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Even the very top of the cover of their first issue boasts that the X-Men are "the strangest super-heroes of all," but not all mutants are created equally weird. For every one whose power is to shoot lasers out of a body part from which lasers do not normally issue, you get someone whose power is a ring of mouths around their neck, or super-prostitution, or they just straight up turn specifically into Tetsuo from Akira.

This video is dedicated to those oddballs who, due to a fluke of their birth, stand out even among the genetically challenged. P.S. Maggott is awesome; haters can go jump in a well.

Show notes:

  • You can read about Bling! and the rest of her strange generation of X-Men in X-Men: Bizarre Love Triangle.
  • If, like me, your flavor of nostalgia looks like Lobdell and Bachalo's misfit gang of teens with surprising skin problems, then Generation X Classic is for you.
  • If for some reason you haven't read the exploits of Grant Morrison's new class of merry mutants, you should start here.
  • If for some other, but equally bizarre reason, you haven't read Milligan and Allred's X-Force/X-Statix, it's worth dropping the money on this omnibus.
  • The weirdo at #1 is not entry-level accessible, so maybe start slow with that dude.

 

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