Saturday, May 28, 2016

X-Men: Apocalypse is Now Playing in Theaters! + Spoilers

The time is now. #XMenApocalypse is now playing in theaters. Get your tickets today!

What did you think of the movie and Psylocke's role? Discuss in the comments section below!

SPOILERS (Highlight to read)
The powerful mutant En Sabah Nur rules ancient Egypt until he is betrayed by his worshippers, who entomb him alive. En Sabah Nur's four lieutenants die preserving him.

Awakening in 1983, and believing that without his presence humanity has lost its way, En Sabah Nur decides to destroy the world and remake it. He recruits Cairo pickpocket Ororo Munroe, who can control weather, and upgrades her power.

In Poland, the metal-controlling mutant Erik Lehnsherr lives with his wife and young daughter, Nina. When authorities attempt to capture him, his family is accidentally killed and he retaliates by murdering all the policemen. En Sabah Nur later approaches the disheartened Erik and takes him to Auschwitz, where Erik's power first manifested. Erik destroys the camp and joins En Sabah Nur.

In East Berlin, shape-shifting mutant Raven investigates an underground fight club and discovers mutant champion Angel, who possesses a pair of large feathered wings on his back, and Kurt Wagner, who can teleport. Raven rescues Kurt and employs the services of black marketeer Caliban to safely transport him to the US. En Sabah Nur recruits Caliban's enforcer Psylocke, who leads him to Angel. En Sabah Nur enhances both their powers, transforming Angel's wings into metal.

Alex Summers takes his teenage younger brother Scott, whose own mutation for shooting optic beams is manifesting, to Professor Charles Xavier's educational institute in Westchester County, New York, where Xavier and Hank McCoy will teach him how to control his abilities. Scott meets the telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey, and the two develop an attraction. Raven brings Kurt to the institute, and informs Xavier about Magneto as she learned about his attack in Caliban's hideout. En Sabah Nur's powers cause disturbances around the world, leading Xavier and Alex to consult with CIA agent Moira MacTaggert, who has been researching the legend of Nur.

En Sabah Nur hacks into Xavier's mind while Xavier is using the mutant-locating computer Cerebro, and co-opts Xavier's powers to force all global superpowers to launch Earth's entire nuclear arsenal into space to prevent interference. En Sabah Nur and his lieutenants arrive at the mansion and kidnap Xavier. Attempting to stop them, Alex accidentally causes an explosion that destroys the mansion. Peter Maximoff – having learned that he is Erik's son, and hoping that Xavier can help to find him – arrives in time to use his super-speed to evacuate the students from the mansion, but Alex is presumed dead as he was closest to the blast. Colonel William Stryker's forces subsequently arrest Hank, Raven, Peter, and Moira, and take them to a military facility for interrogation. Scott, Jean and Kurt covertly follow and liberate their comrades with help from Stryker's brainwashed experiment Weapon X, whose mind Jean partially restores.

At En Sabah Nur's behest, Erik uses his powers to control Earth's magnetic poles, causing widespread destruction across the planet and mass casualties. Following a telepathic distress call secretly sent by Xavier to Jean, the others arrive in Cairo to battle En Sabah Nur and his lieutenants. They rescue the professor before En Sabah's consciousness is transferred to his body, but Xavier loses his hair as the process was nearing completion. Angel is defeated in the battle. Erik and Ororo are convinced to turn on En Sabah, keeping him occupied while Xavier fights him in the astral plane. Finally, Xavier pleads Jean to unleash the full might of her powers and she appears to destroy En Sabah Nur. In the ensuing chaos, Psylocke flees from the destruction.

In the aftermath, Xavier restores Moira's memories of him. Erik and Jean help reconstruct the school, but Erik turns down Xavier's offer to stay and help teach. Under Raven's tutelage, Scott, Jean, Hank, Ororo, Kurt, and Peter become the new X-Men and train for the battles ahead.

In a post-credits scene, the Weapon X facility is visited by suited men retrieving data on Stryker's mutant research, including an X-Ray and a blood sample marked "Weapon X", on behalf of the Essex Corporation.

Friday, May 27, 2016

X-Men '92 #4 Preview

X-Men '92
Writer: Chad Bowers & Chris Sims
Art by: Alti Firmansyah
Cover by: David Nakayama

The Story:
• The X-Men face the danger of THE DARKHOLD...
• a new "virtual" realm called "CYBERSPACE"!
• Plus: they're still surrounded by VAMPIRES!

In Stores: June 1, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The X-Men Enter Civil War II As Cullen Bunn and Andrea Broccardo team up for CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN, the mutants inside find themselves at odds with one another! Magneto and Storm disagree completely over what to do with the future-foreseeing Inhuman Ulysses.

Magneto, none too pleased about the mutant-harming Terrigen clouds already menacing the Earth, finds this new development untenable and decides to do something about it. Though he currently leads the Uncanny X-Men and Storm the Extraordinary team, the members of each squad just might disagree on where they fall on the issue.

Creatively, though, Broccardo finds himself in a great situation, drawing a book filled with huge action scenes, scores of characters, and two groups with very different looks.

Artist Andrea Broccardo provides a first look at the mutants' foray into the big event!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

X-Position: X-Editors Reveal Their "Apocalypse Wars" Battle Plan

CBR: This week in X-POSITION, X-Men editors Daniel Ketchum and Chris Robinson join us and answer your questions about "Apocalypse Wars" and touch upon the state of the X-Men line and even the still mysterious "Death of X."

 As opposed to events from the X-Men's past, each "Apocalypse Wars" arc feels like a natural continuation of what's come before as opposed to a total interruption of the ongoing's larger story. What steps were taken to make each arc feel like a natural progression of each book's story?

Ketchum: That's all Cullen, Jeff and Dennis. They took the idea of Apocalypse and personalized it to their books, finding those organic ties to their material. It was really cool seeing how each writer did it, and each one took a pretty different approach. Jeff Lemire takes the stakes of "Extraordinary X-Men," but projects them into a dystopian fantasy world ruled by Apocalypse. Cullen Bunn tells a mystery/horror story in "Uncanny X-Men" that's fueled by Psylocke's desire to help her longtime teammate/sometimes lover, Archangel. And Dennis Hopeless brings his book's mission statement of characters wanting to step out of the shadows of their predecessors to a head when he puts Genesis face-to-face with En Sabah Nur, the child who will one day become Apocalypse. They really did amazing work, marrying the idea of Apocalypse to what they were already doing in their titles.

Dennis Hopeless mentioned in his previous X-POSITION that the X-books would link up a bit more after "Apocalypse Wars." Can you tell us what to expect in terms of how the three major X-books ("Extraordinary," "All-New" and "Uncanny") will affect one another in the future?

Ketchum: I think I'll have to answer this question with the dreaded, "Wait and see!" But I'll tell you that everything really starts with "Death of X." Once that story stars, we'll start to see some big developments in the "X-Men" titles...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

X-Solicits for August 2016

Uncanny X-Men #11
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Cover & Art by: Greg Land
• Someone is weaponizing mutants and turning them loose on the enemies of mutantkind...
• ...which happens to coincide with the X-Men's discovery that MAGNETO has not been altogether forthcoming about the means he's been employing to protect the mutant race.
• Eager to know exactly what Magneto's been up to, the X-Men investigate...starting with the all-new, all-different HELLFIRE CLUB!

Civil War II: X-Men #3
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Andrea Broccardo
Cover by: David Yardin
• An Inhuman with the ability to profile the future has emerged, upsetting the delicate balance of power between the Inhuman and Mutant nations.
• Refusing to let his people fall by the wayside, the mutant master of magnetism, MAGNETO, gathers those who sympathize with his cause to aid him in his crusade: an assault on Attilan to take the new Inhuman off the board!

X-Men '92 #6
Writer: Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Art by: Alti Firmansyah
Cover by: David Nakayama
• The X-Men are working security at LILAPALOOZA -- Westchester's biggest festival!
• But just because they're security, doesn't mean they stop being TARGETS!

Friday, May 6, 2016

X-Men '92 #3 Spoilers

Spoilers: Storm asks Dracula to use his powers and heal Jubilee from the vampire curse, but he only will do so if Storm accepts to be his bride again. Once Ororo threatens Dracula of using her powers to keep him bathed in sunlight for eternity, Dracula agrees to help the X-Men. Back at the X-Mansion, half of the student body was turned into vampires. Beast saves Husk, Dead Girl and Artie from the other vampire students. While Xavier is working on the mansion’s defense systems, he is overwhelmed by an unknown force and passes out. Chamber takes over his place, and helps Beats from the control room. Meanwhile, Beast, Husk, Dead Girl and Artie are ambushed by Alpha Red and the other vampire-turned mutants, including Jubilee, Wolverine, Rogue and Gambit. Alpha Red reaches Cerebro, and boots up the Darkhold Program. Back at Transylvania, Dracula explains that Alpha Red is actually the son he had with a mortal woman, Janus, who in an attempt to overpower his father, allied himself with Russian scientists to become more powerful. Right after, U-Go Girl teleports Storm and the others back to the X-Mansion. Storm, Psylocke, Bishop and Dracula finds the School completely destroyed as Alpha Red reveals that his vampires and himself cannot be harmed by the sunlight anymore.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #7 Art

Uncanny X-Men #7 Spoilers

Spoilers: Six months ago Magneto, ready to give up on life and his mutant crusade, sees something crash land. Magneto discovers it's Archangel who takes it as a sign to continue fighting.

Present day, Green Ridge: Psylocke and Magneto look on as Nu-Warren gives a bizarre speech to his followers. We see that Warren's metal wings have been removed, and from his speech, he seemed to consider them an aberration of nature.

Back at the Morlock Tunnels, M asks why Callisto chose her of all the X-Men to meet with, Callisto mentions she will soon learn why. As they arrive, Callisto explains the Morlocks and some humans are united as the "New Morlocks" due to the Terrigen mists.

Back in Green Ridge, Warren recognizes Psylocke & Magneto and warmly greets them. Psylocke asks Warren if she may read his mind and she sees Warren being tortured as his wings are removed while hooded figures watch. Warren then says he must leave and rest as two men escort him away.

Psylocke and Magneto follow them down a trail and watch as they disappear into a vault, which Magneto rips open. The vault leads into a Clan Akkaba hideout and they quickly run into Genocide, son of Apocalypse, who vows to kill them both.

Morlock Tunnels, Callisto mentions a dozen Morlocks have become ill but it isn't M-Pox and M discovers they've been changed by her brother Empath and they're now under his influence as one strikes out at M.

In Green Ridge, Psylocke & Magneto fight off the Clan as Warren apologizes but says it must be this way for mutant survival. Magneto is angered and tries to kill Warren but Psylocke doesn't allow Magneto to harm him when Genocide hits them both with a blast of energy. Magneto remembers that Archangel, when found six months ago, also mentioned "mutant survival" and Magneto is unsure what exactly is going on. To be continued!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Psylocke Unleashes a Psychic Whip & More In New 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Clips

Newsarama: Two new international clips for 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse are showing off some new moments from the film -- and new abilities for both Psylocke and Apocalypse.