Friday, October 31, 2014

X-Men #21 Preview

X-Men #21
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Harvet Tolibao & Dexter Soy
Cover by: Terry Dodson

The Story:
“Exogenous” Part 4 of 5!
• As the X-Men race to find the origins of the threat that has emerged from deep space, they discover that there’s a larger conspiracy at work…one that may have its roots close to home!
• What are Agent Brand’s ties to the mysterious Providian order?
• How could Deathbird’s secret upset the balance of the cosmos?
• And what does the third Summers brother—and Rachel Grey’s uncle—Vulcan have to do with it all?

In Stores: November 5, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

X-Force Rumoured to be Cancelled

BleedingCool: Comic book creators are often a gossipy lot. Especially in the New York bars after a comic convention. And sometimes it takes a little while to filter through a variety of sources.

Such as which upcoming books are being cancelled. Some we’d heard before, but now we have issue numbers.

I understand from such sources that the current run on X-Force will be published until issues #14 or #15. The upcoming trade paperback goes until #10, so #15 feels more likely.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Avengers #37 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Captain America, Captain Marvel and the Invisible Woman deduce that Brian Braddock is attached to the Illuminati. Steve Rogers thinks Brian may have some insight that the Avengers don't, so he wants to reach out his family. Carol says there's Psylocke, but that she's protected by the X-Nation the same way Beast is. It seems the X-Men now have a nation of their own.

X-Force #11 Spoilers

Spoilers by CraigTheCylon: All of X-Force (minus Doc Nemesis) have followed the bug-tracer planted via ForgetMeNot's sacrifice in #10, arrive at the portal station we saw in #7, and go through into the Yellow Eye base. Much fighting ensues while a narrating voice shares Hope/MeMe's musings over her squadmates. Upon finding the monitor tech used by Yellow Eye, Cable seems to amend his mission plan from 'destroy' to 'subvert', much to MeMe's consternation. While the baddie stormtroopers fall in droves, a particular elite henchman puts up more of a fight, and Fantomex starts gibbering again when he misses his shot at them. Because of this, and because he apparently dumped her between issues, MeMe hacks into Fantomex' head mid-battle and scans his memories, confirming that he was at Alexandria in search of Cluster and Weapon XIII, hoping to be whole and perfect again. The Yellow Eye boss and elite henchman retreat behind a...flesh wall and in the downtime, Fantomex angrily calls MeMe 'Summers', revealing that he's been able to counter-hack her mind during their liaisons and knew who she was the whole time. This leads to a mental discussion wherein Fantomex goes completely off the rails, instructs E.V.A. to forcibly eject MeMe from his cortex, then pukes her up and uses her to incapacitate the rest of the team. He monologues about how sick he is of bowing to authority, how he thought to use Volga's tech to make himself better, and now intends to use Yellow Eye resources to track down his other selves AND any other super-tech he could potentially bond with to become stronger. He shoots Marrow in the head and is ready to do the same to Psylocke when he himself gets shot by Domino, previously said 'elite henchman', freed from Yellow Eye control-tech by a panicking MeMe.

X-Position: Simon Spurrier

CBR: In this week's X-Position, Spurrier answered many questions about "X-Force," including the untimely death of ForgetMeNot, the working relationship between Cable and Dr. Nemesis, the current status of Hope Summers and much, much more.

Your X-Force is currently my favorite x-book right now and I have to say thanks for some awesomely fun storytelling. Sadly I don't really have any good questions so I'll just ask who's voice do you hear when you write Psylocke? Actually do you hear anyone's voice when you write your characters?
Spurrier: Tricky one. I tend to say all my characters' dialogue out loud while I'm writing it (one among many reasons I'm utterly insufferable to be around while working) so I suppose the most accurate answer is that I hear my own bloody voice when writing Psylocke and the rest. But that's a pretty cruel aural impression to inflict upon (I assume?) a Psylocke fan, so I suppose the more appropriate answer would be that I base her voice, and more importantly her choice of words, on two or three of my friends who fit the mould. That is: born into money, well educated, well spoken -- "queen's English," daahling -- but with all the elegant corners filed off by years of experience, perspective, camouflage and damage. You probably don't need me to tell you the class system is alive and well in the UK, and the most telling metric of which side you're on in the secret war is often the plumminess of your voice. It follows that a lot of very well-to-do people, who recognize and despise the unfairness of the system despite being born to privilege, develop a fascinating hybrid syntax mixing "posh" enunciation and articulacy with slang, inventive neologisms and the ability to swear like a fucking trooper. Many of my snobbiest pals have the most delightfully dirty mouths.
Anyway, that's kind of how I hear Psylocke. Two parts frosty well-spoken aristocracy to one part affable gutter.
I'm actually a bit hesitant to go suggesting Known Names -- actors, etc -- to give you a sense of whose voices I hear when I write these characters, because it smacks of being a little restrictive, if not outright problematic. What if that voice feels totally wrong compared to the one you -- as a reader -- have already subconsciously assigned? You're going to be constantly tripping yourself up wondering if you're Hearing It Right, when in truth yours is really the only "right" which matters.
I think part of the joy of these things is the personal touch that comes from each reader experiencing a character in a subtly different way, y'know? The Betsy Braddock in your head won't ever sound quite like the Betsy Braddock in someone else's, and that's magical and mystical and marvelous. In fact the only thing I'll commit to text right here, as a sliver of I-stand-by-it personal wisdom, it's this: you'll enjoy these comics better if you move your lips while you read.
Seriously. Accents live in mouths, not brains.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

X-Solicits for January 2015

X-Force #14
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art & Cover by: Rock-He Kim
• Fantomex is on a murderous rampage, taking out each and every one of the world's secret intelligence agencies, working his way closer to getting revenge on X-Force!
• Knowing the confrontation is inevitable, Cable and his team ready themselves for the fight of their lives...

X-Men #23
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: TBA
Cover by: Terry Dodson
• The start of a brand new story penned by MS. MARVEL creator G. WILLOW WILSON!
• When a sinkhole appears under mysterious circumstances in the middle of the Black Rock Desert, the X-Men go to investigate...
• But little do they suspect that the phenomenon has connections to old allies...and enemies!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Marvel Heroes Prepare for Battle in New "House of M" Teaser

Marvel's event teasers keep on coming, and this time they've shifted the spotlight towards the 2005 event "House of M." IGN has revealed the latest image, this one by artist Jorge Molina, featuring the "House of M" versions of Magneto, Wolverine, Psylocke, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man and others aggressively and defiantly standing at the ready.

The teaser is the latest in a long line of mysterious callbacks to past Marvel events, kicked off by the unveiling of new "Civil War" art just prior New York Comic Con. In the week since the convention, teasers alluding to "Age of Ultron" and "Marvel Zombies," "Days of Future Past" and "Planet Hulk" have all been revealed. While not yet confirmed, these retro-facing teasers may be connected to the "Secret Wars" event by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic announced at NYCC.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lady Mandarin Costume Now Available in Marvel Heroes!

Get a closer look at Psylocke's newest costume in Marvel Heroes 2015.

Costume History: After being mind-controlled by the crime-lord Matsu'o Tsurayaba (and switching bodies with the assassin Kwannon), Psylocke was positioned as the ultimate assassin for Mandarin himself: Lady Mandarin! If you want to talk about Psylocke, drop by the Psylocke Forum for in-depth discussion!

Friday, October 17, 2014

X-Force #11 Preview

X-Force #11
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art & Cover by: Rock-He Kim

The Story:
• X-Force has their sights set on their next target, a mutant who may just hold the key to defeating their greatest adversary: X-MEN: LEGACY #300’s ForgetMeNot!
• But how can they convince him to join their cause? 
• And more importantly: How can they hope to find a mutant who slips out of memory whenever he leaves their sight?

In Stores: October 22, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NYCC 2014: X-Men Editor Daniel Ketchum talks about bringing G. Willow Wilson on board for the mutants' next saga!

By the time the ladies of X-MEN return to Earth, their series will just be getting fired up.

MS. MARVEL writer G. Willow Wilson steps onto X-MEN in January for a story titled “The Burning World.” Starting in January with issue #23, the four-part arc sends the team into a mystery involving an old villain and some new guest stars.

“I don't know if this is known, but Willow has an immense love for the X-Men characters,” editor Daniel Ketchum says. “She’s doing an amazing job.”

Wilson’s story begins with a new face to the all-female X-MEN cast: Remy LeBeau.

“Gambit's got to be in it; I think he’s—in the best way—a really good butt of jokes in an all-female X-MEN comic,” Ketchum laughs. “He’s such a caricature of himself, and there are so many ways he can be really funny. So this starts with Gambit at this kind of Burning Man festival. He’s the one who gets put on the track of this mystery when this giant sinkhole opens in the middle of the desert. Of course he calls in the X-Men and Storm notably because she has this connection to the environment.”

Though the Cajun X-Man won’t be the only guest star arriving in the series.

“There are a couple of cameos from outside the X-Men universe, which I’m really excited about,” Ketchum shares. “Whenever you can do that and broaden the scope of an X-Men story, it makes you feel like you’re not just in your own little pocket. We’re actually living in the same universe as Spider-Man or Captain America.”

As Storm, Psylocke and the rest of the team investigate, the story promises some secrets from the team's past to bubble up, mostly revolving around the book’s mystery villain.

“I don't want to give much away, but with the villains we’ll find out there’s much more going on here,” Ketchum teases. “It's a mystery/suspense story, which is great, but we want the reader to discover clues and try to solve the mystery before the characters do. The villain comes with some twists and turns along the way.”

Wilson’s arc follows the currently running “Exogenous” space saga of X-MEN, and Ketchum says the wide range of adventures for the team stands as part of his plan for the title’s future:

“I took over editing the book from Jeanine Schaefer and Tom Brennan when Brian Wood was writing, and it really was his vision. Brian gave the book a pretty strong direction and voice. When he decided he was going to move on to other projects, I was intimidated by who I’d find to write it because it was so much his baby.

“So I ultimately decided to do a quick run of rotating arcs where creators could come on, tell their X-Men story and then drop the mic. Marc Guggenheim came first and told this awesome space sci-fi epic, of which I just sent the penultimate issue to the printer.”

“The Burning World” provides a good follow up to the sci-fi story, the editor explains:

“When it came to [whom] to go to next, Willow came to mind very quickly. She’s burning it up over on MS. MARVEL. But more than that, I feel she can get into the heads of characters and tell a story on that level in addition to the cool Marvel Universe stuff.”

But beyond crafting a more personal story for the team, Wilson will also chose a different character each issue to provide the point of view for readers.

“She has this wonderful gift for getting into the heads of characters.” says Ketchum. “And since this is the all-female X-Men book, she’ll be spending time with each of those characters in a way that Brian or Marc maybe didn’t get time for. We'll get into Storm and M—especially M because she’s been with the team for so little time. We’ll get to Psylocke and Rachel Grey so it’ll be really fun.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NYCC: G. Willow Wilson Takes X-Men To The Burning World At today’s “Women of Marvel” panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel Comics announced that Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson would be writing a 4-part story arc in X-Men, titled “The Burning World.”

This is partially significant in that Wilson will be the first female writer to work on X-Men sense it was relaunched with an all-female X-Men roster.

More significant is Wilson’s unique story structure. “The Burning World,” which begins with January’s X-Men #23, sees Gambit discovering a mysterious sinkhole outside a counter-cultural, Burning Man-like festival in the Black Rock Desert.

Each of the four issues of the story will be told from the perspective of a different X-Men character, with each issuing deepening the sinkhole’s mystery and revealing ties to enemies from the X-Men’s past.

“The Burning World” begins in January, and will run from X-Men #23-26.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AXIS #1 Art & Spoilers

Spoilers: Psylocke joins the Avengers and X-Men in Genosha to fight the Red Onslaught.

Nightcrawler #7 Art & Spoilers

Spoilers: Nightcrawler builds a house for the late Wolverine and uses holographic images of his friends (including Psylocke) in order to honor him.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

X-Force #10 Art

X-Force #10 Spoilers

Spoilers: Forget-Me-Not from X-Men Legacy #300 is being chased around the XF base by the team but every time they lose sight of him they forget he ever existed. While hiding from X-Force, FMN comes across Psylocke sleeping with Cable, Hope and Fantomex fooling around, etc. FMN eventually gets to a teleporter to escape but finds an unconscious Dr. Nemesis and reads the plans they had for him. They wanted to use FMN to get one of the tracker bugs deployed (by temporarily depowering him so he shows up on scanners), capture it, put their own tracker on it, and then have it sent back to the bad guy's base. FMN decides to help out XF but it doesn't quite work out like he thought. The bug remembers who he was even after he gets his powers back. Fantomex appears, reveals he is immune to FMN's powers and that he was just having fun watching everyone else act like idiots. He shoots and kills FMN and then the bug and the mysterious bad guy forget FMN existed again.

Friday, October 3, 2014

X-Force #10 Preview

X-Force #10
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Tan Eng Huat, Craig Yeung
Cover by: Rock-He Kim

The Story:
• X-Force has their sights set on their next target, a mutant who may just hold the key to defeating their greatest adversary: X-MEN: LEGACY #300’s ForgetMeNot!
• But how can they convince him to join their cause?
• And more importantly: How can they hope to find a mutant who slips out of memory whenever he leaves their sight?

In Stores: October 8, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

X-Men #20 Spoilers

Spoilers: Rachel and the Shi’ar are ambushed by the same freakazoids seen in Dethbird’s mind. Psylocke and Monet arrive to help them fight the creatures. Betsy notices Rachel didn’t help D’Keth as she is still upset with him for suggesting the Grey family mass murder. Elsewhere, a Shi’ar woman named Sharada Darthri attends a reunion with representatives of alien fictions about the Deathbird situation. They are called the Providian Order and inform her that their agent on the Peak (Mr. Tyger) reported the escape of Deathbird, who’s still pregnant. It is revealed that the Order tasked Sharada to create a new species in secrecy, but now the Deathbird situation has gotten out of control so they order Sharada to clean up her mess. Meanwhile, the Shi’ar notice the sigil of the Providian Order tattooed on the freakazoids who attacked them. Back on the Peak, Dr. Reyes reveal Deathbird was pregnant to Brand and Jubilee. Sharada contacts Mr. Tyger and orders him to kill everyone on the Peak. The X-Men watch holographic surveillance of Deathbird in stasis. They discover that the scientists (working for Sharada Darthri) essentially spliced her unborn baby’s DNA with Kree, meaning it is partially Human, Sh'iar and now Kree. Vulcan is assumed as the baby’s father and that the reason it has been so long is that Deathbird was in stasis and that slowed the embryo's growth. They discover that Deathbird woke up from her stasis when the scientists injected the baby with Kree genomes. She ran away and that is when SWORD found her. On the Peak, Dr. Reyes notices Storm has been strangled and Dr. Tyger reveals it was his doing and not it was her turn to die.