Two items of interest to this list in the most
recent Wizard: The Comics Magazine No. 120 (September 2001).
1) The Paradise X Special Edition
comic offers some hints to the future of Earth X. For those following the
two initial arcs (Earth X and the current Universe
X), Paradise X will feature appearances from a number of
characters from alternate earths and timelines. Of relevance to this list,
King Britain (Brian Braddock/Captain Britain) will wed Medusa of the Inhumans
following Black Bolt's death and subsequent transfiguration into one of the
2) An intriguing letter appears on pages
13-14 of Wizard itself. Jeremy Adkins of Spencer, IA compares the
X-men to the Arthurian legends. Some of his suggestions are unexpected
though they might make for interesting discussion.
Professor X=Merlin, "the one who
began it all" [personally, I think Marvel has established Prof. X as Arthur far
to often to accept this suggestion]
Cyclops=King Arthur because he
is the "noble leader" [?]
"the wife of the king" [?]
Wolverine=Lancelot, "a little
reckless, but the best there is at what he does. And he digs
Jean" [sounds interesting--though so did Tyr and Becca getting
together on Gene Rodenberry's Andromeda]
Colossus=Galahad [this works
even better now that Piotir has sacrificed himself once the X-men achieved their
"holy grail", the cure for the Legacy Virus"]
Jeremy concludes somewhat weakly, "there are close
to two hundred knights of the Round Table, and nearly as many X-men. Try
it yourself--you may see I'm on to something here. Or maybe it is just the
Jim McLaunchlin responses rather harshly,
"C'mon. Comics are geeky enough without them Monty Python
'Holy Grail'-types wedging their way in via some convoluted 'Mutants o' the
Round Table' angle. It must be the fumes. Didn't I tell you to only
read your comics in well-ventilated room?"
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