Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Ah, Excalibur #31, published in the early nineties, in the dark, dark days of the between-Alan Davis runs of that mutant spinoff. I've been rereading a few in an attempt to find the first US mentions of Marvel being the 616 universe. Excalibur #44 is out earliest so far. Any previous?

But during which I did find was Excalibur #31 by Scott Lobdell. And it may have quite a lot of relevance to the House Of X and Powers Of X series from Jonathan Hickman.

Excalibur #31 begins with Nightcrawler stranded on an island dubbed the son of Krakoa. One that watched the original visit of the X-Men to Krakoa that spawned the Giant-Size X-Men team. And, it seems this Son Of Krakoa.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Who has been growing things in pods. Very familiar looking pods.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Versions of the X-Men, grown by Vega, the Son Of Krakoa, as the first Krakoa had absorbed the genetic codes of every being it encountered, including the X-Men. And controlled by him to attack Nightcrawler.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

And let's check in with that opening scene from House Of X #1

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

With very familiar-looking people coming out from very familiar-looking pods.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Have these X-Men been grown? Does it give new meaning to the 'my' in that phrase?

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Remember Doug Ramsey is the only person who can directly communicate with Krakoa.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

And in Powers Of X #4, we aw that first meeting of minds.

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

Controlled by Xavier… what was the point of that mind meld? Is Doug Ramsey being controlled by the Professor? By Krakoa? And it the X-Men are pod people, is this a Krakoan invasion of Earth, of Mars, of the universe? With Krakoan flowers everywhere – and humans ingesting the Krakoan seed products to heal, to fight dementia and to extend human life?Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

With a teddy bear Wolverine and a rather controlling Professor…

By The Maker, What If the X-Men in House Of X... Aren't?

…if it is the Professor…

Let's All Read Excalibur #31 in the Light Of HOXPOX

…if it is the Professor…

Anyway. Excalibur #31, selling from around $1 to $6 on eBay. Look, this one is going for 99 cents right now.

 

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