Thursday, August 07, 2008

New Neighbors: The Xmen are moving to San Francisco!

Wolverine, walking along 24th Street in Noe Valley

The mutants are coming!

I love this. The X-Men are moving West to the Bay Area!

This isn't a small deal in the world of comic books. The X-Men, who settled in the Bay Area in the just-released 500th issue of the Uncanny X-Men, are arguably the most popular and recognizable superhero team in comic book history. And they've spent most of their 40-year existence based out of a mansion in Westchester County, N.Y.

But it should be no surprise. The trials of the X-Men, who discover at puberty that they are mutants, and are often forced to hide their true identities out of shame, have a lot in common with left-leaning causes, most notably the gay rights movement. In the comics, the X-Men have had gay and bisexual team members and associates, and their numbers were once decimated by a virus that had strong similarities to the AIDS epidemic.

I've read a few of the X-Men comic books, but know the X-Men more through the cartoon series and from the movies. This makes me want to go to my local Comic Book Store and check out what the new neighbors are getting into around town!

Noe is especially excited that Wolverine is moving into town. She thinks he's dreamy! :)

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