Currently reading: Essential X-men Vol. 2

essential x-men instagramI’ve been marathon-listening to Rachel and Miles X-plain the X-men during my commute, and it’s given me a hankering for superhero comics! The last episode I listened to talked about a few good ways to start reading the X-men series, one of which was to pick up the Essential X-men collections. They’re basically black-and-white reprints bound into hardcover. My library had Essential X-men Vol. 2, so I decided to start there!

It’s SO GREAT. It’s silly and melodramatic, but in an amazingly entertaining way. I’m super glad I listened the podcasts beforehand, though, because it prepared me for what to expect character and plot wise. And it prepared me for Chris Claremont’s writing, too! I love picking out the various things I learned from the podcast– like CC’s mean narrator voice, and Professor X being a terrible mentor.

So I definitely recommend listening to the Rachel and Miles!

Downsides: I do miss having color pages, if only because late 1970s comics clothing is a thing of terrible beauty. Sean Cassidy’s horrible plaid pants! I CAN’T.

What’re you reading this weekend?

Interesting links

A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians @

What to do with ARCs? @ GreenBeanTeenQueen. I really loved the idea of an informal teen library!

How NOT to use the term POC (2 Step Guide) @ Owning My Truth

Slate Nailed It: YA and Detective Fiction Are for Rubes @ Criminal Element. Author Lyndsay Faye kicks ass and takes names.

6 thoughts on “Currently reading: Essential X-men Vol. 2”

  1. I’m a sucker for these old Xmen stories, and I think I have an Essential or two lying around. I was going to get the first few of these but then switched to the Marvel Masterworks color versions- they’re a little pricier but look so nice in color. But yeah- the style of the time! 🙂

  2. Dude. I so totally need to experience that podcast. I read an awful lot of X-Men in my younger years (both monthly comics–there were two then; there might be more now–plus Gambit’s series), but I drifted away from it after Marvel increased the cover price. Sadness. And I never managed to read as much of the early material as I wanted, so that podcast sounds perfect.

    1. Pretty sure I read that Gambit series! I might even have a few issues sitting around somewhere. Yay, Gambit! (Although Nightcrawler is actually my favorite nowadays. And I’m loving Kitty pryde in these old issues!)

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