Tuesday, December 16, 2014

X-Men Solicits for March 2015

X-Men #25
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Roland Boschi
Cover by: Jorje Molina
Variant Cover by: TBA
• As natural phenomena tear the Black Rock Desert apart—with Storm stuck deep in the Earth at the epicenter—the X-Men race to find answers and save their teammate!
• And while some of the team follow a lead that takes them to the Inhuman Queen MEDUSA, Psylocke makes an EXPLOSIVE discovery of her own…

Nightcrawler #12
Writer: Chris Claremont
Art & Cover by: Todd Nauck
• Cast out of Heaven, Nightcrawler believed that he was sent back to Earth because his work just wasn’t yet finished.
• In this issue—the finale of Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck’s uninterrupted NIGHTCRAWLER saga—he may just finish it.

Friday, December 12, 2014

X-Men #23 Advanced Preview

Nightcrawler #9 Art

Nightcrawler #9 Spoilers

Spoilers: Nightcrawler battles the Shadow King-possessed X-Men. He first has the Bamfs teleport Psylocke away and throws Rachel at Colossus, taking out the telepaths first. Psylocke reappears in an abandoned city where she comes across Bloody Bess. Betsy manages to control the Bamfs and defeats Bess. Meanwhile, Kurt then proceeds to slap Storm, hoping her anger is enough to break the SK’s hold on her. The Shadow King loses control of Storm for a brief period and her uncontrolled weather powers help Nightcrawler to take out Iceman and Colossus. Psylocke returns in control of the Crimson Pirates to ambush Kurt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

X-Men #22 Art

X-Men #22 Spoilers

Spoilers: Rachel, Psylocke and Monet protect The Peak from Brood/Skrulls hybrids sent by the Providian Order. Monet spots Jubilee heading towards the Dove and follows her. They retrieve a defibrillator to save Storm. Meanwhile, Deathbird rips Manifold Tiger's throat out. The alien hybrids outnumber the X-Men, the Shi’ar and A.R.M.O.R. agents. The Providian Order’s leader – Sharada Darthri -- holds them prisoners in her TK-dampening ship. Storm, Jubilee, Monet and Dr. Reyes reach them and help the others as Monet has destroyed the TK-dampener. Sharada tries to escape but is chased by D’keth – the Shi’ar counselor who advised the deaths of the Greys. When D’keth is ambushed, Rachel saves his life and Storm captures Sharada. Deathbird is to remain aboard the peak as she’s in no condition to travel back to the Shi’ar Empire. D’keth asks Rachel how he can repay her for saving his life, and Rachel gives him her memories of the slaughter of the Greys.

X-Force #13 Art

X-Force #13 Spoilers

Spoilers: ForgetMeNot reveals how Hope implanted hallucinations on Fantomex’s mind so he would think he had defeated X-Force.  While X-Force escaped, Fantomex is on the loose again killing anyone who might be better than him. Mojo is still being held prisoner of X-Force in their HQ and Cable caught Volga solo while the others were asleep. For the past three days, Hope has been talking to ForgetMeNot even though she can’t actually see him; Cable and Marrow have been torturing Volga so that he reveals how to fix Hope; and Psylocke and Domino relieve their anger training with each other (Betsy later hugs her and cries). ForgetMeNot calls Hope on X-Force’s bullshit, saying that they’re supposed to be heroes. He tells her that because of her piggybacking on MeMe’s powers, she should be able to remember their chats. FMN says X-Force has been too distracted to realize the monsters they have become, unable to see the goodness around then: the real MeMe whose echo grabbed a handhold in X-Force’s ship and has been fading ever since. FMN reveals the real MeMe saved his life just because it was the right thing to do. Meanwhile, Volga tells Cable there is no cure for Hope. Cable doesn’t believe him. Volga tells Marrow she never volunteered to the treatment and that they had her drugged to do so. Marrow kills him, which upsets Cable. FMN tells Hope that MeMe wanted to show Hope something to change the way she thinks. FMN shows her a video stating a “Core Corruption underway”. Five hours later, X-Force gathers to turn off MeMe, meaning, that Hope will go back to being in a coma. Psylocke says that even in her sleep, she can sense Hope’s anger.

Friday, December 5, 2014

X-Force #13 Preview

X-Force #13
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Tan Eng Huart
Cover by: Rock-He Kim

The Story:
• The fate of Hope Summers revealed!
• Fantomex takes on each and every one of the world’s secret intelligence agencies!
• And on the outs with the rest of his team, Cable hatches one last scheme

X-Men #22 Preview

X-Men #22
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Art by: Harvey Tolibao, Dexter Soy
Cover by: Terry Dodson

The Story:
“Exogenous” Conclusion!
• “Arrow” executive producer Marc Guggenheim wraps up his run on this critically acclaimed arc of X-Men!
• Time is running out as the X-Men race to save the Earth from the alien monstrosities that have emerged from the depths of space!
• But will Rachel Grey forsake her teammates to get revenge on those responsible for the death of her family?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wilson's"X-Men" Find Themselves Battling "The Burning World"

CBR: The stars of Marvel Comics' "X-Men" -- Storm, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Monet and Jubilee -- possess a host of powers with which they prevent villains from carrying out their nefarious plans. But will their fantastic abilities prove as effective when battling a mysterious, but seemingly natural phenomenon?

That's one of the central questions in "The Burning World," a four-part story by writer G. Willow Wilson and Roland Boschi that kicks off in January's "X-Men" #23 when the book's cast finds itself investigating a mysterious sinkhole in the Black Rock Desert. We spoke with Wilson about the tale, its connection to larger X-Men lore, and her love for the X-characters and universe.

What do you find most interesting about this X-Team in particular?

Wilson: It's an interesting mix of characters. There are a lot of telepaths, there's Storm -- what's interesting to me as a writer is that when you've got a team book with characters that have been around for so long, and some of whom, like Storm, are these Omega mutants that are super-overpowered, it's really tough to put them in situations that are going to challenge them.

That's been the big thing with me for this arc. Let's put them somewhere new and give them something to fight that they haven't fought a million times before. That makes it so they can't just levitate a city or shoot something with lightning and be done with it. That's really challenging, because these characters have really been around. They've faced a huge number of threats, not only in this version of the book, but previous versions of the book. It's been a very interesting learning curve for me.

I understand the way you're telling this story allows it to be both character and plot driven.

I thought it would be fun to take four of the core members of this line-up -- Storm, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Monet -- and kind of get inside their heads each issue. There's a bit of a hand off: The first issue is primarily from Storm's point of view, then it's handed off to Psylocke, handed off to Monet, and handed off to Rachel.

We really get to see the same story and the same mission unfold from these different points of view. That gets us into the group dynamic, the relationship between these characters, how they solve problems differently, and we really get to show off their power sets with these double-page splashes of things blowing up that we all know and love in superhero comics. [Laughs]

It's going to be a lot of fun, I hope. There are a lot of nods to X-Men lore, especially the old stuff that we all remember from when we were kids. I'm hoping it's going to be a good balance of fun and exciting, and story-driven.

I understand that Gambit will appear as well. What can you tell us about his role in the story?

He has a cameo at the beginning. This arc starts off at a Burning Man-style festival in the Black Rock Desert. I actually took to Twitter when I was planning out this story and asked people, "Who, out of all the X-Men, present or past, do you think is most likely to show up at Burning Man?"

The overwhelming consensus was Gambit. [Laughs] He'd be sort of the skeezy guy who goes around offering dubious massages, and stuff like that, so he does have a cameo at the beginning. It's a lot of fun. I hope people are as excited about this as I am.

What I've read about the story suggests that the story has an almost "Twilight Zone" style feel to it. Is that fair to guess?

Yes. I was thinking about Storm in particular, who's been a big hero of mine since I was a kid. I was thinking about her particular power set and what kind of effect, if any, there would be on her due to the fact that all over the world because of climate change, weather patterns are changing. Things are shifting. They're not as they were. Things are very unstable.

Then, I was reading about the gigantic sinkhole that appeared in Siberia. They couldn't figure out why it was there. It was huge and deep, almost like a bomb had gone off, and nobody could figure out what it was. Then another one appeared in a different part of Russia.

For a lot of my stories, I like to use real world touchstones as a jumping off point for the more fantastical adventures that the characters are having. In this story, there's a giant sinkhole in the Black Rock Desert like the one in Siberia, that has caused a huge amount of destruction and kind of changed the weather in that particular area.

Very quickly, the team finds out that there's more than meets the eye. This is not just about weird geological phenomenon. There's something more sinister going on that not only challenges their ability to make things right, but it also challenges their sense of what you fight. It's very easy to fight a bad guy. It's less easy to fight the Earth. So it's very interesting.

It sounds like a somewhat surreal story.

Yeah, it is. It will probably be more surreal to others than it is to me. [Laughs] I find that, inevitably, when I write comics, I'll write something that seems perfectly sensible to me and people will be like, "Wow! This is super weird!"

You mentioned that the sinkhole phenomenon would have a connection to X-Men lore of the past. Can you elaborate on that?

I wanted to pull in different people for different aspects of the story, so there's a bit of the B-story with Jubilee and Beast back at the Jean Grey School who are trying to unravel a different part of the mystery. It's going to touch on a slightly different part of the Marvel Universe in a way that I don't want to spoil.

Suffice to say, in their quest to discover whatever is causing this massive destruction in the Black Rock Desert, the X-Men are forced to go out of their comfort zone and call on characters from other segments of the MU. So it will be interesting to see how they resolve that.

So this is a story with a pretty big scope and scale?

Yeah. I take a lot of big ideas and boil them down into something really immediate, visceral and personal. So we'll see how it plays out.

"The Burning World" is a four-part story, but if the opportunity to do more work on "X-Men" or other X-titles presents itself, would you be interested?

Absolutely. This is a team book that I've really been invested in for a huge chunk of my life. It's been a lot of fun to see it unfold and take on so many different aspects and go through so many different iterations.

I hope people check out this story. It's very different from what I'm doing right now in "Ms. Marvel," but I hope I'm able to do as good a job and give people, especially long time X-Men fans, a story they can connect with.

G. Willow Wilson's run on "X-Men" starts with issue #23, scheduled to be released in January 2015.