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Weekend Retail Therapy: X of Swords and X-Lapsed

Over the weekend, I finally took a plunge, and decided to check out X of Swords for myself, beyond the "handbook" issue I’d picked up awhile back.

I’ve been listening to Chris Sheehan‘s coverage of the event on his X-Lapsed podcast, and with having already stocked up on Cable, had decided on visiting the one shop that if they had the entirety of the crossover from where I was leaving off the podcast, I’d snag the issues.

Well…

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They had them.

I had to "settle" for several variants and a 2nd printing, but I was able to in one go "complete" the story from chapters 8-22.

15 chapters, and the entire crossover is 22! 15 chapters is basically only 2/3…and yet…it’s FIFTEEN CHAPTERS.

But even just looking at the principle of the thing…while yes, there’s the Creation, Stasis, and Destruction issues bookending and at the middle…the vaaaast majority of X of Swords takes place in ACTUAL ISSUES of titles.

And there’s even something rather nostalgic about the numbering of some of the issues…this event seems to be roughly at the same point in the Dawn of X that X-Cutioner’s Song was to the 1990s family of titles!

Another factor to buying these physically was that Marvel Unlimited only goes so far, and this event story skirts the newest reaches of the digital subscription–which as of Sunday ended at chapter 11.

So we’ll see where I go from this point…

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