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Five Goofiest Moments in Uncanny X-Men #98-102

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Every day this month will have the five goofiest moment from a five-issue stretch of a particular comic book run. Once a week it will be the ten goofiest moments of a ten-issue stretch. Here is a list of the moments featured so far.

We continue our two-part look at the first ten issues featuring the All-New, All-Different X-Men. Today we’re looking at X-Men #98-102. The issues were written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Dave Cockrum (pencils on all the issues, inks on X-Men #100), Sam Grainger (inks on #98 and #102) and Frank Chiaramonte (inks on #99 and #101).

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).

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I just always chuckle at how Steven Lang’s outfit makes him look like a super-villain. I mean, the dude even has a giant A on his chest for “Armaggedon”…


Granted, him laughing maniacally with his fists in the air probably doesn’t help him much on the “looking like a supervillain” front, either…

In this scene from #102, do note that Professor X has been dealing with some disturbing dreams (as the Shi’ar try to contact him for help), so he is not in a very good place, mentally at the time. So he certainly wouldn’t NORMALLY react this way. Still, it is pretty odd for him to ever act quite like this…


Watch Xavier’s hand in the last panel. Is he getting ready to bitch slap Cyclops? By the way, also note that they forgot to correctly color Cyclops’ glasses.

Speaking of Cyclops….from issue #98, I’m pretty sure that’s not how his powers work….


He’d have to lift his sunglasses OFF, no?

I certainly understand what they’re going for here in #102, about how Wolverine is unprepared to deal with having friends…



But come on, the guy is shocked that other people are there to see her? Including her BOYFRIEND? That’s not “unaccustomed to the ways of friendship” that’s just plain dumb.

5. TMI, Chuck, TMI…

It’s bad enough that Xavier had a thing for his sixteen year old student, the fact that he apparently tells other people about it is even more out there…


Particularly an old girlfriend.

4. Her lady business is quite sensitive to these things…

Only in comics would a line from the middle panel from this #102 page seem not utterly bizarre.

“Sometimes I wonder where (say my name out loud for some reason), aspiring photo-journalist [I love the “aspiring” part] got the nerve to ask an African princess to marry him.”


But then Storm’s mother takes it to a whole other level of bizarre by noting that she knew Ororo was special since CONCEPTION. Ooookay….

3. It is simple for me to re-polarize this napkin into a sandwich…I cannot make mustard, though…

In #101, Storm debuts her “save time on having to write/draw her changing clothes” power, where her weather powers somehow allow her to change the molecules of her costume into any outfit she desires.


2. Somehow an even goofier new power!

That is a pretty goofy power, and if I was judging the powers strictly on “which one was goofier?” I would definitely go with Storm’s. However, Nightcrawler’s new “disappear into shadows” power from #102 is goofier because he never knew he had it until this point…


Really, Nightcrawler? You never noticed your body would disappear when you walked into shadow?

Oh, Cockrum, and your desire to make Nightcrawler a bigger deal…

1. Really? Really?

In #102, when the X-Men are at Banshee’s ancestral castle, Claremont decides that it would make sense to work leprechauns into the story…


Really? Lepre freakin’ chauns?