Friday, January 1, 2016

X-men Supreme Issue 129: Impossible Odds Part 1 PREVIEW!

Happy New Year fellow X-men fans! It’s 2016 and we’ve got another year ahead of us. It promises to be a big year for X-men with the release of X-men Apocalypse in theaters and X-men: Apocalypse Wars in the comics. While some of these events might get overshadowed by other major comic book movies like Batman v Superman and Captain America: Civil War, there’s still a place for X-men in this mix. And there’s still a place for the X-men Supreme fanfiction series as well. It’s my intent to ensure it contributes to X-men’s success in 2016.

While the X-men’s prevailing themes in 2016 will center around Apocalypse, the X-men Supreme fanfiction series will focus on a different threat. I usually try to link the events of this fanfiction series to other major events going on in the comics or movies, as I did with Wolverine with the Lotus and the Warrior arc. While I can’t say much about Apocalypse in the context of X-men Supreme, I can say that the X-men are facing a dangerous threat that has the potential to upend their world.

And it’s still a threat led by Toad. Yes, I’m talking about the same Toad who has been a walking joke in the Brotherhood of Mutants for most of his existence. I’ve even captured some of it as far back as X-men Supreme Issue 3: Competition. Flash forward to X-men Supreme Volume 6: Liberation Decimation and he’s become a far more menacing threat. He’s the leader and visionary of the Mutant Liberation Front. He already achieved a major victory over the X-men in X-men Supreme Issue 127: Terror Sell. That same victory exposed some unpleasant secrets from Professor Charles Xavier, which have left the X-men without its mentor and in a state of chaos.

While the Mutant Liberation Front continues to be the main threat for the X-men, their actions have caused plenty of upheaval for others as well. The next arc of this fanfiction series will explore some of those upheavals. And to do this, I’ll be revisiting a character who hasn’t been seen in this fanfiction series since X-men Supreme Issue 13: Bedazzled. Yes, I’m talking about Dazzler. She’s been off making music, being a pop star in the world of X-men Supreme. However, the activities of the Mutant Liberation Front have undermined her career and the aspirations of every mutant on the planet.

And she’s not the only one either. What happens to a minority when one group gives them a bad name on a global stage? Unfortunately, that question is too easy to answer for some. I’ll explore that answer through the eyes of a new character who will be joining Dazzler in this arc. There are certain aspects of the X-men’s struggle that often get overlooked in terms of how it affects other mutants. This next arc, entitled Impossible Odds, will explore that in a way that’ll put the X-men in a difficult position yet again. As always, I’ve posted an extended preview that should get Dazzler fans excited.

“So the Mirage gig is also canceled. That makes four in the past two weeks,” said a beleaguered Alison Blaire.

“I’m doing everything I can, Ali. There just isn’t a lot of demand for a mutant act,” said her agent, Kirby Jackson.

“I think you meant to say they were too spooked to do anything mutant related.”

“I never said that.”

“I may be a bleach blond pop star, but I’m not stupid,” said Alison dryly, “I once had the top-selling song on iTtunes and string of music videos that nearly crashed YouTube. Then the Mutant Liberation Front comes along and suddenly everyone forgets about me. Come on Kirb, even MC Hammer’s star didn’t fall this quickly.”

For once, Kirby didn’t give Alison an excuse. That pretty much summed up the fortunes of the Dazzler tour. When the economy was booming and mutants were simply controversial, she experienced her biggest success. The incident with the X-men turned her into a national sensation. Her first album surged on the publicity and she became one of the biggest acts in the country. Even during the Legacy Virus, she used her music as inspiration for those who had died. And just when it seemed she was back on track, the Mutant Liberation Front struck.

Now the angry protests that used to block her performances turned to genuine concern. The Mutant Liberation Front seemed to strike everywhere. Nobody was safe. Since so many mutants had been displaced by the Legacy Virus, any one of them could be working with them. Her stardom made her a big target. The tabloids used to run stories about her doing drugs and dating fellow celebrities. Now they were running stories about her being involved with the Mutant Liberation Front. And her romantic history with Lance Alvers of the Brotherhood of Mutants certainly didn’t help her case. Even if they were complete lies, they scared people away from her music.

This led her to put her latest tour on hold. She thought she could get back to her roots and do gigs in Las Vegas. Even her history with certain resorts wasn’t enough to land her any shows. She was a walking PR nightmare. Her career was in free fall and she wasn’t ready to let it go.

“Ali baby, you know I love you. We’ve ridden the Dazzler tour to the top of the mountain together. We’ve tasted the kind of success most acts only fantasize about,” said Kirby in a more serious tone.

“Kirby don’t…” groaned Alison, burying her head in hotel pillows.

“We have to face facts. The Mutant Liberation Front has changed the rules of the game. People are scared and nobody knows what will come of the whole mutant issue. If and when it blows over, we’ll have another shot.”

“After all the bad press we’ve gotten? Do you really think peoples’ memories are that short?” questioned Alison.

“We gotta hope for the best and prepare for the worst. You’ve had a great ride, Alison. You wanted to be a star. You became a star. You’ve made enough money off your gigs to take some time off and wait out this storm.”

“I’m not jaded enough to contemplate retirement.”

“I didn’t say you should retire,” he said quickly.

“I’ll say it again, Kirby. I may be blond, but I’m not dumb,” she said strongly, “I want to perform. I need to perform. It’s not just what I do. It’s who I am. You’re my agent. Find me a gig! So long as it’s not a strip club in an old porno theatre, I’ll take whatever we can get!”

Alison was putting Kirby in quite a position. He watched as his biggest act lay face down on her hotel bed, wallowing in their misfortune. She had a genuine passion for her art. The money was secondary. That made her special, but it also made her difficult. She was always craving more gigs and there was only so much he could do as an agent.

Kirby was prepared to leave Alison to cool down for a bit. Then his Blackberry started ringing and Alison looked up from the bed.

“That better be the Bellagio un-canceling my show this weekend,” said Alison.

“It’s an unknown number, Ali. Hold on while I check this out,” he said.

Alison watched as Kirby stepped back for a moment to take the call. She tried to listen in, but it was hard to make out. She sensed Kirby was trying to protect her from further disappointment. He couldn’t blame her. She was a lot more anxious than she cared to admit. The last time she talked to her father, he suggested she come home for a week. She had thought about it at times, but she wasn’t ready to go running home yet. She wasn’t ready to stop being Dazzler.

While she listened, she noticed Kirby’s demeanor shift. It may or may not have been a good sign. Alison listened closer. Then with newfound energy, he turned around.

“Ali babe, how would you feel about doing a light broadcast gig for an upstart production company?” he asked her.

“Whatever it is, take it!” said Alison as she got off the bed.

“You don’t want to hear the details?” asked Kirby.

“To hell with the details! So long as there’s a stage and an audience, I’m in!”

In addition, I'm still committed to improving this website with added content whenever I can. This time around, I did a quick update of the Archives section by adding direct links to a few stories that are posted off-site, specifically on As some readers are already aware, I've been posting "uncut" stories on this site since X-men Supreme began. This includes stories with mature content. Now, I've made this content easier to access. Please remember this content is mature so please keep that in mind.

There are a lot of stories to explore in 2016 for X-men Supreme. This fanfiction series has been unfolding for over half a decade now. Try and put that in perspective. This series began in 2010. It’s been churning along ever since, even as comic book movies have evolved in whole comic book series have been rebooted. I know this fanfiction series will never be on the level of the comics, but I’m still committed to making it as awesome as possible. That’s why I always encourage others to provide feedback. It helps me make X-men Supreme as awesome as it deserves to be. So please, if you can, take the time contact me directly with your comments or post it in the comments section of each issue. I’m always happy to chat. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Excelsior!



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