Saturday, January 24, 2009

New Exiles #17 Art

New Exiles #17 Spoilers

Spoilers: Psylocke's been shot in the back and uses her TK to keep the wound closed while fighting Venger and Black Cloak at the same time. Slaymaster arrives and stabbs Betsy in the back. She fights back hand to hand while focusing her TK on her wounds. Venger tries to help Slaymaster but he wants to win this battle by himself. Meanwhile Rogue arrives in armor and defeats Warshot, Hypernova and Devo. Still suferring from her battle with Madame Hydra, Cat dies and Mystiq helplessly watches it. Psylocke proves to be a better fighter than Slaymaster and gets ahold of his sai. She defeats him but doesn't kill him saying she's not a killer. Slaymaster tries to attack Betsy one more time but Sabretooth arrives to help her while Slaymaster himself escapes. When Lilandra's troops are beaten, she has no choice but to surrender.

MyCup o' Joe: Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction takes up the baton and answer fans questions on MyCup o' Joe. He once again confirms Psylocke in the upcoming Sisterhood arc in "Uncanny X-Men".

Will Psylocke be appearing in Uncanny X-Men soon?

Matt Fraction: Mmmaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyybe.
Yeah, okay. Read “Sisterhood” for the whole bloody story, running in Uncanny X-Men #508-511.

Monday, January 19, 2009

April 2009 Solicits

Uncanny X-Men #508 & #509
Written by: Matt Fraction
Pencils & Covers by: Greg Land
The X-Men get up to the delicate art of living as the Sisterhood plan their imminent demise. The Science Team gets to work, trying very hard not to kill one another first. Simon Trask gains traction in the California state legislature, muscling PROPOSITION X to an emergency ballot vote. If it passes, mutants past and present, powered and otherwise, won't be allowed to breed... all this and a friend returns as a foe and ready for murder. Oh, things are getting ugly.

Note: We all know which friend returns (as a foe?), Marvel just doesn't want to spoil it yet. ;)

Marvels: Eye of the Camera #5 (of 6)
Written by: Kurt Busiek
Pencils & Cover by: Jay Anacleto
The Hulk destroys a town! The FF get a new HQ! X-Factor debuts! The Sub-Mariner joins the Avengers! The Masters of Evil attack! Magneto goes on trial! Big news. But where's Phil Sheldon? Is he covering the stories? Can he? As we approach the fateful finale, Phil faces a deadline -- and old friends rally round.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

TGIF: Solo X-Men asked Fred Van Lente, Mike Carey, Mike Choi and many more which mutants they’d like to see spun into their own series. It seems there is another Psylocke fan out there. Here is what Mike Perkins (artist of The Stand: Captain Trips) answered:

"I'd love to see a Betsy Braddock/Psylocke series tracing her origins from being Captain Britain's twin sister through to the English bird in an Asian ninja body that we're all familiar with today. She needs to be doing the shadowy work for some shady government or third party along the way. Of course, the perfect team for this series being Mike Carey and that guy who's illustrating THE STAND at the moment...oh, what's his name…"

Friday, January 16, 2009

So What Next?

Let's check what is in store for Psylocke and The X-Men for the coming months. Plus more interesting information by Matt Fraction about "Sisterhood" the arc that begins with issue #508 and marks Psylocke's return to the X-Books after the "Sword of The Braddocks" one-shot.

• Uncanny X-Men: "after LOVELORN comes SISTERHOOD, about, well, the Sisterhood. Who they are and what they're up to we've been building to for a while, and all kinds of stuff happens. The team gets bigger-- and smaller. The world gets way more dangerous. The biggest fight scene of my career. Grave robbery. Tremendous violence and change. There's the UNCANNY ANNUAL which is called "White Queen, Dark Reign" and it's super-important and was a blast to write. It's also got some tremendous art by Daniel Acuña and Mitch Breitweiser. Then there's a short thing that spins out of LOVELORN that might be an issue or two and then in the summer... umm... stuff happens" says Matt Fraction. "UNCANNY 510 has the biggest fight scene of my career, and i'm the guy that wrote Iron Fist punching out a train." Fraction adds.

• X-Men Legacy: While there's still no information of what will X-Men Legacy become after the current Rogue arc finishes, Mike Carey has stated that the book will continue to revolve around one character "but with a very full and rich supporting cast!" Joe Quesada told more: "We’re close to announcing it, but you’ll have to bide your time. But I’ll give you a hint. All the characters will look as old as they’re supposed to." Back in October this is what Carey said about writing Psylocke: "The new direction would certainly allow it. I always enjoy writing the iconic X-women, and I'd really like to have a try at voicing Psylocke at some point..."

Messiah War: Is a seven-issue crossover between Cable and X-Force which writer Craig Kyle describes as being the follow up to Messiah Complex and "the middle chapter of what I think will be a major three-part saga, which will continue to define and redefine the X-Universe moving forward". At this point Psylocke will be busy in the Sistehood arc over Uncanny X-Men, but who knows, she might still show up. Chris Yost told a Psylocke fan Cgar at CBR Forums that "I love Psylocke like Gossling loves McAdams". Make of that what you will.

• Crossover between the X-Men and some of the other major Marvel characters: "We have a creative retreat coming up on that right around early February, and most our plans for the second crossover will be mapped out there. But this is really, really, really the year that the effect of [Executive Editor] Axel Alonso taking reins on the books will be felt. It’s a very, very cohesive universe right now, and we’ll see what’s up with the Cable baby, and a lot of other very cool things." says Joe Quesada.

• Psylocke's Big Storyline: Back in December this is what the X-Editors said about Psylocke's Return "Trust us, you’ll know when she’s coming. And it’s going to be hella big. Axel is a big Psylocke fan. He’s been wanting to get her into the book for a long time, and this storyline has been planned out for a while. It’s going to be great when it happens…" Axel Alonso, the main X-Books Editor is a big Psylocke fan and this is the year that the effect of he taking reins on the books will be felt. Ain't it just amazing?

• 2010 Crossover: "We have a huge "Messiah Complex" style crossover coming in 2010." says X-Editor Nick Lowe. This crossover is probably the 3rd and last chapter of the Messiah Saga. This time Psylocke will definitely be in it!

I guess the Psylocke fans will have a very busy year and an Editor who is a big Betsy fan. 2009 looks promising!

New Exiles #17 Preview

Cover by: Alex Garner
Writer: Chris Claremont
Pencils: Tim Seeley & Vivenç Villagrasa
Inks: Tim Seeley
Colored by: Wil Quintana
Lettered by: Tom Orzechowski

The Story:
The heart wants what the heart wants and the sadistic Slaymaster wants Psylocke’s heart… literally! The Elizabeth Braddock of Earth-616 has slipped through his nefarious fingers one too many times, but he’s finally cornered her on a world targeted by Empress Hydra for extermination! As the dimensions buckle and the end-of-all looms nigh, it’s a showdown for the record books—and only one will walk away! An issue so shocking we had to call it “Who Dies Next?”!

In Stores: Jan 21, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Matt Fraction on Psylocke's Future

It seems the rumours were true after all: "Uncanny X-Men" is Psylocke's new home! We've been hearing about it for some time now, but this time writer Matt Fraction pretty much confirmed it on his thread at the Bendis Boards. When asked about the plans he has for Betsy, he answered:

"Read SISTERHOOD, starting with UNCANNY 508. but you can't yell at me until it's all over. trust me."

What could possibly be so bad to make us yell at him? "Uncanny X-Men #508" is on sale in April. Psylocke returns to the X-Books in style as she re-joins the X-Men to face Madelyne Pryor's Sisterhood!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Wolverine #70

In Wolverine #70, on sale this past week, the arc "Old Man Logan" (by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven) continues as Wolverine finally tells his friend Hawkeye what happened fifty years ago that has made him gave up on superheroing and live a simple life as a farmer: Mysterio, the master of illusions, made all the X-Men to look like supervillains and feel and even smell different so Wolverine would attack them. Logan murdered them all, including Psylocke. See the scan by clicking on the image. Poor Betsy!

New Exiles Annual #1 Art

New Exiles Annual #1 Spoilers

Spoilers: An entity called The Maker gathers a group of supervillains (Gold Globin, Blood Skull, Black Baron Dormammu, Dr. Doom and Magneta) to destroy his world just for the sake of it, no real purpose. He enjoys the chaos. The Exiles were supposed to go to another reality (the one from the current issues) but they end up lost in this world. There they meet Valeria Richards, the one from Psylocke's first mission with the team (Exiles #90-94). Valeria says she was responsible for bringing them, she came looking for the Exiles to help them defeat her mom Sue Storm (Madame Hydra). The Exiles team up with Valeria and decide to help the people from this world, taking on the group of supervillains. Psylocke defeats Magneta easily and all the others villains are defeated too. The Maker gets angry and transport them to another place. That's when Proteus is unleashead. Morph and Proteus come to an agreement that they are part of each other now. Morph tells him to consider it a second chance and that he truts Proteus. Together they defeat the Maker. Finally Psylocke comforts Morph by kissing him. This was a hot mess.

Ultimate X-Men #99 Art

Friday, January 2, 2009

Ultimate X-Men #99 Spoilers

Spoilers: I wasn't looking forward to this issue, I was dead sure (pun not intended) Ultimate Psylocke would end up murdered in this issue! Surprisingly enough she survives! After Stryker and his men armed with Sentinel tech break into the Xavier Institute the students all try to flee, only Syndicate falls victim to them. Psylocke uses Cerebro to send a telepathic message to any mutant that can help save them. Rogue hears her call and arrives with the Weapon X program. Psylocke isn't seen afterward, but it isn't alluded that she was killed. Toad and Firestar also escape and the issue ends with Rogue realizing she has blood on her hands after going berserk and killing all of Stryker's men after absorbing Juggernaut's strength. The next issue--final issue!