Friday, November 30, 2012

Bendis Talks Angel (and Psylocke) To save the world, Warren Worthington III had all of his memories and personality wiped from existence, essentially hitting the reboot button on his own life. The teenage Angel appears at a time when the X-Men perhaps have still not fully come to terms with the void their longtime friend and teammate has become. Brian Michael Bendis explains how Angel fits into the X-Men's past and the future of All-New X-Men future. Angel and Jean Grey have a similar situation since both of their future selves are not around. Current Angel is basically a blank slate. Does young Angel get to find out all of the crazy stuff he’s been through with Apocalypse?

Brian Michael Bendis: That is something I’m going to be a little vaguer about because there’s some big stuff coming up in our second arc. People, by the very nature of the story, were very interested in telling Jean exactly what happened to her and having her react to it. Angel is completely freaked out by the fact that no one is talking about him, because no one knows what to say. And he’s like, "all right, you’re willing to tell Jean she died twice, but where am I?" There’s sort of a closure with Jean, because she’s gone. There’s not closure with Warren. It’s still happening, it’s a very fresh wound, the him rebooting himself thing. And no one knows how they feel about it. No one knows if they feel guilty about it, so that’s going to push the story forward in the second arc. Does he become very aggressive on trying to find out what happens? 

Brian Michael Bendis: Yep. It’s intense. Not to spoil everything, but they have to agree as a group to do the things they are doing now, and not everybody agrees, but they have been outvoted. So not everyone is desperate to be where they are right now. You have a character like Angel, who many not have even wanted to go [forward] in time in the first place, and he gets here, and now nobody’s talking. It’s spooky, to say the least. You previously mentioned that Wolverine meeting the teenage Jean Grey is going to be a big moment. Are we going to get to have that with Psylocke and teenage Angel?

Brian Michael Bendis: Yes, but that’s further down the line. Right now it’s about the immediate problem of his situation. But yes, as you can see just from the questions you are asking, there are a myriad of story possibilities that are emotional and legitimately threatening and boy oh boy, right? Any last thoughts about Angel before we move on? 

Brian Michael Bendis: Even though Jean is faced with quite horrible things involved with her death, there’s something even more shocking about what Angel’s faced with. Even though Beast postures more about his place as a mutant and as an X-Men, Angel isn’t a fully-formed adult yet and he is being faced with truly shocking things that he never thought he’d see about himself and his teammates.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ultimate Comics X-Men #19 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: President Captain America offered the mutants two options: a cure that erased the mutant gene and a plot of land for those who chose to keep their powers. Thousands took the cure. Now only twenty mutants remain: Rogue, Kitty, Iceman, Storm, Armor, Blackheath, Network, Micromax, Warpath, Mach Two, Magma, Psylocke, Shola Inkosi, Jimmy Hudson, Zero, and five others. If they cross the border, they will be killed. Mach 2 is upset with the land they were given and doesn’t want to live there. Kitty assures them that was the best the President could give them and that they should stay and build something bigger for them. A vote to decide who leads them takes place, and Kitty ends up winning. Despite their disagreements, the mutants are forced to work together for the following days, even though it seems Mach Two is up to something. Meanwhile, Karen Grant is working for SEAR and monitoring Kitty Pryde’s every step.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #34 Art

Uncanny X-Force #34 Spoilers

Spoilers: Daken reveals to Wolverine that he wants the Shadow King to control Evan’s mind so he can annihilate Logan’s school and expose him as the villain. Psylocke wakes up in the physical plane and recovers her memories. EVA tries to kill Nightcrawler, but Kurt teleports away. The Skinless Man begs Evan for forgiveness, but Deadpool kills him with a sword through his throat. Evan sees the corpse of Fantomex hung up on the wall, leading to a breakdown. Psylocke uses Omega White's ability to eat psychic energy to imprison the Shadow King in his mind, stating that he’ll be alive inside a spectral vegetable forever. While Deadpool comes to Wolverine’s rescue, Nightcrawler teleports Mystique away from Evan, before he can kill her. Wolverine meets Daken and after a brutal fight, he kills his son by drowning him. Evan comforts Logan, and Sabretooth appears revealing that he manipulated Daken all along so that Wolverine would kill his own son. Evan wants to kill Sabretooth, but ultimately decides to let him go. X-Force gathers in EVA, and Psylocke orders her to get them out of that place.

Psylocke by Clay Mann

Psylocke sketch by Gambit artist Clay Mann

Friday, November 16, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #1 Skottie Young Baby Variant Final Version!

Uncanny X-Force #34 Preview

Uncanny X-Force #34
Rick Remender
Art: Phil Noto
Covers by: Julian Totino Tedesco
Final Execution races to its thrilling conclusion!
• X-Force brings the attack to the Brotherhood, but there is dissension in the ranks.
• Genesis faces the truth about Apocalypse and his destiny!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

X-Solicits for February 2013

Uncanny X-Force #2
Writer: Sam Humphries
Art by: Ron Garney
Cover by: Olivier Coipel
Variant Cover by: Kris Anka
• Bishop VS. Uncanny X-Force
• What secrets does the man with the “M” on his face bring from the future?

X-Men #41
Writer: Seth Peck
Art by: Jefte Palo
Cover by: Adam Kubert
Final Issue Variant by: Dale Keown
• Final Issue!
• At the end of an era, Storm puts a team together to search for the start of the next.
• In the field, will Angel challenge her for leadership?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Is Ultimate Psylocke Alive?

Yes! Brian Wood, Ultimate Comics X-Men writer, says so!

When a fan tweeted that Ultimate Psylocke was dead, Brian Wood replied that she was not and could be seen in the preview pages of Ultimate Comics X-Men #19.

Apparently Marvel told him Ultimate Betsy was available to use even though her death was confirmed in Ultimate X-Men: Requiem. Click here to read her obituary!

Weird, huh? Ultimate Comics X-Men #19 is on sale on November 28.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #33 Art

Uncanny X-Force #33 Spoilers

Spoilers: Daken has Wolverine all tied up, and tells him his father hates him because he’s true to what he is – a killer. Logan says he wishes things could’ve been different for him and that he’s sorry. Meanwhile, Omega Black keeps beating up Deadpool until Daken orders her to bring Evan to him. At the Astral Plane, the Shadow King shows no sign of tiring, but Psylocke manages to overwhelm him. Betsy rather imprisons him in her mind than killing him, and this hesitation gives the Shadow King the opportunity to shatter her psyche. Psylocke wakes up in the physical plane asking who she is. Elsewhere, Mystique and Nightcrawler set up Blob for a trap. Kurt teleports a shark within Blob’s stomach and watches as Blob slowly dies. EVA arrives and tells him he’s gonna pay for his betrayal. Back to Wolerine, Daken dumps him into a drowning chamber, as the only way to kill Wolverine is to deprive the brain of oxygen. Daken forces Evan to watch Wolverine drowning at the same time he punches Evan. Omega Black brings the injured Evan to where Deadpool is. Evan decides to wear the Apocalypse suit to stop the Brotherhood.