Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Friday, December 18, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Uncanny X-Men #4 & 5
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art & Cover by: Greg Land
• Mutantkind is teetering on the brink of extinction once more! While some mutants seek refuge, others are eager to fight for their species' survival.
• And in the case of the UNCANNY X-MEN, that means taking the fight to those who would hasten mutant kind's decline!
• But are the X-Men biting off more than they can chew when they try to hunt down the DARK RIDERS on their own turf?
• The final confrontation between THE UNCANNY X-MEN and THE DARK RIDERS!
• One X-Man is dead and the world's deadliest team of mutants is eager to deliver retribution. But what price will they pay to exact their revenge?
X-Men '92 #1
Writer: Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Art by: Alti Firmansyah
Cover by: David Nakayama
Hip-Hop Variant by: Afua Richardson
Action Figure Variant by: John Tyler Christopher
Variant Cover by: TBA
The X-Men of the 90s are back! Continuing from the hit Secret Wars series starring the X-Men of a more EXTREME decade. With Cassandra Nova defeated, the X-Men have taken in all the young mutants she had rounded up and are officially reopening the Xavier School for Gifted Children...but being responsible won't stop them from having crazy adventures! Especially when Omega Red shows up with the (Formerly) Soviet Super Soldiers!
Monday, December 14, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
Marvel.com: This Spring, one of the X-Men’s greatest foes wages a cataclysmic battle on three fronts. Marvel is pleased to announce Apocalypse Wars, three blockbuster stories taking place across the three can’t-miss X-Men titles!
“In the same vein as the classic event Fall of the Mutants, Apocalypse Wars is a thematic crossover that sees each of the three X-Men titles telling an Apocalypse-centric story organic to its own mission statement,” says Editor Daniel Ketchum. “Because it’s not a single tightly-knit storyline, each creative team has the breathing room to tell their unique version of an Apocalypse story that will have lasting consequences for their cast of X-Men.”
It all kicks off this March in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8, as Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos take you into the distant future! Mutantkind is an endangered species once more. What better way to ensure your people make it to tomorrow…than to skip right to it? As the mutant race’s last hope is jettisoned into the time stream, it’s intercepted by one of their most formidable adversaries: Apocalypse. Now, Storm and the Extraordinary X-Men must race into a perilous and deadly future if they are to have any hope of reclaiming the present!
Then in April, Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashley bring the Apocalypse Wars to Magneto and his squad in UNCANNY X-MEN #6. There is something wrong with Archangel. Aim him at his target and he will destroy. Beyond that, he is little more than a lifeless drone. And it’s time Psylocke got to the bottom of why. What really happened to put him in this state? Only one thing’s for sure: her quest to uncover the truth will lead to a lot more than she bargained for…
Finally, in May, ask yourself – can you change your fate? As the young X-Men strive to shirk the legacies left to them by their older counterparts, they’ll crash headlong into Apocalypse Wars in Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley’s ALL-NEW X-MEN #9! Their uncertain future hangs heaviest on young Evan – also known as Kid Apocalypse. Is he destined to become a genocidal madman like his namesake? Or will he rise above? He will be tested like never before, and truth will shock you!
One of their most dangerous adversaries has returned, to strike at the X-Men from three sides. Don’t miss the start of Apocalypse Wars when it comes to EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #8, UNCANNY X-MEN #6 and ALL-NEW X-MEN #9 this Spring!
Friday, December 11, 2015
CBR: Why is Archangel alive and a member of Cullen Bunn and Ken Lashely's January-launching "Uncanny X-Men?" What persona is in control of his body? And what does his return mean for his teammates? These are some of the questions Bunn and Lashley will tackle in April when they kick of the second arc of the series, which is part of the recently announced "Apocalypse Wars" storyline.
CBR News: This spring, the X-titles will kick off a new publishing style event dubbed "Apocalypse Wars" with the second arc of each of the three core X-Books. How would you describe this crossover event?
Cullen Bunn: "Apocalypse Wars" is more of a thematic crossover, with each of the core X-Books featuring an Apocalypse-centric tale. There might be a little connective tissue between the three titles, but the stories will stand on their own.
Apocalypse has been a significant part of the X-Men's world since the 1980s and you're a long time X-Men fan. What was your initial impression of Apocalypse, and ultimately, what do you feel En Sabh Nur and his related characters have added to the X-Men mythos?
I was a huge fan of Apocalypse from his very first appearance. He's always ranked fairly high, not only as one of my favorite X-villains but as one of my favorite super villains, period. He's a force of nature, a villain who is one of the very first mutants, who has on numerous occasions wiped the floor with the X-Men. I love how his mythology has changed and expanded over the years, making the X-mythos as a whole seem all the more epic. I'm excited to be adding to those tales in my own way.
Your story focuses on the cast member with the biggest ties to Apocalypse: Archangel, who is making a mysterious return after being seemingly destroyed in "The Dark Angel Saga" storyline from Rick Remender's "Uncanny X-Force" run. What made you want to bring the character back?
For years -- long before I was ever writing for Marvel -- I would daydream about the team I would want to use if I was writing "Uncanny X-Men." That fantasy team I was developing changed a lot, but Archangel was always a part of it. I've just always liked that version of the character.
Archangel will be the center of quite a bit of mystery in the first arc of my run. In the "Apocalypse Wars" story, I'll reveal how ended up back in this form and how he ended up on the team. The big question, of course, is if the Dark Angel persona is still alive and well.
What can you tell us about Archangel's personality and role in "Uncanny X-Men" leading up to this story?
Not to be a stick in the mud, but I don't want to reveal anything about Archangel until the first issue comes out! All I'll really say is that he's back to being the blue, metal-winged, featherblade-hurling figure we know and love -- sort of. Almost as soon as Archangel appears in the first issue of the series, readers will realize that something very important is different about him. Those differences will be explored in the Apocalypse arc.
"The Archangel problem" is something that is on the minds of each and every one of the X-Men. Some of them have seen firsthand how bad things can get if Archangel goes off the chain. Magneto and Psylocke in particular are very concerned by the possibilities. They are watching for signs of dangers to come. When they receive a message that hints at a possible dark future, they race to uncover what few clues they can find before the apocalyptic shoe drops.
Psylocke, was romantically involved with Archangel and was the one who destroyed him in the "Dark Angel Saga." Her ex-lover Fantomex also played a significant role in that story. How big of a role will they play in this tale?
Psylocke and Fantomex play a huge role in this story -- and it is not as a power couple. The dynamic between them is icy, to say the least. In fact, many readers have asked me if we're ever going to see Psylocke and Fantomex go toe-to-toe. Well, this arc will provide the brawl they've been waiting for. There's a lot of anger and bad blood between Psylocke and Fantomex, and it comes to a head in a confrontation I've listed in early outlines as one of the most vicious battles we've seen in the Marvel universe.
What other faces will we see in "Apocalypse Wars?"
Clan Akkaba is at work in this story, and you can't really have a proper Apocalypse story without the Four Horsemen, so we'll be meeting a new incarnation of those villains as well.
But that's not all!
In addition to the Apocalypse story, this arc will also provide a secondary tale featuring the return of a fan-favorite villain who has some familial ties to one of our X-Men!
The X-Men's battles with these characters will be depicted by Ken Lashley, whose action scenes just crackle with power and emotion. What's it like working with Ken?
This is a pretty dark story, but with lots of super heroic overtones, and I can't wait to see what Ken does with this diverse group of characters and locales. He drew one of our fantastic variant covers for issue #1.
I'm happy to report that Greg Land will be part of our art team for this arc as well. He'll be providing covers.
Finally, we've talked about what your "Apocalypse Wars" arc means for some individual members of your team, but what can you tell us about what the story means for the "Uncanny X-Men" as a whole? What sort of challenges is the team facing when your story begins? And how would you describe the group's overall dynamic? Are they gelling as a team by this point?
This is a story that will really shake things up for this team -- and I wouldn't say they will be gelling all that well to begin with. The Uncanny X-Men will not be the same going into this story as they are coming out of it. We'll be looking at a major shift in the team dynamic, and some significant changes for two of the characters.
Coming out of this arc, after facing an all new new incarnation of Akkaba and the Horsemen, the group will be facing yet another new version of a classic X-antagonist: the Hellfire Club.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015
#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #256 – In Hong Kong, Matsuo Tsurayaba approaches the Mandarin with an offer of an alliance between his organization and the Hand, a ruthless clan of assassins. Matsuo's deal is for the Hand to help the Mandarin build an empire unparalleled by any in the past, in exchange for gainful employment in its service. To begin their alliance, Matsuo offers a gift; that of an ultimate assassin. This assassin is the long missing Psylocke, who has emerged from the Siege Perilous amnesiac and found by the Hand. Her body has been transformed into an asian one. Written by Chris Claremont and Art by Jim Lee. Read full summary here.
Friday, December 4, 2015
CBR: It looks like 2016 is going to be a big year for Apocalypse. The longtime X-Men villain will pose a major threat to the mutant team in next year's "X-Men: Apocalypse" film and, as revealed during a panel at Brazil's Comic Con Experience, the immortal Darwinian supervillain will also return to the pages of the X-Men comics in an undisclosed capacity as part of a new event.
During a presentation at the convention, Marvel talent manager Rickey Purdin announced "Apocalypse Wars." The event will run through the three main team books in the X-Men line: "Extraordinary X-Men," "All-New X-Men" and "Uncanny X-Men".
CBR can confirm the "Apocalypse Wars" report. The villain himself last appeared in 2014's "Avengers vs. X-Men: AXIS," although a number of characters tied to the villain star in the new X-Men books. Kid Apocalypse is a member of "All-New X-Men's" teen team and Archangel, a character heavily influenced by the villain, is returning in the pages of "Uncanny X-Men."
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
ComicBook.com: Italian film site Cinefilos has posted a description of the first full trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, which was reportedly shown at the Italian film industry summit CinemaDays Sorrento.
We ran Cinefilos’ description through Google translate, and then adjusted for common sense. Here’s what we believe the trailer describes:
"The trailer opens with Jean Grey waking from a nightmare. She tells Professor Xavier something along the lines of, “I have seen the end of the world. There was only death.”
There’s a montage of footage of the young mutants at Xavier’s school, followed by a scene of Moira MacTaggert telling Xavier that they’ve discovered a god-like mutant who may be the origin of the species.
Cut to a shot of an intimidating hooded figure being followed by Psylocke and Storm. They search for mutants, and the hooded figure lists the many names he has been known by over the centuries. He says that the world needs to change, and be remade by mutants. The three of them find Magneto. Magneto asks, “Who are you?” The figure pulls down his hood to reveal the face of Apocalypse.
There’s a montage of the destruction caused by Apocalypse.
We see a shot of Xavier looking frightened. Either he or Jean says, “It can control all of us.” We’re shown two opposing groups of mutants (likely Apocalypse’s Horsemen and Xavier’s students and/or allies). Apocalypse sends a burst of energy through Xavier and his wheelchair, and Jean screams.
There’s a slow motion scene of Quicksilver running through the hallway leading towards Cerebro.
Mystique tells Xavier, “I came to fight.”
Professor X enters the Cerebro chamber, and his eyes become black. He says, “I’ve never felt like this before,” and is possibly possessed by Apocalypse.
The final shot is of a bald Professor X."
It sounds pretty much the same as what was shown at San Diego Comic Con, so it seems we may be getting a polished version of that footage debuting in front of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this month. There could still be small alterations – sometimes things change between domestic and international releases – but it will probably be pretty close to what we’ve translated from Cinefilos’ description.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #226 – Freedom Force has the unconscious Rogue, Psylocke and Dazzler as captives. Both teams are unsure what to do. Dazzler comes around and blinding Freedom Force, she tries to get away with her teammates, though Spiral, unaffected by the blast, rushes over and magically attaches Destiny’s mask to Dazzler’s face, blinding her. Both Psylocke and Rogue attack Spiral, but neither is able to best her. Written by Chris Claremont and Art by Marc Silvestri. Read full summary here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Psylocke has often been crowned "one of he deadliest fighters in the MU" but it's honestly something we don't get to see a lot of. Is there a chance for some good combat sequences for her?
Cullen Bunn: You’ll be seeing a lot more of Psylocke as a combatant, but it will only be one facet of her character. That said, I just turned in an outline for a future issue where I described Psylocke in the middle of one of the most vicious battles we’ve ever seen. (source)
I was going to ask if Psylocke was going to have any stand out scenes because I feel she is not considered a strong fighter or telepath. But I just read some of your responses and I want to say Im highly anticipating your run and super excited about the first issue.
Bunn: You’ll love Psylocke even more once this book gets going. (source)
Will Psylocke still have her "addiction to killing" in Uncanny?
Bunn: You’re not going to see an “addiction to killing” but she is not opposed to it, either. She’s a little more grounded, I think, and she has some other things are becoming more important to her. (source)
With Magneto leading this team will Psylocke be acting as his second in command? They seemed to be forming a begrudged kinship in Gillen's Uncanny, can we expect to see that carried over?
Bunn: While this is Magneto’s team, I think he almost sees Psylocke as a co-leader. She has his respect in this series. That doesn’t mean he lets her in on all his secrets, though! (source)
If you could describe each member(that we know about) of Uncanny X-men with just one word what would they be?
Bunn: Magneto - Driven
Psylocke - Burdened
Sabretooth - Penitent
Monet - Angry
Archangel - Enigma
Fantomex - Spy
Mystique - Mercurial
[Redacted] - [Redacted] (source)
Can we expect a crossover with Extraordinary at some point? How do you think Ororo, Bob, Kurt and Colossus will feel with Magneto, M, Betsy and Warren in a X-Force style team?
Bunn: It’s likely you’ll see the team interacting on some level, but don’t expect an immediate full-fledged crossover. (source)
Will the Uncanny X-Men team be a secret or not team?
Bunn: I haven’t said… but you’ll have your answer in the first arc! (source)
In terms of villains who'll be showing up in Uncanny X-men is there any chance of seeing Selene return? She's always been a favourite of mine and I was really happy to see her brough back in X-men recently, was wondering if there's any chance of her showing up here.
Bunn: There’s definitely a chance! I have loved Selene since Uncanny X-Men 189! I have a plan mapped out for the series, though, so it probably won’t be straight away. (source)
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Spoilers: Psylocke appears briefly twice in today's big "Uncanny X-Men" #600 finale. Once, together with all the other X-Men at the Jean Grey Institute when Storm leads an intervention for Beast, who is confronted about his irresponsible actions concerning the space-time continuum. Then, Betsy appears with every other mutant in the world when Cyclops gathers them on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to show humans that mutantkind means no ill to any human.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #246 – She then meets up with Psylocke and they talk about the problems Carol is having with 'sharing' Rogue‘s body; she also shows her the costume she wore as Ms. Marvel. Carol and Psylocke are walking down a street when Betsy telepathically hears the screams from the workmen. Carol flies to the site and sees Master Mold repairing himself with the construction materials. Written by Chris Claremont and Art by Marc Silvestri. Read full summary here.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Uncanny X-Men #3
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art & Cover by: Greg Land
• With mutantkind in extinction's crosshairs once more, Magneto leads a team of the deadliest X-Men to fight for the fate of their species!
• But can the Master of Magnetism curb his killer instincts long enough to find out who's trying to speed up mutantkind's descent into the grave?
• Plus: Fantomex! Triage! And an X-Man you probably thought you'd never see again...
According to Bleeding Cool, Uncanny X-Men #1 has slipped from December 2 to January 6 and Uncanny X-Men #2 has slipped from December 16 to January 20.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Spoilers: Enraged after her failed coup, Loki blasted a hole in the Shield, the wall that protected Arcadia from the zombies of the Deadlands. Now, the members of A-Force are all that stand between paradise and total destruction.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #273 – Boom-Boom is chasing Iceman through the makeshift living quarters, hoping for some payback, when Iceman runs into a steely Psylocke. Boom-Boom uses this opportunity to drop a time-bomb down the back of Iceman’s shorts, before Jean Grey tells them both to leave. She showers, while Psylocke explains why she has not called her brother yet. Jean Grey attempts to use Cerebro to try and find some former X-Men, but on the Astral Plane, is attacked by the Shadow King, who revels in her presence. Psylocke is forced to use her psi-knife on Jean to free her, but upon returning to the real world, neither woman is sure who their foe was or what he really wants. Written by Chris Claremont and Art by Jim Lee. Read full summary here.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Spoilers: After brainwashing Wolverine, Rogue and Gambit into becoming her New X-Men, Cassandra Nova has launched her attack on Wetchester. Her goal: using the monstrous, ten-headed X-Sentinel to assassinate Baron Kelly before “saving the day” with her team. Pyslocke unleashes Warwolves to attack the X-Sentinel. As Storm leads the united X-Men and X-Force in a struggle to contain the X-Sentinel, Professor X has separated Nova from the Shadow King for a final battle on the Astral Plane. Wolverine, Rogue and Gambit have broken through their conditioning. Jean, Psylocke and Cable help the Professor psychically in his fight against the Shadow King. Cassandra Nova flees while Cyclops and Kelly find out they can destroy the X-Sentinel through a laser beam. At the time Professor X defeats the Shadow King, Jubilee manages to destroy the X-Sentinel with Gambit’s help. In the end, Scott and Jean decide to take a temporary absence from the X-Men, Psylocke and Bishop join the X-Men, and Jubilee becomes a student as Professor X opens a school for mutants.
Epilogue 1: Cassandra Nova meets Joseph (Magneto’s clone).
Epilogue 2: Baron Kelly meets Apocalypse and his horsemen.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Marvel.com: Writers Chris Sims and Chad Bowers captured the “X-Mania” of that era in their recent Secret Wars series, X-MEN ‘92, which will graduate into its own ongoing title starting next year.
The new series returns these X-Men to their own universe, where they’ve reopened Xavier’s school. The comic will feature a bunch of characters you’ve never heard of—Not! Fans can expect to see even more mutants this time around, including some, like Cassandra Nova, who did not exist in 1992.
“I think that's what we’re really concerned about: not doing the things you’ve seen before,” Sims says. “The main reason we went with Cassandra Nova in the [first series] was that she was the one villain that you've never seen those ‘90’s X-Men fight. Obviously, we’re going to see some familiar faces in the ongoing, but it might not be who—and when—you expect."
Some of those familiar faces might not even be mutants.
“There are so many ‘90’s era characters to look forward to in the ongoing, and not all of them X-Men—but I've said too much already,” Bowers teases. “As for where the X-Men are going, well, they’ll be going everywhere! We’re both big fans of the X-Men in space, so you can look forward to that. And what would the X-Men be without a little time travel weirdness tossed in there? That said, don’t expect us to simply retread old stories that you’ve already seen, because that’s the last thing we want to do. This is All-New X-MEN ’92, and that means all bets are off; if you think you know the ‘90’s X-Men, think again, mister!"
The duo also plan to continue working in references to 1990’s culture, such as the game of laser tag the X-Men played in the first series, which Sims cites as “actually more ‘90’s than playing basketball in cut-off jeans.”
Bowers adds, “Working that stuff in is half the fun of writing this book. In fact, if you thought the first series was full of ‘90’s touchstones, just wait. We got confirmation on something just the other day that has us both freaking out a little bit. I can’t wait for peoples’ reactions to everything we’re planning for the ongoing. I’m confident in saying if you liked what we’ve done already, you’re going to be blown away by what we have coming up.”
While Scott Koblish drew the original story, Alti Firmansyah joins Bowers and Sims for the ongoing.
“Anyone who’s seen her work on STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE knows she brings an enthusiasm and energy to everything she does, and we’re delighted to have her join the team,” Bowers exclaims of Firmansyah. “We’ve tossed some wild stuff at her already, and she never flinched. And by wild, I mean we asked her to draw a giant, killer bear on page one.”
“There’s a scene in STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE where Gambit shows up, and she gives him this beautifully over-the-top reaction,” Sims adds. “I think that’s when we knew she’d be a perfect fit for what we were doing. There’s a sense of humor to it that still leads into this really dynamic action, which is exactly what we’re into in our comics.”
Expect to see more Gambit from Firmansyah, as she says the Cajun mutant’s her favorite from the era.
“You can say I’m a ‘90’s kid, since I was born in 1983, and at that time I knew X-Men from ‘Wizard Magazine’; [I’ve been] a big fan since then,” she explains. “No matter how people say he’s creepy, I just love to see Gambit, and he’s the first action figure I’ve bought.”
Sims and Bowers obviously had fun with the script in the first series; Bowers notes the laser tag opener as a favorite, as well as Storm’s “session” with Cassandra Nova and everything they did with Psylocke. “But if I had to narrow it down to one moment, my absolute favorite is Wolverine’s rescue of the woman in the car,” he reveals. “That scene’s incredibly funny, and has that great punch line, but then there’s also this complicated sadness happening with him, which Scott Koblish just sells so well.”
Sims says the Gambit and Rogue picnic date ranked as his favorite.
“I've said this before, but when I was a kid getting into the X-Men, I loved them as a couple, and then when I grew up, I kind of lost interest,” Sims admits. “Then, when I sat down to write that scene as an adult, I immediately got it again. They’re so fun! So much repression, so many goofy accents.”
And speaking of Gambit, one scene in particular surprised Sims when he saw the final version.
“I had Gambit’s ‘It not you, it Gambit’ letter to Bella Donna in the script, and I could not believe that Scott Koblish actually got it into the art,” he says. “That and the end of that sequence, with Gambit giving Rogue a purity ring, were the things that we were sure were going to get cut out. The thing is, once we started the script, our editors, Jordan D. White and Heather Antos, never once told us we couldn’t do something. It was all wide open.”
As for how they feel about the X-Men now, after revisiting this era, some of the characters surprised the writers the more the duo got into their heads.
“You know what was really surprising? Deadpool is really hard to write,” Sims confesses. “I’d like to think we had a couple of good zingers in there, but man, getting that guy to actually be funny was a whole lot more work than you might think.”
“I make no secret about how much I loved writing Psylocke,” Bowers explains. “Going into this, I was a Cyclops guy, but Betsy’s my new favorite X-Man, and we’ve got big things planned for her and Bishop in the new series.”
Sims adds, “As for the core cast, Gambit and Rogue were about as fun as I figured they’d be, but so was Cyclops. He’s such a huge grump about everything, so don’t worry, Cyclops fans—he might’ve left the team during the original series, but I don’t think it’s too much of a surprise to say that he’ll be back before too long.”
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Newsarama: Marvel has announced that the Secret Wars tie-in miniseries X-Men '92 is returning as a new ongoing series in spring 2016. The news was announced as part of Marvel's Thursday evening presentation at the Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore. Chris Sims and Chad Bowers are returning to the write the series, joined by interior artist Alti Firmansyah (Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde) and cover artist David Nakayama.
In the ongoing X-Men '92 series, the X-Men will return from Secret Wars' Battleworld to their own universe to re-open Xavier's school. The school will have some new students however, as Cassandra Nova's pupils will be enrolling. And from the looks of #1's cover, the mutants will be dealing with 1990s X-Men villain stalwarts such as Omega Red, Exodus, Apocalypse, Fabian Cortez, Bastion, Mystique, Trevor Fitzroy and the Brood.
Marvel.com: Cullen Bunn and Greg Land talk about the joys of helming UNCANNY X-MEN, getting these characters to work together and the overall status of the X-Men coming out of Secret Wars.
Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the X-Men’s new status quo post-Secret Wars?
Cullen Bunn: Well, I think the “official” status quo is that t
he X-Men are no more. Something terrible has happened in the eight month gap between Secret Wars and UNCANNY X-MEN. We know it has something to do with the T-Mists and their impact on the mutant population, but there’s more to it than that. The world at large believes the X-Men are no more. We, of course, as readers are in on the secret. The X-Men are still alive and kicking, but they’ve changed in the wake of this hostile environment they’re facing. There will be more than a few mysteries remaining to be solved and that will happen along the way. In the meantime, there are still threats to mutantkind that must be addressed.
Marvel.com: How does this proactive team fit into that grand scheme?
Cullen Bunn: In times of crisis, different people react in different ways. Some might try to escape. Others might attempt to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm in a safe haven. The members of this group of X-Men, though, are unwilling to sit still. They believe that the enemies of mutants will use this time of trouble as a time of opportunity. Magneto’s group will take a more active role. They are not offering a safe haven. They are not striking from the shadows. Instead, they are making a statement—a warning—to those who might harm mutants. When we first started talking about this team, we landed on the idea that more terrible threats require a more terrible team of X-Men, and I think the stories we have planned represent that philosophy pretty well. Of course, you don’t have a team like this without a few conspiracies within the ranks. Some of the members—maybe all of the members—have differing agendas. How those plots and plans surface will be part of the fun.
Marvel.com: The team consists of Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique. and Fantomex; all strong personalities with dark pasts. What keeps them together and on-mission?
Cullen Bunn: I think it’ll be interesting to watch this group of characters come together. Initially, not all of the characters you’ve seen announced are on the team. In fact, some of them may be working at cross purposes to the X-Men. The dynamic is definitely not going to be one of friendliness, and we’ll lean into that from the very beginning. As the team forms, though, we’ll learn a bit about why they are sticking together. Each member has his or her own reasons for siding with—and sticking with—Magneto.
Marvel.com: Cullen, you really got to focus in on Magneto in his solo book. How is it working with him in more of a team setting?
Cullen Bunn: Writing Magneto as part of a team took a little getting used to. I spent so much time with the character on his own [that] it could have been easy for me to turn this into a Magneto book. When I started this project, I detailed the motivations of each and every character. Some were more difficult than others. Surprisingly, Magneto was the most difficult! I think that is because this type of book is so different in tone and “mission statement” than what I wrote before. In a lot of ways, I went back to the drawing board on Magneto, because I wanted to approach him in the context of a team book.
I think I’ve managed to give each and every character plenty of room to shine. It’s funny. There are some of the characters I didn’t think I’d enjoy writing who have become personal favorites. That said, there are some aspects of the MAGNETO solo book that will carry over into this series, and there are moments with Magneto that I think fans of the solo book’s dark, noir vibe will really enjoy. There are scenes I’ve written that could have fit perfectly in the solo series.
Marvel.com: Can you talk about some of the threats this incredibly formidable and dangerous group will be going up against?
Cullen Bunn: You mean what threats will they face if they survive each other? I’ll admit, finding threats that can challenge this group can be tough. I don’t want to say too much, but in our first arc we’ll see a group of villains who haven’t gotten a lot of play recently. I love this first batch of villains, because they have such a unique look and an interesting set of powers. We’re updating them a little, making them a little meaner—and they were plenty mean already—and giving them a mission that is strange and insidious and creepy. After the first arc, you'll be seeing some classic villains—some with distinct ties to some of the cast—as well as some new threats.
Marvel.com: Greg, did you get to play much with these characters' designs?
Greg Land: With the new direction of this team a new visual statement was needed as well. The use of black as the team’s primary color sets a tone that things have changed and by using each character’s traditional colors as accents keeps them connected to their visual heritage. Two team members that have white as their primary color will keep their traditional looks with slight updating of their costumes.
Marvel.com: You’ve both done a good deal of work involving the X-Men. What keeps bringing you back for more?
Cullen Bunn: It’s pretty simple really: I love the X-Men. They were my favorite heroes when I was a kid. My dad and I collected X-Men comics together, and I know it would have made him proud to see me writing UNCANNY X-MEN. It’s an honor to contribute to the legacy of the Marvel mutants!
Greg Land: Always fun to work on these characters! I still remember how cool it was to pick up the new issue of UNCANNY X-MEN way back when I was young. Working on this takes me back!
Monday, September 14, 2015
Uncanny X-Men #1 & 2
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art & Cover: Greg Land
Variant Cover: Ken Lashley
In a world that’s never hated or feared mutants more, there is only one constant: BIGGER THREATS REQUIRE MORE THREATENING X-MEN. Refusing to accept one more mutant death, the most ruthless mutants on Earth have banded together to proactively mow down their enemies. But with a team populated by relentless killers, one question applies above all others: Can they stay away from each other’s throats long enough to sever their targets?
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
#tbt: Uncanny X-Men #271 – Wolverine, Psylocke and Jubilee, who had been traveling through south asia, arrive on Genosha and rescue Rictor and Boom-Boom from certain re-capture by the Magistrates. While Jubilee is assigned to watch over the two powerless New Mutants, Logan and Betsy dress up as Magistrates and infiltrate the citadel. Once there, Havok exposes his former teammates and the monstrous Cameron Hodge defeats both X-Men. Written by Chris Claremont and Art by Jim Lee. Read full summary here.