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Trevor Smith
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"If you dig hip dysplasia!"

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The next trend in body modification surgery? I can see
it being all the rage..."hip", even...
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What I also loved about X-Men 111 (apart from the Magneto cliffhanger) was that the story just started. The Beast was already investigating where the X-Men had gone. There was no build up we were just thrown in to the story.
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Derek Rogers
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Double Page Splash!

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Jim Petersman
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16 year old me was pretty hyped about this page...

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Ahh - me too, Jim ! ( though at 20 I was a few years older than you )

The original CRISIS remains one of my favourite maxi ( mini ? ) series of the '80s, mainly for George's wonderful art, and the sheer number of different DC characters it crammed into it's pages.

With the benefit of hindsight, the story is ... well ... not great, and at times seems to be almost making things up as it goes along, but I still find it an entertaining read even today. That may be as much a fondness for that time of my life as it is for the series though !

Of course, the lack of any coherent plan at DC for what followed CRISIS is a whole other story ....
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Lots of ooh's and ahh's represented here, great stuff. Haven't seen some of these in a long while. Maybe it's time to revisit them again.
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I didn't expect Hulk 319 to end like this... and I was INCREDIBLY curious to find out what "Honeymoon's Over" meant... 


...imagine my face when I saw the next issue...

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...Honeymoon's Over...

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It means “Welcome Editorial-Al!”
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This ending had me looking forward to the next issue...

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This was a bolt from the blue at the time:

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I almost posted HULK 319 myself, Nathan. For me, the splash alone didn't leave me breathlessly awaiting the next issue, it was the breakneck pace and unpredictability of the series since JB took over that left me wanting more.

The next issue also left me with a bad feeling of Abyrnedonment.
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Posted: 18 February 2019 at 9:28pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Doesn’t that SECRET WARS splash just turn the page into an ad for the next issue?
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Greg Kirkman
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HA!
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Brian Miller
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That’s pretty good. 
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Sad realization, all these years later: SECRET WARS is a better story than CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS.

Not saying much, I know.
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It's more coherent, since CRISIS is a simply flailing about of discordant plot threads and editorial directives ignored until the last minute, but I'm not sure that the results are any better. What did the characters really do? What did we learn? Doom would feel better about everything if he were still good looking (and could grow to thirty feet tall?) Banner's hold over the Hulk was slipping? Jim Shooter thinks black men all talk like Smoove B? It set Magneto up to become a hero and teacher at Xavier's School, but that can hardly be seen as a good thing. 

It did give us the black costume and so, ultimately, Venom, so commercially it's made back it's cost of printing many times over. It gave Ben someplace to be so we could spend a little more QT with She-Hulk over in FF. That was a plus.

End of the day, Secret Wars was just setting the stage for the even less successful Secret Wars II.

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What if SECRET WARS had actually remained a literal secret from the readers? Setting aside the whole reason for the series (the toyline), of course, it would have been an interesting experiment. The heroes are gone, then they’re back, and we’d never be shown exactly what happened in-between. That would have been an interesting way to do it, although someone would eventually have to tell that story, because no stone can be left unturned.
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Shooter could never have resisted the opportunity to show us all how to do it "RIGHT"!

And if you think I am kidding, consider that he used to send back the make-readys* to the editors with "See SECRET WARS #... for how to do this RIGHT!" scribbled in the margins.

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First off the press--intended as a last chance to catch any printing goofs.

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