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If X-Men: Days of Future Past has left you X-Statix (it’s a comic joke, okay?), there are plenty of ways to indulge your passion.
Turn to Amazon and snap up The Dark Phoenix Saga, Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men or God Loves, Man Kills. If you own several action-packed long boxes, simply dig into X-Force, Wolverine or Avengers vs. X-Men. Ruminate over the idea of the X-Men in Medieval times . Or watch the previous six films back-to-back (forgoing sleep, social interactions and sunlight).
Alternatively, the Internet can showcase the history of the mutant race in a fun and thorough way.
… Or UXN to the initiated.
Start at the deep end. Why not? UXN is arguably the most comprehensive site solely focussing on the X-Men, introducing you to every comic, every creator and every character. It’s such an impressive resource, you probably won’t know where to start.
There’s a handy little menu to the left, so might I suggest Cerebro Files > Character Glossary, which breaks down the X-Men everyone knows (Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm) and the ones very few have heard of (Beak, Sway, Slipstream). You could also keep refreshing pages to discover new X-Facts, such as:
“In Weird Al’s song ‘White & Nerdy’ one of the lines is ‘I’ve been browsin’ and inspectin’ X-Men comics, you know I collect ’em.’ In the music video Al is holding up four X-Men comics, Uncanny X-Men #201, 210, 221 & 268.”
Launched in 2000 by dedicated fans, the site now has over 6250 comic summaries, from the major (Uncanny X-Men, All-New X-Men) to the minor (Identity Disc, Soldier X). Dig in.
It’s not solely about the X-Men, but is an invaluable site full of interesting content.
Comic Vine delivers news, opinion and reviews extensively, covering many mediums and is a great place to turn to if you need anything clarified or put into context.
But it really excels in guiding you through 50 years of X-action, not only picking apart every English series (and their creative teams), but also international editions. Their descriptions can be a tad uninspiring – by default, lacking characterization and dialogue that infuses each issue – but coupled with (mostly) stunning cover art, it’s a joy to meander through.
And aside from that, you can also discover how many issues featured the image inducer, how many were set in Wisconsin, and how many used flashbacks!
If you love looking at beautiful art, this is the place to be.
(And if this prompts further journeys into the worlds of Marvel, DC, IDW, or Image, that’s certainly no bad thing!)
Not everyone’s a fan of comic books. I know; I was shocked to hear this too.
If you’ve just returned from the cinema, you might want to take a look at the Marvel Universes (plural, due to weird rights issues with Sony and Fox that are far too complicated to get into). There’s plenty to delve into here, including trailers, interviews, previews and reviews.
Most of all, there are videos. And I mean, videos!
The site began purely to focus on the big screen heroes, but has since expanded to include a few comic solicitations and movies you don’t generally see shoved into the “superhero films” category. But if that means more stills of Godzilla and Emily Blunt, I’m all for it.
Oh, and you might need to avoid the comments: beware spoilers!
Oh, the Internet. It was created for mass dissemination of information; it’s now used to throw opinions in all directions. Don’t like such-and-such a movie? Here are several critics who agree with you! (As well as one who thinks you just don’t get it.)
Not all opinion pieces are bad, however. This blog was set up to accompany the fan-fiction series of the same name; it now includes thoughts on recent issues, supported by interior artwork from each. It occasionally wanders off the path (a recent review turned to Superman Doomed #1), but it’s pretty much on-the-ball and there’s a lovely wit lacing through the posts.
Of course, you can search the web and find so many Marvel-focused blogs – more blogs than there are X-Men, in fact (unless we count Multiple Man) – but this is a good place to start. Then you can move on to these 10 comic sites .
If you’re a child of the 1990s, your introduction to the Marvel Universe was probably via the two main animations that came out of those studios: Spider-Man and… well, you can probably guess the other!
This isn’t solely nostalgia talking. Fifteen scientists got together and deliberated for three hours and came to the conclusion that X-Men not only owned the Best Title Music crown but, alongside that red-and-blue arachnid, also is the pinnacle of animation.
True fans have never forgotten it. And Comics Alliance is currently running a weekly episode guide. It’s tongue firmly in cheek, but it will get you reminiscing and searching YouTube.
Morph was cool. The Sentinels were cool. Even Jubilee was cool. Oh, it was all cool.
Until your very own latent mutant power manifests itself, you’re stuck surfing the Internet for titbits on the X-Men and following your favourite creators on Twitter . There’s plenty of choice.
Don’t you dare turn to Wikipedia.