Friday, September 16, 2016

X-men Supreme Issue 141: Outer Limits Part 5 is LIVE!


Mark your calendars folks because today is one of those days that’ll go down as a critical moment in the history of X-men Supreme. This fanfiction series has grown and evolved so much over the years, but there are still a handful of defining moments that have helped shape it. Moments like the uprising on Genosha, the election of Senator Robert Kelly, the devastation wrought by the Legacy Virus, the X-men’s first encounter with the Shi’ar, and the departure of Charles Xavier are among those moments. Now, with the final issue of the Outer Limits arc, X-men Supreme is poised to forge another one of those moments.

This isn’t a case where the end of an arc either maintains the status quo or just keeps things from getting too chaotic. There’s a place for stories like that. The X-men saving Dazzler or catching up with old allies like Thunderbird are important towards crafting the overall narrative surrounding this fanfiction series. However, there are times when that narrative needs to be disrupted. It doesn’t always have to be harsh. It’s not like the recent disruptions in the X-men comics, which have led to the deaths of Wolverine, Professor Xavier, Jean Grey, and Cyclops. This disruption is going to impact X-men Supreme in another way.

They’ve been fighting another cosmic battle against an enemy that threatens so much more than human/mutant peace. The Shi’ar Empire, under the tyrannical rule of D’Ken, is prepared to unleash the full power of the M’Krann Crystal on every mind in the universe. This is a war that has been going on for far longer than the X-men have existed. Parts of this war, however, are already tied to them. The M’Krann Crystal was the catalyst that made Jean Grey the host to the Phoenix Force. It also drew the Shi’ar back to Earth, something that they’ve avoided for reasons that aren’t entirely clear yet. Now, with the revelation that Lilandra Neramani is the rightful heir to the Shi’ar throne, the X-men must end this war once and for all.

However, as has been the case in other moments in X-men Supreme, victory will come at a price. The X-men already paid a high price for their victory over the Mutant Liberation Front, which resulted in Polaris losing her life. They’ve endured other losses as well, including their former teammate, Thunderbird. What kind of price will they pay this time? What kind of impact will Outer Limits have on the X-men as a whole? What will this mean for the future of X-men Supreme?

These are all questions that the final issue of Outer Limits is prepared to answer, at least in part. I know I say this a lot, but make no mistake. The impact of this arc will have major ramifications for X-men Supreme moving forward. There have already been developments in this arc that will affect the X-men moving forward. Some will be beneficial. Others will be a bit harder to judge. In any case, the course of X-men Supreme is about to take a major turn. This final issue will be the catalyst. The issues that follow will set a new course for this fanfiction series. So if you only read one issue of X-men Supreme this year, make it this one.

X-men Supreme Issue 141: Outer Limits Part 5

It’s not easy crafting moments like this in X-men Supreme. They take a long time to unfold. It often requires me to set up long-ranged stories that span multiple volumes. Remember, I set up the big revelation that Mystique was Rose back in the Overlord arc in X-men Supreme Volume 2: War Powers. There are other moments I have in the works that have roots in previous volumes. I want these moments to have the kind of impact that X-men fans will appreciate. It’s part of what makes this fanfiction series so vast. As such, I want to make sure these moments are as awesome as possible. To do this, I need help from X-men fans of all kinds. Please send me feedback on the moment that unfolds here in Outer Limits and in other arcs throughout X-men Supreme. Either post it in the issue or contact me directly. Either way is fine and I’m always happy to chat. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Excelsior!

Jack

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