Sunday, May 28, 2017

Charles Soule Twitter Q&A

Soule: Astonishing X-Men is big and overarching. Builds and builds. Think like a season of Game of Thrones.

Soule: You may have to look elsewhere for that particular pairing - but the villains here are great.

Soule: Nope re: Weapon Plus. I'm enjoying Psylocke a lot.

Soule: Not so far, but not impossible.

Soule: Nope.

Soule: Astonishing is extremely forward-looking. Not much dwelling on past stories. The idea is to take this cast to new places.

Soule: Yes. A big part of the story involves the X-Men interacting with the non-X world.

Soule: I'm not sure if it's "innovative," but I'm working a lot on pace. Intense, intense, intense.

Soule: The book is designed to be picked up cold.

Soule: Shadow King is a significant presence.

Soule: All of the above.

Soule: Wait and see!

Soule: She keeps busy.

Soule: There's a thing. I just haven't decided if I'm going to pull the trigger on it here or not.

Soule: Identity.

Soule:The accessibility of the story. Grabber from page 1, and all you need is to enjoy reading good comics.

Soule: Specifically from Messiah Complex, etc? Nada. Sam Humphries' Uncanny X-Force handled that masterfully. Bishop, in Astonishing, is a hero.

Soule: It's not a team, it's a cast, and it's largely consistent throughout. I suggest you start with Astonishing X-Men #1 and never, ever stop.

Soule: Great question. Like sand through the hourglass. Lotta days, lotta lives.

Soule: Nope.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

X-Solicits for August 2017

Astonishing X-Men #2
Charles Soule (W) • Mike Deodato Jr. (A/C)
Variant Cover by: Ryan Stegman
Character Variant Cover by: Elizabeth Torque
Villain Variant Cover by: Leinil Francis Yu
Enter: The Astral Plane!
In the next chapter of this action-packed X-Men epic, Psylocke, Rogue, Old Man Logan and the rest of their impromptu team travel to the astral plane in pursuit of the dastardly Shadow King. But on the astral plane, not everything is as it seems, and reality is only as reliable as what you think it is… Will the X-Men be able to contain the chaos from spilling out into the world? From superstar writer Charles Soule and rock-star artist Mike Deodato Jr., Astonishing X-Men is the book you cannot afford to miss!

Jean Grey #5
Dennis Hopeless (W) • Anthony Piper (A)
Cover by: David Yardin
• After an adventure with the legendary God of Thunder himself, Jean Grey realizes that fighting the Phoenix will take more than just mettle…it will take metal.
• Luckily, there’s an X-Man who knows something about turning resolve into ordnance…
• Enter: Psylocke!

X-Men Blue #9
Cullen Bunn (W) • Cory Smith (A)
Cover by: Arthur Adams
Secret Empire Tie-In!
• Jean and Jimmy continue their assault on Emma’s stronghold, trying to free their teammates…
• ...Meanwhile, Cyclops must fight to free himself from a particularly hellish mindscape.
• Can the X-Men win against Hydra when all hope is lost?

X-Men: Blue #10
Cullen Bunn (W) • Julian Lopez (A)
Cover by: Arthur Adams
Now, Watch As I Pull A Beast Out Of My Hat!
• When BEAST’s meddling with magic catches up to him, what nightmares will the X-MEN be forced to deal with?
• There is a cost to hexes and spells, and Hank McCoy is about to pay it.
• Will Cyclops, Iceman, Angel and Marvel Girl be able to save their teammate from himself?

X-Men: Gold #9
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Ken Lashley (A/C)
• Kitty Pryde has sworn off men named “Peter.”
• But when she and her first love – Peter “Colossus” Rasputin – are caught in dire straits, will she find herself going back on her word?

X-Men: Gold #10
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Lan Medina (A)
Cover by: Ken Lashley
• Colossus and Magik return to Russia to help a stranger with ties to their past…
• …only to discover him in the clutches of Omega Red!
• But surely the newly resurrected cyborg serial killer means the X-Men no harm though, right?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Legendary X-Men Deck-Building Game Details Released

Upper Deck has released new details and the first previews for the upcoming Legendary: X-Men expansion to the Marvel: Legendary Deck Building Game.

Legendary: X-Men includes 394 new cards to expand the Marvel: Legendary game and is completely compatible with all other Marvel: Legendary products, requiring the Marvel: Legendary Core Set to play.

Legendary: X-Men includes 15 new characters with the X-Men team affiliation, including Beast, Banshee, Cannonball, Dazzler, Legion, and Psylocke, seven new villain groups, five henchmen groups, eight schemes, and six masterminds, each with a second Epic side, including Onslaught, Shadow King, and Dark Phoenix.

It also features the return of divided cards, last seen in Legendary: Civil War, and introduces two brand new card types: Horror Cards and Heroic Bystanders. The first print run of Legendary: X-Men will include a foil promo card.

Legendary: X-Men releases June 28. Check out the preview cards in the gallery below.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Secret Empire #1 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: During the Secret Empire event and the Hydra takeover, New Tian is a mutant territory off the coast of California, and Xorn, Sebastian Shaw, Psylocke, Beast and Nate Grey are seemingly affiliated with it.

According to the solicitations of Secret Empire: United, While the country cowers in obedient fear of the oligarchy of Hydra’s High Council, Steve Rogers revels in the peace he’s finally brought to his planet. But when a contingent of mutants, led by Emma Frost, stokes the fires of rebellion in New Tian, the mutant-controlled territory of the United States, Steve’s leadership is called into question. So the supreme leader takes to the frontlines to face down those who would dare oppose beginning with the White Queen herself!

Astonishing X-Men #2 Preview by Mike Deodato