Thursday, July 20, 2017

SDCC: Ed Piskor Reveals X-Men Grand Design for Marvel



CBR: Announced earlier today during Marvel Comics’ Next Big Thing panel at Comic-Con International, the X-Men’s long, often complicated history will be untangled in a new miniseries.

Hip-Hop Family Tree creator Ed Piskor is the man for the job, as the publisher announced the indy comics writer/artist will be the person who “stitches together the stories of the important years of the X-Men.” The series will see Piskor look to the franchise’s past, present and future in order to tell a story that ties all of the X-Men’s high points together in a single narrative.

Every chapter of the six-part series will condense a decades’ worth of X-Men lore into a single issue. The first issue starts in the ’60s, with subsequent installments covering the ’70s through today.

Check out the official press release below, along with all of Piskor’s covers, and check back with CBR soon for more on what to expect from X-Men Grand Design.

During today’s Next Big Thing Panel at Comic-Con International San Diego, Marvel Entertainment announced that this fall, it would be debuting X-MEN GRAND DESIGN by acclaimed artist Ed Piskor (Hip-Hop Family Tree).

A true inclusive book for all X-Men fans, X-MEN GRAND DESIGN stitches together the stories of the important years of the X-Men. Bridging the history of everyone’s favorite mutants with the present day, it’s a title that truly sums up Marvel Legacy and its importance to the Marvel Universe. 

Filled with Easter Eggs from years past for die-hard X-fans and nods to the present day X-Men stories, X-MEN GRAND DESIGN is a celebration of the X-Men – past, present, and future. Coming this fall!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #1 Art

Astonishing X-Men #1 Spoilers

Spoilers: Psychics around the world are attacked by an unknown force, dying one by one. While in London, Psylocke suffers the same fate, but before she is consumed, she reaches out to a few X-Men, asking for their help. Dominated, Betsy is taken to the top of the Shard building where she manifests a colossal psychic butterfly, threatening all of London against her will. Old Man Logan and Rogue are the first to arrive. As Rogue gets near Psylocke, Angel comes just in time to protect her from Betsy’s sharp blades. Enter Gambit and Fantomex, who help protect the civilians on the streets along with Old Man Logan. Meanwhile, Bishop reaches the X-Men, and Warren takes him to the top of the building towards Rogue and Psylocke. Rogue wants to absorb Betsy’s psychic energy and have Bishop absorb it from her and project it into something harmless. Once the X-Men succeed in freeing Betsy, Beast arrives on the scene and all of them regroup. Betsy warns them it was The Shadow King’s doing, who’s coming after all psychics, building a web to force his way out of the Astral Plane. Psylocke wants to send the X-Men to the Astral Plane so they can stop the Shadow King. Beast, Rogue, Gambit, Old Man Logan all volunteer to go. Warren prefers to stay behind and protect Betsy. Psylocke stresses that she doesn’t trust Fantomex, but after some unfriendly worlds, she agrees to let him go as well. Finally, Bishop also opts to stay behind with Warren and Betsy. Psylocke then sends Rogue, Gambit, Fantomex, Beast and OML to the Astral Plane and warns them against the Shadow King’s methods. On the Astral Plane, Farouk rejoices that the X-Men are coming and is sure that their secrets will be their downfall. The Shadow King opens a vault where he finds Professor Xavier, his prisoner in chains.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

X-Solicits for October 2017

Astonishing X-Men #4
Charles Soule (W) • Carlos Pacheco (A/C)
Character Variant Cover by: Adi Granov
• A monster is loose in London. His name is Logan.
• Psylocke, Bishop and Angel are all that stand between a mind-poisoned Logan and a mountain of corpses. Rogue and Gambit consider their options. Fantomex and Mystique get the party started. And somewhere, the Shadow King laughs and laughs…


X-Men: Gold #13
Marc Guggenheim (W) • Mike Mayhew (A)
Cover by: Arthur Adams
LH Variant Cover by: Ben Caldwell
Legacy Headshot Variant Cover by: Mike Mckone
Trading Card Variant Cover by: John Tyler Christopher
B&W Connecting Variant Cover by: Arthur Adams
How-To-Draw Variant Cover by: Chip Zdarsky
• Mojo Worldwide Part 1
• Mojo, the demented creature obsessed with melding deadly television shows with reality, has made Earth his focus and it’s going to take the combined might of two X-Men teams to fight back! But when threats from their past are thrown at them, how will these teams react? With Sentinels and Brood and bad memories attacking at every opportunity, will Kitty and Jean and their teams be able to save Manhattan? Or is this the trick that finally boosts Mojo’s ratings? Plus: Includes 3 bonus Marvel Primer Pages! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley!


X-Men: Blue #13
Cullen Bunn (W) • Jorge Molina (A)
Cover by: Arthur Adams
LH Variant Cover by: David Lopez
Legacy Headshot Variant Cover by: Mike Mckone
B&W Connecting Variant Cover by: Arthur Adams
1965 T-Shirt Variant Cover by: Jack Kirby
• Mojo Worldwide Part 2
• The X-Men may have bitten off more than they can chew when the Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of Manhattan! Jean Grey and her team fight side by side with Kitty Pryde and her team…but can Mojo be defeated when he’s got the X-Men’s greatest hits weaponized against them? Or will an unlikely alley come to the rescue? Plus: Includes 3 bonus Marvel Primer Pages! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley!


X-Men: Gold #14
Marc Guggenheim (W) • R.B. Silva (A)
Cover by: Dan Mora
• Mojo Worldwide! Part 3
• Brood and Dark Phoenix and Mojo – Oh my! The Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of Manhattan! With reality-warping resources at the tips of his gross fingers, Mojo may finally have the upper hand against our beloved mutants…


X-Men: Blue #14
Cullen Bunn (W) • Jorge Molina (A)
Cover by: Arthur Adams
Mojo Worldwide! Part 4
Continuing from X-Men Gold #14, Jean Grey and her team fight side by side with Kitty Pryde and her team! But can Mojo be defeated when he’s got the power of history on his side? It’s going to take one unlikely Mojoverse ally to help our heroes out!

Charles Soule Twitter Q&A

Any character you plan on bringing back out of the background so to speak?
Soule: Kind of. I'm writing all the characters in Astonishing X-Men in a way I think works best for this story. Like how Joker evolves, etc.

Will the series have a regular artist?
Soule: No. New artist for each issue of Astonishing X-Men, all phenomenal.

I haven't followed any X-Men books since before Civil War II. Will I be lost? Or is it self contained?
Soule: Astonishing is completely self-contained. You don't have to have been reading anything else (but it's all great!)

How much of Psylocke's past will be covered?
Soule: Define "covered." Psylocke is Psylocke, but this is a new story, designed to take everyone to new places. Doesn't look backward, really.

Haven't read X-titles for a while. Is it new-reader friendly?
Soule: Astonishing X-Men is new reader-friendly.

Will Bishop's "villainous" period be addressed? Really a low point for the character.
Soule: My pal Sam Humphries handled all of that in his run on Uncanny X-Force. Won't be addressed in Astonishing.

How important will Astonishing be to the future direction of the X-Men books? Is this more of a spin-off or is this a key series?
Soule: Key.

What's the character combination you've enjoyed writing most so far?
Soule: Fantomex and Mystique are fun.

What conflict within two members of the group is most interesting to you? If there even are any?
Soule: Tons. Wait and see!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man #30 Spoilers & Art


Spoilers: Doctor Octopus of Hydra goes to New Tian/San Francisco to retrieve some stuff he left hanging around in Parker Industries there. He is soon confronted by the X-Men of New Tian, including Psylocke. Beast later agrees to let Octupus have his way.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #1 J. Scott Campbell '86 Retro Exclusive Cover

J. Scott Campbell announces this San Diego Comic Con EXCLUSIVE Cover!

Arriving just in time for SDCC, Astonishing X-Men #1 Cover D featuring Psylocke and Rogue both in their ’86 throwback costumes! There were only 1000 of these books made so they are ULTRA-RARE!, and we are bringing them ALL to SDCC! So once these are gone, they are GONE! They start at $50 a piece with package bundle deals with covers A,B, & C (Which we will also have on hand at the show) to be announced shortly. They will be allocated each of the 5 days starting on Preview Night July 19, and will be strictly limited to just 2 of each per customer, so line up early! Booth # 4601

Astonishing X-Men #1 Extended Preview

Astonishing X-Men #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Cover & Art by: Jim Cheung

The Story:
“Only The X-Men Can Save Us! An ancient evil is attacking the world’s most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-MEN discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. Psylocke,Old Man Logan, Bishop, Archangel, Fantomex, Rogue and Gambit will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? Because they are the X-Men. From blockbuster writer Charles Souule and joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with Jim Cheung. Astonishing X-Men. It’s the X-book you need.”

In Stores: July 19, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Astonishing X-Men #1 J. Scott Campbell Store Exclusive Cover


Order your copies of Astonishing X-Men #1 featuring cover artwork by J. Scott Campbell and colors by Sabine Rich and Peter Steigerwald! A JSC EXCLUSIVE! Available in full color in 4 variants. Individual or sets, signed or unsigned are available. Signed copies are autographed by J. Scott Campbell.

Cover A: Astonishing X-Men 2017, limited to 3,450 copies

Cover B: X-Men '92 Retro, limited to 3,050 copies

Cover C: Lady Mandarin / Savage Land, limited to 1,700 copies

Cover D: X-Men '86 Retro, Convention Exclusive, limited to 1,000 copies
*Cover D is not sold on the web store. Availability will be announced on the Conventions page.