Friday, July 31, 2009

Psylocke Mini-Mate

A Psylocke Mini-Mate is finally going to be created and released! She was revealed at the 2009 Toy Fair. As part of their "wave 28" also included are Deadpool and Gambit. Not sure when this will be released, I imagine sometime next year.

I'm not a fan of these figures, but I think it's cute!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Marvel Animation

Toon Zone was able to catch up with superstar voice actor, Steven Blum, and Marvel Animation writer, Chris Yost. Steven Blum currently voices Wolverine in just about every Marvel animation or video game project. Chris Yost is one of the staff writers for Wolverine And The X-men and his experience with both the comic book world and animation world is impeccable as he currently co-writes X-Force for Marvel Comics with Craig Kyle. From the looks of it, Psylocke might show up again on the second season of Wolverine and the X-Men.

Toon Zone: What's the thinking of bringing new characters in on the Wolverine And The X-Men series, what's the balance?

Chris Yost: Well, I think with a property like X-Men it’s such a rich, big universe. You're always going to focus on the core: Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, the group that we know and love. And then to see familiar faces like Psylocke or Scarlet Witch, all these characters come in and interact with them. You know the characters we know and love are kind of like the gateway to meet new people. So as a fan, the more people that we can get in there the better, but we are always going to keep our focus on the main characters.

Steve Blum: I'm happy about that.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beach Psylocke sketch by Dodson

Here's a sketch of Psylocke from Dodson's blog! It's very sexy and for once Betsy is showing more T than A. I like it, I think it's fun, although the quality could have been a lot better. Still a great piece, I'm a fan of Dodson!

Ultimatum: Psylocke's Fate

Ultimatum #5, the final chapter of the Ultimatum saga, was released today. Even though Ultimate Psylocke's fate was left up in the air in Ultimate X-Men #99 and most of us assumed she had survived the massacre at the Institute, we now have confirmation of her death. There's a whole obituary section on the back of Ultimatum #5, and Ultimate Betsy is among the casualties. Boo!

Death Count: Angel, Beast, Blob, Cannonball, Captain Britain and the European Initiative, Cipher, Cyclops, Daredevil, Dazzler, Detonator, Forge, Dr. Emma Frost, Hardrive, Juggernaut, Longshot, Lorelei, Madrox, Magneto, Nightcrawler, Polaris, Psylocke, Yellowjacket, Wasp, Dr. Franklin Storm, Dr. Stephen Strange, Sunspot, Syndicate, Thor, Toad, Doom, Wolverine, Prof. Charles Xavier

Firestar, Havok, Spider-Man

Monday, July 27, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Kotobukiya Panel

The future of the Marvel X Bishoujo Statue series was previewed with sneak peeks at two new character designs. Psylocke and Phoenix were formally announced during the Marvel Presentation at the Kotobukiya booth, co-hosted by Marvel’s Jesse Falcon. Following Rogue, the Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch, the Psylocke and Phoenix statues are coming in 2010.

Here are some teaser designs by artist Shunya Yamashita, that were printed in the Kotobukiya pamphlet. According to Kotobukiya rep Shingo Nakagawa, there was actually a poll conducted in Japan to see who they should do next: Psylocke and Phoenix!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Dark Reign


CBR: Marvel's "Dark Reign"
Wolverine teaming with Psylocke? "Yes," Fraction said quickly. "Later." She will also get a mini by Chris Yost later in the year.

Newsarama: Marvel's Dark Reign Panel
"Is Wolverine ever going to team up with Psylocke?" "Yes," Fraction said. "Seriously!"

IGN: Details on Dark Reign's End
Wolverine and Psylocke team-up? "Yes. Seriously," says Fraction. Fan asks "When?" Fraction responds: "I don't know. Later?"

Giant Killer Squid: X-Men Panel
Psylocke and Magneto will be slightly more prominent in the Marvel Universe in the up-coming months. Not as a set, don’t get excited.

@ Guys, as you may have already noticed, I accidentally deleted every image from the blog LOL I've already fixed all images from 2008 posts. I'll be re-uploading the rest during the next couple of days. Sorry :(

Friday, July 24, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: X-Men

Fraction said there's "big stuff coming up for Psylocke. Not to be lascivious, but wait til you see Terry Dodson draw Psylocke."

Nation X
IGN: The Return of Magneto

Nation X - Uncanny X-Men #515

Matt Fraction's Uncanny X-Men series will once again be home to the biggest Marvel villain of all time. This Fall, in the aftermath of the X-Men/Dark Avengers crossover, Utopia, writer Matt Fraction will be tackling the "Nation X" arc, and Magneto will play some undetermined role in that storyline.

Nation X - Uncanny X-Men #516

"I think it's safe to say that, through Nation X, we're going to have a lineup and a group of people as X-Men that you've never seen before – living in a world we've not seen before and with a status quo that we've not used before. The first year was very much about having all hands on deck and having a very big, very sprawling cast. As we move forward and the events get bigger and more sprawling the team will focus a little bit more."

CBR: Kyle, Yost, Carey, and Wells talk "Necrosha"
IGN: X-Force Brings Back 16 Million Mutants

Selene's Necrosha - X-Force, X-Men: Legacy and New Mutants

With Messiah War concluded, X-Force is headed to a new crossover - Necrosha. The storyline will bring Wolverine's strike team in line with the New Mutants and Rogue's X-Men Legacy series. Selene is back, and is attempting to raise the dead of Genosha, a former mutant sanctuary that was annihilated by a massive Sentinel in Grant Morrison's New X-Men series.

Doug Ramsey Returns - New Mutants #6

"We have been going for this since our New X-Men run," said Craig Kyle. Kyle said Selene feels cheated by the Hellfire Club. He mentioned he and Chris Yost are huge fans and this is their chance to bring back characters that have been lost to them - including many they had killed. Selene is back and she's bringing lost parts of the X-Universe with her. Yost notes that this is the payoff for stories they've been building since the beginning, and that next month's issue starts to bring everything together. Yost also says it's shockingly violent.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chris Yost: An X-Forced Confession

Newsarama contacted him to talk about both Dark X-Men: The Confession and the latest arc of X-Force, “Not Forgotten”. Here are some excerpts concerning Psylocke and the future of the X-Books. By the way, if you're looking for some spoilers from today's X-Force #17: Boom Boom and Hellion both live. Surge's fate will be revealed next issue!

Newsarama: With Psylocke's return—will readers be seeing more of Betsy in X-Force or less of Archangel in all of his apocalyptic glory (Newsarama Note: Due to Warren and Betsy’s history together)? 

Chris Yost: Psylocke is still getting herself established, so she's not going to be joining anytime soon... if she would even want to. And Archangel's in it for the long haul. X-Force satisfies the killer in him... watch him go off the rails in issue 18.

Newsarama: What can you tell us about the new arc starting in October? You know, the one before the big Bastion arc...the one with the name that'll spoil quite a bit.

Chris Yost: Everything will be revealed in San Diego, but it's probably the most ambitious thing Craig and I have done yet. We've been building to it for a few years now, but the time has come. If you've always thought the Black Queen should be a little more formidable, a bigger player... here you go.

Newsarama: Will there be a clear cut division in the X-Men via The Dark X-Men and X-Force in the near future?

Chris Yost: The end of Utopia X is a game changer. Matt Fraction has done an incredible thing. And yes, there will be divisions... X-Force cannot exist in the open.

Monday, July 20, 2009

X-Solicits for October 2009

Uncanny X-Men #516
Written by: Matt Fraction
Pencils & Cover by: Greg Land
To be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con

X-Men: Legacy #228
Written by: Mike Carey
Pencils & Cover by: To be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con
Emplate is back and he’s out for blood. More specifically, for mutant bone marrow. And with the X-Men still reeling from Utopia, he may have picked the perfect time to come calling.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dark Avengers #7 Spoilers

Utopia • Chapter 3

Spoilers: At the H.A.M.M.E.R. headquarters in Alcatraz, Beast experiences the bad side effects of the Omega Machine. Norman Osborn argues with Dark Beast, because he was promised this machine would cause no harm. Meanwhile, the Dark X-Men battle the mutant rebels gathered by Hellion, and Emma's team easily defeat all of them. Cyclops arrives at Alcatraz and demands to talk to Osborn. Norman tries to persuade Scott in working together with him, but Cyclops tells him to surrender and get the hell out of his city, and that's his final word. As Scott leaves, Osborn promises he's a dead man. Inside the H.A.M.M.E.R. headquarters, the Dark Avengers are getting a little unpatient sitting there doing nothing, while the Dark X-Men get all the action. Cloak teleports all the prisoners and his teammates back to their HQ. Emma wants to be sure no prisoner is being abused or tortured, so she asks to see where the mutants are being kept. In the meantime, Bullseye and Daken provoke each other, resulting in a battle between both teams. Osborn and Dark Beast try to fool Emma, assuring that no harm is being done to the prisoners. Xavier senses Emma and contacts her telepathically. Charles tells her they're lying and that they're killing Beast. Emma aks to see McCoy, to which Norman replies that they don't have him. Emma then checks a cell that seems to be empty, but Xavier telepathically tells her she's looking at him. Turns out she can't see him because Dark Beast has installed image inducers. Emma promises Xavier that everything will work out for the best. At the St. Francis Hospital, Simon Traks entices his people into destroying all the mutants.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Psylocke statue by Bowen

The upcoming Psylocke statue by Bowen has been updated with colors! It's turning out very nicely! Psylocke wields her signature psychic knife and the katana is colored pink. So I'm assuming they went with a telekinetic sword rather than a real one. Still very nice piece! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Monday, July 13, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Marvel's Official Panel Schedule Assembled under one banner, this multi-media entertainment giant brings the greatest presentations across all platforms to San Diego Comic-Con, once again for 2009. With special guest stars, sneak peeks and shocking announcements, this Comic-Con, you will want to make sure that when planning what panels to attend, your mantra is always "Make Mine Marvel!"

Friday, July 24
What: X-Men Panel
When: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: Room 6DE
The 411: The streets have erupted in violence and the safe haven mutants thought they'd found is in turmoil. The Dark Avengers have put Daken in Wolverine's place, and there's an all-out war tearing through space and time with a certain red-haired green-eyed girl at the center of it. You've got questions & these people have answers! X-Men group Editor Axel Alonso is joined by a host of creators to lay out what's going on and resurrect a beloved... - well, that would be telling! You need to hear it for yourself! Panelists include Matt Fraction (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), Craig Kyle & Chris Yost (X-Force), Marjorie Liu (Dark Wolverine), Daniel Way (Deadpool), Jason Aaron (Wolverine: Weapon X) and more for this all-new, all-deadly panel!

They'll probably talk about the future of the X-Books after Utopia is over and what's the new status quo for our merry mutants. Who's going to be resurrected? Kitty, Jean, Banshee? Plus, lots and lots of exclusive artwork. Maybe we'll catch a glimpse of Betsy.

Sunday, July 26
What: The Next Generation of Marvel Video Games Panel
When: 12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Where: Room 6A
The 411: "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2," "Super Hero Squad" and "Iron Man 2." Join us for trailer previews, discussion and Q&A on the next wave of Marvel Games from publishers Activision, THQ and SEGA. Writers Matt Fraction , Mark Hoffmeier and Evan Skolnick will be on hand along with the game developers Kyle Brink, Robert Blackadder, Dan Tanguay and TQ Jefferson to discuss views on how story and design can come together to make licensed games that don't suck.

Remember when a Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 producer said she got her favorite character to be in the game? And that said character would be revealed at the San Diego Comic Con? And that Psylocke was one of her favorites? Well, this is it. We'll finally found out if Betsy made it into the game or not. :D

Friday, July 10, 2009

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Showdown Spotlight: Chun Li vs. Psylocke One of the most celebrated fighting games in history returns for another round! Nine years after taking the arcade gaming scene by storm and over six years after making its original home console debut, "Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes" will soon juggle-combo its way onto Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade on July 29 and PS3's PSN soon!

In anticipation of the "MvC2"s next-gen debut, we're bringing you daily showdown spotlights pitting a Marvel character against a Capcom character. Each entry features official game artwork, character bios and polls to determine which universe really brings the heat.

Make sure to vote for Psylocke in the poll on!
(at the link above)

Fighter Name: Psylocke

Real Name: Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock

Universe: Marvel, X-Men

First Appearance: Captain Britain #8

Marvel/Capcom Game Appearances: "X-Men: Children of the Atom," "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"

Citizenship: United Kingdom

Brief Bio: Some people lead nice, quiet, simple lives. Betsy Braddock, the X-Woman known as Psylocke, isn't one of those people. The charming and deadly mutant has filled the role of the United Kingdom's premiere super hero, Captain Britain, and had her eyes removed and then replaced with cybernetic implants by Mojo for a twisted reality television show. She has switched bodies with a foxy ninja, trapped evil psychic entities inside her mind, dated an angel and has died/been resurrected in proper X-Men fashion. As an X-Man, one-time member of Excalibur and the Exiles, this girl knows a thing or two about fighting the good fight and can easily lay the smack down on anyone who says otherwise.

Powers: Betsy's psychic blade can put down almost any enemy and her telepathic abilities are top notch. And in her ninja body, she's an even more adept fighter than ever before.

Special Moves: Psi-shot, Psi-blade, Teleport, Psi-thrust, Maelstrom, Kochou Gare

Quote: "Next time I suggest you try fighting back."

Dark Avengers #7 Preview

Cover by: Mike Deodato
Writer: Matt Fraction
Pencils: Luke Ross
Colored by: Rainier Beredo
Lettered by: VC - Cory Petit

The Story: "Utopia: Chapter 3" The Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men crossover continues! San Francisco teeters on the brink of absolute chaos and the X-Men keep getting in the way of Norman's vision of law and order. So Norman takes his game to the next level: who are the Dark X-Men? And will Norman's Avengers play nice with Norman's X-Men? Here's a hint: no.

In Stores: July 15, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

X-Men: Legacy #226 Spoilers

Utopia • Tie-In

Spoilers: Pixie teleports Rogue, Gambit and Danger into San Francisco when the riots are still going on. Cyclops is not pleased to see Gambit and Danger with Rogue, but he needs all the help he can get. Scott asks Rogue to help find some of their students caught in the middle of the confusion, therefore Rogue, Gambit and Danger go to the streets. Meanwhile, Trance is on the run with Dragoness, trying to carry a hurt Toad, while H.A.M.M.E.R. soldiers are after them. They take care of Dragoness, and when Trance tries to use her astral form, they shock her. Gambit appears and comes to her rescue. As a side effect of the shocking, Trance seems to be stuck in her astral form. The X-Men then send Ariel to teleport her to their HQ. In the meantime, Rogue is looking for Indra. She finds several unconscious H.A.M.M.E.R. soldiers and touches one of them, finding out that Indra did that to them. Moonstone shows up wanting to arrest Rogue and easily getting the upper hand. Rogue thus tricks Moonstone and escapes. Later, Gambit tries to control Avalanche and Erg, who are rioting with other pro-mutant people. Ares arrives and attacks Avalanche. Gambit then takes on the God of War and manages to hold his own against him. After a while, Danger and Rogue come to aid Gambit. Rogue touches Ares and get his powers. She defeats quite a few soldiers with ease. Rogue, Gambit and Danger steal a H.A.M.M.E.R. tank at the same time Mindee comes in informing that Trance is still missing and never made it home. Rogue says they'll find her.

Notes: Those spoilers were provided by Hi-Fi over at the CBR forums. This issue takes place during the riots that break out during Dark Avengers/Ucanny X-Men: Utopia #1 and before the formation of the Dark X-Men team during Uncanny X-Men #513. Psylocke only shows up on that page that we've already seen, but Carey said he is definitely going to sneak her in again soon. :D

Friday, July 3, 2009

Psylocke Mini & Uncanny X-Men Update

+ X-Men: Psylocke MINI

Chris Yost posted over the CBR forums and teased Psylocke fans:

"Did you guys see Harvey's sketches that he did on Psylocke? Pretty sweet, right? You have no idea what you're in for. He's turning in pages that are seriously some of the best things EVER. They're stunning."

Joe Quesada also talked about the mini in his Cup o' Joe column:

"With a character like Psylocke, we get pitches on her all the time, and it just didn't feel right and that goes for timing as well as pitches. Now it does."

+ Uncanny X-Men

Artist Terry Dodson has identified the X-Women on his pencils for issue #514. When asked about who they were, he commented on his blog:

"X-Ladies - Left-Right - Dani Moonstar, Domino, Mindee Cuckoo (in her Dark Queen Emma meets Teen X-Men outfit), Psylocke.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

X-Men: Legacy #226 Preview

Cover by: Terry Dodson
Writer: Mike Carey
Pencils: Dustin Weaver
Inks: Ed Tadeo
Colored by: Brian Reber
Lettered by: VC's - Cory Petit

The Story: Utopia Tie-In - Rogue, Gambit and Danger go to join the X-Men in San Francisco, only to find it in flames. The Dark Avengers have come into town and are taking no prisoners. Wait, the whole problem is that they ARE taking prisoners. Norman Osborn has the city of San Francisco in the palm of his hands and mutants are being forced to take sides. Will they side with Cyclops and the X-Men? Or go to Osborn and his Dark X-Men? What side will the returning mutants and one of the X-Men’s most powerful foes take? Part 1 (of 2)

In Stores: July 8, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Uncanny X-Men #513 Spoilers

Utopia • Chapter 2

Spoilers: Norman Osborn and "Professor X" hold press conferences all over San Francisco to assure the citzens that Osborn has the best interests of mutants in mind. They also criticize Cyclops's leadership and ask him to surrender. At the hospital, Simon Trask is revealed to be some kind of cyborg, capable of controlling people's minds. Emma meets with Osborn and "Professor X", and her new team is introduced: Mimic, Dagger, Cloak, Weapon Omega and Daken. Emma finds out "Professor X" is really Mystique in disguise, but Osborn promises her Mystique won't be a problem since he has put tiny machines in her blood capable of blowing her off. Frost then brings one more member to her team: Namor. Meanwhile at Alcatraz, where Beast is being kept prisoner, he is taken by guards to the "Omega Machine", which is run by Dark Beast. The machine upgrades Weapon Omega's powers to take mutant's powers. The next day, Osborn and Emma introduce their Dark X-Men to all media, stating that their goal is to restore the trust of people in all mutantkind. They implement a curfew for all citzens from sundown until sunrise. Whoever breaks the law will face immediate arrest. At the X-Men base, Cyclops decides that they'll just have to wait and watch, much to the kids' dismay. Later, Hellion, Sunspot, Avalanche, Meld, Adam X, Match and Lorelei decide to go out during curfew in order to get arrested and let everyone know what will happen to them if they don't demand their rights. The Dark X-Men arrive at the scene to imprison all of them. Cyclops watches everything from the mansion and decides to have a talk with Osborn.

Notes: Psylocke shows up for two background cameos without any lines, just like every other X-Man. She is seen wearing her old ninja outfit. This issue is all about the Dark X-Men.