Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #9 Spoilers

Spoilers: At the Akkaba hidden city, Mystique breaks out Magneto of his imprisonment. Meanwhile, in New York, Emplate fights Callisto, Sabretooth and Monet. He once again tells his sister that she is the only one who can save him. While Sabretooth and Callisto are knocked out, Monet agrees to stay with Emplate if he agrees to stay away from other mutants for good. Elsewhere, Magneto and Mystique look for Psylocke, but end up coming across Akkaba servants experiment on Hippie Angel. Erik and Raven interrupt their ritual and fight the servants, while Angel tells them he had to do this; otherwise, the evil would grow on him again. Genocide arrives to join the fight, and while Magneto and Mystique have the upper hand, it is too late as Genocide’s Death-Flight army of Archangel drones have awakened. Meanwhile, Psylocke is busy being pursued by Archangel drones and is hit with their toxic feathers. Fantomex watches as she falls with no intention of helping Betsy. At last, Archangel, who was summoned by Psylocke, arrives in Colorado accompanied by more Archangel drones.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

X-Position: Bunn Brings "Civil War II" to Marvel's X-Men

CBR: This week in X-POSITION, "Uncanny X-Men" and "Civil War II: X-Men" writer Cullen Bunn answers all of your questions about everything from writing big event tie-ins and his usage of sound effects to Psylocke's brush with a promotion -- and he even offers up the greatest idea for a "What If...?" story ever.

You said there was a chance that the Nasty Boys and Otherworld might get arcs. Seeing how quick editorial is to reboot series, do you think you will be able to squeeze them in? Especially with the "Civil War" tie-in and the "Death of X" events coming into play.

Bunn: We'll have to see. I'd love to write stories about them, but the last thing I want to do is force them into stories where they don't really work. That wouldn't serve the characters or the locale well at all.

I am excited about your upcoming arc this fall. What do you consider unique and interesting about this new iteration of the Hellfire Club?

Bunn: This is not an iteration of the Hellfire Club that you have seen before, but there are elements of the group that will seem very familiar. The most interesting thing about the group, to me, is how they interact with the Uncanny X-Men. You'll see what I mean when we get there!

How fun was it writing the Psylocke vs Fantomex fight? I loved how you managed to weave in all the development they've had over Rick [Remender] and Si [Spurrier]'s runs on "X-Force."

Bunn: When I settled on the team for "Uncanny," one of the first things I wrote in my notebook was "Psylocke and Fantomex fight!" I knew I wanted to see these two lock horns in a no holds bar brawl. It was fun adding the psychic/misdirection beats to the battle. The fight you saw was actually the third version of the battle. Originally, it was much long and much, much bloodier!

I've been reading Psylocke's comics from before she joined the X-Men and was surprised at how rich her background is, especially when she was written by Alan Moore. Her time in the "Captain Britain" comics is often forgotten and to me it feels more interesting than the whole ninja stuff. Any plans to revisit some of that considering 2016 marks Psylocke's big 40th anniversary?

Bunn: We'll see, Ben. My original plan was to launch this series with Psylocke holding the mantle of Captain Britain. As much as I loved that idea, though, it wouldn't have been the right move for a series launch. It would have been way too confusing for new readers if I had added that in with a character's already confusing backstory. Maybe one day, though.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #9 Preview

Uncanny X-Men #9
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Ken Lashley
Cover by: Greg Land

The Story:
• Fearing their teammate Archangel has once more fallen under the sway of the villainous Apocalypse, Psylocke and Magneto have embarked on a mission to save his life.
• But little did Psylocke suspect that the mission would bring her face-to-face with her former flame, Fantomex! (And believe me, things did NOT end on good terms!)
• Meanwhile, Sabretooth and M make a horrifying discovery in the Morlock tunnels beneath New York City. A ghost from M's past has resurfaced...and she's determined to make this run-in their last!

In Stores: June 29, 20164

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

X-Solicits for September 2016

Uncanny X-Men #12 & 13
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art & Cover by: Greg Land
• The X-Men join THE HELLFIRE CLUB?!
• To investigate a string of violent attacks perpetrated by mutants, the Uncanny X-Men ally themselves with their (former?) foes.
• But what they're about to uncover may be too much for even their combined might to handle...

Civil War II: X-Men #4 (of 4)
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Andrea Broccardo
Cover by: David Yardin
• When a new Inhuman manifests the ability to profile the future, threatening to tip the scales of the Mutant/Inhuman conflict out of his favor, MAGNETO takes decisive action to safeguard the future of his people.
• But will his actions only make the future he fears most a reality?

X-Men '92 #7
Writer: Chad Bowers & Chris Sims
Art by: Alti Firmansyah
Cover by: David Nakayama
• Lilapalooza has gone off the rails as the X-Men have been teleported into space!
• Now, they face some old enemies made new as THE BROOD attack!
• Meanwhile, on Earth, The Toadies keep rocking as X-Factor comes knocking!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

40 Years of Psylocke

40 Years of Psylocke

** (not an exhaustive list)
→ First appearance: Captain Britain vol. 1 #8 (1976)

→ Writers: Chris Claremont (creator), Gary Friedrich, Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Alan Davis, Fabian Nicieza, Scott Lobdell, Ben Raab, Joe Kelly, Matt Fraction, Chris Yost, Mike Carey, Rick Remender, Kieron Gillen, Victor Gischler, Sam Humphries, Brian Wood, Simon Spurrier, Marc Guggenheim, G. Willow Wilson, Cullen Bunn & more.

→ Artists: Herb Trimpe (creator), Alan Davis, Marc Silvestri, Rick Leonardi, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, Roger Cruz, Joe Madureira, Chris Bachalo, Salvador Larroca, German Garcia, Leinil Francis Yu, Billy Tan, Paul Pelletier, Clayton Henry, Tom Grummet, Tim Seeley, Greg Land, Terry Dodson, Harvey Tolibao, Clay Mann, Jerome Opeña, Esad Ribic, Mark Brooks, Will Conrad, Greg Tocchini, Jorge Molina, Phil Noto, David Lopez, Ron Garney, Adrian Alphona, Olivier Coipel, Phil Briones, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim, Daniel Acuña, Todd Nauck, Roland Boschi, Ken Lashley & more.

→ Costume designers: Alan Davis, Arthur Adams, Jim Lee, Leinil Francis Yu, Salvador Larroca, Tom Grummet, Jerome Opeña, Kris Anka, Rock-He Kim & Greg Land.

→ Live action/animated adaptations: Kay Tremblay (X-Men: The Animated Series), Mei Melançon (X-Men: The Last Stand), Grey DeLisle (Wolverine and the X-Men) & Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse).

→ Current books: Uncanny X-Men (vol. 4) by Cullen Bunn & Greg Land/Ken Lashley; Civil War II: X-Men by Cullen Bunn & Andrea Broccardo.

→ Key relationships: Angel, Captain Britain, Jamie Braddock, Meggan Puceanu, Tom Lennox, Slaymaster, Mojo, Spiral, Cypher, Storm, Wolverine, Dazzler, Rachel Grey, Nightcrawler, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, Revanche, Shadow King, Fantomex, Sabretooth, Magneto.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Civil War II: X-Men #1 Art

Civil War II: X-Men #1 Spoilers

Spoilers: At Dubai, a group of wealthy mutants confines themselves in a sealed chamber to prevent poisoning from the Terrigen Mist. Magneto and his X-Men break into the chamber and brings inside every other mutant in the city who was left behind. As the Terrigen Mist approaches, Prime Sentinels - humans outfitted with cyber technology - who were disguised as servants, reveal themselves and attack the mutants, also breaking the chamber’s windows. Magneto orders his team to take as many mutants out of the chamber as they can. While they’re at it, Storm’s team arrives and Ororo prevents the Mist from reaching the mutants. Both X-Men teams team up to take out every Sentinel. After the battle is over and Storm has successfully moved the T-cloud away from the land, Monet reveals that she picked up from Storm’s team’s thoughts that they had advance warning of what was going to happen and that the Inhumans helped them. Storm explains the Inhumans are not their enemies, but Magneto begs to differ as Inhumans have done nothing to prevent the Terrigen Mists from killing and sterilizing mutants. Psylocke reads Storm’s team’s minds and finds out that a new Inhuman called Ulysses has the power to profile the future and is being used to prevent tragedies around the world. The Inhumans knew Magneto’s team would die in Dubai and so, they warned Storm in advance. Jean prevents Betsy from reading their minds any further and both teams part ways. Later that night, at the Uncanny X-Men’s Savage Land HQ, Magneto argues that the Inhumans will use the power to see into the future against mutants when the time comes. Suddenly, Nightcrawler teleports into their HQ and tells Magneto that he thinks he’s right.

Uncanny X-Men #8 Art

Uncanny X-Men #8 Spoilers

Spoilers: At the Akkaba Hidden City, Psylocke finds herself alone and starts looking for Magneto. Betsy overhears the Servants of Akkaba telling Warren that the X-Men wouldn’t understand that they are purging the diseased flesh of Warren into themselves so that Warren would remain free of Apocalypse’s corruption. Meanwhile at the Morlock Tunnels, Monet finds out that Emplate is using and controlling the Morlocks to kidnap other mutants to feed on them. Monet explains that Emplate is a psychic vampire whose only way to remain anchored in this world is by feeding on the bone marrow of mutants; however mutants are getting scarce again. When Emplate is found, he tells Monet that he was expecting her for he wants her to save him. Meanwhile, Fantomex surprises Psylocke at the Akkaba Hidden City. Jean-Phillipe says he’s no servant of Akkaba but will defeat Psylocke anyway. The two of them starts fighting and Betsy uses her TK to destroy Fantomex’s anti-telepathy shield. It seems Fantomex holds a grudge against Psylocke for what she did to him, but lets her know that the Akkaba let her escape so that Betsy can summon Archangel. Fantomex reveals that he’s working for Magneto, much to Psylocke’s dismay. She believes him but knocks Fantomex out anyway as she’ll find Erik on her own. Betsy enters a chamber where she finds an army of Archangel-like corpses. She apologizes to Warren before finally giving in and summoning Archangel as she needs his help.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Civil War II: X-Men #1 Preview

Civil War II: X-Men #1
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Andrea Broccardo
Cover by: David Yardin

The Story:
Terrigen Mists circle the globe, igniting the Inhuman race while crippling mutantkind, pitting the two nations against one another. But when a new Inhuman with the ability to profile the future emerges, the X-Men fear that he may tip the scales in the Inhumans' favor, spelling doom for their kind. And one mutant is willing to wage war with the Inhumans AND his own people to prevent that from coming to pass... The X-Men enter the fray of CIVIL WAR II when the world's most terrifying mutant, MAGNETO, takes mutantkind's fate into his own hands!

In Stores: June 15, 2016

Uncanny X-Men #8 Preview

Uncanny X-Men #8
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Ken Lashley
Cover by: Greg Land

The Story:
Fearing their teammate Archangel has once more fallen under the sway of the villainous Apocalypse, Psylocke and Magneto have embarked on a mission to save his life. But little did Psylocke suspect that the mission would bring her face-to-face with her former flame, Fantomex! (And believe me, things did NOT end on good terms!) Meanwhile, Sabretooth and M make a horrifying discovery in the Morlock tunnels beneath New York City. A ghost from M’s past has resurfaced…and she’s determined to make this run-in their last.

In Stores: June 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

X-Men '92 #4 Spoilers

Spoilers: Outside Wetchester, Storm unleashes Bishop and Psylocke against Alpha Red’s army of mutant-vampires. Wolerine’s healing factor kicks in and he turns on Alpha Red as well. Meanwhile Storm has U-Go Girl teleport the vampire students inside the Danger Room. Within Cerebro, Beast enlists Dead Girl’s help as her unique abilities prevent her from turning into a vampire. With the assistance of Xavier, Dead Girl uses Cerebro to communicate directly with the Darkhold, the vast database of arcane knowledge that Alpha Red used to modify his vampire spawn. Rogue and Gambit soon make their way to Cerebro and face Husk and Chamber, who are protecting Xavier, Beast and Dead Girl. Outside, Jubilee is the first to burn out as Alpha Red’s bites destroy his victims over time. Alpha Red almost kills Dracula, but is interrupted by Storm. Xavier then calls Storm and Beast inside Dead Girl’s mind. The Darkhold program gives her the options to eliminate all vampires, turn them into humans again. Beast is against it as he thinks there must be another way, but time is running up. Storm agrees this is the only way and so Dead Girl choses to eliminate all vampires. All mutants are turned back to normal, while Dracula and Alpha Red become humans. The dark rituals Alpha Red was subjected to now kill him, much to Dracula’s anger. The students rebuild the school, but their victory leaves a bitter taste in Beast’s mouth as he feels they didn’t have the right to turn vampires into humans, the same way some people would like to force mutants to turn humans as well.