Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #8 Spoilers

Spoilers: When Proteus is set free, Rogue and Mystique are suspicious of X, but Psylocke asks them to stop arguing and deal with Proteus first. Elsewhere, Proteus is hungry and ready to feed on a family of civilians, but Bishop shoots at him and saves the family. X contacts Bishop and orders him to stop shooting because he’s just feeding Proteus and making him stronger instead. Proteus grabs Bishop’s gun and shoots at himself, becoming larger and stronger.

Back to the X-Men, Logan, Gambit and Archangel reunite with the rest. Rogue and Gambit hold each other, and Warren assures Betsy he’s in control even as Archangel. Logan is suspicious of X as well. X explains to the boys that he’s Xavier using Fantomex’s body. Logan knows Proteus is vulnerable to metal and wants to face him with Archangel. X wants to reason with him first and asks for Psylocke’s help to enter Proteus’ mind together.

Proteus feels his mind being forced into and allows X and Psylocke to enter his mental landscape. X and Betsy find themselves near a beautiful castle where they are welcomed by the young Kevin McTaggert. Kevin believes atonement and change are possible and remembers he was only ten years old at the time Colossus killed him back at Muir Island. He came back a few times after that, but the X-Men were always there to kill him just because he dared to see the world after ten years imprisoned by his own mother. When the Shadow King grabbed ahold of his psyche, he spent ten thousand years on the Astral Plane reflecting on what he had done to all the poor people he had possessed back then.

Kevin shows Betsy a image of her original body dressed in the pink uniform and asks her if she is still the same person she was when she started her journey. Psylocke says no. Kevin argues that just because he did something bad in the past, the X-Men want to kill him again. Proteus says if they leave him alone, he will leave them alone as well. X doesn’t want to risk, and attacks Kevin instead. In retaliation, Proteus merges the physical bodies of X and Psylocke and sends them back to London.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Astonishing X-Men #8 Preview

Astonishing X-Men #8
Writer: Charles Soule
Art by: Paulo Siqueira
Cover by: Mike Deodato Jr.

The Story: A Man Called X Part 2
• One of the most terrifying adversaries the X-Men have ever faced has returned.
• Charles Xavier may have made the greatest mistake of his life.
• Still reeling from their narrow escape from the Shadow King and the loss of a crucial ally, how will the mutant heroes face an enemy with the power to remake the world?

In Stores: February 21, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day – Celebrating With Psylocke!

To celebrate Valentine's Day, let's take a look back at Psylocke’s most significant romantic relationships from the very beginning until now. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Godfrey Calthrop
Status: Childhood crush
Issues: Uncanny X-Men v1 #473
When Betsy was a schoolgirl, the voice of Godfrey Calthrop made her swoon. He was one of Jamie Braddock's friends.

Tom Lennox
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Daredevis v1 #3 → Mighty World of Marvel v2 #9
Lennox worked for S.T.R.I.K.E. Psi Division, where he met Betsy and became her lover. When superbeings in Britain where rounded up in concentration camps, the pair went into hiding. They were telepathically linked when Tom was killed, which left Betsy traumatized for months.

Agent Gabriel/Matthew
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Captain Britain v2 #13 → Captain Britain v2 #14
Agent Gabriel worked with the R.C.X. and helped Betsy during her tenure as Captain Britain. The pair took a vacation to Switzerland, where Betsy was kidnapped by Mojo, virtually ending their relationship. They haven't interacted on panel ever since.

Cypher/Doug Ramsey
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: New Mutants Annual #2 → Uncanny X-Men Annual #10
Doug and Warlock merged in order to rescue Psylocke and free her mind from Mojo and Spiral's control. Afterwards, he developed a crush on her. Betsy felt the same way, but nothing ever came of it. They haven't interacted on panel ever since Doug was brought back to life.

Matsu'o Tsurayaba
Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Uncanny X-Men v1 #255 → Uncanny X-Men v1 #258
Matsu'o brainwashed Psylocke into becoming the assassin Lady Mandarin with the help of Spiral and the Hand. It was implied that both enjoyed a brief relationship that lasted until Wolverine rescued Betsy. Years later, Psylocke killed Matsu'o.

Human Torch/Johnny Storm
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: Fantastic Four v1 #369
When several heroes teamed up in Galactus' ship, Johnny Storm thought of Betsy as a living doll and considered flirting with her, but he backed off due to the recent death of his wife. Betsy overheard his thoughts and was disappointed he didn't take a shot.

Cyclops/Scott Summers
Status: Flirtation by both parties
Issues: X-Men v2 #8 → X-Men v2 #20
After Betsy was assigned to the Blue Team led by Cyclops, she started flirting with him. Scott seemed to respond, which caused problems between him and Jean Grey. After Betsy and Scott kissed, he decided to take a leave of absence. Psylocke later apologized to Jean and blamed Kwannon's influence on her.

Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Battletide v1 #4 / X-Men: To Serve & Protect v1 #4
Hercules and Psylocke teamed up with other heroes to defeat the entity known as Battletide. Betsy initially dismissed his advances, but it was later revealed that they had slept together. Years later, when they met again, Psylocke was upset Hercules didn't remember their time together.

Gambit/Remy LeBeau
Status: Flirtation on Gambit's part
Issues: X-Men Annual #2 / X-Treme X-Men v1 #4
During one mission, Gambit flirted with both Psylocke and Revanche, saying it was a naughty boy's dream come true working with them. Betsy thought he was obnoxiously incorrigible. Years later, Gambit revealed to Vargas that Betsy kissed better than she fought.

Angel/Warren Worthington
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: X-Men v2 #29 → X-Men v2 #109
Betsy and Warren soon became closer and realized they had much in common. After the Crimson Dawn touched Betsy, she became cold and their relationship never fully recovered, even though the pair took a leave of absence to work things out. Warren broke up with Betsy after he noticed her growing interest in Neal Shaara.

Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Psylocke and Archangel: Crimson Dawn #3 → Psylocke and Archangel: Crimson Dawn #4
Kuragari, the Proctor of the Dawn, brainwashed Psylocke and transformed her into his Shadow Queen. In order to free Betsy, Warren sacrificed a piece of his own life force to replace what had been given, and the couple was reunited.

Thunderbird III/Neal Shaara
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: X-Men Annual 2000 → X-Treme X-Men v1 #2
Despite being in a relationship with Warren, Betsy wasn't ashamed of flirting with her new teammate Neal Shaara. Warren broke up their relationship as a result. Betsy and Neal were involved until her death at the hands of Vargas. They haven't interacted so far since she was resurrected.

Sabretooth/Victor Creed (Earth-295)
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Exiles v1 #100 → X-Men: Sword of the Braddocks #1
As a member of the Exiles, Betsy met a very different version of Sabretooth. They found themselves attracted to each other and pursued a relationship, which ended when Betsy returned to Earth-616. Months later, Betsy and Creed crossed paths again, and appeared to be on good terms.

Archangel/Warren Worthington III
Status: Serious relationship
Issues: Wolverine: Road To Hell #1 → Uncanny X-Force v1 #18
Once Betsy returned to Earth-616, she and Warren rekindled their relationship. Betsy thought the last time she was truly happy was with him. When the Apocalypse seed corrupted Warren, Betsy was forced to kill him. Most recently, Warren resurfaced, and both seem to be on good terms.

Iceman/Bobby Drake
Status: Brief relationship (mind control)
Issues: Age of X: Alpha #1 → X-Men: Legacy v1 #248
When Legion's reality warp transformed Earth-616 into the Age of X. All mutants spent seven days under mind control taking on new personas. Psylocke was in a relationship with Iceman. When reality was restored, Betsy was reunited with Warren and Bobby chose to have his memories from the Age of X erased.

Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v1 #1 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
Fantomex couldn't stop flirting with Betsy. After Warren's death, they took off to Paris, indulging in a life of thieving and sex. He proved to be her biggest mistake and betrayed her. They couldn't stand each other anymore. Most recently, Betsy bid him goodbye as his mind was trapped in the Astral Plane.

Lady Fantomex/Cluster
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v2 #7 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
When Fantomex' brains were separated, the one Betsy loved was placed into a female body. Betsy soon realized she loved Cluster instead of Fantomex and pursued a relationship with her. It ended when she found out Cluster and Fantomex were having an affair behind her back.

Dark Fantomex/Weapon XIII
Status: Flirtation on Dark Fantomex's part
Issues: Uncanny X-Force v2 #7 → Uncanny X-Force v2 #9
One of Fantomex's brains was the part of him that was evil, a man now known as Weapon XIII. Unlike the other two - Fantomex and Cluster, Betsy didn't reciprocate his feelings. Weapon XIII ultimately kidnapped Betsy and tried to convince her to stay by his side, but she declined.

Virtual Janissary
Status: Brief virtual relationship
Issues: X-Men v4 #4 → X-Men v4 #15
After Warren's death and the whole Fantomex fiasco, Psylocke created a boyfriend for herself in the Danger Room. He was a quartermaster, sort of a janissary type. When Hellion and other students invaded Betsy's Danger Room program, she was forced to kill her boyfriend to save them.

Cable/Nathan Summers
Status: Brief relationship
Issues: X-Force v4 #10 → X-Force v4 #15
Betsy and Cable were both members of X-Force. He was infected with a virus and forced to clone himself every day. For Betsy, it was a perfect arrangement, keeping a sexual relationship with the clones without getting attached. It's not known how they feel about each other after Nathan was healed.

In addition to the relationships above, less serious flirtations have occurred:
• Betsy has kissed teammates Havok/Alex Summers, Logan/Wolverine and Morph/Kevin Sidney (Earth-1081), but not for romantic reasons.
Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Beast/Hank McCoy, Cannonball/Sam Guthrie and Pete Wisdom have all flirted with Betsy at some point.
Mystiq/Raphael-Raven Darkholme (Earth-797) liked Betsy, but never admitted his feelings.
War/Decimus Furius was misdirected by Fantomex into thinking he was in love with Betsy.
Hawkeye/Clint Barton had erotic dreams about Psylocke.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The 'Hunt For Wolverine' Expands Into Four Epic Tales This May!

New York, NY–February 13, 2018 – Wolverine has been trekking across the Marvel Universe, from the pages of 2017’s best-selling comic Marvel Legacy #1 to the current glimpses of Logan in the Where’s Wolverine pages featured in select Marvel comics…but is that really the Logan we all know and love?

This May, the story that kicked off in April’s The Hunt For Wolverine #1 continues as intrigue, mystery, romance, and action collide in an epic so big, it will take four different series to tell the tale! Featuring thrills and chills for all X-Men fans as Wolverine’s past comes back to haunt all our merry mutants, each unique story harkens back to their old school adventures – changing some characters in ways that will shock readers.

Orchestrated by Hunt For Wolverine and Death of Wolverine writer Charles Soule, a star-studded cast of talent have teamed up to unravel Wolverine’s secrets. Avengers No Surrender writer Jim Zub, She-Hulk writer Mariko Tamaki, All-New Wolverine writer Tom Taylor, The Amazing Spider-Man artist Matteo Buffagni, X-Men Blue artist R.B. Silva, Black Panther and the Crew artist Butch Guice, and Spider-Man/Deadpool artist Chris Bachalo will join forces for four series that form one interlocking epic adventure, each one containing its own distinct genre and mystery: Weapon Lost (noir/detective), Adamantium Agenda (action/adventure), Claws Of A Killer (horror) and Mystery in Madripoor (dark romance.)

“I’ve been holding my tongue, just waiting to announce this project and team of ultra-talented creators,” said series editor Mark Paniccia. “While these stories all reveal clues to the larger mystery behind Wolverine’s return, the writers all have some pretty huge moments planned that will have X-Men fans talking and debating for some time to come.”

Featuring classic Marvel characters from Daredevil to Kitty Pryde to Spider-Man to Iron Man, major Marvel heroes will become part of Wolverine’s mystery as they try to track down Logan and figure out his secrets. But with answers come more questions…and with reveals come even more mysteries. Every clue leads to another twisting road and each story will provide fans with another tantalizing piece of the puzzle that will lead readers closer to finding out the real truth!

And it will all come together to set the stage for the most shocking and daring Wolverine story to date along with a spectacular return!

His return was just the beginning – the opening chapter of a story that will touch all corners and all characters of the Marvel Universe. Dive into all the excitement in the Hunt For Wolverine one-shot this April, and then be sure to follow all of the action with Weapon Lost, Adamantium Agenda, Claws of a Killer and Mystery in Madripoor, available in comic shops starting in May!

Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor (#1-4)
Written by: Jim Zub
Art by: Chris Bachalo
Cover by: Greg Land

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

X-Solicits for April 2018

Astonishing X-Men #10
Charles Soule (W) • ACO (A/C)
A Man Called X Part 4
Evil doesn’t always know it’s evil. Proteus has a wonderful gift for the world – all he needs is a little time for the finishing touches. The X-Men race north to stop him and choose their field commander for the battle to come. It’s the mutants unleashed at last, fighting Proteus’ army for the fate of the planet. Evil doesn’t always know it’s evil.

X-Men Red #3
Tom Taylor (W) • Mahmud Asrar (A)
Cover by: Travis Charest
Headshot Variant Cover by: Travis Charest
Young Guns Variant Cover by: Javier Garron
Venom 30th Variant Cover by: TBA
The Hate Machine Part 3
• Welcome to The X-Men, Trinary, Hope You Survive The Experience!
• The battle rages in India, and the newest X-Men member may be the key to the team’s survival.
• Gambit is caught up the intensifying global frenzy of mutant hate.
• Plus: Could one of Jean Grey’s oldest friends turn foe?

X-Men Blue #25
Cullen Bunn (W) • Jorge Molina (A/C)
Venom 30th Variant Cover by: TBA
Cry Havok Part 3
• Magneto comes face-to-face with Havok, with the fate of mutantkind hanging in the balance.
• Emma Frost, Miss Sinister and Bastion have formed an unholy alliance, and now is the time for them to unleash Project: Mothervine!
• With the Original Five lost in space, a New Team of X-Men must rise to take their place!

X-Men Blue #26
Cullen Bunn (W) • R.B. Silva (A)
Cover by: Mike Choi
Cry Havok Part 4
• Project: Mothervine has been unleashed, and new mutants are emerging all over the world!
• Even though these new mutants cannot control their powers, Miss Sinister can!
• A new team of X-Men stand against the White Queen, Havok, Bastion and Miss Sinister!

X-Men Gold #25
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Paulo Siqueira (A)
Cover by: Ryan Stegman
Venom 30th Variant Cover by: TBA
Cruel and Unusual Part 3
• Scythian has come to Earth to take vengeance on the X-Men!
• But how can the X-Men save the Earth from a vengeful god while they’re stuck in prison?
• Guest-starring a whole lot of other super heroes!

X-Men Gold #26
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Diego Bernard & Paul Renaud (A)
Cover by: David Yardin
Cruel and Unusual Part 4
• The Countdown to The Mutant Wedding of the Century!
It all begins here! But Who is tying the knot? And can I bring a plus-one?
• Also: The X-Men in their final confrontation with an old foe, a fight that ends up costing Rachel everything.
• Plus… The evil alliance you never expected.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Charles Soule Twitter Q&A

Q: Is Psylocke still gonna play a major role in Astonishing X-Men going forward?
Charles Soule: Yes.

Q: Is Astonishing X-Men still ending in issue #12?
Soule: My part is - beyond that?

Q: Is X back for good?
Soule: Wait and see.

Q: Any plans and/or storylines heavily featuring Archangel in the pipeline?
Soule: He's in Astonishing!

Q: Which X-Man was the easiest to write for in Astonishing X-Men and why?
Soule: Old Man Logan. I like writing old people.