike
  4. White Queen
  5. X-Factor
  6. Psylocke
  7. X-Force
  8. Banshee
  9. Hellfire Club
  10. Shadow King

Meanwhile, as of the end of July 2011, here are the top-10 most viewed posts of all time:

  1. Banshee
  2. Psylocke
  3. Maverick
  4. Beast
  5. Lockheed
  6. Havok
  7. Juggernaut
  8. Wolverine
  9. Gambit
  10. Professor X

Which post has been your favorite so far?

76 – HELLFIRE CLUB

20 Jul

Subject: Hellfire Club
Roster: Sebastian Shaw, White Queen, Selene, Magneto
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #129, January 1980

I do not remember when Magneto was a member of Hellfire Club, but the dude was all up in everyone’s business, so you know, who knows.

Notes: Despite being a team predicated upon a strict heirarchy (the members are each assigned a chess piece, like Emma Frost as the White Queen), this is the only Team card (so far) that wasn’t designated a team leader (duh, it’s Sebastian Shaw, the guy in the middle of the freakin’ team portrait). And who the hell is that guy in the top left?

Incidentally, Sebastian Shaw and Selene are so far the only members of a team card that do not have their own individual card (I wouldn’t count Valerie Cooper, aka X-Factor‘s government liaison, since she’s not a superhero; I’m surprised she was mentioned in X-Factor’s card at all). Kevin Bacon does not approve.

Meanwhile, aside from the chess analogies, what else is Hellfire Club known for but the crazy Victorian costumes, so why the hell do we get a drawing of the group from the collarbone up? This is the second time we’ve been gipped of Emma Frost hotness, yo.

68 – MASTERMIND

1 Jul

Subject: Mastermind
Real Name: Jason Wyngarde
Height: 5’10” Weight: 140 lbs.
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #4, March 1964

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 6/7
  • Strength: 1/7
  • Fighting Ability: 1/7
  • Intelligence: 2/7

Mastermind’s one of those villains introduced in the early 60’s that never got a visual upgrade from the stereotypical “sniveling ratface” that all 60’s villains were, but then again I guess as a notorious date-rapist maybe the look suits him. Actually no, I guess then he should look like a douchey bro, right? And then he died of the Legacy Virus…

I really like Lee’s art for Mastermind’s card. It’s moody and intriguing, and the reflection in the mirror was a nice touch, though it unintentionally would imply that Mastermind’s power was simply of disguising himself, when he could really create elaborate mental illusions, capable of entrapping the entire X-team in intricate fantasy scenarios (like a circus or carnival).

Given how he arguably brought the Dark Phoenix saga to a head (by hypnotizing Jean Grey/Phoenix into thinking she was in love with Mastermind), and how he apparently managed to fool everyone, including the Hellfire Club, almost continuously throughout the Phoenix saga, Mastermind really should command more respect than he got (though his 6/7 Mental Powers rating gets you partway there).