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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?


6 Jul

Subject: Lady Deathstrike
Real Name: Yuriko Darkwind
Height: 5’10” Weight: 150 lbs.
First Appearance: Alpha Flight #33, April 1986

Power Ratings:

  • Energy Projection: 1/7
  • Mental Powers: 1/7
  • Strength: 3/7
  • Fighting Ability: 6/7
  • Intelligence: 4/7

I didn’t know it until I actually did some backup research, but it seems like quite a bit of information on Deathstrike’s card is/turned out to be erroneous. Deathstrike’s real name is revealed to be Yuriko Darkwind, which seems weird for a Japanese person… turns out Yuriko’s dad, Kenji Oyama, went by the moniker of Lord Darkwind. Giving Yuriko the last name of Darkwind is like Cable having a real name of Nathan Christopher Cyclops.

Secondly, according to her Marvel Wikia page, Yuriko first appeared in Daredevil #197, August 1983, a full three years before the Alpha Flight issue mentioned in the card. Turns out she was just plain old Yuriko in the Daredevil issues, and did not take on the name of Lady Deathstrike until the Alpha Flight issues. I think the earlier appearance is the correct one.

I liked Deathstrike as a kid, she was badass and the fights with Wolvie seemed vicious (you know how women be fightin’ dirty against the guys). I say seemed because I actually don’t think I ever read any of her stories as a kid; she hardly ever actually interacted with the main team, choosing mostly to duke it out with Logan, though she did get her adamantium from Donald Pierce of the Hellfire Club.

I really like Lee’s pose for Deathstrike, but man how 90’s is that background? It looks like they were trying to fool kids into thinking this was a hologram card. And how the hell does she trump Wolverine in both Strength (4 versus 3) and Intelligence (4 versus 2)? Is this some sort of women’s rights thing?