Tuesday, January 17, 2017

X-Position: Cullen Bunn Promises Major Characters Returns in X-Men Blue

CBR: This week in X-POSITION, “Uncanny X-Men” and “Deadpool and the Mercs for Money” writer Cullen Bunn joins us and answers all of your questions about everything from the upcoming “X-Men Blue” series and the next issues of “Uncanny X-Men.”

Your “UXM” run has been building toward the inevitable confrontation between Psylocke and Magneto. Will the results of that showdown explain why Magneto seems to be back in the X-Men’s sphere of influence [in “X-Men Blue”] while Betsy appears to be missing?

Bunn: There is a big showdown coming up, that’s for sure. The results of that fight will at least help to set up Magneto’s role in “X-Men Blue. As for Psylocke, if she’s throwing down with Magneto, that could very well explain why you haven’t seen much of her in previews of future storylines.

Most Psylocke fans view you as being in the top three Betsy writers, alongside [Chris] Claremont and [Rick] Remender. Did you do everything he wanted to do with her, or would he like another shot at her sometime? ResurrXion Phase 2, perhaps?

Bunn: No, I didn’t get to do everything I wanted with the character. I had a big Otherworld story in mind and I had dreams of seeing Psylocke take on the mantle of Captain Britain. Who knows? Maybe one day! No matter how many issues I wrote, I would have always wanted to do more. I love the character, and would happily return to her world sometime.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

IvX #2 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Medusa and Johnny Storm prepare for the mutant attack. Medusa gets into her warrior queen outfit. Storm urges the X-Men to have restraint and not hurt civilians. The X-Men fight the Inhumans, including Psylocke attacking Nur. Magik teleports many Inhumans to Limbo. Teen Beast breaks into Old Beast's lab but is interrupted by Medusa. Medusa attacks Teen Beast and slams him, but Nightcrawler teleports in and takes her out. Storm tells Teen Beast to go into Old Beast's comp. Iso and Inferno are on a mission to escape, but Sabretooth stops them. Iso and Inferno know his file and feel they're no match for Sabretooth. Johnny Storm attacks Sabretooth and sets him on fire, Sabretooth attacks Johnny Storm and he is sent to Limbo. Medusa, Johnny, Crystal and more Inhumans are seen locked up in Limbo. Iso and Inferno escape, and Storm sends Teen Angel and Laura after them. Laura crashes their getaway plane and they all fall. Iso and Inferno find an Inhuman teleporter and he gets them away before Laura attacks. Iso and Inferno are now in some jungle and they make a comment that they're glad they got away from Wolverine. Old Man Logan surprises them...

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Psylocke • 2016

Retrospective 2016: Psylocke. Here's everything that happened to Psylocke in 2016 -- Talk about your favorite stories, favorite writers, favorite artists, favorite quotes, etc. In 2016, Psylocke joined Magneto's branch of X-Men in his endeavors to save mutantkind against the Inhumans' toxic mist. Here's our little recap to refresh your memory!

JANUARY

Uncanny X-Men #1
• Survival of the Fittest, Chapter 1
Psylocke joins Magneto's X-Men as the team investigates a shady company taking advantage of mutants afraid of the Terrigen Mist.
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #2
• X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, Chapter 2
Bailey Hoskins catches Psylocke and other X-Men training in the Danger Room.
Uncanny X-Men #2
• Survival of the Fittest, Chapter 2
Magneto's team finds out the Dark Riders are targeting healers, so Psylocke sends Monet and Sabretooth to protect Elixir.

FEBRUARY
Uncanny X-Men #3
• Survival of the Fittest, Chapter 3
Psylocke and Magneto protect Triage against the Dark Riders, and Betsy probes their minds, finding out where they are based.

MARCH

Uncanny X-Men #4
• Survival of the Fittest, Chapter 4
Psylocke heads to Egypt in order to ambush the Riders at their base, but ends up trapped in a pyramid herself while the Riders teleport to Genosha.
Uncanny X-Men #5
• Survival of the Fittest, Chapter 5
Psylocke and her team defeat the Dark Riders by detonating Genosha. Betsy later declines Storm's offer to join her team in Limbo.
X-Men '92 #1
• The World is a Vampire, Chapter 1
[ALTERNATE] Psylocke has joined the X-Men and witnesses Maverick warning them about a new thread: Alpha Red.


APRIL
Uncanny X-Men #6
Apocalypse Wars, Chapter 1
After probing Archangel's mind, Psylocke picks up something related to a small town, where later she finds out New Angel preaching to mindless townspeople.
X-Men '92 #2
• The World is a Vampire, Chapter 2
[ALTERNATE] Psylocke is reluctant to buy Maverick's story, but after mutants are turned into vampires, she heads to Transylvania with the X-Men to meet Dracula.

MAY
Uncanny X-Men #7
Apocalypse Wars, Chapter 2
Psylocke and Magneto follow Warren to a Clan Akkaba hideout where they end up facing Genocide, son of Apocalypse.
X-Men '92 #3
• The World is a Vampire, Chapter 3
[ALTERNATE] Storm, Psylocke, Bishop and Dracula find the School completely destroyed as Alpha Red reveals that his vampires cannot be harmed by the sunlight anymore.

JUNE
X-Men '92 #4
• The World is a Vampire, Chapter 4
[ALTERNATE] Storm unleashes Bishop and Psylocke against Alpha Red’s army of mutant-vampires.
Uncanny X-Men #8
Apocalypse Wars, Chapter 3
Psylocke defeats Fantomex at the Akkaba Hidden City, where she finds out an army of Archangel drones.
Civil War II: X-Men #1
• Civil War II: X-Men, Chapter 1
Psylocke reads Storm’s team’s minds and finds out that a new Inhuman called Ulysses has the power to profile the future and is being used to prevent tragedies around the world.
Uncanny X-Men #9
• Apocalypse Wars, Chapter 4
Psylocke is being pursued by Archangel drones and is hit with their toxic feathers, but summons her own Archangel to help her.

JULY
Civil War II: X-Men #2
• Civil War II: X-Men, Chapter 2
Psylocke disagrees with Magneto's handling of the Ulysses situation and decides to leave his team.
Uncanny X-Men #10
Apocalypse Wars, Chapter 5
Psylocke helps Warren merge with Archangel once again and tells Magneto off for employing Fantomex and Mystique on the down low.

AUGUST
Uncanny X-Men #11
• Waking From the Dream, Chapter 1
Psylocke attends a party at the Hellfire Club NY branch, where she finds out Magneto and Monet have joined their Inner Circle.
Civil War II: X-Men #3
• Civil War II: X-Men, Chapter 3
Psylocke joins Storm's team as she doesn't believe Ulysses should be sacrificed. Her new team ends up engaging in a fight with Magneto's team.
X-Men '92 #6
• Lilapalooza, Chapter 1
[ALTERNATE] The X-Men are tending to Lila Cheney’s security when they are forcibly teleported to outer space by Fabian Cortez.

SEPTEMBER
Uncanny X-Men #12
• Waking From the Dream, Chapter 2
Psylocke is offered to join the Hellfire Club as The Black Queen, as she finds out a piece of gray matter was used by Someday Enterprises to deliver secret messages.
Uncanny X-Men #13
Waking From the Dream, Chapter 3
While facing weaponized mutants from Someday Enterprises, Psylocke reveals she has felt a psychic presence “buzzing” all around them during battle.
Civil War II: X-Men #4
• Civil War II: X-Men, Chapter 4
Psylocke rejoins Magneto's team and lashes out at him, questioning his approach after his falling out with Medusa, the Inhuman Queen.
X-Men '92 #7
• Lilapalooza, Chapter 2
[ALTERNATE] Psylocke senses The Brood are not really enemies, but allies who are as much mutant as the X-Men.

OCTOBER
Uncanny X-Men #14
• Waking From the Dream, Chapter 4
Psylocke takes off with the X-Men to stop an attack by weaponized mutants. She later cuts ties with Magneto and leaves his team.
X-Men '92 #8
• Lilapalooza, Chapter 3
[ALTERNATE] Psylocke and the X-Men fight the Shi'ar Imperial Guard to protect the Brood.

NOVEMBER
Uncanny X-Men #15
• Waking From the Dream, Chapter 5
Psylocke targets threats against mutantkind on her own, when she comes across Mystique and psychically stabilizes Raven's chaotic mind.
X-Men '92 #9
• Lilapalooza, Chapter 4
[ALTERNATE] After the X-Men manage to return to Earth, Professor Xavier beg them to listen to Apocalypse, who warns about a new threat: Xodus the Forgotten.
IvX #0
• Untitled
Six months ago, Emma Frost enlists the help of Magneto and his team as she has a plan against the Inhumans.

DECEMBER
IvX #1
• Another Last Stand
Different X-Men teams have united and dash towards New Atillan as they have decided to finally attack the Inhumans.
Uncanny X-Men #16
• Inhumans Vs. X-Men Tie-in, Chapter 1
[HALLUCINATION] Jean Grey and the Cuckoos trap Karnak in a never-ending illusion where he faces many X-Men.
X-Men '92 #10
• Lilapalooza, Chapter 10 -- Final Performance
[ALTERNATE] Psylocke witnesses all humans being turned into mutants in order to face a Xodus the Forgotten.

Monday, January 9, 2017

X-Men '92 #10 Art

X-Men '92 #10 Spoilers

Spoilers: In America 2099, Doom 2099 gives the Darkhold to Scott and Jean and send them back to the present. Meanwhile in the present, Apocalypse tries to convince mutants of the impending attack of Xodus the Forgotten. Cable doesn’t buy his words and sends X-Force after Apocalypse. Xavier believes Apocalypse and plead mutants to protect him. Psylocke readily stops Archangel from hurting En Sabah Nur. The X-Men and X-Factor team up to defeat X-Force. With Cable down, Apocalypse explains his plan to activate the x-gene in all humans, turning them into mutants as a way to defeat Xodus. Jean and Scott arrive and share a moment with their son Cable. Dead Girl suggests using the Darkhold to turn every human into mutant the same way they turned every vampire into humans. Professor Xavier sent out a telepathic message to the whole world, inviting humanity to join the mutants to save the world from Xodus. The answer is yes, so Dead Girl casts a spell, with Charles's mental support, to turn homo sapiens into homo superior. It works but at a cost. Professor X is dead. Everyone flies into battle as Xodus arrives to Earth. The book ends as X-Men ’92 is now called Earth X.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

X-Position: The 2016 That Was, The 2017 That Could Be

CBR: This week, X-PO’s readers sound off about their favorite X-Men moments of 2016 and single out the things they are most looking forward to in 2017. Take a look below for some of the responses, and have a happy New Year!

Who should win X-Character of the year and why?

“Definitely Psylocke. Betsy always goes for extreme over comfort zone and that’s one way we could describe her year. While most X-Men chose to run away and hide in Limbo, Psylocke allied herself with the Master of Magnetism himself in a most proactive fashion. She cares for mutantkind and is willing to do anything it takes to save her species, even if it means breaking up with her friends and joining a team full of psychopaths. That’s some commitment right there. Her journey to save Angel and Archangel and the guilt she feels over his situation was bittersweet and made up for some great reading.” – Ben

Friday, December 23, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #16 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: The main cast of “Uncanny X-Men” all take the month off as the teen Jean Grey from “Extraordinary” makes a guest starring turn, along with the Stepford Cuckoos. The issue focuses on the Jean scene from “IvX” #1, focusing on Jean and the Cuckoos’ combined attempt to keep Karnak trapped in his own mind. Things have progressed from what we’ve seen before; Karnak is now running around in a mental prison set up by the telepaths to look like New Attilan. Psylocke doesn't appear in this issue, but is among the X-Men projected into Karkak's mind by the mutant telepaths.

Meanwhile, Fantomex struck a deal with one of Cuckoos, Irma, to allow him access to Karnak’s problem-solving skills. Irma would act as the bridge between Fantomex and Karnak, feeding altered analogues of the real problems Fantomex encounters in the World into Karnak’s vision. Then, as Karnak solves the similar problems in his trance, Fantomex knows what to do in the World. This side mission is of importance to Fantomex because he has been in control of the World for a while now, and members of the nefarious Someday Corporation infiltrated the World and stole parts of its tech. Fantomex uses Karnak’s abilities to make his way to where the Someday Corporation broke in. There, he finds the device they used to hack into the World’s systems — a slug-like device. He then places his psi-shielding plates back in his mask, locking Irma out of his mind. Panicked, Irma tells the others of her secret mission with Fantomex — and they aren’t too pleased. Fantomex continues on his quest, completely moving on from the matters of Inhumans and X-Men. “Let them have their war. I’m done with all that,” he says. Fantomex removed Someday’s influence from the World’s system — and filled the void with his own id, ego and super-ego. Calling it the “God-King Virus,” Fantomex prepares himself for a massive transformation — one that he says will render him unrecognizable. “I will become the world,” he says at the end of the issue, teasing a potentially major shift in who — and what — Fantomex is moving forward.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

X-Solicits for March 2017

Inhumans Vs X-Men #6 (of 6)
Charles Soule & Jeff Lemire (W)
Leinil Francis Yu (A/C)
Variant Cover by: Michael Cho
Variant Cover by: Simone Bianchi
Inhumans Variant Cover by: Ardian Syaf
X-Men Variant Cover by: Terry Dodson
• The war between the Inhumans and the X-Men takes a dark turn leaving Inhumans hopelessly outmatched. Emma Frost, the White Queen, faces off against Medusa, queen of the Inhumans, as both fight for the future of their people. It all ends here. Don’t miss the epic oversized conclusion of INHUMANS VS X-MEN!

Uncanny X-Men #19
Cullen Bunn (W)
Edgar Salazar (A)
Cover by: Ken Lashley
• When she left the ranks of his X-Men team, PSYLOCKE promised that if MAGNETO stepped out of line, she would end him. And now, in light of the events of INHUMANS VS. X-MEN, Psylocke is going to make good on that promise!




X-Men Prime #1
Marc Guggenheim (W)
Ken Lashley (A)
Cover by: Ardian Syaf
Variant Cover by: John Cassaday
Venomized Variant Cover by: Kris Anka
Connecting Variant Cover by: Elizabeth Torque
Variant Cover by: TBA
• Resurrxion Begins Here!
• In the wake of their war with the Inhumans, the X-MEN are at a crossroads. Where do they go from here? Luckily, one beloved X-Men has the answer to that question: Xavier’s dream comes full circle as KITTY PRYDE returns to the X-Men, ready to lead them in their mission to protect a world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of the X-Men’s saga starts here!

Friday, December 16, 2016

ResurrXion: Where Is Psylocke?

After a week full of announcements, X-Men fans now know the scope of what lies ahead for Marvel’s mutants in 2017. A whole new slate of titles will arrive in April 2017 under the ResurrXion banner, including “X-Men Gold,” “X-Men Blue,” “Generation X,” “Weapon X,” “Iceman”, “Jean Grey” and “Cable.” As if that’s not enough, “All-New Wolverine” will continue as it is.

“Uncanny X-Men,” a series starring some of the X-Men’s toughest heroes, has seemingly been hit hard by the ResurrXion revamp. M, Psylocke, Archangel, Mystique and Fantomex are all nowhere to be seen in the initially announced lineup. That’s especially surprising for Psylocke, a character that has maintained a consistently prominent role in the line for the last 10 years. And while the adult Archangel has had his ups and downs over the past few years when it comes to his own sense of self, he’s been a mainstay on X-Teams for even longer than that.

X-Men Gold
Writer: Marc Guggenheim & Artist: Ardian Syaf
Lineup: Kitty Pryde, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey.
Focus on more hopeful storylines and tapping into some of the nostalgia of older titles.

X-Men Blue
Writer: Cullen Bunn & Artist: Jorge Molina
Lineup: Jean Grey, Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Angel, with Magneto
Dealing with the original five being stranded in the present day, but also be aligning with Magneto, one of their greatest former foes.

Generation X
Writer: Christina Strain & Artist: Amilcar Pinna
Lineup: Jubilee, Nature Girl, Eye Boy, Bling, and Quentin Quire
You’re going to see these kids go through all the growing pains of finding their way, finding out who you love, trust, or don’t,

Weapon X
Writer: Greg Pak & Artist: Greg Land
Lineup: Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, Warpath, Lady Deathstrike, and Domino.
As part of Weapon X's bid to extinguish mutants forever, they’ll primarily be going after the mutants they know are going to “fight dirty.”

Jean Grey
Writer: Dennis Hopeless & Artist: Victor Ibanez
Jean’ll get a premonition that the future she feared is actually a lot closer than she thought. The Phoenix is a very real threat.

Iceman
Writer: Sina Grace & Artist: Alessandro Vitti
The book is primarily focused on older Iceman, because it’s really his journey, informed by the younger Iceman’s journey,

Cable
Writer: James Robinson & Artist: Carlos Pacheco
Focus on Cable traveling back and forth through different time periods in order to fix time itself.

All-New Wolverine
Writer: Tom Taylor & Artist: Leonard Kirk
The new story arc is a science fiction story about an alien contagion spreading throughout a US city, which is connected to Wolverine in some way that she doesn’t understand.

Additionaly, "Uncanny Avengers" writer, Gerry Duggan said he had no plans for Psylocke: "I’ve never had the opportunity to write her, but I hope to someday."