Recently, I was posed the question, “what was my first experience in comic books?” The year was 1992. I was approximately 9 years old at the time. My mom and dad sat me down to discuss the most important topic I feel you should discuss with a young man. The word of the Uncanny X-Men.
My father went into great description of all of the great X-Men. Storm, Cyclops, Magneto, Professor X, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, The Beast, and so much more. My mother brought up the stories of The Dark Phoenix, and so much more. My parents knew it was time. The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect because back then we had Saturday morning cartoons and there was a certain classic cartoon about to hit the air…
I have covered this series a bit in on the past on Geek With That, but needless to say, I was hooked on the cartoon. So my parents, being as wise as they are, nurtured this interest by buying me my first comic.
My First Comic: Uncanny X-Men #296
The first comic was this one…
I recall the cover so vividly, however, recently when describing the comic, I do not remember anything on the inside, like at all. So it is time I went back and reread this and we will see what it is all about….
This is part 9 of a 12 crossover issue arc. Which was a weird thing to start with now, but as I read this, I understand why I wasn’t lost. The creative team did a fantastic job explaining everyone’s backstory and had a lot of exposition to fill in the blanks. That is the one thing that I tell people who are reading Marvel or DC Comic books for the first time. If it has a good creative team, they will fill you in on what you need to know to pick up this very issue so you won’t be entirely lost.
The story is of Stryfe, a character who mysteriously resembles Cable. He is out for revenge against Jean Grey & Cyclops. He is terrorizing all of the X-Men along the way, and the casualties are stacking.
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Although I got to say opening up and seeing this image amused me…
This is a bit of cliched shot of the ripped male superhero holding his lifeless loved one in his arms. Not only that, but how many times have we seen this shot with these specific two characters, Cyclops and Jean Grey?
Oh well, other than this a few odd phrasings here and there, this was an excellent comic. I can see how it made me a fan over 25 years ago. This started my love with both the X-Men and comic books in general.
How About You?
So that is my story on how I entered the world of comic books. I want to hear your story. How were you introduced to the world of comic books? Do you remember what the first comic you read? Tell me all about in the comments or on social media.