Thursday, July 14, 2016
X-men Supreme Issue 138: Outer Limits Part 2 is LIVE!
These are trying times for X-men fans. Those with an internet connection found out last week that Marvel will be having an event ominously titled “Death of X” later this fall. It’s an event that’s sure to be grim for X-men fans, Cyclops fans, and fans of anything hopeful or uplifting. It’s sad that the state of the X-men comics has gotten to this point. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, and Wolverine are all dead. Many others like Havok and Emma Frost are missing. Mutants are sterilized and going extinct, yet again. It’s a dark time for all things X-men. That’s why I’m making it a mission for the X-men Supreme fanfiction series to brighten things up.
The situation in X-men Supreme couldn’t be more different. Nobody has been sterilized. Mutants aren’t going extinct. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, and Wolverine are all alive and well. Nobody is time displaced. To date, only one clone exists and that’s X-23. There hasn’t even been a single time travel story in this fanfiction series yet. When was the last time any X-men series could make such a claim? Yes, this fanfiction series offers something very different compared to the current X-men comics. I hope to add even more appeal to that offer with the Outer Limits arc.
This latest arc in X-men Supreme does not deal with extinction, sterilization, clones, or off-panel deaths of prominent characters. It doesn’t even deal with entirely earthly forces for that matter. The X-men had their share of that when they took on the Mutant Liberation Front. They eventually won that fight in the Natural Disorder arc. Now, they’ll need to win a battle in the cosmos against the Shi’ar.
It has been a while since the X-men went on a cosmic journey, both in the X-men comics and within X-men Supreme. I’ve been building up to this journey since X-men Supreme Volume 3: Ashes of Hope. For this particular cosmic conflict, the biggest catalyst occurred at the end of the Phoenix Saga. That story wasn’t just the culmination of Jean Grey’s struggle with a cosmic force. It offered the first insight into the Shi’ar. It offered a telling hint about who they are in this fanfiction series. Now, Outer Limits will reveal so much more.
The X-men aren’t just about saving the world from bigotry and hatred. Every now and then, they have to save the universe as well. They were able to save it from the Phoenix Force. Now, they face a more daunting problem with the Shi’ar. Lilandra Neramani has returned, along with the Starjammers. Her half-brother, D’ken, is preparing something big with the help of Mastermind, someone who plays an instrumental role in the Phoenix Saga. He has been MIA ever since, but for good reason. He’s preparing to unleash something that may end up being more destructive than the Phoenix Force and D’ken is happy to help him.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for the X-men. This cosmic journey will take them to the heart of the Shi’ar Empire and test them in ways that won’t require extinction, sterilization, or off-panel deaths. These sorts of journeys help bring out the best in the X-men. I hope to capture that in this fanfiction series. So those who are feeling pessimistic about Death of X, Cyclops, or time-travel stories, this should be a welcome reprieve.
post your comments directly in the issue or contact me directly. I’m always happy to chat and console my fellow X-men fans. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Xcelsior!