There is but one X Of Swords title published this week from Marvel Comics, but it's a big one. X Of Swords: Stasis #1 by Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Pepe Larraz, Mahmud Asrar, Marte Gracia and Clayton Cowles. And it begins with a tour of Otherworld, with an emissary of Saturnyne making her presence known to the Foul and Fair lands. Including one of each that Bleeding Cool has been keeping a keen eye upon. The Crooked Market and Infuri The Everforge. The Crooked Market has, reigning, Sir James Jaspers, Mad Jim Jaspers.
The first Alan Davis/Dave Thorpe Jim Jaspers stories began using Alice In Wonderland imagery, and you can see a giant teapot behind his throne, resembling a clerk's writing desk. Is a raven like one? Here's what we said regarding previous text pieces.
The Crooked Market reflects the Captain Britain story "The Crooked World" that featured both Jaspers and The Fury. Here it appears to be an Otherworld example of the free market, taken to extremes. The Crooked World as a free enterprise zone? Jaspers here is a reality refugee, who has created an city of immigrants, ironic considering his previous political stance and modelling on the Conservative politician and renowned racist Enoch Powell. As for The Fury?
And then there is Infuri, the Everforge, featuring Jaspers' creation The Fury.
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It's the "hero slaying" expertise that ties these Furies to The Fury, a creature created by Jaspers to hunt and kill superheroes across realities. But their kingdom looks like just the place to make a weapon. Or to be a weapon. In the Chris Claremont series X-Men: Die By The Sword, he gets Jim Jaspers to create a bevy of Furies and, yes, that's a point, maybe it's time to re-read that series given its title.
Mad Jim Jaspers was a character created by Dave Thorpe and Alan Davis for the Captain Britain comic in Marvel UK series Marvel Superheroes. The character was then rewritten by Alan Moore as Sir Jim Jaspers, a conservative Prime Minister who was also the most powerful reality-shaping mutant, and creator of hero-hunting being The Fury, who despite the destruction of that universe, follows Captain Britain to his own. In a universe where the politician Sir James Jaspers was beginning to come to power on a populist anti-superhero mandate, and is elected Prime Minister. The subsequent rewriting of reality as "The Crooked World", the battle between The Fury and his parallel dimension creator, and then with Captain Britain remains one of the most critically acclaimed superhero stories around.
X OF SWORDS STASIS #1
(W) Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman (A) Mahmud Asrar (A/CA) Pepe Larraz
X OF SWORDS, PART 11
A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.
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I bought my comics this week from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.