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Monday, June 07, 2004
How Slow Are X-Men Comics?
In 1987, Uncanny X-Men #218 was published. It contained a last-page revelation that a Brood space-ship had crashed on Earth, the only surviving witnesses being former X-Men Havok and Polaris.
One year later, in a three-issue story running through Uncanny #s 233-235 the X-Men finally get around to dealing with the threat of the Brood. In typical Claremontian fashion, ominous hints are dropped that "this is not yet over."
Over the next couple of years the Brood pop up once or twice to harry the X-Men. These appearance usually seem to co-incide with the release of a new film in the Aliens series. I have no idea why...Anyway, in 1998, fully 11 years after the beginning of the story-line in which the Brood arrive on Earth, the X-Men finally deal with the not-at-all-similair-to-the-monsters-in-a-popular-Sigourney-Weaver-movie creatures in a two-part mini-series titled, originally enough, X-Men: The Brood.
For the curious, in this series we are told exactly how much time has passed in the Marvel Universe since the Brood first came to earth. About one year. Yes, that's right, "The Fall of the Mutants", "Inferno", "Acts of Vengeance", "X-Tinction Agenda", "The Muir Island Saga", "X-Cutioner's Song", "Fatal Attractions" and about a dozen or so other cross-overs all took place within a one-year period.
And people wonder why it took Grant Morrison basically scrubbing every-thing that came before and starting fresh to get me to read X-Men comics again.