Strip Talk #18: Days of Future Past isn’t a reality fast enough

 

Photo by Brandon Beatty/Gaming Insurrection GI recently took a field trip to the movies. Editor-in-chief Lyndsey Hicks stands with the X-Men: Days of Future Past promotional poster.

Photo by Bran­don Beatty/Gaming Insur­rec­tion
GI recently took a field trip to the movies. Editor-in-chief Lyn­d­sey Hicks stands with the X-Men: Days of Future Past pro­mo­tional poster.

Lyndsey-2013-cutout-onlineIt’s no secret that I favor Mar­vel over DC in the grand scheme of comic book things. I always have: I began watch­ing X-Men: The Ani­mated Series almost as soon as the show began air­ing, and I’m far more knowl­edge­able about Marvel’s char­ac­ters for sev­eral rea­sons. One of those rea­sons is because I find the writ­ing in Mar­vel prop­er­ties to be far more tight and log­i­cally sound, even with some of the more pre­pos­ter­ous plots roam­ing around the Mar­vel uni­verse. And one more rea­son is because the X-Men: Days of Future Past arc is my all-time favorite of any comic book series.

Par­tially because of the intro­duc­tion of Bishop and the fact that Sen­tinels finally get their moment in the spot­light, Days of Future Past is pretty fun to watch and read. I’ve seen the entire Ani­mated Series adap­ta­tion and I have to say it’s my favorite. Yes, I’m well aware that Kitty Pryde is the orig­i­nal per­son to travel back in time in the comics, but I love Bishop in that role. It was pos­si­ble to believe that Bishop would find a way back and become a cat­a­lyst in the future chang­ing, or shift­ing, if you believe that par­al­lel uni­verses replace each other.

And the best part about the entire saga? For me, the lack of Sum­mers over­ex­po­sure. I can even deal with the push­ing of Wolver­ine here if it means that I won’t have to deal with the com­bined might of Jean and Scott at the fore­front. Yes, we get a lit­tle bit of that “Sum­mers magic” with Rachel Sum­mers but it’s a small price to pay for the rel­a­tive com­fort of know­ing that nei­ther Jean nor Scott are hoard­ing the spot­light yet again. Though, my prob­lem with the tale is who the hell is Rachel Sum­mers exactly? If you don’t do some advanced read­ing and fig­ure out who she is on your own, you might never fig­ure it out.

Despite some loopy alter­nate uni­verse travel and sketchy expla­na­tions for Sum­mers’ involve­ment, the tale is solid. I liken it on the same level as Age of Apoc­a­lypse in that there’s a plot involv­ing vil­lains who man­age to take over the world through their own nefar­i­ous means and mis­guided extrem­ism. Except in this case, the plan back­fires and every­one — mutant and human — suf­fer the con­se­quences. You can’t get more “X-Men” than that.

With a movie adap­ta­tion com­ing in about two months (May 23, as a mat­ter of fact), you can be rest assured that I will be there on open­ing day more than likely. I’ve been await­ing this newest install­ment of the X-Men movie fran­chise ever since the Last Stand deba­cle since I don’t con­sider X-Men: First Class a true sequel to Last Stand; it’s a reboot, albeit a good one. I’m ready to jump back into the world of the X-Men, and what bet­ter way than to leap into the arms of my favorite arc on the big screen?

Lyn­d­sey Hicks is editor-in-chief of Gam­ing Insur­rec­tion. She can be reached by email at editor@gaminginsurrection.com

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