Tuesday, March 25, 2014

X-Position: Spurrier Constructs An All-New "X-Force"

CBR: To further elucidate his intentions for "X-Force," Si Spurrier joined X-Position to answer your questions about his sophomore ongoing series, including his plans for the cast, whether he plans to address plot points from previous incarnations of the series, developing the current version of Marrow, the thematic relationship between "X-Men Legacy" and "X-Force" and more.

Will you elaborate on what happened with Dark Fantomex and Cluster?

Spurrier: RAPID-FIRE SI SAYS YES. Probably. I have plans. [spooky wizard-doing-magic fingerwiggle]

Does EVA still have her humanoid form?

Spurrier: RAPID-FIRE SI SAYS SORT OF. And suggests you check out Episode 4 for a more complete answer.

Will you follow up on the Angel/Psylocke relationship?

Spurrier: RAPID-FIRE SI PULLS AN AWKWARD-TO-ANSWER-FACE AND DOES A GALLIC COMME CI COMME ÇA HAND-WOBBLE. I've said previously I'm resistant to the notion of Psylocke being purely defined according to whomsoever she happens to be boffing, which I think has been a risk with her depiction sometimes in the past, and I'm particularly leery about doing so using old relationships. Readers will have noticed already that I've made a point of drawing a line under the Psylocke/Fantomex thingy, much to Fantomex's consternation and confusion. He'll get over it soon, I promise.

So, there are plans for Psylocke which -- oh-so-nebulously -- could be regarded as relating to her lovelife, though perhaps not in the way you might think. Same's true of Fanto, incidentally, though in an opposite direction.

As for Angel -- nothing imminent, but I'd repeat my previous wiggly-fingered wizard up to no good bit, with an added arched brow, to assure you I have Thoughts And Ideas Of Relevance.

Any interaction with other teams?

Spurrier: RAPID-FIRE SI SAYS YES! Teams both new and old. You'll appreciate the main objective of the first arc, besides telling a severely twisty and splendid story, is to bed-in and fortify the team's role, so I've hesitated to go chucking-in all sorts of big distracting A-list cameos from the getgo. But we'll see some exciting new groups in episodes 4 and 5, and by the time we hit episodes 8 and 9 we're in recognizable superteams endeavoring to murder each otherterritory. Which is always nice.

Read more on the link above.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

X-Solicits for June 2014

X-Force #6
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art & Cover by: Jorge Molina
• The explosive conclusion of the first arc of X-FORCE!
• The unthinkable has occurred! One of the team is dead and the others are held captive by their newest foe: the swaggering oligarch VOLGA.
• Struggling to save their own lives, X-Force’s secrets come to light as they use everything in their arsenal to survive.
• But when the dust settles, will these revealed truths ultimately tear them apart?

X-Men #15
Writer: Brian Wood
Art by: Clay Mann
Cover by: Terry Dodson
• A generational saga/war unfolds... mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and one poor mall rat named Jubilee caught in the middle...
• The JGS has always been a school. Is it time to become an army? Or will their differences prove their greatest asset?

X-Men #12 Art

X-Men #12 Spoilers

Spoilers: After Ana Cortes terminates her own life, the Sisterhood uses her body to resurrect Madelyne while Deathstrike and Arkea now inhabit the same body (that of Reiko). With the aid of John Sublime, the X-Men track Arkea Prime to Japan where they take the Sisterhood by surprise. Monet takes on the Enchantress and makes Amora rethink her alliance to Arkea. Psylocke takes on Typhoid Mary and easily defeats her. Storm and Rachel face Arkea, Madelyne and Selene. Madelyne subdues Rachel, but Storm offers Maddie and Selene a deal: the X-Men will let them go because they’ve come for Arkea. Maddie warns that she’ll recruit a new Sisterhood before leaving with Selena. Arkea is left alone. The X-Men warn her that they’ve isolated all Arkea impact points and have neutralized 90% of them. Arkea has nowhere to go. Karima shoots at Arkea’s brain with a gun designed by Sublime which will only eliminate Arkea, not Lady Deathstrike. Arkea is terminated. In the end, Karima decides to leave the team and work with Sabra and Gabriel. Meanwhile, the X-Kids and Jubilee manage to overcome the Sentinels.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

X-Men #12 Preview

X-Men #12
Writer: Brian Wood
Art by: Kris Anka
Cover by: Terry Dodson

The Story:
• Conclusion to Ghosts
• The Sisterhood is fully formed, and the battle for leadership begins!
• The X-Men must choose…take down the Arkea Sentinels or go after the Sisterhood.

In Stores: March 19, 2014

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wolverine #3 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Jubilee asks Wolverine to help the all-female X-Men team fight Killer Robots, but Logan's not coping well with the loss of his healing factor.

All-New X-Men #25 Art Galore

CBR: This April, New York Times bestselling writer Brian Michael Bendis is joined by the best and brightest artists in the comic book industry for ALL-NEW X-MEN #25 – the oversized, landmark anniversary issue! Featuring the all-star talents of Bruce Timm, Art Adams, Rafael Grampa, Lee Bermejo, J. Scott Campbell, JG Jones, Paul Smith, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams, David Mack, David Marquez, Skottie Young, Ronnie Del Carmen, Jake Parker, Dan Hipp, Robbie Rodriguez, Jason Shiga, Max Wittert and Maris Wicks!

They have ventured from the past to an uncertain future, but the All-New X-Men were never meant to stay. When a mysterious stranger visits the Jean Grey School, Hank McCoy will learn the disastrous effects he has wrought by disrupting the timestream. Consequences that could destroy the entire universe! Is it too late to stop its cataclysmic side effects? Find out when the oversized, overstuffed ALL-NEW X-MEN #25 hits comic shops this April!

Psylocke is featured on pices by JG Jones (L) and Robbi Rodriguez (R).

X-Men Sneak Peek & Variant Cover

Variant Cover by Gerald Parel and Art by Clay Mann for X-Men #13. Issue #12 will hit the stores on March 19, but no preview art was released so far.

Remender's "Uncanny Avengers" Rise from the Ashes of "Ragnarok Now"

CBR: By the end of Uncanny Avengers #17, the concluding chapter of "Ragnarok Now", the villainous Apocalypse Twins Eimin and Uriel exploited the strife between the members newly formed Avengers Unity Squad to accomplish a two fold plan: doom the Earth to destruction and transport the planet's mutant population into an interstellar "ark."

What happens now that the Earth is gone? What kind of world will the surviving mutant population build for themselves? And what role will the time traveling conqueror Kang and his newly forged Chronos Corps play in these events? For the answers to these questions and more, CBR News spoke with Rick Remender about the apocalyptic conclusion of "Ragnarok Now" and exploring the consequences in upcoming arc "Avenge the Earth."

CBR: Does the Planet X setting of "Avenge the Earth" mean that we'll get some new characters front and center and perhaps some fun cameos from various mutants?

Rick Remender: Yeah, but I don't want to bog the story down too much with getting into that. We're going to have a big Havok and Cyclops confrontation here, or possibly several. There's a lot of that coming. We're going to get a lot of contextual stuff based around the mutants on Planet X and some of our cast. Then when the action picks up I had to of course throw Psylocke in there. So she's around, a couple versions of her actually. If you read "Uncanny X-Force" this will be a nice continuation of the "Kill the Future" arc. There's a lot of Easter eggs, but as always, I try to make sure that the story is accessible to new readers.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

X-Force #2 Spoilers

Spoilers: Cable holds a video conference with some of mutantkind leading figures (Wolverine, Storm, Mystique, Polaris, Magneto, Havok and Cyclops) to inform them about Meme, the mutant who was abducted, tortured and weaponized. Meanwhile Fantomex, Psylocke and Marrow sneak into a facility in Saudi Arabia, following Cable’s orders. Fantomex’ constant flirting upsets Betsy. Cable reveals how other mutants and depowered mutants are undergoing the same treatment as Meme, including Marrow who got something synthetizing her powers as a result though she’s not technically a mutant again. Cable warns the others that after the Alexandria incidents, several countries took extreme measures against mutants. Cable calls out the mutant leaders on their bullshit and tells them to stay out of his way. He’ll take care of it. Cable teleports to Saudi Arabia and joins the rest of X-Force. At the facility, they find a man called Fiqh who’s in the know about the responsible for the atrocities committed against mutants. Fiqh knows Cable won’t kill him without learning the information he wants, so he asks X-Force to kill Qareen, a spiritual entity possessing a corpse, for him in exchange. Cable doesn’t want to drag the others with him and decides to do it alone. The rest follow him anyway. The spiritual entity leaves the corpse and heads to a panic room. Meme breaks out the door, allowing Cable to face Qareen. Cable tricks Qareen into possessing his own body and kills himself. Fiqh realizes Qareen is dead and hands the data to Psylocke. X-Force return to their base only to find Cable pretty much alive and not keen on revealing how he survived the explosion. X-Force finally learn who’s behind the atrocities: a billionaire named Yevgeny-Malevich Volga.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

X-Force #2 Preview

X-Force #2
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art & Cover by: Rock-He Kim
Variant Cover by: Adi Granov
• Cable. Psylocke. Fantomex. Marrow. They are mutantkind’s protectors, spies, assassins and torturers!
• But just what has driven each of them to join the most deadly incarnation of X-FORCE yet? Yes, Marrow is back!
• But how has she regained her mutant powers and what does it have to do with X-Force’s first target?