In the ever-evolving landscape of comics there are simply some things that should not have happened.  In How Would You Fix, we attempt to retcon some of the more questionable aspects of our beloved characters’ sordid histories out of existence and replace them with more intellectually-satisfying ones that build on the seeds planted by their original creators.

Other bloggers have this to say:

“How Would You Fix…? contains a treasure trove of ruminations on Marvel continuity and proposed resolutions for dangling plotlines, with Claremont’s X-Men the most well-represented category. It’s always a pleasure to read Nate’s posts because his analytical skills and historical knowledge of this stuff far surpasses my own, and I’m pretty much obsessed with X-Men comics, so that’s saying something. Where I may notice one or two things, he’ll notice two dozen ways in which a story weaves into the rich tapestry of X-Men history, the richest tapestry IMO in all of comics.” Jude Terror @ Bleeding Cool

“Nate’s fixes are so thorough, my columns can’t even compare!” Brian Cronin, Senior Writer @ CBR

“There are of course legions of nerds with heads full of trivia. And a few of them try to connect to wider culture in a serious way. For example, Pierre Comtois who wrote those guides to Marvel, or that web site that has scholarly essays on comics, The Comics Grid. But Pierre’s stuff is more encyclopedic rather than creative, and the scholarly stuff seems very weak to me. Basically I see Nathan as the greatest mind in superhero comics, no question. I like to think I am pretty good on the early FF, but that’s just one thread, and Nathan has the whole Bayeux tapestry. His theories are usually right.” Chris Tolworthy of The Fantastic Four (1961-89) was The Great American Novel

“Nathan Summers – He Who Can Explain Every Claremont Dangler Given Enough Time” Jason Powell, author of The Best There Is At What He Does: Examining Chris Claremont’s X-Men

“Since the “slowly aging child” concept of Mister Sinister being fleshed out by Claremont in the Vignettes never really was made clear, it only lead to ridiculous overlapping ideas of his origin until the point where it took Nathan Summers to sort them out for us. No matter what Marvel says, that’s the origin I’m going with.” Erik Beck

“Now we know the truth of where Brian Cronin from CBR came up with his idea for ‘The Abandoned An’ Forsaked’ column!  However, Nate takes those comic book stories and ideas that had to be abandoned, but instead of ‘overturning’ them, attempts to resolve them from clues left behind by their original authors.” Kim Thompson of Omniverse

“To bring a character to life in people’s minds, you need the one great story there is to tell for him or her. If it’s really well-made, it might carry the elements of a story engine. The Fix always leaves us with a formerly broken character, now in possession of at least the One Great Story. Somewhere in dreams, there’s a long box of great comics written by Nathan Summers…” Cecil Disharoon of Integr8d Soul

“I respect Nathan Summers incredible knowledge of all things X. You can always rely on Nate to pick something interesting out of the distant past. Some of which I don’t even know about and I have been reading X books for a very long time. Keep it up, Nate”. Dane Whitman of Alvaro’s COMICBOARDS.com

“Nathan Summers – One of those characters who do quite a lot of exposition without boring the crap out of you.” Plok of A Trout in the Milk

“The best of the best, the select brilliant expert who made all the connections about Chris Claremont’s Mutant Wars in the first place.” Dave Shevlin, ComfortFoodComics.com

3 Responses

  1. I love your work! I have a couple suggestions for you to tackle. Do you have an email address I can contact you through?

  2. Hi,
    Your contributions at the MegaMonkey’s Marvel Chronology were always so thoughtful and informative.

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