I’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?
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.