Matthew Brake

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Matthew Brake is the series editor for the book series Theology and Pop Culture from Lexington Books. He is also the co-editor of the forthcoming Religion and Comics series from Claremont Press. He holds degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and Philosophy from George Mason University. He also writes for Sequart and the Blackwell Popular Culture and Philosophy blog.

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: EXCALIBUR #15 Heralds the Arrival of a New Captain Britain Corps

With Annihilation/Genesis refusing to accept the results of her duel with Apocalypse, Amenthi forces attack Otherworld. There are a few cool moments in this book,...

Comic Book Fandom vs Reality, The TOM KING Edition

Few fans are harder to keep happy than comics fans. I know because I'm one of them. When fans are displeased with a writer,...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: The Quiet Council is Shaken and a Team of Heroes are Reborn in X-MEN #15

As Apocalypse faces off in a final contest with his long lost wife Genesis, Scott and Jean confront the Quiet Council with the news...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: A Call to Mom and Dad Sets the Finale in Motion in CABLE #6

X of Swords has been a little slower as an event than I'd like, but this issue sets things in motion for the final...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Mr. Sinister Makes a…”Sinister” Move in HELLIONS #6

When the Hellions set out into Otherworld, it intended to enter Arakko to stop their ten champions before they could engage in Saturnyne's tournament...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Arakko Runs Up The Score And Storm Beats Death In X-FORCE #14

X of Swords comes to a close this week, and while these articles will avoid any in-depth discussions about how these remaining issues lead...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Wolverine’s Mistakes Catch Up With Him in WOLVERINE #7

This may be the coolest X of Swords issue so far, not just in terms of action and visuals, but even in terms of plot twists. Wolverine...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Things Shatter and Get Joined Together in EXCALIBUR #14

Part 15 of X of Swords marks the beginning of the tournament to determine the fate of Krakoa. While the first half of this series consisted,...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Fakeouts and Anti-Climaxes in MARAUDERS #15

X of Swords is turning into a bit of an anti-climactic affair. While I enjoy fake-outs and character moments, this event is a talkfest that...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Storm Dances With Death in MARAUDERS #14

Per this issue's gorgeous cover by Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, Storm and Death take center stage in this issue. The conversation between the two...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: Unreliable Narrators, Religion, and Prophecy in X-MEN #14

X of Swords has relied on several twists and unreliable narrators in its telling. First, Summoner misled Apocalypse and the X-Men about his intentions and the...

X OF SWORDS Aftermath: X OF SWORDS – STASIS #1 Shows That the Islands Have Their Own Plans

X OF SWORDS - STASIS #1 serves as the calm before the storm, as Krakoa's champions make their way to the Starlight Citadel, and...