Saturday, December 3, 2016
Spoilers: The main X-Men, along with Lila Cheney, Abigail Brand, Death's Head and the X-Brood, are rushing back toward Earth aboard their stolen Shi'ar craft when the ship comes across a tear in space... and an enormous hand reaching through it. On Earth: Apocalypse exposits to Cassandra Nova and Joseph about the big hand's owner: back in the day, the M'Kraan race produced the first mutants, which in turn grew into the Celestials. One specific Celestial would come to be known as Xodus the Harvester: a galactic-scale warmonger who purged the mutant races of many a world, fearing that they might one day evolve into some new form of life superior to his Celestial brethren. The other Celestials disagreed with this, and banished him to another dimension. Xodus the Harvester became Xodus the Forgotten. It was inevitable that one day he would return, and Dead Girl unleashing the Montesi program caused the barriers between spaces to weaken enough that 'one day' has been fast-forwarded to 'today'. Apocalypse has known of Xodus for millennia, and claims that every hardship, battle and devastation he's inflicted on the X-Men over the years was done to toughen them up and prepare them for the horror to come. Now he wants to know if Nova and Joseph will join him. Back at Lilapalooza, President Kelly is complaining, until Xodus' form becomes so large as to be visible in the sky. A panicked riot starts, but the Professor is able to telepathically calm everyon as Lila teleports the space crew in. Happy reunions are had before everyone is distracted by Xodus again. Brand seems to know what it is but Kelly prevents her from sharing, blaming a need for secrecy on the X-Brood's presence. Brand is forced to depart to the Peak along with the X-Brood and Death's Head, then Kelly rounds on the Professor. He claims his bad attitude isn't about anti-mutant racism, but the X-Men failing in their role as the world's protectors, since most of the problems they solve stem from their own causes. He would rather trust another - and pulls an ankh-shaped key from his pocket, summoning Apocalypse, along with Nova, Joseph, the Upstarts and the remaining Horsemen (Mystique, Bastion and Exodus). Before Apocalypse can explain, Wolverine attempts to claw him, and a big fight breaks out. In the middle of all this, Apocalypse rounds on the Professor and lets him peek into his mind freely. Xavier sees the truth behind the words, and begs the X-Men to stop fighting and listen. Cable then shows up with X-Force and blasts a five-foot hole through Apocalypse's torso, killing him.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Spoilers - 8 months ago: After the events of Death of X, in which Cyclops succumbed to the Terrigen Mist and died, Emma Frost created a Cyclops projection who was murdered by Black Bolt on Medusa’s orders and mutants have managed to destroy one of the Terrigen Mists, Beast has agreed to move to New Attilan and work on a cure for mutantkind alongside the inhuman Iso. Meanwhile at Muir Island, Emma Frost is working on changing into her diamond form more quickly, often leaping off a cliff as an incentive to trigger the change. She plans to face Black Bolt again.
6 months ago: Beast builds a Cerebro-like device for Crystal’s Royal Inhuman Vessel to track mutants nearing the remaining Terrigen Mist. Hank also detects that the Inhuman cloud is shrinking. Meanwhile in Poland, Emma Frost meets Magneto and his team (Psylocke, Sabretooth and Monet). Erik tells her the Inhumans will do anything in order to protect the remaining cloud. Emma assures him she has a plan to destroy the mist, Medusa, Black Bolt and just asks for his and his team’s help.
4 months ago: Beast and Iso head to the Savage Land where they hope to find out why the Terrigen Mist is shrinking. Meanwhile, in Detroit, Emma Frost seeks the young Beast, Iceman and Cyclops and asks them for their help for what’s to come. She insists that young Jean Grey will have a particular role to play in all this. The youngsters agree to help her.
2 months ago: Beast reveals to Medusa that in order to save mutantkind, he would have to find a unique cure for each mutant, as the Terrigen creates a new attack for the specific genome of every individual mutant in different ways. Medusa warns her Inhumans that while they won’t start a war with mutants, they must be ready to win it in case there’s one. At NY, Emma Frost meets a mysterious woman at the Hellfire Club, enlisting her help to move her plans against the Inhumans further along.
Yesterday: Beast analyses the Savage Land terrigen saturation rate rising and hides this data from Iso. At X-Haven, in Limbo, Emma Frost decides to visit Storm. Ororo tells Emma that Beast has called and demanded a meeting with every mutant on Muir Island. Hank sounded worried. Emma Frost assures Ororo that she has a plan and she’s here to save the day.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
CBR: “X-Men Gold,” written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ardian Syaf, will star Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey, with Kitty Pryde as team leader.
Yes, Kitty will no longer be a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Guggenheim explained to IGN that the ever-popular character is returning home where she’ll lead her new team in a battle with a new incarnation of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
“There’s more going on here than just another new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the umpteenth iteration,” the writer says. “One of the things that I wanted to get back to and really sort of drill down is what does it mean to be a mutant in the 21st century, in a world where you’ve got Inhumans and you’ve had mutants for all this time and you’ve had M-Pox and Genosha and all the things that have happened to mutants throughout the years. Why does this racism still exist? In fact, the very first page sort of sets out my anti-mutant treatise. I really tried to put on my racism hat and justify hatred of mutants for the 21st century. And the brotherhood really plays into that.”
“X-Men Blue,” written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina, stars the time-tossed team of Cyclops, Iceman, Beast and Angel, with Magneto as their mentor-figure. Jean Grey will be present as well, but in “Blue,” she’s taking on the mantle of leader for the first time.
“Magneto is the oldest enemy of these X-Men. This was the first ‘evil mutant’ that they battled way back in X-Men #1. And now here he is taking on this mentor role with them,” Bunn told IGN. “That immediately raises a lot of questions. Why would these X-Men be working with him? What is he trying to accomplish now? Do they feel that he’s changed his ways? And that really is what I was excited about. It opened up a lot of really interesting questions for us. There’s some mystery involved in terms of why the X-Men are working with him and what they’re trying to accomplish. There’s a little bit of intrigue there because knowing Magneto, you know he’s got ulterior motives. He’s Magneto. The original five X-Men aren’t stupid. They know this. And maybe they have some ulterior motives of their own.”
As for Jean’s new position as team leader, Bunn explained to IGN, “Jean is really the catalyst for bringing them all together… I kind of feel like readers of X-Men have always felt that Jean was supposed to be the leader of the team. And now Jean is definitely taking the leadership role in this group.”
Both series will ship twice-monthly, meaning X-Men readers will be treated to four issues per month between the titles. “X-Men Blue” and “X-Men Gold” debut in April 2017 as part of Marvel’s ongoing ResurrXion initiative.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Inhumans Vs. X-Men #0
Writer: Charles Soule
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort
Covers by: Alan Davis, Andy Smith, Kenneth Rocafort, Mark Farmer, Matt Hollingsworth, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Ron Lim
This issue sets the stage for the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men mega-event! Learn who the major players will be, plus the seeds of the incredible plan that will unfold in IVX #1. Beast and Iso travel the world to learn a desperate truth, the X-Men assemble their ranks and the Inhumans prepare for the war to come. It all begins with one choice — see it here.
In Stores: November 30, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Inhumans Vs X-Men #4 (of 6)Writer: Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire
Art by: Javier Garrón
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
Variant Cover by: Michael Cho
Variant Cover by: Ryan Sook
Inhumans Variant Cover by: Ardian Syaf
X-Men Variant Cover by: Terry Dodson
Corner Box Variant Cover by: Joe Jusko
• The young Inhumans devise a crazy plan to infiltrate Muir Island…The only thing standing in their way: the master of magnetism himself, MAGNETO.
• Meanwhile, Medusa and the other royals mount a desperate effort to escape from the mutants’ prison in Limbo...
• ...and an X-Man changes sides
Inhumans Vs X-Men #5 (of 6)Writer: Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire
Art by: Javier Garrón
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
Variant Cover by: Michael Cho
Variant Cover by: Gabrielle Dell’otto
Inhumans Variant Cover by: Terry Dodson
X-Men Variant Cover by: Ardian Syaf
• It’s Karnak vs. Fantomex in the world, as Medusa and her team attempt to liberate their secret weapon — Black Bolt.
• Storms are brewing as the X-Men make their move on the remaining Terrigen Cloud — will they be able to destroy it before it ends their entire species?
Uncanny X-Men #18Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Edgar Salazar
Cover by: Ken Lashley
IvX Variant Cover by: Juan Doe
An Inhumans Vs. X-Men Tie-In!
• Occupy New Attilan!
• With the mutant invasion of the Inhuman capital city now complete, MAGNETO seeks to lock it down by deploying his newly-acquired army of mutant sleepers.
• But will he take his mission a step too far?
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
New variant covers from the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men event have been released. Jorge Molina does the same for December 28's Extraordinary X-Men #17.
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #17
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Eric Koda
Cover by: David Yardin
Variant Cover by: Jorge Molina
INHUMANS VS. X-MEN TIE-IN!
• The X-Men have just learned that the Terrigen Mist—the source of the Inhumans’ powers that through a cruel twist of fate is lethal to Mutants—has reached an irreversible saturation point, rendering Earth uninhabitable to their kind.
• And now they see no other option than to strike against the Inhumans to ensure their own survival.
• But one X-Man doesn’t take the decision lightly.
• STORM has literally led the X-Men through hell and back, but will she lead them against their longtime friends and allies?
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
CBR: This week in X-POSITION, “Uncanny X-Men,” “Deadpool and the Mercs For Money” and “Deadpool: Back in Black” writer Cullen Bunn joins us and answers all of your questions about everything from Archangel’s future to what ResurrXion has in store for his “Uncanny” run.
First, thank you for showing Psylocke much needed love and attention. My question: given that Psylocke initially joined Magneto’s X-Men because she believed in the cause, and — more importantly — Archangel. Now that she’s left the team, what will happen to their relationship? Will Archangel return to field duty?
Bunn: For now, Psylocke and Archangel are on two very different paths. Archangel is going to return to active duty. You’ll be seeing a big Archangel issue coming up that will give him a new focus and goal. As for Psylocke, in many ways, she still believes in Magneto’s cause. She just can’t bring herself to be in the same room with the man.
Regarding “IvX” issues of “Uncanny,” how will they read? In terms of, will they be more “IvX,” more “Uncanny X-Men” or a true middle ground? As a big fan of what’s come before and what (hopefully) lies ahead in this series, the idea of “IvX” having a disrupting effect has me quite anxious.
Bunn: I hope the “IvX” issues will occupy a true middle ground. Yes, the events of “IvX” play a huge role in the issues, but I’m using each issue to highlight, elevate, and resolve some of the stuff I’ve been building up to all along. These are not issues that must be read to follow the main event, although I feel like they add some interesting depth to the main series. Likewise, I think you could follow these books (for the most part) without reading “IvX.” The next few issues focus on Fantomex, Sabretooth and Monet, Xorn and Archangel, and Magneto and Psylocke respectively.
Will the Uncanny X-Men remain whole leading into ResurrXion? Will we see a shift in the roster, or worse yet, a complete disband of the team?
Bunn: Sadly, I can say nothing about this, Dylan. I can’t tell you if the book will continue, if the team will exist, or if I’ll be writing an X-book at all. I bet more information on this will be revealed soon.