Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Kelly Thompson Reveals the Emotional Stakes in 'Uncanny X-Men'

Marvel.com: As part of the writing team for Uncanny X-Men, Kelly Thompson brings her own brand of X-perience after writing for both teams (West Coast Avengers) and individual characters (Jessica Jones), not to mention a brand new X-couple (Mr. Mrs. X). Now, she's joining Matthew Rosenberg and Ed Brisson on this new spectacular series that is hearing up to be one of the most dangerous situations faced by the mutant population.

Marvel.com asked Thompson about writing with Rosenberg and Brisson, and how they prepared to tackle this massive new series. The short answer? Lots of pre-release planning! Thompson said that she and her fellow writers -- also known as the X-Office -- met back in April and started working on their story. "[Y]ou have to have a lot in the can very early -- nearly everything has to be done before the book even starts releasing or you'll be doomed. We're finishing the script for issue #6 as we speak and we've got a ton of stunning art in the can." 

The art, which is being done by Mahmud Asrar (X-Men Red), R.B. Silva (X-Men Blue), Yildiray Cinar (Weapon X), and Pere Perez (Rogue and Gambit), is "beautiful stuff," according to Thompson who previously worked with Perez on Rogue and Gambit. She also shared that she's "a huge fan of Mahmud Asrar and have been wanting to work with him since I got into comics, so this is a dream come true." Thompson added: "That was the professional answer. The fun answer is I look forward to Laura (X-23) fighting dinosaurs."

After working on several books featuring X-Men characters plus individual heroes like Jessica Jones and Kate Bishop, Thompson says that Uncanny X-Men is "totally new territory" for several reasons. One reason is the weekly format and the sheer size of the event. The other is the collaborative writing. "I've done a co-write for Marvel before, but this is much more [about] three equal collaborators trying to come together to tell a great story. And collaborating like that comes with a price -- there's a lot of compromise, which can be tough, but you also get the benefit of a lot of different ideas and experiences. Fortunately for me, Matt and Ed are not only terrific writers but two of my best friends in the industry, so it's been mostly a joy."

Part of that joy is working with characters that they all love as a team. However, that "joy" might involve sending those beloved characters on a turbulent journey. Thompson said: "I wish I could say writers don't love putting characters we love through rough stuff... but I think that would be a bold-faced lie. [T]here's nothing I like more than making people laugh and fall in love and then really making them feel something and be moved - which sometimes means tragedy - and then making them laugh again. I think we've got a great emotional narrative at the heart of this event. One that I hope fans will respond to."

Thompson also said that we can expect both classic X-Men characters as well as a few fresher faces. "[A] few of the younger crew have really big juicy roles in this story too. And I love that."

Uncanny X-Men #1 will go on sale Wednesday, November 14. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

'Uncanny X-Men' Writer Matthew Rosenberg Promises a "Big and Scary" Series


Marvel.com: Uncanny X-Men is making its big return this fall, and its creative team is promising a super dramatic series! The ongoing series, which kicks off on Wednesday, November 14, will reunite every mutant on the planet after a "tragic" event. But will all those mutants in one place prove dangerous?

Marvel.com spoke to Uncanny X-Men writer Matthew Rosenberg to get an inside look at how he's telling the story, which he's writing alongside Kelly Thompson and Ed Brisson. Rosenberg says the trio "have actually been working on the book for months." He added that they're "good friends who were all doing X books before this, so we'd talk all the time anyway." As a group, the three writers pitched their ideas to Marvel and continued communicating on a daily basis. "Pretty sure neither of them will ever want to talk to me ever again when this is over."

Bringing the X-Men to life are what Rosenberg calls "a true murderers row of talent" -- the artists who are making the stories "explode onto the page in ways we couldn't have imagined." Mahmud Asrar (X-Men Red), R.B. Silva (X-Men Blue), Yildiray Cinar (Weapon X), and Pere Perez (Rogue and Gambit) are all on board for Uncanny X-Men with Leinil Frances Yu and Edgar Delgado providing artwork for the covers.

Rosenberg also writes Astonishing X-Men and Phoenix Resurrection, which respectively had a "narrow scope" and a focus on one character -- Jean Grey. Uncanny X-Men "is the opposite of all that," he said. "We are making Uncanny as huge as we can. We're approaching it [as if] this might very well be the last X-Men story ever, so let's make it matter. We're doing all hands on deck, fate of the world stuff. It's big and scary."

To that point, Rosenberg and the team will be putting the mutants through the ringer, starting with the 10-part story “Disassembled.” He said: "I think the best X-Men stories need two things that often seem in opposition, but are entirely crucial. First they need real danger. The X-Men go through more pain, hardships, and suffering than any other superheroes. That's their lot in life. And they always come out the other side, but that should be tested every time. And the second thing a great X-Men story needs is creators who love the X-Men. It's easy to hurt and kill characters. It's easy to blow things up with no thought. When it matters, when the audience cares, is when there is real pain and heartbreak behind it. When the storytellers were as upset doing it as you are reading it, that's when an X-Men story works. And I'd put Kelly, Ed, and my love of X-Men against almost anyone in the world."

And what can Rosenberg tell us about what we can look forward to in Uncanny X-Men beyond the first three issues? "You might see someone you weren't expecting."

Uncanny X-Men #1 will go on sale Wednesday, November 14. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news!

Friday, August 10, 2018

'Uncanny X-Men' Disassembled: New Creative Team & Release Date

Writers Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg join forces with artistic all-stars!

Marvel.com: Last month at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Comics announced that Uncanny X-Men would return this fall. Today, the creative team was officially announced as well as an official release date for Uncanny X-Men #1 -- Wednesday, November 14. The new ongoing series is jam-packed with X-talent -- all the writers and artists have previously worked on X-Men characters and stories and will be teaming up for more mutant mayhem!

Uncanny X-Men will launch with a 10-part weekly epic called "Disassembled." Where the series goes from there depends on who is left standing! In this "epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance," every remaining mutant on the planet will come together in "an adventure so Earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!" With stakes this high, it will take an extraordinary team to tell this story.

Writers Ed Brisson (Extermination), Kelly Thompson (Mr. and Mrs. X), and Matthew Rosenberg (Phoenix Resurrection, Astonishing X-Men) will join the equally X-perienced artistic team of Mahmud Asrar (X-Men Red), R.B. Silva (X-Men Blue), Yildiray Cinar (Weapon X), and Pere Perez (Rogue and Gambit). Leinil Frances Yu will provide artwork for the covers.

Uncanny X-Men #1 will go on sale Wednesday, November 14. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest news!

Uncanny X-Men #1
Written by: Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Mahmud Astar and more (issue #1)
Art by: R.B. Silva (issue #2)
Art by: Yildiray Cinar (issue #3)
Covers by: Leinil Francis Yu
On Sale: 11/14/18

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Kaiyodo's Amazing Yamaguchi Revoltech Psylocke Figure Info & Photos



Product Description
The American Comics Characters Revoltech Amazing Yamaguchi Psylocke stands 6.10 inches (15.50cm) tall and features amazing articulation for endless posing options. Psylocke includes several interchangeable parts including facial expressions and swords.

Product Features
• 6.10 inches (15.50cm)
• Made of ABS and PVC
• Highly articulated figure
• Movable eyes

Box Contents
• Psylocke figure
• Alternate face
• 3 Pairs of hands
• 2 Effect pieces
• 4 Unsheathed swords
• Sheathed sword
• Sheath

Estimated to arrive: 1st Quarter 2019
Price: $74.99



Saturday, August 4, 2018

Psylocke & X-Force To Join 'Marvel: Future Fight'


Calling all #MARVELFutureFight fans, heroes, and true believers! Join us on our Facebook page for our livestream on August 6th at 6:30 PM PDT, where we'll discuss our #Deadpool & X-Force update, as well as upcoming events!