THE UNCANNY X-MEN #129-130 (1980): 1st Kitty Pryde, Dazzler, Emma Frost

Look, so much happens in just one issue that I’m going to focus on highlights here.  The X-Men was a hugely complex soap opera, but like most soaps, the daily ins-and-outs are fun and juicy but most don’t “matter” in the end.  It’s a great comic and if you haven’t read it, you’re missing one of the best series of all time.

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Before Marvel decided that diversity was a “thing” to use to court demographics, creators just made female characters organically.  And in The Uncanny X-Men #129-130–just two short issues–Chris Claremont and John Byrne introduced three, count ’em THREE, strong female characters who would last forever.

First, there was the new, youngest X-Man, Kitty Pryde.  In issue #129 we are introduced to her as a teen who is beginning to manifest her powers.

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Second, the White Queen–Emma Frost!–who has now appeared in movies.

And finally, fan-favorite Alison Blaire–The Dazzler!

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Storywise, in these issues the X-Men essentially restore status quo.  Professor X has been traveling through space and the team has been in Scotland, now all of them come home.

Meanwhile, Jean Grey keeps changing into the Black Queen and hanging out with the enemy.

Oh, and I can’t forget the most important part:

Wolverine reads porn.

Creators: Claremont and Byrne
Grade: A

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