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Tag: X-Factor

Mutant Watch: I Can’t Wait For These Comics!

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The Scarlet Witch is one of my favorite Marvel Super-Heroes and I am so excited about her return being written by the creator of the Young Avengers Allan Heinberg and drawn by Jim Cheung!  I am in a highly excited state of anticipation for this story!
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Wolfsbane returns to X-Factor! There’s gonna be drama! ‘Nuff said!
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Wolverine must complete a task set forth in Nightcrawler’s will.   I am curious at to what it might be.  Ought to be interesting (RIP Kurt).
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Uh oh. Are Emma and Namor gonna get together? It is a fascinating prospect and could shake up the X-Men leadership status quo.
Milo Manara's X-Women
Words cannot express how amped I am to read Milo Manara‘s adaptation of a Chris Claremont script featuring the women of the X.
NEW MUTANTS #15
I am loving the New Mutants title and am excited about what’s next on the horizon for Xavier’s gifted youngsters.  Part nostalgia for sure, but also very fresh and current in relation to what’s going on in the X-titles.  The X-Men are in it deep these days and the New Mutants are front and center.  Good stuff.
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The junior X-Men get their own Forever title! I am so excited about Selene being featured in this title! She’s my favorite Hellfire Club member and one of my favorite Marvel baddies! I look forward to her leadership of the New Mutants!  This cover by Bill Sienkiewicz is amazing!
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Another cover variant of New Mutants Forever #1 (by Al Rio).

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What’s this? Spider-Man is not a mutant! So true, but I couldn’t pass up sharing this amazing cover from Amazing Spider-Man #641 with you, dear reader!  What an inventive use of color and negative space!

Stormwatch: X-Titles Solicitations for Marvel Comics, October 2009

118_X_BABIES_1CAN NOT WAIT!

Seriously, I think this is amazing.  Dynamic, expressive, fun, kinetic, cute, I could go on and on….thanks to Comic Book Resources for October’s Advance X-Solicitations for this gem.   This cover is by Skottie Young and it’s so fabulous I wish he were doing the interiors, but I will most definitely give Jacob Chabot a chance to win me over as well!

108_UNCANNY_X_MEN__FIRST_CLI have been meaning to blog about this new title, but it keeps slipping my mind.  I like it okay enough so far.  It’s weird for me to read retro stories that fit in between the classics, but this is the only comic in which you can read about Banshee and Phoenix, so I will be following it slavishly.  Cover by Roger Cruz.

119_X_FACTOR_50Really looking forward to celebrating X-Factor’s fiftieth issue!  Look at this yummy cover art by David Yardin!  This is the most motley group of mutants in the titles these days, but I love the disparity of powers and personalities at work here.  And despite what Rob Liefeld may feel, it looks like Shatterstar will be continuing his relationship with Rictor.  Many thanks to scribe Peter David!

Also shipping in October is Astonishing X-Men #31 which brings superstar artist Phil Jimenez on board with writer Warren Ellis for a six issue arc!

Storm Sunday: The Fall of the Mutants

wmutantmassIn 1987 Marvel had their X-titles (at the time this was Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants and X-Factor;  yeah, only three!  Hard to imagine in this day and age of franchises and properties) share a “Fall of the Mutants” banner (The above image was the advertisment for the event and drawn by Alan Davis).  The three titles didn’t actually crossover with each other, but they all shared a common thematic intention of shaking the individual teams up a bit and had their own separate storylines.

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Uncanny X-Men finally saw Storm finding resolution for her power loss (You read Lifedeath like I recommended, right?) and creating the team I am most fond of in X-Men history that would be known later as The Outback X-Men (consisting of Storm, Dazzler, Psylocke, Rogue, Longshot, Havok, Colossus, Wolverine and tagalong Madelyne Pryor).  X-Men fans were also treated to amazing artwork by superstar Marc Silvestri.  A fun adventure in fashion sees Storm regaining her powers while sporting a Native American ensemble with her ex, the newly buff and shamanic spell-casting inventor Forge (as you can see in the image above).  Forge finds his past has caught up with him and the X-Men pay the price with their lives (well, sorta kinda).  The pointed eared lady is Roma and she bends magic rules to help out our favorite mutants.  

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New Mutants broke my heart as one of my favorite characters died saving the life of a character for whom I’ve never had any sort of affinity.  Not to mention that it featured some of the worst characters in New Mutants history (The Right, Ani-mator, Bird Brain) in a The Island of Dr. Moreau storyline rip-off.  I also found Bret Blevins‘ artwork too cartoonish for the themes and violence depicted in this particular storyline.  However, as you can see from the above image, Blevins’ version of Magik is pretty sweet, somehow looking cute and formidable at the same time.    

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X-Factor brought a character back from the dead in an incarnation that is still recurring in the pages of the X-titles today (check out recent issues of X-Force).  This was really hard for me as a reader back then because I shed some real tears after reading issue #15 in which said character died as a result of injuries from the Mutant Massacre crossover.  This character is also one of my top five favorite characters ever and a part of me wishes he had really died than be brought back as he was.  The villain of this storyline is not one of my favorites (not even close) but his longevity has endured somehow and he pops up every now and then in spite of his repeated failures.  Survival of the fittest?  Kinda questionable if you ask me.  At least this comic had Walt Simonson‘s artwork going for it (as seen above)!    

uncanny2251Cover art by Marc Silvestri.  One of the characters on the right does something dastardly to a character on the left involving a face mask, some magick and a knife.  You gotta see it!  Go read “Fall of the Mutants” now!

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