Sunday, April 18, 2010

C2E2: X-Men Panel

As the inaugural Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo began to wind down Sunday afternoon, Marvel's X-Men panel was in full swing.

Whilce Portacio will be the new artist on "Uncanny X-Men" beginning in July, Singh announced. Leonard Kirk will be the new artist on "New Mutants," while Chris Claremont and Milo Manara's "X-Women" one shot will also ship in July and Claremont's "New Mutants Forever" begins in August. "X-Men Legacy" will continue with Mike Carey despite other changes to the line

"Wolverine: Weapon X" will be ending, with a new "Wolverine" #1 by Jason Aaron and Renato Guedes, with covers by Jae Lee shipping in September. In it, Wolverine goes to Hell. "His soul goes to hell, andwWe're going to see what happens when he's not around to be in control of his own body," Schaefer said.

"Dark Wolverine" will become "Daken: Dark Wolverine" in September, with Liu, Daniel Way, and Giuseppe Camuncoli returning. "The key words are intrigue, violence, exploitation, sex—more of the same."

An X-23 series begins in September, written by Liu with an artist to be named later. "She's basically on a journey of self discovery. It's going to be very dark, intense book, but hopefully along the way there will be a ray of light that she'll be able to find her place in the world," Liu said.

As the Children of the Atom step into the Heroic Age, they'll have writer Victor Gischler and artist Paco Medina leading the way with a new X-Men #1 this July launching a new ongoing series spinning out of the events of Second Coming.

"[Readers] can expect a lot of good action and a lot of good storytelling [for] the characters they know as the X-Men," says Gischler. "They're going to be going on some high-profile, high-energy missions. We're going to see the characters develop but with more focus on missions. Each arc will be an event or a mission. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's going to be pretty entertaining I think."

The opening salvo of the new series pits the newly re-formed team against the bloodsucking undead of the Marvel Universe, a group the X-Men has some dark history with. "It's going to be a nice fresh look at vampires," promises Gischler. "I think people are going to be pretty impressed."

"There are going to be some characters that are going to be some lynchpin, popular characters," says the writer. "But we also want to bring in some faces we haven't seen. Who have we seen plenty of? Who do we want to see more of? And who do we always want to see because they're popular?"

Although some characters will almost certainly appear-don't be surprised to see some claws in the mix-many less familiar names have been thrown in for consideration.

"We got a lot of mutants auditioning for the part," teases Gischler. "But for the first arc, it's going to be kind of wide open. It's going to be a big event. It's going to be a lot of fun. It's sort of come one, come all X-Men. After the first arc, we're going to narrow it to a core four or five characters that are in the cast month-to-month. And also maybe rotate in some surprise faces that people don't normally see in an X-Men book."

New X-Force #1
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Jerome Opeña
CBR: Remender Unleashes "New X-Force"

A secret society is putting a plan into motion that would turn this age of heroes into the Age of Apocalypse! The only thing standing in their way is the cast of “New X-Force”, which begins in October.

The titular team is brought together because one of their number uncovers a shocking revelation. “One of the cast learns that Apocalypse has returned and that his followers, Clan Akkaba, have good reason to believe that the Age of Apocalypse -- the time their master takes total control of Earth -- will begin when everybody's guard is down. So it's starting to look like the Heroic Age is indicator that the Age of Apocalypse is about to begin,” Remender explained.

“With the exception of Wolverine this is an almost entirely new team,” Remender remarked. “Only one other has any previous connection to X-Force, but they're all A-list characters. They're big, heavy hitting characters and as the story progresses we're going to see more and more of them. It's a dream team. I wish I could talk about more about them. It's exciting as hell.”

“One of the themes of 'New X-Force' will be that duality of character. We have a lot of characters on the team who are the same in that sense. They have an inherent duality, people who very much want to do good and make the world a better place, but at the same time there is blood on their hands and they find themselves at cross purposes,” Remender continued. “These aren't characters who are going to go out and happily do murder.”


Anonymous said...

So excites about everything!
And apperently the new X-Force team is Wolverine, Fantomex, Archangel (or Mimic), Deadpool and PSYLOCKE!!!!
If that´s true it´s a damn cool lineup!
Dying to know all the new lineups...
New X-Force

hope Betsy is features in Uncanny also in adition to New X-Force and X-Men

Anonymous said...

I think Betsy will aslo be in X-Men vs. Vampires! haha

OMG, Psylocke in 2 teambooks!

Anonymous said...

The new X-Men #1 title apperently has a huge cast like Uncanny. So Far:
and the guests
plus the VAMPIRES!!!

Anonymous said...

X-Men vs Vampires IS X-Men#1

Anonymous said...

Hope they give her a new uniform in New X-Force!

Anonymous said...

Psylocke in X-Force? YESSSSSSSSSS....

however, isn't that Nightcrawler in there too? There's a tail. That would rock me too!

Anonymous said...

Oh I guess the 'tail' is actually Psylocke's martial arts belt or sash or whatever

Anonymous said...

Can they give that a guy a better name than "X-Man"? Also, can they give him a better face? He needs a makeover, pretty tacky.

Everyone else is cool.

Ai, Minha Santa Aquerupita! said...

Category: "X-Men Twilight"


Anonymous said...

That does look like Angel, Psylocke, Deadpool and Fantomex...

might be Nightcrawler with a sword instead of Deadpool. Im pretty sure thats going to be Betsy cant think of too many other sword wielding females.

Not keen on this vampire idea and X-man has looked terrible in every piece of art so far.

FSaker said...

I can't figure out which of the silhouettes in the New X-Force cover would be Psylocke, unfortunately for me...

By the way, the "winged" figure looks more like Banshee to me. Which is weird, because he's supposed to be dead, but after Necrosha, who knows...

And Mutants vs. Vampires seems to suck (and I'm not talking about blood). I hope I'm wrong about this opinion.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I think it's Nightcrawler with a sword. The body posture looks Nightcrawler-esque, but I guess time will tell! :)

Anonymous said...

@FSaker, the 2nd shadow from left to right: long hair, sash and katana. It's totally Psylocke! It's not Kurt, he will be dead by then. Notice he is the only major x-men not appear in the vampires covers.

Anonymous said...

Psylocke certainly has "duality of character". I'm excited to see her in a badass comic with real lines and dialogue. I feel like angel should be out of the running since he has been very heavily featured in x force

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Anonymous said...

damn could they have given cyclops a little bigger bit of a bulge??? lol

Tyke said...

Is it me, or do I see two people on the right side?

Who is it/are they? Okay, if there ARE two people there, Fantomex could be one, but who's the other one?

Anonymous said...

Maybe Fantomex is making sweet love to somebody, hence the third leg?

Anonymous said...

Ok. Victor Gischler says his X-Men Twilight book will have a core cast of 4, 5 members from the second arc on. That matches the number of teasers: Magneto, Gambit, Psylocke, Hope and Nate!

Are we really getting Psylocke in TWO core casts? Best news ever!

Tyke said...

No, wait. After staring at the monitor for a good 2 minutes more, I think I may be wrong.

The character/s on the right is just one person. It's Fantomex (assuming he IS part of this new team).

The "third leg" is the right part of his trench coat, I think. He's facing to the right, with a gun on his right hand, so that that trench coat of his has the said effect.

Anonymous said...

Definitely Warren, Betsy, Fantomex and Deadpool.

OMG Warren and Betsy on the same team! ♥

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

keep Elektra away!!! boring and no powers!It´s Betsy!

My dream Casts for after Second Coming would be:

Astonishing: CYCLOPS, Beast, Storm, Emma, Armor and Wolverine

Uncanny: CYCLOPS, Storm, Emma, Iceman, Namor, Kitty Pryde, Colossus and Gambit

New Mutants: CANNONBALL, Dani Moonstar, Sunspot, Magik, Magma, Doug and Warlock

Legacy: ROGUE, Magneto, Psylocke, Northstar, Wolverine, Dazzler and Hope

X-Force: WOLVERINE, Psylocke, Angel, Deadpool and Fantomex

X-Men: Roatating cast with: Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, Psylocke, Emma, Colossus, Rogue, Magneto, Jubilee, Angel, Hope, X-Man, Gambit and Kitty Pryde

Tyke said...

OMG Warren and Betsy on the same team! ♥ -- Hmm, and Fantomex too!/too?

(Remember that scene when he gave flowers to her?)

Elektra is more of sais. My bet is Psylocke.

Max said...

Yup my hunch is right. They are going to kill Nightcrawler

treysome said...

With the exception of Wolverine this is an almost entirely new team,” “Only one other has any previous connection to X-Force, but they're all A-list characters.

(A-list is questionable for some of them)

On top is Nate Grey
On the left is Deadpool
Middle is Psylocke
On the right is Fantomex

Anonymous said...

Okay, if that is Nate Grey then I'm not buying the book. Can they please kill that stupid character or fire the person who's idea it was to bring him back? EW.

Also, are they going to give Psylocke a sexy mask and an X-Force-y dark variation on her costume? A mask on Psylocke would be slick.

DOWN WITH NATE GREY. Dye that stupid gray patch out of his hair and give him some botox, he's so fat and fugly.

If that's not Archangel that will suck, his power set is totally X-Force style.

Also, for the other books I think it would be great for Magneto and Psylocke to be on the same team. They were cool together in Legacy. I vote yes to making them BFFs forever.

Also, Elektra/Yawn sucks.

Anonymous said...

I think there should be a Psylocke and BFFs book. Everybody seems more interesting when they become BFFs with Psylocke. So there should be one book with Psylocke and a rotating cast of BFFs. They can all beat down on Elektra for wearing such an ugly bandana in fire-engine/hooker red and for trying to copy Betsy's stripeys. Betsy should use her butterfly on her before psy-knifing her, after a lengthy mud wrestle.

treysome said...

Yeah I hope it’s not Nate Grey either. He’s too powerful and will probably be the X-Force’s trump card every time.

Anonymous said...

If phantom x, dead pool and wolverine are all one one team that is way to much invincible healing factor :S

Anonymous said...

interview with creator of x-force...if it´s our girl in there she´s been considered one of the most badass x-men along with the other members!

Anonymous said...

apperently their ne revealed only in July! can´t wait!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

interview woth the creator of the x-men # 1
or x-men vs vampires

Anonymous said...

Okay, here's a thought and I may be completely off but if the flyer isn't Archangel, could it be Magneto? After all it has to be an A-lister, heavy hitter with a questionable past, that has the power to pwn a threat like Apocalypse, plus he's an X-Man now which is cool - I liked it back in the day when he was part of the X-Men and he had that purple sleveless tee with the big M and a cape. That big huge thing flapping around could be his cape.

Anybody else think it's Maggie?

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the guy kneeling is Shatterstar. It looks like he's using his "Master Shredder" blade.

Anonymous said...

Hey that would be cool actually, I like Shatterstar!

Anonymous said...

Excuse me, to the anon poster who commented on Cyclops' bulge... it's not big enough. Make it bigger!