Feralia.net blog. episode 102: Review – Uncanny X-Men #350

UX 350
Next up on my X-Men reading Project is a single issue, Uncanny X-Men #350. While I featured 3 single issues of Cable not long ago, this is the first time in the whole reading project I’ll be featuring just one. I already had this issue in my collection, so I didn’t have to search for a collection which included it. If you want to pick it up, it shouldn’t be too pricey if you shop around. Check with your local comic shop. There is also a foil edition that I wish I would have known about back when this issue was originally released which is apparently worth a good bit more.

One thing I really liked about this special issue is that the cover opens up to make a really cool wraparound picture.
Uncanny X-Men 350 full cover

As usual I won’t go into much detail to keep things spoiler free for those unfamiliar with the story. But if you’ve been reading up to this point you’ll know that Gambit has been really secretive about his past. Just what has he been hiding? At this point it’s been a long time coming, but as you can tell from the cover, things are about to catch up with him. The issue doesn’t disappoint. I love the artwork and really enjoyed the story!

One quick side point to note is that during Operation Zero Tolerance, about half of the X-Men are away, on an adventure in space. If you read the Operation Zero Tolerance collection you’ll notice that there are no issues of Uncanny X-Men. The issues of Uncanny during this time feature the events in space, which I didn’t include in the reading order because it seems like nothing major takes place. However, at the end of these issues is the important #350.

You won’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re a Gambit fan!


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Feralia.net blog. episode 101: Review – X-Men: Operation Zero Tolerance

Marvel OZT
Next up in my X-Men Reading Project is Operation Zero Tolerance. When I picked up my copy, I was only able to find a pretty old edition, pictured above. Shortly after I got my old collection, there was a Milestones Edition released (just a few months ago in March 2020), pictured here. (I’ll bypass the ISBN and issue listings this time and just recommend the newer collection.)
Op Zero Tol
If you’re going to grab one, I’d definitely go this route, as the prices are very reasonable, and because the copy I got literally started falling apart as I was reading it. It wasn’t a huge deal, and honestly it wasn’t all that surprising considering it was printed around 20 years ago. It was a pain to read however, as at first sections and then single pages came completely loose. Again, I wasn’t really upset, especially considering that I snagged it for really cheap, and this is the first time I got a beat up book in this entire big reading project (not bad out of 51 trade paperbacks so far).

I enjoyed the artwork, as this was still during the area I started on as a kid, and I’ve always been a fan of these X-Men and the looks they sported then. The backgrounds, inks and colors were good, too.

As far as the story (I’ll stay clear of details for potential spoilers as usual), I personally found this to be one of the least interesting so far. While I love the characters, I just didn’t find it exciting, and the end felt very anti-climatic.

As far as catching up on all of the major X-Men stories, I’m giving it a Recommended but with an Asterisk – I would at least read issue summaries to find out what happens if you don’t want to drop the money on the collection since it is one of the main stories. As far as adding it to your collection, I’d probably only go for it for the sake of completion.


Next up will be a single issue!

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Blog entry #100: ‘Tovarishch’ by Clint Cassa

My dear Tovarishch,

I find myself in an odd world, one of uncertainty and certainty. Odder still that I find myself writing this to you after you have passed on. My thoughts often return to our long conversations, sometimes stretched over entire weekends, when we’d attempt to make sense of not only ourselves but this world around us as well. I’ve always felt that it was about trying to achieve balance in an unbalanced world. But how does one find balance? In the chaos that swirls around us, how do we find that peaceful center, that eye of the storm, so to speak? Tip too far to one side or the other and we are sure to be swept up in the tempest that rages around us.

Though you probably didn’t know it, my friend, you carried the answer with you in everything that you were—a brilliant mind anchored by an empathetic heart—a balance you may not have realized that you achieved, yet made you what you were. Compassion, loyalty, kindness, and acceptance were just a few of your key qualities. Your path was not an easy one, but somehow all of this together shaped you into perhaps the most genuine and sincere person I knew.

So as I move on, it is these qualities that I shall strive to achieve, and attempt to emulate the way you demonstrated them so naturally. I shall endeavor to embrace my individuality, to have the same fervor for my interests as well as my loved ones, as you did, as I strive for the balance required to find peace in a perilous world.

Though I miss you dearly, I shall move forward and live as I think you would want me to, been made a better person having been so kindly given your friendship. Perhaps I’ll hold onto this letter, to give it to you when we meet again, for I have no doubt that we will. Until that day, I’ll proudly carry your shining example in my heart.

Until we meet again, Tovarishch


—In loving memory of Andrew—

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Feralia.net blog. episode 99: Featured Artist/Vendor: Wink Ware

It’s been a while since I did an artist or vendor feature, so today I wanted to do another good one! Today’s feature is on Wink Ware, another long time fellow con friend/vendor who we’ve known for years.


© Wink Ware

Wink Ware is home to a ton of cute original designs for clothing and accessories  such as dresses, skirts, scarves, hats, lanyards, bags, enamel pins and more! The designs are adorable, perfect for anyone who’s into stuff that’s cute, nerdy, or any combination of the two.

Check out just a few of Wink Ware’s original items in the gallery below:

If you’re looking to score some cool. unique stuff while at the same time supporting a small business, you couldn’t pick a more hardworking and kind person!

You can find Wink Ware here:

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WinkWare
Facebook: @winkwaredesign     https://www.facebook.com/winkwareDesign/
Twitter: @winkwaredesign     https://twitter.com/winkwaredesign
Instagram: winkwaredesign     https://www.instagram.com/winkwaredesign/

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Feralia.net blog. episode 98: Krakoa Seeds Update

A couple of weeks back I wrote about a little nerdy gardening project that my daughter and I started. We planted the “Krakoa Seeds” that came with an X-Men Comic I purchased. Today I wanted to post pics of their progress!

The first 2 pictures are at 15 days after planting:

The next two are at 21 days:

And the last two are from today, at 24 days:

They seem to be coming along well so far. We’re making a point not to look up what the flowers will look like online so it’ll be a surprise.

In the meantime we’ll continue to sow the seeds of tomorrow! 😉

I hope that all of you are doing well and staying healthy in these crazy times!


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Feralia.net blog. episode 97: Review – X-Men: Onslaught

Next up on my X-Men Reading Project is Onslaught. This is another mega crossover event, but not just for the X-Teams this time. Also involved are the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, the Green Goblin, the Incredible Hulk, Thor & Punisher!  This was actually really cool for me, because it’s not all that often that I get to read these titles.

The collection I got, pictured above, is the Complete Epic, which is 4 volumes long. I won’t get into the ISBNs and issues collected because there are a ton to list, and they’re easily available to look up. All together, the 4 volumes are around 1,000 pages. I found mine all together on eBay for a really good deal, pretty far below the cover price. One thing to note, however, is that after I bought mine, Marvel released X-Men Milestones: Onslaught. This collection is much cheaper, but only 488 pages. I haven’t had a chance to look at it myself, but the Milestone books are usually pretty nice, and I’m assuming it covers the main story well while cutting out a lot of filler, which for me, is fine. So the Milestone collection might be a good one to check out if you want to read this story. It just came out this past February, so it’s also much easier to find.
onslaught milestone
Moving onto the story, the heroes face the villain Onslaught. I won’t get into the story much, as usual, for fear of any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read it. But the identity of Onslaught ends up being what I thought was a pretty cool concept, with major ties to the Fatal Attractions story, which I really enjoyed. So that was a plus for me personally.

The artwork varied greatly, with all of the different titles collected. I got to see work from a bunch of different artists, which was really enjoyable.

In conclusion, I’d definitely recommend checking out this big event, whether you’re just catching up on the major X-Men stories, or going for a more in depth reading experience.



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Feralia.net blog. episode 96: Review – X-Men: Road to Onslaught

Last on my X-Men Reading Project I featured the mega event Age of Apocalypse. The next major event chronologically is Onslaught, and this 3 volume collection bridges the gap between the two.

I’ve been collecting the Trade Paperbacks on my reading journey, and unfortunately the prices I found on Amazon for these collections were pretty high. I found mine for really good deals on eBay. The alternative would be to grab the digital editions which are also way cheaper, if you don’t mind reading on a device.

Volume 1 is ISBN 978-0785188254 and collects X-Men Prime, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #322-326, X-Men (1991) #42-45 & Annual ’95 and X-Men Unlimited (1993) #8.

Volume 2 is ISBN 978-0785188308 and collects X-Men/Clandestine #1-2, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #327-328 & Annual ’95, X-Men (1991) #46-49, X-Men Unlimited (1993) #9 and Sabretooth (1995) #1.

And lastly, Volume 3 is ISBN 978-0785190059 and collects Uncanny X-Men 329-332, Archangel #1, X-Men/Brood #1-2, X-Men Unlimited (1993) #10, X-Men #50-52, Wolverine (1988) #101, and the Xavier Institute Alumni Yearbook.

For easy reference, the collection covers X-Men #42-52 and Uncanny X-Men #322-332 along with most of the other stuff going on at the time with the main teams.

The books themselves are really nice quality, the stories and art good. I think my favorite thing about this run is that it’s nice to get back to “normal” after the crazy Age of Apocalypse. I always loved seeing the daily lives of the characters.

While the content is very good, I can’t recommend these three volumes at the prices they currently go for on Amazon, and would instead do digital or eBay, as mentioned above.

Like other “span-the-gap” collections (such as Dissolution & Rebirth, for example), this one goes much the same as far as recommendations: if you’re only reading major storylines to catch up quickly, I’d say that these volumes aren’t critical and could be skipped. On the other hand, if you’re looking to keep up with the teams on a closer, more day to day level, you’ll enjoy them.



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Feralia.net blog. episode 95: Sowing the Seeds of Tomorrow… an… X-Men gardening blog??

So last year when I picked up the first issue of Marvel’s House of X (part of a major X-Men event along side Powers of X, which are really good, by the way), I was given a packet of seeds. I forgot about them for a while, but finally made a point to get them out this year.
Seeds 1
So this past Saturday, my daughter and I decided to make an activity out of it and plant our Krakoa Seeds!
They’re actually a flower called Bachelor’s Buttons. While we do have a small garden, I’m not big into plants outside of that, so this was the first I’d heard of them.
Seeds in Hand
It was a cool father/daughter activity and we had a really nice time!
Hopefully the seeds will be fine after sitting so long. I’ll post updates once/if they start to grow. We’re looking forward to growing our very own Krakoa Seeds!


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Feralia.net blog. episode 94: Review – X-Men: Age of Apocalypse

So in my X-Men Reading Project I finally came to the mega event Age of Apocalypse. This was really interesting because it was around this time in the 90’s that I started falling away from American comics as a kid, in large part to these huge crossovers which were so big that I couldn’t afford to collect them all. Age of Apocalypse was probably the biggest of these for me. Not only did all of the X-Books change names as part of the AoA for 4 issues, but there were other important stand alone issues as well.

AoA is available in a super nice (but expensive) hardback collection. I went the cheaper route and was able to find the Age of Apocalypse Complete Epic (parts 1-4 pictured above) for a really good deal. It’s five volumes. I reviewed the Prelude separately because it was so different than the rest of the story. I’m not going to get into the ISBN’s and issues collected this time because that in itself is a bit of a chore, and info on the collection can be found pretty easily.

As far as how critical this story is if you’re catching up on all of the major X-Men storylines, I’d say that it’s actually pretty important despite being an alternate timeline story, especially if you’re going to read the next big event, Onslaught, since there are ramifications that carry over into the real world of our favorite merry mutants. So, if you don’t want to drop a bunch of money on this collection, I would at least read a detailed synopsis so that certain things make sense later on.

Personally I found the story to be much the same as I remembered it as a kid: overwhelmingly BIG. The 4 main story issues of the AoA Complete Epic are over 1300 pages together! And that’s not including the 237 pages of the Prelude. So reading it was a big undertaking. I’m normally not nearly as into alternate tales, reboots, or other such things, preferring to stay with the history of the characters I know and love, so I wasn’t really into the AoA myself. That being said, it is a major epic that is well planned and executed. It’s just that there are large sections of story (Generation Next, the 4 issues of Generation X in the AoA, in particular) which just felt so long and drawn out.

In conclusion, I’d definitely at least read up on it in detail if you don’t want to make the big time and cost commitment.



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