Episode 50: X-Cutioner’s Song Part 1

Well, it was going to happen eventually. And episode 50 feels like the right kickoff point. Just hope this endeavor doesn’t break your humble host.

Listen to Episode 50: X-Cutioner’s Song Part 1.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 50: X-Cutioner’s Song Part 1

  1. The Irredeemable Shag says:

    Great episode and a fun topic! Some history here (I know research). The main stable of writers/artists had recently left Marvel and the new guys had to come up with a crossover quick. After 1990’s wildly popular Xtinction Agenda, then 1991’s X-books relaunch with #1s, the pressure was high for 1992. So Xcutioners Song was devised and promised the reveal of Cable’s true origin (though the crossover didn’t deliver on that). As you said, very mixed response from fans (myself included).

    However, you can talk about Xcutioner’s Song without talking about the polybags and trading cards. If you had mentioned that, not sure any of these issues will get acquitted. 🙂


  2. Frank says:

    The show ramped up production mightily around the time I had a heavy time crunch and burnt out on everything so much I wasn’t even doing my own podcasts for a while there. As I’m recovering, I’ll try to take advantage of your comment embargo and discuss both the X-Cutioner’s Song chapter at hand and a catch-up. A plus that they’re both the same title.

    My X-Men fandom never recovered from the departure of Chris Claremont, and at no point did I ever enjoy the eponymous title he launched right before exiting. My own leave was forestalled by Uncanny X-Men having the superior yet underappreciated creative team of Whilce Portacio and Scott Lobdell. Where adjectiveless X-Men was a proto-Wildstorm book, Uncanny still held the character dynamics, melodrama and soap opera of the Claremont years, for a while at least. I also loved Bishop at first sight, and was enthralled by the X-Traitor subplot. John Romita Jr. on X-Men was to me as Jim Aparo was to Batman; perhaps not “The” artist of note on the property, but certainly MY artist. Despite loving Portacio’s work, it was still swell to have JRJR drop in for the Bishop flashback tale in #287. Tom Raney also did sweet work on his three fill-in issues.

    Unfortunately, #294 was where the bottom fell out. Again, I liked some of Lobdell’s stuff quite a bit, but the multi-parters about Sunfire/Colossus’ brother and the Morlocks felt drawn out and undercooked. They were still well drawn though, where I loathed Brandon Peterson’s early work. It reeked of third string Image copying tryhard. I found it stiff and painfully over-rendered with dull, flat layouts and thoroughly unengaging storytelling. It was the epitome of EXTREME ’90s excess and the art alone should have rendered a guilty verdict. The whole premise of the crossover was stupid and was nothing but wheel-spinning throughout, so of course Uncanny chose to devote four straight issues to it.

    I had finally decided to drop Uncanny when John Romita Jr. was announced to return as regular artist. I hung on through his ongoing debut at #300, using it as an audition for keeping the book. By this point, Image had largely broken me of the habit of following books for art alone, but I still loved the characters. I hoped that would be enough, but the writing did not improve, and I finally gave up with the 30th Anniversary holocard expulsion, or as I like to call it, “Fatal Repulsions.”


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