Saturday, July 25, 2020

Comic-Con@Home: 'Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing' Panel

Hollywood Reporter: When X of Swords, the storyline stretching through Marvel Entertainment’s entire X-Men comic book franchise, arrives in September, it’ll do more than tie the publishing line together; according to one of the story’s lead writers, it’ll also demonstrate how collaborative the writers of the multiple comics have become.

Talking during the Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing panel streamed Friday as part of Comic-Con at Home, Tini Howard, writer of Excalibur, said that the 24-part storyline was the result of talking to X-Men writer and franchise lead Jonathan Hickman, and realizing that the two were planning similar plot developments without realizing it.

The storyline, originally announced in February, “comes out a lot of my love for a lot of things people have seen in Excalibur, of magic not just as a thing that lets you fly around and shoot fireballs or whatever, but magic as the idea of a cultural practice,” Howard said. “It’s going to be really exciting character work for a lot of your favorite characters. They all have some fun stuff coming up.”

Although the title, pronounced “Ten of Swords,” could be read literally given that the storyline will involve multiple characters using swords, Howard said that there’s another meaning to be considered. “If you know the tarot at all, you know the ten of swords is the end of a suit, and like all suits, it’s a journey. The suit of swords, if you’re a tarot reader, does not end well.”

In addition to watching the many different X-teams — the X-Men, the New Mutants, the Marauders, and more — come together, Howard promised that fans picking up the storyline will also get to see threads pass between chapters, with fellow guest Gerry Duggan saying that he’s even co-writing issues of the series he normally writes solo with other writers from the X-office.

The storyline, Howard said, "is really just showing you how good we’ve gotten at writing books as a team."

Storm, Cypher and Captain Britain are three of the X-Men that are teased to have major moments in X of Swords. Howard and Duggan were light on details, but Howard did mention that some of Douglas Ramsey's big moments do happen inside the pages of Excalibur.

A cover for November's Marauders #14 by artist Russel Dauterman features Storm sharing a sensual dance with a new X-Men villain, Death, who is one of Apocalypse's First Horseman and a central antagonist in the X of Swords crossover.

X of Swords begins with X of Swords: Creation #1, released in comic stores and digitally in September.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Follow the Path to X of Swords in "Excalibur" #11

The High Lords. The Assault on the Starlight Citadel.
Follow the Path to X of Swords in "Excalibur" #11, on sale in August!

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hasbro Announces New X-Men Marvel Legends Bundle Packs

During the Fan First Tuesday Marvel Legends live stream event from Hasbro, fans got to see some new figures. X-Men was the highlight of the show and there were plenty of multipack figure bundles coming our way. One of the Marvel Legends Hasbro bundle is a 3-pack featuring Nimrod, Fantomex, and Psylocke.

This set is packed with power effects, swappable pieces, weapons, and action. Psylocke and Fantomex are based on Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender. Betsy is wearing the costume designed by Jerome Opeña for the Dark Angel Saga.

The X-Men Marvel Legends Psylocke, Nimrod, and Fantomex 3-pack is priced at $79.99 and will be an Amazon exclusive and can be found here.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

X-Solicits for October 2020: X of Swords

Wolverine #6
Benjamin Percy (W) • Viktor Bogdanovic (A)
Cover by: Adam Kubert
Wolverine Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
Variant Cover by: Daniel Warren Johnson
X of Swords, Part 3
Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.

X-Force #13
Benjamin Percy (W) • Viktor Bogdanovic (A)
Cover by: Dustin Weaver
Beast Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
Variant Cover by: Iban Coello
X of Swords, Part 4
Stealth. The power within. The burden of knowledge.

Marauders #13
Vita Ayala (W) • Matteo Lolli (A)
Cover by: Russell Dauterman
Variant Cover by: TBA
Hell’s Storm Horror Variant Cover by: Khary Randolph
Iceman Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
X of Swords, Part 5
A secret flight. A long journey. A Thief and a Queen.

Hellions #5
Zeb Wells (W) • Carmen Carnero (A)
Cover by: Stephen Segovia
Variant Cover by: Sara Pichelli
Phoenix Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
X of Swords, Part 6
Desperation. Help from unexpected places. An advance into the unknown.

New Mutants #13
Ed Brisson (W) • Rod Reis (A)
Cover by: Mike Del Mundo
Variant Cover by: Adi Granov
Colossus Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
X of Swords, Part 7
Diligence. Discipline. A sword of the self.

Cable #5
Gerry Duggan (W) • Phil Noto (A/C)
Variant Cover by: TBA
X of Swords, Part 8
A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.

Excalibur #13
Tini Howard (W) • R.B. Silva (A)
Cover by: Mahmud Asrar
Variant Cover by: Lee Garbett
Nightcrawler Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Rossross
X of Swords, Part 9
Opposition. Despair. The dark night of the soul.

X-Men #13
Jonathan Hickman (W) • Mahmud Asrar (A)
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
Variant Cover by: TBA
Cyclops Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
Legion of X-Monsters Horror Variant Cover by: Russell Dauterman
X of Swords, Part 10
Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.

X of Swords: Stasis #1
Tini Howard & Jonathan Hickman (W)
Pepe Larraz & Mahmud Asrar (A)
Cover by: Pepe Larraz
Design Variant Cover by: Pepe Larraz
Variant Cover by: Coax
Variant Cover by: Mike Del Mundo
Variant Cover by: Olivier Coipel
Variant Cover by: TBA
X of Swords, Part 11
A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Ten of Swords by Pepe Larraz

Free Comic Book Day Vol 2020 X-Men #1 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Another time and another place, four mysterious beings use portals to transport mutants around the world – or indeed the galaxy. They resemble Egyptian gods and Greek myth and conjure their own sigils. They say that the death of a star is a small price to pay for the favor of Saturnyne.

Meanwhile in Otherworld, Saturyne draws the tarot. Her predecessors Merlin and Roma preferred to play chess. She deals the cards:
        • Judgment – Apocalypse staring into the abyss together with the High Summoner.
        • Four of Wands – The original four Horsemen of Apocalypse.
        • The Hanged Man  – Apocalypse, Beast, Havok, Rictor, Glob, Trinary, Banshee, Archangel and Polaris.
        • Eight of Cups – A mysterious woman.
        • Ten of Swords – Apocalypse, Cable, Wolverine, Magik and Captain Britain (Betsy Braddock). The shadowy figures might be Gorgon, Storm, Cypher, Magneto and Scalphunter.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

X-Solicits for September 2020

Excalibur #12
Tini Howard (W) • Marcus To (A)
Cover by: Mahmud Asrar
X of Swords – Secrets of The Book!
• With Rictor in his clutches, Apocalypse must survive long enough to begin the ritual he has waited on for eons.

X-Men #12
Jonathan Hickman (W) • Leinil Francis Yu (A/C)
Living Vampire Variant Cover by: Mike Mayhew
X of Swords – The Summoning Begins!
• A lead-in to the biggest X-story of the summer.

X of Swords: Creation #1
Jonathan Hickman (W) • Pepe Larraz (A)
Cover by: Pepe Larraz & Mark Brooks
Variant Cover by: Miguel Mercado
Design Variant Cover by: Pepe Larraz
Launch Variant Cover by: TBA
Premiere Variant Cover by: Pepe Larraz
Wraparound Variant Cover by: Mark Brooks
Black and White Wraparound Variant Cover by: Mark Brooks
X of Swords – Chapter 1
A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies.

X-Factor #4
Leah Williams (W) • Carlos Gomez (A)
Cover by: Ivan Shavrin
Variant Cover by: R.B. Silva
Angel Timeless Variant Cover by: Alex Ross
X of Swords – Chapter 2
Death and rebirth. Corruption. A dark discovery.

X of Swords Handbook #1
Mike O’sullivan & The OHOTMU Team (W)
Cover by: Ron Lim
The dramatic new era for mutantkind takes center stage in the official handbook!
This all-new collection of X-Men-related profiles will bring you up-to-date on Apocalypse, Wolverine (Logan), Magik (Rasputin) and Meggan just in time for X of Swords! This issue includes profiles for Cypher, Moira MacTaggert, two Captains Britain (Brian and Betsy Braddock) and Krakoa itself! Plus: the young Cable (Nathan Summers) and the X-Men!

Marauders #12
Gerry Duggan (W) • Matteo Lolli (A)
Cover by: Russell Dauterman
Red Reckoning!
• The Black King removed the Red Queen from the board…what move will the White Queen make?

New Mutants #12
Ed Brisson (W) • Marco Failla (A)
Cover by: Mike Del Mundo
• The human world never seems to tire of lashing out at Krakoa.
• The New Mutants have their ways of striking back.

X-Force #12
Benjamin Percy (W) • Oscar Bazaldua (A)
Cover by: Dustin weaver
The Cerebro Sword!
After taking on the Flower Cartel, Logan has brought back valuable intel to the mutant CIA. The non-treaty nation of Russia is working to undermine Krakoa — and may be aligned with Xeno. Beast wants Colossus on their side as the first drumbeats of war begin to sound.

Hellions #4
Zeb Wells (W) • Stephen Segovia (A/C)
Havok Stands Alone!
• Krakoa’s resident rabble are up against the grand dame of the damned — the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor!
• Talk about a return that could raise some havoc!

X-Factor #3
Leah Williams (W) • David Baldeón (A)
Cover by: Ivan Shavrin
Living Vampire Variant Cover by: TBA
Drowning in The Stream!
• Every streamer in the Mojoverse is desperate to get a little of the X-magic on their channel, but all X-Factor wants to do is figure out who murdered a Krakoan citizen.

Giant-Size X-Men: Storm #1
Jonathan Hickman (W) • Russell Dauterman (A/C)
Variant Cover by: Jen Bartel
Hickman & Dauterman Take Flight Again!
• In Giant-Size X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost, Hickman and Dauterman took Jean and Emma into Storm’s mind to learn what had happened to her.
• Now they take the X-Men’s resident goddess to the far end of the world to save herself!