Unnecessarily X-Essive — Everyone From Uncanny X-Men Volume 1
Artist, friend-of-the-Longbox, and all-around good guy Scott Modrzynski tipped me to this project several months ago. I thought it sounded madly ambitious then, and now that it’s done …
Seriously, just go take a look.
It really is All of the X-Men.
But it is so much more than that.
All of the X-Men, yes … but also every other damn character that appeared in Uncanny Volume 1.
You want the Abercrombie Orphanage Kids from Uncanny #25? They’re here. Geraldo Rivera from #99? Yep. How about Chris Claremont’s cameo from #105? Here. And of course, no X-Men collection would be truly complete without the Beach Goer from Uncanny #222, so you don’t have to ask — present and accounted for.
For all that is holy, just go and look at this thing.
Scott provided some insight on his tortured soul:
“There were some times this project made me so delirious that I’d see the X-shape of the characters as I closed my eyes, which has only ever happened to me after a long day of staring at waves on the beach.
“I almost quit entirely when I got to #190, because I loathed the thought of recreating the regular cast, Avengers and New Mutants as barbarians. At the time, I think it was the most characters I had to make in a single issue.
“That total was surpassed in #370 when I created a big chunk of Skrulls posing as Marvel heroes and villains – yes, I included every Skrull impostor that ever appears in the book, ditto for Mystique’s shape shifts – and once again in #514, during a crossover with Norman Osborn’s Dark Avengers. In the latter two cases, I hit 30 unique characters/costumes in a single issue. So tedious …
“But for my own sick piece of mind, this was worth the long journey down memory lane. I love these characters, and a good number of their stories.”
We believe you, Scott. We. Believe. YOU.