Thursday, May 21, 2015

#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #239

#tbt: Uncanny X-Men Annual #238 – Psylocke, Rogue and Colossus are having a mock battle to keep up their training, but things get nasty between Rogue and Psylocke, who knocks Rogue out, bringing the Carol Danvers persona to the front. Written by Chris Claremont and art by Marc Silvestri. Read full summary here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Psylocke Confirmed To Have Purple Hair In X-Men: Apocalypse X-Men: Apocalypse hair designer Felix Lariviere has confirmed, via Twitter, that Psylocke will have purple hair in X-Men: Apocalypse.

In the comics, Psylocke is a British woman and natural blonde. She dyed her hair purple during her early pursuit of a modelling career. Even after Betsy was forced to body swap with the Asian assassin Revanche, she continues to be drawn with purplish hair (black with a purple shine, at its subtlest).

Olivia Munn will play Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse. I’m sure fans will be eager to see the results of her purple dye job.

X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

Monday, May 18, 2015

X-Solicits for August 2015

X-Men ’92 #3
Writer: Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Art by: Scott Koblish
Cover by: Pepe Larraz
Manga Artist Variant Cover by: TBA
• When the X-Men are in trouble who can Westchester depend on?
• How about X-Force ’92?
• Cable, Deadpool, Domino, Psylocke, Archangel and Bishop enter the fray!

Secret Wars Journal #4 (of 5)
Writer: Mike Benson & Sina Grace
Art by: Laura Braga & Victor Ibanez
Cover by: Stephen Thompson
 No one goes AWOL from the SHIELD without the Punisher's punishment! MIKE BENSON & LAURA BRAGA chronicle Frank's first patrol with new partner Iron Fist-but something sinister lurking beneath the surface may just make it their last!
 And hiding amongst the humans of DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Psylocke finally decides it's time to make her move and liberate her fellow mutants! But can one psychic ninja hope to take on an endless army of Sentinels?  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

X-Force Film Supplanted by X-Men: Apocalypse?

After FOX announced “The New Mutants”, a spin-off film to be directed and co-written by Josh Boone, Robert Liefeld took to Twitter to shed some light on the long-time rumored “X-Force” film.

According to Liefeld, the film adaption of “X-Force”, written by Jeff Wadlow, shared too many elements with “X-Men: Apocalypse”, including the title villain himself.

Liefeld went on to add that both “X-Force” and “X-Men: Apocalypse” couldn’t both exist. It is still up in the air whether “X-Force” will be rewritten.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Secret Wars #2 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Dr. Doom rules over Battleworld while its many territories are governed by local Barons under Doom's law. The nation Higher Avalon is ruled by Baron James Braddock from the House Braddock, consisted of Brian, Meggan and Betsy. Both Baron James Braddock of Higher Avalon and Baron Sinister of Bar Sinister are brought before Dr. Doom. The House Braddock accuses Baron Sinister of discord and allying himself with Baron Hyperion of Utopolis in opposition to Higher Avalon. Sinister chooses to settle the dispute in the arena, but against Brian Braddock instead of James. Sinister almost kills Brian, whose life is spared by Dr. Doom himself. Doom tells him that Higher Avalon sits below the Kingdom of Manhattan, whose Silent Chambers is used by heretics to cast Doom from his throne, and demands to know where it is located. Brian says he knows nothing about it, but James intervenes and admits his acknowledgment of the place. Dr. Doom makes Brian the new Baron of Higher Avalon and sentences James Braddock to the Shield, the last line of defense against the hordes to the south of Battleworld. Zombie armies, Ultron robots primed only for death, and the Annihilation Wave.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Secret Wars #1 Spoilers

Spoilers: The final incursion takes place. The Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe collide. Cyclops hatches the Phoenix Egg and becomes the Phoenix himself. Everything and everyone dies, except Cyclops, Mr. Fantastic, Black Panther, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Thor (female), and Star-Lord.

For all intents and purposes, Elizabeth Braddock (Earth 616) is now dead.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

X-Men #26 Art

X-Men #26 Spoilers

Spoilers: Rachel, Pylocke and Monet manage to reach the surface, where they reunite with Storm. The rock monster wakes up and heads to the emergency response center. Gambit stops it from injuring the civilians nearby. Rachel tries to reason with the rock monster telepathically, but fails. Jubilee arrives aboard the X-jet in time to catch Rachel from falling. Psylocke uses her telekinesis to bring the X-jet to the ground safely. While Rachel links herself with the rock giant’s consciousness, Monet goes through it and Storm summons lightning to destroy it once and for all. Jubilee brings one piece of rock back to the school. Back at the school, Beast deduces Krakoa was sick because it was created in the same manner as the rock giant. Storm tells Jubilee she saw Wolverine down the caves and hugs her. Afterwards, Jubilee brings the piece of rock to Krakoa as a gift – an imprint of memory, life after death.

*This is the last issue featuring Earth 616 Psylocke for the time being.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Masters of Kung Fu & More Before you pack your bags to tag along to Battleworld, review this list of some of the deadliest, most skilled fighters in the Marvel Universe to help you hone your body and mind for combat.

Once a psychic with very little by way of martial arts skills, Elisabeth Braddock survived being kidnapped, brainwashed, and trained by the Hand, to re-emerge as formidable physical force. Although talented with swords and open-handed, Braddock’s most dangerous hand-to-hand ability remains the merger of her two abilities giving rise to a psychic knife that she wields without peer.

Friday, April 24, 2015

X-Men #26 Preview

X-Men #26
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Roland Boschi
Cover by: Terry Dodson

The Story:
Investigating mysterious natural phenomena in the Blackrock Desert, the X-Men have discovered something monstrous that has ties to their own past. Reliving history, can the X-Men find a way to win the day this time around or are they doomed to make the same painful mistakes?

In Stores: April 29, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #324

#tbt: Uncanny X-Men Annual #324 – Psylocke takes a clandestine tour through Gambit’s mind, but Remy spots her and warns her to keep out. He doesn’t want his secrets revealed just yet. Written by Scott Lobdell and art by Roger Cruz. Read full summary here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

X-Men: Apocalypse: Is Olivia Munn Teasing Her Psylocke Costume? It was one of the biggest casting announcements yet for Brian Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Olivia Munn as Betsy “Psylocke” Braddock, and it looks like The Newsroom actress might be teasing fans on her own.

Following the announcement, Munn posted the below photo on her Instagram account earlier tonight that seemingly flew under the radar.

It looks like Olivia might be having some fun with her fans by acknowledging the announcement but who knows if this kind of spandex is what we’ll see in the movie.

The film is due in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

X-Position: G. Willow Wilson Illuminates "The Burning World" in "X-Men"

CBR: With "X-Men" #26 scheduled for release on April 29, G. Willow Wilson returns to X-POSITION to answer your questions on her problems with Psylocke's body-switching, the X-Men franchise's track record of depicting female superheroes, who she'd like to write in a solo series and what Dazzler will bring to "A-Force," set to debut in May and co-written by Wilson and Marguerite Bennett.

You've expressed in social media your desire to put Psylocke back in her original body. I've always felt uncomfortable watching a white woman wearing an Asian body and I'm glad a writer acknowledges it. Can you share your opinions on it and why do you feel it is important minority characters are represented accurately?

I think it's important to acknowledge that people's experiences are not interchangeable, especially when it comes to race and ethnicity. If you're going to drop a white character into an Asian body, I think it behooves you to explore how that character's life would change -- how she would be treated socially, how she would deal with microaggression, how this might alter her perceptions about the world. If you take a story in that direction, you've gotta do the work. Otherwise it's just tokenism. However, since I'm just here for four issues, I didn't feel I had the space or the prerogative to move things around significantly, so I didn't really touch on the Psylocke race issue. If I was the ongoing series writer, however, I would seriously consider making a change.

Now that your run on "X-Men" is coming to an end, why do you think the X-Men's female characters stand out in comic books as opposed to female characters in other franchises who just end up being female derivatives of their male counterparts?

The X Men have always led the field when it comes to the depiction of female superheroes. Maybe because it's a book about dealing with difference, and also breaking down difference -- the characters are united because they are all mutants in a world that hates them, but as individuals, they are profoundly different. That's fertile ground for great character work. Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Rachel Grey -- they've all historically had both very close friendships and very believable tension. I think that's why they resonate with so many people in a way that spin-off characters might not.

Was it difficult to write Psylocke, Rachel, and Monet due to their similar power sets? Was it a personal decision to show how different telepathy and telekinesis is based upon the user?

Yes, it was difficult. I really struggled with ways to make them all remain distinctive, power-wise. In the end, though, those similarities are going to help them out significantly -- I won't say how!

Herb Trimpe Passes Away at Age 75

CBR: Herb Trimpe, a prolific veteran comic book artist whose illustration credits include the first appearance of Marvel's massively popular Wolverine, has passed away at age 75 as first reported by a Facebook post from a family member.

Trimpe is survived by his wife, Patricia, and four children.

With a career that spanned more than 45 years, Trimpe worked on a wide variety of the comic industry's most recognizable characters, notably an era-defining seven-year run on "The Incredible Hulk" in the 1970s. That run included "The Incredible Hulk" #181, which marked the debut of Wolverine; plus the first appearances of Hulk supporting characters including Jim Wilson and Doc Samson, both of whom Trimpe co-created with writer Roy Thomas.

Trimpe's other Marvel credits include the first issues of "G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero," one of the most successful and long-running licensed comics, along with spinoff "G.I. Joe Special Missions." His Marvel work dates back to Silver Age westerns like "The Rawhide Kid," and includes stints on "Godzilla," "The Defenders," "Iron Man" and "Marvel Team-Up." With Chris Claremont, he co-created both Captain Britain and the character's sister, X-Men mainstay Psylocke.

In lieu of flowers, Trimpe's family has asked for donations to be made to the Hero Initiative, which provides financial support to comics creators in need, or the Kerhonkson Accord First Aid Squad.