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X-Men issues #1-10 milestones

The X-Men #1 - X-Men

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  • First appearance of the original X-Men: Professor X, Cyclops, Angel, Iceman, the Beast, and Jean Grey Marvel Girl!
  • First time the X-Men quarrel amongst themselves (in those days, instead of just arguing, it could get downright violent)
  • First Danger Room training session (back then the Danger Room was more about obstacle courses)
  • First we see of Cyclops being the strait-laced one of the group
  • First time Iceman and Beast are referred to as youngest and oldest X-Men, respectively
  • First time Scott shows attraction toward Jean
  • First appearance of Magneto, master of magnetism, and his first battle with the X-Men
  • First time mutants are referred to as "Homo superior"
  • First time the villain gets away from the X-Men to fight anther day

The X-Men #2 - No One Can Stop the Vanisher

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  • First time Angel is shown to be such a ladies' man
  • First appearance of the Vanisher
  • First time the Danger Room is referred to as such
  • First time the X-Men fail a mission
  • First time Professor X gets directly involved in a mission
  • First time the X-Men's enemy is caught

The X-Men #3 - Beware the Blob

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  • First time we open on a Danger Room session (the first issue had one at the beginning, but the Professor called the X-Men to report for class first)
  • First time Iceman's icy form has facial features
  • First time Cyclops shows dislike of his dangerous power
  • First time the X-Men try to recruit another mutant
  • First time Scott is confirmed to be in love with Jean, and first time he doesn't act on it because he believes his power makes him too dangerous to be close with anyone
  • First signs of a definite love triangle within the team, as Angel turns out to be the prototype Wolverine who's rivaling Scott for Jean's attention
  • First appearance of the unmovable Blob
  • First time someone refuses to join the X-Men (though, if you ask me, Blob was still way nicer about it than those punk-ass Runaways)
  • First time Beast is shown to be the brainiac of the group (Angel tells the others to get in gear, he's shown in his room reading an advanced calculus book with his foot)
  • First time someone attacks the Mansion

The X-Men #4 - The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants

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  • First time Iceman creates one of his iconic ice slides
  • First time Iceman's outer coating is melted away
  • In-universe, it's the one-year anniversary of the X-Men's class beginning. The Professor surprises them with a cake!
  • First appearance of Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: the Toad, Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch, and Mastermind the illusionist
  • First time the twins refer to each other by their first names, Pietro and Wanda
  • First time Quicksilver is overprotective of his sister
  • First time Toad is so fiercely loyal to Magneto
  • First time a past enemy returns to fight the X-Men again
  • First time we see Magneto save another mutant from humans (an angry mob believing Wanda to be a genuine witch)
  • First time we see the Professor and Magneto interact (conversing telepathically over the astral plane) There's nothing indicating they've ever met before, but then, there's nothing denying it either.
  • First time Magneto tries to get Xavier to join his cause
  • First time Magneto gains control of a nation (in this case, the tiny South American republic of Santo Marco)
  • First time Xavier heroically sacrifices himself for his X-Men (he lives, thankfully)
  • First time Quicksilver shows a more heroic side, destroying the fuse to the nuclear bomb Magneto activated
  • First time an X-Man (Xavier himself, no less) loses their mutant power (or so it seems)

The X-Men #5 - Trapped: One X-Man!

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  • First time an X-Man's parents come to visit the mansion (Jean's parents, specifically)
  • First Danger Room malfunction (Scott is accidentally locked in the room when it was set to Beast's test)
  • First time an X-Man uses their powers offensively against the Danger Room traps (it's actually a last resort for Scott, who regrets damaging the expensive equipment but had no other choice to stay alive)
  • First appearance of Asteroid M
  • First we see of people rioting against mutants (though they think it's a hoax)
  • First time the X-Men go on a mission without Xavier to guide them
  • First time the X-Men battle the Brotherhood in Grand Central Station
  • First time one of the X-Men is taken captive by an enemy

The X-Men #6 - Sub-Mariner Joins the Evil Mutants

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The X-Men #7 - The Return of the Blob

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  • The X-Men officially graduate
  • First appearance of Cerebro (back then it was actually designed so someone without telepathy could locate mutants; Xavier himself had little use for it)
  • Xavier officially places Cyclops in charge of the X-Men
  • First time Xavier takes a leave of absence, allowing the X-Men to operate entirely without his supervision
  • First time Jean is confirmed to return Scott's feelings toward her, though neither of them know how the other feels
  • Blob first joins the Brotherhood
  • First time the X-Men defeat an enemy without erasing his memory

The X-Men #8 - Unus the Untouchable!

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  • First time Iceman learns to create an outer coating of actual ice, rather than just snow
  • First time people's hatred of mutants is fully shown, without people thinking it's witches or a hoax or something
  • First time an X-Man quits the team (Beast)
  • First mention of Lucifer
  • First appearance of Unus the Untouchable
  • First time Magneto is manipulating events from behind the scenes, not actually appearing in the issue
  • First time an X-Man who had quit rejoins the team

The X-Men #9 - Enter, the Avengers!

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  • First issue to not involve Magneto's Brotherhood since their first appearance
  • First time that how Professor Xavier lost his legs is hinted about
  • First "retcon" of the X-Men, since back in issue #1 Xavier claims he lost use of his legs "due to a childhood accident"
  • First full appearance of Lucifer
  • First time the X-Men encounter the Mighty Avengers
  • First time the X-Men battle another superhero team

The X-Men #10 - The Coming Of... Ka-Zar!

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Why "Civil War" actually makes more sense in the MCU

Now I never cared for "Civil War" in general. Hell, the main reason I'll be going is just to see Spider-Man and Black Panther make their MCU debuts. But in the MCU the fact that this story could happen is actually a little more believable.

Civil War was obviously a lot more plot-driven than character-driven. I mean, the two opposing leaders were Captain America and Iron Man. Two best friends, comrades, teammates, source of yaoi fanfic shipping (hell, that one's not even totally unjustified). They've spent decades fighting side by side together through thick and thin. And no matter what personal differences ever came up between them (all of which were a lot bigger than something as dumb as opposing political positions) they always overcame that and managed to work together!

But no, in Civil War they just said "f*ck it" and started wailing on each other instead of trying to work out some kind of compromise.

But that was in the comics, where they'd had decades to forge the bond we know they have. But in the MCU? They've had like 2 movies together. Sure, there was all the offscreen missions we found them wrapping up at the beginning of "Age of Ultron", but that still hardly compares to the years they had known each other in the comics by the time Civil War rolled around. So, in the MCU the story actually makes more sense.


The mystery is finally solved

This article finally answers the question of how Wolverine got his adamantium claws back in DOFP.

Singer is somewhat vague on the matter, telling Empire that perhaps Magneto could “reconstitute the adamantium claws… [Wolverine] has a different relationship with Magneto, and perhaps Magneto could forge them.”

Now, is this both anti-climactic and a total waste of potential plotline? Hell yeah it is. But at least now we finally have an explanation.


The Joker's 5 greatest lines

In honor of the Clown Prince of Crime's recent return, I decided to list some of the greatest quotes he's given us.

"One by One, they'll hear my call. Then this wicked town, will follow my fall."

In the retelling of Batman and Joker's first post-chemical bath encounter in "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", Joker leaves this cryptic message on his cell in Arkham. Batman struggles to find out what it means. In the end, it turns out Joker was just going to poison all of Gotham. There was no specific goal in mind. He just wanted to kill everyone, because he didn't think Gotham was any better than him and he wanted to drag the city down to Hell along with him.

"I don't need you in my card collection. I NEVER PLAY WITH A FULL DECK!"

"Because: you've always been my ace, Batman. My ace-in-the-hole!"

This one's from the 2004 cartoon, "The Batman". That incarnation of Joker was always a little...controversial. But I liked him. He played up the "laughing mad maniac" side while still keeping that true Joker spirit. And in the episode "Topsy-Turvy" he really proves that.

The plot is that Joker has been taking revenge on the people who put him in Arkham with a raygun that encases them in giant playing cards. (Admittedly that requires a LOT of suspension of disbelief to buy) But it turns out he was threatening an Arkham orderly to do it for him. When Batman finds out, he confronts Joker in Arkham demanding answers, and Joker gives the usual "we're yin and yang" banter, but not in a way that makes you sick of it. Then he hits Batman with knockout gas and delivers the above line.

Manipulating things from his cell like a game of chess so well that even Batman has trouble figuring it out, then summing his plan up by making a semi-decent pun about it. That's true Joker. A method to the madness.

"C'mon-c'mon, I want you to do it, I wanchatodoit, hit me, HIT ME!"

Of course Ledger's unforgettable performance would get him a place on this list.

This scene is the reason Joker is such an effective Batman villain. Batman relies on fear and intimidation as weapons. But in this movie, Joker was something he was unprepared for: someone who wasn't afraid of him. He sees the Batpod speeding at him and what does he do? He picks up a machine gun and plays chicken with Batman!

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Of course Batman wouldn't hit him, but he was expecting Joker to run. And Joker knew that. He either knows full well that Batman has no intention of killing him, or he really does want Batman to do it. Probably both. He didn't even flinch!

"That's the gist of comedy. You're always taking shots from people who just don't get the joke."

A line from Paul Dini's Eisner-winning story, "Mad Love" (the origin of Harley Quinn). Joker tells it to Harley during their therapy sessions after a story about his abusive father. (I don't know why everyone thinks he was lying during that time. He did say always remembers it differently.)

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In most of his backstories, Joker was just a guy who dreamed of making people laugh, and he was constantly abused. And this line reflects that in the best way. Joker considers life itself a joke and is just waiting for everyone to catch up on it. But in the meantime, he's constantly taking sots from the people who don't get it (as in everyone).

"That's how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day."

Like we didn't all know "The Killing Joke" was going to be here. After all, it has some of the greatest dialogue in all modern literature. And, in my opinion, the greatest thing about it was that it opened up Joker's twisted mind for us to take a good, long look at its inner workings. And this is it. The twisted cynical tragedy beneath the comedy.

I always thought the great thing about Joker was that he came up from nothing. He wasn't as smart or as resourceful as Doctor Doom, or as powerful or motivated as Magneto. But he still managed to be one of the greatest villains ever. And the book's reveal that he doesn't even remember who he was really hammers that point home. He's saying that anyone could've become the man he is now.

Wow, this was kinda fun. Maybe I'll do this for other villains sometime. Next is probably Doctor Doom.