Thursday, January 26, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #21 Preview

Uncanny X-Force #21
Written by: Rick Remender
Pencils by: Greg Tocchini
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu

The Story:
• Wolverine and AOA Nightcrawler face a strange and deadly new foe in Otherworld.
• Fantomex’s sentence is carried out and he is injected with an anti-reality serum…
• Psylocke becomes Lady Briton!
• Deadpool is decapitated.

In Stores: February 1 , 2012

Uncanny X-Men #6 Preview

Uncanny X-Men #6
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Pencils and Cover by: Greg Land

The Story:
• Tabula Rasa Part 2, Cyclops and his team delver further into a world where evolution has run rampant.
• A new foe is revealed, who will show the X-Men just how out of date homo superior really are!

In Stores: February 1, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

X-Solicits for April 2012

Uncanny X-Force #24
Writer: Rick Remender
Art and Cover by: Phil Noto
Avengers Art Appreciation Variant by: Julian Totino Tedesco
• Aoa Wolverine, Deadpool And Nightcrawler Go On Mission To Kill Aoa Iceman!
• What’s Left Of X-Force Returns From Otherworld!






X-Men #27
Writer: Victor Gischler
Art and Cover by: Jorge Molina
Avengers Art Appreciation Variant by: Khoi Pham
• Concluding Open Contract, The Story Of The Forgiven.
• The Marvel U’s Deadliest Assassins Have Been Sent After The Forgiven…And Are Trying To Kill Jubilee!
• Guest-Starring Lady Bullseye, The Assassin’s Guild, And Lord Deathstrike.




Wolverine & The X-Men #9
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art and Cover by: Chris Bachalo
Avengers Art Appreciation Variant by: Alex Maleev
• Avx Tie-In!
• Wolverine, Torn Between Two Teams!
• Will The Jean Grey School Follow Its Leader?





Avengers Vs. X-Men #1
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: John Romita Jr.
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Covers By Ryan Stegman & John Romita Jr.
Blank Variant Also Available
• It’s No Longer Coming—It’s Here!
• Does The Return Of The Phoenix To Earth Signal The Rebirth Of The Mutant Species? That’s What The X-Men Believe!
• Unfortunately, The Avengers Are Convinced That Its Coming Will Mean The End Of All Life On Earth!
• The Stage Is Set For The Ultimate Marvel Showdown In This Oversized First Issue!

Avengers Vs. X-Men #2
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: John Romita Jr.
Cover by: Jim Cheung
Variant Covers By Nick Bradshaw & Carlo Pagulayan
• As The Opening Shot Is Fired, The Avengers Storm The Beach Of Utopia, And The Phoenix Draws Ever Nearer To Earth!
• But Which Side Will Wolverine Fight On?
• And What Choice Will Hope Make That Will Change The Direction And Scope Of The Conflict Dramatically?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Uncanny X-Men #5 Art


Uncanny X-Men #5 Spoilers

Spoilers: Psylocke brings the Tabula Rasa incident to the Extinction team’s attention, obviously without telling X-Force’s involvement in it. With Emma recovering from her injuries, Cyclops asks Betsy to join them. The team then is teleported to Montana for rescue and quarantine. After struggling with some alien creatures, Dr. Nemesis reports to Scott that there are traces of Celestial Energies all over the area. Cyclops blames Sinister, but Betsy assures him this is not the case. Scott sends Danger above Tabula Rasa to work as a satellite for the Science Team back in Utopia, while everyone else will work in teams of two to find survivors. Magik tries to convince Colossus to demonstrate his feelings again. Scott and Storm have a hear-to-heart, before he is swallowed by the earth and is kidnapped by a mysterious character. Namor and Hope dive into the river and face a marine beast. Magneto asks to be Psylocke’s partner and forces her to start talking; otherwise he would reveal X-Force’s existence to Cyclops. Betsy explains how Tabula Rasa came to be and Warren’s involvement in it. Magneto promises to keep it a secret. Betsy and Erik meet some alien creatures who have built an enormous monument for their Gods (Archangel and Fantomex). They examine a painting of a previous God, “The Immortal Man,” who had left the Heavens before the arrival of the new Gods. Much to their surprise, “The Immortal Man” returns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Uncanny X-Force #20 Art


Uncanny X-Force #20 Spoilers

Spoilers: Betsy wakes up in Otherworld. Brian explains to her he had to bring her in her sleep, knowing otherwise she wouldn’t come. He says their psychic bond reconnected after Jean expanded Betsy’s psyche and he had seen memories of everything she did with X-Force, which he doesn’t approve. Brian says the reason Betsy was brought is the Battle for the Otherworld. He doesn’t know who’s behind it, but their goal is the access to the Tower of the Omniverse. A sane Jamie Braddock appears in front of them and tells Betsy that’s why they need her: to stop this invasion. Jamie then offers Psylocke a chance to return to her proper body and inheritance, in order to make it up for what he did to her in the past. Meanwhile, at the Danger Room, Wolverine and Deadpool briefs Nightcrawler on the likes of Sabretooth, Mystique and Lady Deathstrike. Ultimaton interrupts them and warns them Psylocke and Fantomex have been abducted. Brian tells Betsy that Fantomex will face no mercy for his crime. The Supreme Omniversal Tribune begins. Fantomex is found guilty and his punishment is eradication from existence. Fantomex’s sentence is to be carried out immediately. With the help of Gateway, Wolverine, Deadpool and Nightcrawler enter Otherworld in the middle of the war, meanwhile Betsy wearing her Lady Briton mantle (and apparently back to her former body) step in.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Generation Hope #15 Preview

Generation Hope #15
Written by: James Amus
Pencils: Tim Green
Cover: Jorge Molina

• Sebastian Shaw publicly returns to Utopia setting off old grudges and new divisions between the X-Men!
• Generation Hope clash with a gang of mutant villains living on the island!
• Romance blossoms between Marvel’s most unlikely couple!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Avengers Vs X-Men teasers


Uncanny X-Force #20 Preview + Interview With Remender

Uncanny X-Force #20
Written by: Rick Remender
Pencils by: Greg Tocchini
Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
Venom Variant Cover by: Paul Renaud

The Story:
• The Trial of Fantomex begins! Part 1 of 4
• The X-Force team journey to Otherworld!
• Guest starring Captain Britain and the Captain Britain Corps!

In Stores: January 18 , 2012




iFanboy: To go along with some of this amazing art that you can see above, Ron Richards from iFanboy spoke briefly to writer Rick Remender about the upcoming arc to give us an idea of where Uncanny X-Force was headed:

iFanboy: So now that the Dark Angel Saga has concluded, what’s to come in issue #20?

Rick Remender: Issue #20 is a bit of a connector to the Dark Angel Saga. I still like playing with the idea that these dominoes that they set in motion are still falling. The tribunal/court in Otherworld run by Saturnyne and Captain Britain have decided that Fantomex must be eradicated. We reveal in the first few issues that Fantomex only exists on 616, he is something of an anomaly that should not exist for a few reasons that are mysterious and Brian [Captain Britain] fears him. There is a connection to the Braddock family that will be fun to see people’s reaction to.

The story is about, for those who the un-initiated, Otherworld is the dimension outside of all dimensions. In Otherworld, there is the Tower Omniverse, that’s run by the Captain Britain Corps, Merlin, Roma, Saturnye and all these really cool characters and they basically guard every dimension and in this tower there’s a doorway that leads to every dimension, and their job, The Captain Britain Corps, which are various Captain Britains from every dimension, gather and do their best to keep everything sane and logical. So they have taken it upon themselves to abduct Betsy (Psylocke) who is Captain Britain’s sister, and to put Fantomex on trial for his crimes and that’s where we open up the story.

iF: Captain Britain, Otherworld, Saturnyne, these are all old Alan Moore concepts that were then picked up by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. Some pretty big names there. Why hasn’t anyone touched these concepts and why do it now?

RR: I don’t know why no one has. To me, when I realized that no one else had really dug in to it, and it had been touched upon in the late 90s/early 2000s by a few different people, but it was never really dug back into. So that seemed like a terrifying prospect. Like maybe there’s a good reason not to try and play in the playground of Alan Moore, Chris Claremont and Alan Davis. Maybe it’s a better idea to say, “Hey, those guys are pretty great and I should probably not do that!” (laughs)

I do think that Captain Britain and Otherworld, this stuff is as rich as anything that Thor has to offer, no question. It’s basically the English/Celtic mythology thing with Merlin and Arthur. It really does have as rich of a history as Norse mythology and Thor. Frankly, the Tower Omniverse with all those doorways is far more interesting to me than anything else that could exist. This tower where you could basically walk up and go into any reality, and we’ve seen some of those realities in various What If…? issues. It just opens up so many possibilities.

If I mess up, it will be pretty obvious given the caliber of people who have come before me and what I’m trying to put together here. It was a frightening prospect. I went back and re-read all that stuff and got versed. I had to make notes on how I will handle it and what do I have to say with this and what’s the difference with mine? Why would I bring it back up and do I have a story to tell? And I did. It really also gives us a chance to take a good, long look at Betsy Braddock and her family. Which is the thing that really defines character and in this case Betsy’s connection to Otherworld and her family and her relationship with her family now that they know what she’s been up to. As well as Fantomex and his relationship to her family which will make things strange and interesting between them moving forward. It was the same thing as the Apocalypse stuff. It was really cool stuff that had been left on the sidelines for a while and I was like, “Well, okay, I’ll take that!” (laughs)

iF: This week we saw the events of the Dark Angel Saga spilling into Wolverine & X-Men #4, and on the Marvel press conference about Secret Avengers, it sounded like this story in Uncanny X-Force would be spilling into Secret Avengers?

RR: Yes. I don’t want to make anyone have to buy another book. That was always the frustrating thing for me as a reader when it was like “Now, if you want to see what happens next, go buy…” You don’t have to read one to enjoy the other or to get full story. Otherworld is a 4 issue story, it has a beginning, middle and end. Like every thing else in X-Force, it sets up the next arc, and then bleeds into the next arc. We already have our tracks laid for the second year, so there are plenty of things that will pay off big. But if you do happen to read this and you read Secret Avengers, you’ll get a richer view of the story and you’ll have a richer view of Captain Britain and what he does.

iF: Your approach to Uncanny X-Force as been interesting to me as a reader, with a series of stories that tie into a larger narrative arc, kind of like what Claremont used to do. Was that the approach from the get go?

RR: Well, that’s the other big thing, the mega arc. I grew up reading Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men, that stuff really grabbed me. I loved it when 2 years later something that was seeded would blow up in their face. I think that was something that going into it, I thought that if I’m going to do an X-Men book, that every chapter would have a beginning, middle and end. So if you just bought Deathlok Nation, you get a story. If you just bought any of the arcs, you’d get a full story. But I think the fun of it is it also fits into a bigger picture and when you read it all in a row you get a better story in a big season every year.

iF: With issue #20, you’re working with Greg Tocchini again. Why pull him into Uncanny X-Force now? Was there something about his art that fit this story or was it more about scheduling?

RR: Greg and I have been looking for something that was big fantasy. We have a creator owned project that we’ve been talking about forever. Three of the things we wanted to do, one of them was a big fantasy epic. When I was planning this arc out, I knew we needed somebody who could match Jerome Opena, and in many ways Greg does, and we needed somebody who could bring a scope and flair to fantasy stuff that would make it unique. Greg is in a class of his own when it comes to designing stuff. He has a beautiful, fluid style and his designs are so incredibly unique that I thought this would be a great time to get our fantasy stuff out of the way. Dean’s been doing a terrific job over him. I’m so spoiled, it’s really nice work.

iF: Talking about Tocchini has me curious about Last Days of American Crime, when we spoke last you said that there would be more. Are there any updates on that?

RR: We’re in production on American Crime, volume 2 right now with a different artist who hasn’t been announced yet. Different, but equally as amazing to Greg. Greg and I are neck deep in X-Force right now, making sure we can keep the quality that the book has had so far and I think we definitely have. He’s definitely the one doing the doing the heavy lifting. It’s much easier for me to write, “Double page spread! 45 zombie trolls come stomping around Dragon-Town.” I promise that’s way easier. It’s the way easier side of the job to be on. (laughs)

But yeah, we’re doing Last Days of American Crime volume 2 and it’s slow going because the artist we’ve got is amazing and we want to make sure we’ve got plenty in the can before we do a big announce and launch. And then Greg and I will do this arc of X-Force and we’re talking about our creator owned stuff and some potential projects to come after this.

iF: I have to admit, as a fan of your pre-Marvel work, it’s good to hear you talking about creator owned work again…

RR: I’m having a lot of fun playing int he Marvel sandbox and playing with all the different characters that I grew up reading, it’s definitely a ton of fun. But it’s also a very different exercise than creating your own characters and your own worlds. I don’t ever anticipate I’ll stop doing one or the other. I hope that I can find a nice middle ground and keep doing them both.

Uncanny X-Men #5 Preview

Uncanny X-Men #5
Written by: Kieron Gillen
Pencils and Cover by: Greg Land

The Story: The X-Men investigate a new Marvel Universe area called Tabula Rasa!

In Stores: January 18, 2012






More Avengers vs. X-Men Teasers

X-Position: Way Kills Deadpool in "Dead"

CBR: How long will the "Dead" arc last and can we expect to see guest stars? And if so, who?

Daniel Way: "Dead" is a five-issue story (#50-54), with an oversized first issue. Lots of guest stars in this one -- not sure who's been mentioned yet, but I can say that X-Force plays a key role.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Psylocke • 2011

Retrospective 2011: Psylocke. Talk about everything that happened to Psylocke in 2011: your favorite stories, favorite writers, favorite artists, favorite quotes, etc. And here's our usual little recap to refresh your memory! :D

JANUARY

Wolverine and Jubilee #1
• Cursed, Chapter 1
Flashback to the events of Uncanny X-Men #244.



Uncanny X-Force #4
• The Apocalypse Solution, Chapter 4
After learning that Apocalypse is just a child, Psylocke tries to protect him, but is left in a shock after Fantomex kills the boy.



FEBRUARY

Uncanny X-Force #5
• Deathlok Nation, Chapter 1
Psylocke attends an X-Force meeting to talk about the events of their first mission and the murder of the child.


X-Men Legacy #245
• Age of X, Chapter 1
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] Psylocke is one of the Force Warriors, repairing the force field that protects Fortress X from intruders. She's also in a relationship with Iceman.

X-Men: To Serve & Protect #4
• Unforgettable
Psylocke meets Hercules and is pissed he doesn't remember being with her a few years earlier. She also makes a small cameo in "X-Dudes, Chapter 4."

Fantastic Four #588
• Three: Month of Mourning, Epilogue
Psylocke attends Johnny Storm's funeral.




MARCH

Uncanny X-Force #5.1
• Five Point One
After learning that The Reavers are back, Psylocke is especially happy as she makes them pay for what they did to her.


Uncanny X-Force #6
• Deathlok Nation, Chapter 2
Psylocke sets up the Danger Room to have a "conversation" with Brian, having him tell her he will always love her no matter what.


5 Ronin #4
• Chapter 4: The Way of the Butterfly
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] Butterfly is an Oiran who seeks revenge against the Daimyo who confiscated her father's lands which led to his suicide.

New Mutants #23
• Age of X, Chapter 4
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] After Magneto's rebellion against X, Psylocke and the Force Warriors take control over Fortress X and relieves Magneto of his command.

Uncanny X-Men #534
• Quarantine, Chapter 5
Psylocke and the X-Men battle against Lobe and his fake X-Men.



5 Ronin #5
• Chapter 4: The Way of the Fool
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] Butterfly is asked to see the Daimyo. He, however, is somehow scared of her and dismisses her services.



APRIL

Uncanny X-Force #7
• Deathlok Nation, Chapter 3
Psylocke and X-Force enter The World. Betsy and Warren end up facing Deathlok versions of themselves.


X-Men Legacy #247
• Age of X, Chapter 5
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] The Force Warriors battle Moonstar's Cadre before learning the truth about the "Age of X", a pocket universe created by one of Legion's personalities.

Uncanny X-Force #8
• Before The Fall, Chapter 1: Unintended Consequences
Psylocke confronts the Shadow King, who manages to break her down and free the Archangel persona in Warren.


New Mutants #24
• Age of X, Chapter 6
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] The Force Warriors battle the enemy forces that arrive at Fortress X until Legion is able to restore reality back to its true state: Earth-616.


MAY

Uncanny X-Force #9
• Before The Fall, Chapter 2: High Art
After arriving from their last mission, Psylocke and the X-Force are discovered by Magneto.


New Mutants #25
• Unfinished Business, Chapter 1
Psylocke is gathered with the rest of the X-Men in case Cyclops' reunion with Magik goes wrong.


X-Men #11
• Blood Hunt
Psylocke attends Jubilee's birthday party.



Uncanny X-Force #10
• Before The Fall, Chapter 3: The Killer Among Us
Psylocke puts Archangel to sleep and learns that the only way to reverse his ascension into Apocalypse is by cleansing him with a Life Seed.


X-Men Giant-Size #1
• First To Last, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the X-Men battle against The Neo.




JUNE

Uncanny X-Force #11
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 1: Journey To The Age of Apocalypse
In search of the Life See, Psylocke and the X-Force travel to the Age of Apocalypse where they ally themselves with the AoA X-Men.


X-Men #12
• First To Last, Chapter 2
Psylocke and the X-Men battle the Evolutionaries.



X-Men Legacy #250
• Lost Legions, Chapter 1
Flashback to the events of "Age of X".



Uncanny X-Men #538
• Breaking Point, Chapter 4
Psylocke and the X-Men prevent the Breakwolders and Kruun from invading Utopia.


X-Men #13
• First To Last, Chapter 3
Psylocke and the X-Men battle the Evolutionaries.



Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1
• Chapter 1: A Fall of Angels
[ALTERNATE TIMELINE] Psylocke is an ally of Wolverine and ends up killed during one of their escapes.



JULY

Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1
• Before The Devil Knows We're Dead, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the X-Force investigate the connection between a suicide bomber and the Purifiers.


X-Men #14
• First To Last, Chapter 4

Psylocke and the X-Men battle the Evolutionaries.



X-Men: Schism #1
• Schism, Chapter 1
Gathered with the X-Men at Utopia witnessing the fallout of Quentin Quire's actions at a Arms Conference.


Uncanny X-Force #12
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 2: Interruptions
Fantomex tries to convince Psylocke that she's not in love with Warren and kisses her. Betsy states she won't give up on Angel.


X-Men: Schism #2
• Schism, Chapter 2
Psylocke and Archangel battle the Sentinels let loose all over the world.




AUGUST

Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #2
• Before The Devil Knows We're Dead, Chapter 2
Psylocke and Fantomex are sent to Missouri. Betsy dismantles a bomb attached to the Purifier's chest, so they can get some answers.


Uncanny X-Men #542
• Fear Itself Tie-In, Chapter 3
Alongside Boom Boom, Psylocke tries to stop Juggernaut from coming towards Utopia.


Uncanny X-Force #13
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 3: My World Won't Stop Without You
After retrieving the Life Seed, Psylocke and the X-Force are sent home to Earth-616 by Jean, only to be surprised by Archangel and his Horsemen.

Uncanny X-Force #14
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 4: Thunder For The Next World
Psylocke fails to kill Archangel and is taken prisoner by him, as Apocalypse says she's important to further his plans.



SEPTEMBER

Uncanny X-Force #15
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 5: Tabula Rasa
Psylocke tries to run away from Archangel's quarters and even defeats Pestilence, but at the last minute she is stopped by AoA Blob.


Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #3
• Before The Devil Knows We're Dead, Chapter 3
Psylocke and the X-Force manage to track down the leader of the Purifiers and finish him for good.


Wolverine #16
• Wolverine Forever
Melita Garner gathers Wolverine's friends, including Psylocke, to find him and to let him know they care about him.



OCTOBER

X-Men: Schism #5
• Schism, Chapter 5
After defeating Sentinels all over the world, Psylocke and other X-Men return to Utopia, only to find it in ruins.


Uncanny X-Force #16
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 6: No Such Thing
Psylocke is finally convinced she has to kill Archangel, but she fails. Warren then bonds her with the Death Seed, turning her into Death.


X-Men: Regenesis #1
• Regenesis
Following the schism between Cyclops and Wolverine, Psylocke decides to remain in Utopia as the head of the security team, in addition to still being with X-Force.

Uncanny X-Men #544
• Uncanny
Psylocke and Domino train in the Danger Room, while Iceman says goodbye to Cyclops.



NOVEMBER

X-Men #20
• Machines of War, Chapter 1
Psylocke and her stealth team under the leadership of Storm investigate about Sentinels being traded on the black market in the Eastern Europe.


Uncanny X-Men #1
• Everything is Sinister, Chapter 1
Psylocke continues her duty as the head of Utopia's security and the training of the recruits.


Uncanny X-Force #17
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 7: Opens a Window
As Death, Psylocke battles Fantomex. AoA Jean enters her mind and contains the Death persona, bringing the real Betsy back.


X-Men #21
• Machines of War, Chapter 2
Psylocke and her team tracks Domino’s location and find out more Sentinels and the details of the project involving them.


Generation Hope #13
• Regenesis Tie-In, Chapter 1
Psylocke and the veteran X-Men train with Hope and her Five Lights.



X-Men Legacy #259
• Half a Step, Chapter 1
Psylocke, Emma and Rachel sense Ariel's agony as she's trapped and isn't able to return.



DECEMBER

X-Men #22
• Machines of War, Chapter 3
Psylocke, Warpath and Jubilee battle Puternicstan soldiers inside their Sentinel warehouse.


Uncanny X-Force #18
• The Dark Angel Saga, Chapter 8: Red Sky Blue
Psylocke confronts Archangel for the last time, as she's forced to kill him with the Life Seed. She's much more surprise to find Warren healed and alive.

Uncanny X-Force #19
• Live With This
Psylocke is devastated when she finds out "Warren" is nothing more than a new being created by the Life Seed in his likeness.