Saturday, September 29, 2018

Jordan D. White Asks What's Your Favorite X-Character

X-Men books editor, Jordan D. White, took to Twitter to ask fans what are their favorite X-Character.

Twitter users, make sure to reply to his tweet and answer Psylocke. Don't give more than one answer! It's important that editors know Betsy has many fans who want to see more of her!

Answers are valid through midnight, October 1st.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

#tbt: X-Men #78 – Psi-War, Part 2

#tbt: X-Men #78 – The Crimson Dawn saves Psylocke once again and resurrects her, this time with an all black psi-form and the ability to command the shadows of the Psionic Plane, which allow her to go undetected by the Shadow King. Betsy feels extreme guilt over what she has done and devises a plan and confronts the Shadow King, who fails to tempt her to his side. The Shadow King stretches his powers to the maximum to infect every mind on Earth. Psylocke discovers that the Shadow King has left his nexus exposed and uses her shadows to trap him, but only as long as she focuses her telepathy on him, which means she can never use her powers again or else he will be free. Written by Joe Kelly and Art by German Garcia. Read full summary here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

X-Solicits for December 2018

Uncanny X-Men #4-7
Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson & Matthew Rosenberg (W)
Pere Pérez (Issues 4), R.B. Silva (Issue 5) & Yildiray Cinar (Issue 6) (A)
Covers by: Elizabeth Torque
Issue #4 - Hidden Gem Variant Cover by: Mark Brooks
Issue #4 - Action Figure Variant Cover by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #4 - Fantastic Four Villains Variant Cover by: Gerardo Zaffino
Issue #4 - Variant Cover by: TBA
Issue #5 - Action Figure Variant Cover by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #5 - Variant Cover by: TBA
Issue #6 - Action Figure Variant Cover by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #6 - Variant Cover by: TBA
Issue #6 - Conan Vs Marvel Heroes Variant Cover by: J. Scott Campbell
Issue #7 - Action Figure Variant Cover by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #7 - Variant Cover by: Ed Piskor
X-Men Disassembled Continues!
Just when things didn’t look like they could get worse… The ride of the Four Horsemen of Salvation? The coming of X-Man? And…a return to the Age of Apocalypse? The weekly epic that threatens to leave the X-Men in tatters rolls on toward its explosive conclusion!

X-Men Red #11
Tom Taylor (W) • Roge Antonio (A)
Cover by: Jenny Frison
The X-Men have battled valiantly against their powerful psychic foe, Cassandra Nova, since the moment she framed Jean Grey for murder on the world stage. They have been hunted. They have been hated. And now…they can fight no more.

Merry X-Men Holiday Special #1
Charlamagne Tha God, Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg, Kelly Thompson, Rainbow Rowell, Charles Soule, Zac Thompson, Lonny Nadler, Leah Williams, Tini Howard, Sina Grace, Al Ewing, Chris Claremont, & more (W)
Marco Failla, Kris Anka, Ryan Browne, & More (A)
Cover by: David Nakayama
Variant Cover by: Rian Gonzalez
Fantastic Four Villains Variant Cover by: Marko Djurdjevic
Twenty-five holiday tales of merry mutants, one for each day of December 1 through December 25! What does Magneto do for Hanukkah? What’s Rogue and Gambit’s first married Christmas like? Is Jubilee truly the master of navigating malls during the holidays? These questions and more are answered as all your favorite X-Men and more creators than you can shake a jingle bell at come together for a holiday celebration to last all month long!

X-Men: The Exterminated #1
Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler and Chris Claremont (W)
Neil Edwards & more (A)
Cover by: Geoff Shaw
Variant Cover by: Kaare Andrews
Fantastic Four Villains Variant Cover by: Mico Suayan
Extermination Aftermath!
A Death in the Family! In the aftermath of Extermination, the X-Men mourn for their fallen brother, Cable. But no one is taking it harder than his adopted daughter, Hope Summers. Will Hope be able to cope with the loss, or will she be led down a dark path that she won’t be able to return from? Only Jean Grey can save Hope from herself! Plus, celebrate the life of Nathan Summers with a story from his past by Chris Claremont!

Return of Wolverine #4 (Of 5)
Charles Soule (W) • Declan Shalvey (A)
Cover by: Steve Mcniven
Variant Cover by: Declan Shalvey
Variant Cover by: Whilce Portacio
Variant Cover by: Chris Stevens
Can Logan handle the truth of what he’s done?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Merry X-Men, One Book, 25 Stories! On December 5, get in the holiday spirit with Marvel's Merry X-Men! Read 25 holiday tales of the merry mutants all in one issue! What does Magneto do for Hanukkah? What’s Rogue and Gambit’s first married Christmas like? Is Jubilee truly the master of navigating malls during the holidays? These questions and more are answered as all your favorite X-Men and more creators than you can shake a jingle bell at come together for a holiday celebration to last all month long!

Featuring stories from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, Rainbow Rowell, Chris Claremont, Matt Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Charles Soule, Tini Howard, Charlamagne Tha God, Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler, Vita Ayala, Styles P, Cullen Bunn, Jean Grae, Esoteric, Sina Grace, Al Ewing, Leah Williams, Marco Failla, Kris Anka, Ryan Browne, and so many more, you won't want to miss the festivities in this issue!

The man corralling this mighty creative collection, editor Jordan D. White, explains: "There are 24 one page stories set from December 1st through 24th, and then a 6 pager set on the 25th! 25 X-Men holiday stories from a ton of today’s top creators!" Get ready for it all in this oversized X-Men spectacular! Read Merry X-Men #1 on December 5! Cover by David Nakayama.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sideshow Debuts Psylocke’s New Portrait and Exclusive Psionic Weapon!

Sideshow: The stunning psionic Psylocke Premium Format™ Figure made her debut in prototype at San Diego Comic Con 2018, where fans were able to get their first look at the next mutant hero joining the X-Men Collection. We are always excited to share these early looks at the prototype figures, proudly displaying our latest projects as we work to create exciting and dynamic new high-end collectibles of your favorite pop culture characters.

Now, Sideshow is excited to introduce a beautifully sculpted new portrait for Psylocke, detailed with flowing purple hair and piercing purple eyes, capturing all the focus of her physical and psychic abilities. This portrait will feature in both the Collector and Exclusive editions of the Marvel statue, replacing what was previously seen at SDCC.

The Exclusive Edition of the Psylocke Premium Format™ Figure will also include a swap-out left arm wielding a spiked psyblade weapon. Manifested by her mind, this energized psychic construct makes an exciting additional display option for your Marvel statue, matching the pink and purple auras of her psionic power base.

Pre-orders for both the Collector Edition and Exclusive Edition of the Psylocke Premium Format™ Figure will begin on Thursday, September 20th between 12pm-3pm PST. If you want to add the psychic strength of this omega-level mutant to your Marvel collectibles, be sure to RSVP for more information on Psylocke’s preview page.

Fans attending New York Comic Con 2018 will also have a chance to see the updated Psylocke in person, so make Sideshow’s Booth #1912 a stop during your convention weekend. (Plus, learn how to snap up our highly-limited, exclusive Marvel-themed convention pin.)

Thursday, September 13, 2018

#tbt: X-Men #77 – Psi-War, Part 1

#tbt: X-Men #77 – Storm battles Ananasi and is aided by Psylocke, who reveals that the “god” is a telepath. In the Psionic Plane, the two women find the villagers’ minds set up in a distinct patter. Before they can discern the reasoning, Ananasi attacks Psylocke and brings up her past failures and how she was always considered a redundant Jean Grey-wannabe. Psylocke falls into Ananasi’s trap and accidentally hits one of the villagers, which causes a reaction that cripples the entire psionic plan, as well as all psi-sensitive in the corporeal world. Psylocke is left as a discombobulated mess, as Ananasi reveals himself to be the Shadow King, now free of any opposition on the Psionic Plane!. Written by Joe Kelly and Art by German Garcia. Read full summary here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Brisson, Rosenberg & Thompson Unite for Uncanny X-Men: Disassembled

CBR: Kicking off this new era for Marvel’s flagship mutant title means juggling a huge cast of characters as well as dealing with the pressures of coordinating a weekly shipping story arc. CBR spoke with Ed Brisson, Matthew Rosenberg & Kelly Thompson about those elements, the Avengers story that inspired their Uncanny X-Men collaboration, and the connective tissue between Uncanny and the other X-titles they write.

CBR:  With three writers and four artists who have been working on the X-books coming together to tackle a weekly epic with a huge cast of characters, I can’t help but be reminded of the recent Avengers story arc, “No Surrender.” Is that sort of what’s going on with Uncanny X-Men? And what’s it like working with a team of co-writers? What do you enjoy most about each other’s styles?

Kelly Thompson: Yeah, I think the success of Avengers: No Surrender was certainly the inspiration for doing this first Uncanny story using that same model. It’s an intense model, but it’s pretty exciting to get that much story that fast and while there are obvious disadvantages with coordination and schedule stuff, there are advantages too in what you can do when the story comes to the reader that quickly. Process-wise, we came up with the overall story and outline together, and then we take turns outlining individual issues but we each write every issue, together. We’ve been able to blend our styles well enough I think that divvying up pages in each issue has actually worked very well. All these artists are terrific, but so far what they’ve done is way beyond what I ever expected.

What I enjoy most about Ed and Matt are the ways that they are like me. HA!

Ed Brisson:  I’ve never worked collaboratively in this way before. I’ve done longer series where the whole story is broken down by the team of writers and everyone gets their own issues to write, but this is much more collaborative. As Kelly mentioned above, we beat the whole thing out over several weeks (months), both online and in person, and we all work together on each issue, writing our own pages and then revising to make it feel unified.

So far, no one has been murdered, but we still have a few issues to go.

Matthew Rosenberg: I’ve been having a blast. I was already a big fan and close friends with Kelly and Ed, but it’s fun to watch them work up close. One of the big thrills for me is dividing up the issue and seeing what everyone comes back with. I think each person grabs the scenes they like, sort of thinking they will be the most interesting ones. But when each writer is fighting to make their moments really sing, everything comes back much better than I ever expect. So that’s nice.

From talking with various writers over the years I know one of the difficulties of writing Uncanny is the X-Men have such a huge cast of characters and almost each one has their own set of dedicated fans. So what’s it like juggling so many characters?

Thompson:  Cast was a big one for sure, and you have to break things up into teams pretty early to make it manageable, but in an event this big, that’s not really a problem as there are a lot of threads to pursue. For the most part, we’ve got three main teams pursuing three different threads… but it can still be unwieldy. I definitely keep a cheat sheet on my computer about who’s with who and where and doing what. Although I think the most confusion we’d had so far is with X-Men transportation; it’s always the battle never even imagined that kills you!

Brisson: The X-Men transportation thing has been insane. There aren’t that many ships, yet keeping them straight is apparently a full time job!

What you said about dedicated fans, we’re seeing that in full force. As soon as the announcement went out, all three of us were inundated with messages begging us to use specific characters — some of whom probably haven’t been seen in decades. If we took everyone’s suggestions, we’d have a team of about 300 X-Men.

I will say that we’ve got some big guns on the team and some second stringers that maybe don’t get to be in the spotlight that often. We’ve also got some pretty exciting stuff with some of the younger X-Men.

Rosenberg: Are there a lot of X-Men? I hadn’t noticed.

Of course, the fun aspect of having so many characters is the chance to write X-Men and dynamics you don’t normally get to work with. Who are some of the characters and relationships that you don’t normally get to write, but you’re having especially good time tackling in Uncanny?

Thompson: I try to elbow Matt and Ed out of the way every chance I get to write Laura [X-23] and Armor. Ed and I will probably have to be in some kind of Thunderdome situation by the end of this thing over getting to write Armor. I’m also really enjoying Iceman and his terrible, adorable jokes.

Brisson: Kelly and I are definitely always in a competition for Armor’s love. Glob is in the series, and is a character I’ve been using a lot over in Old Man Logan. Love writing him. Northstar is one that’s been pretty great. Being Canadian, I always love the opportunity to tackle Canadian characters.

Rosenberg: I have a real soft spot for Storm, Jean and Madrox. One of the relationships I’m really enjoying I can’t quite talk about here, but he’s fun as hell in the way he interacts with almost everyone.

Speaking of dynamics, you’ve currently got three groups laying claim to the name X-Men, each with different goals and line-ups. What can you tell us about them coming together? Is this a story about what it means to be part of the X-Men in today’s world? And will people necessarily agree on what that means?

Thompson: I don’t know if we can answer this first part without getting fired. I think that’s all still to be revealed in time.

I do think this is absolutely a story about what it means to be an X-Man today…and to be a mutant. This story has big ramifications on those fronts… I mean, it is called “Disassembled,” after all.

Brisson: Can’t really go beyond what Kelly said above, but you’ve certainly hit it on the head. It’s about proving your worth in a world that is often at odds with you. And if everyone agrees with what we’ve done in the end, I think that will be the first time in all of comics history that that’s happened.

What can you tell us about the threat(s) that bring your cast together? Will this series allow you to have fun with classic X-Men villains? Create new ones? Or a bit of both?

Thompson:  Bit of both! Some of the new, some of the old, combined in what I think we all hope are interesting new ways that will excite people while also tickling some nostalgia.

Brisson: The threat that brings them together is a bit of a mystery that I’m not going to spoil. There are a few really fun twists in the first few issues that I think readers are really going to enjoy.

Rosenberg: All three of us get a real kick out of reading fan theories, I think in part because if we weren’t writing this, we’d be doing the same thing. There are some wild theories out there, but I’m really happy that no one has come close to where we’re headed. I think folks will be shocked. Often.

Let’s talk about the artists bringing your story to life: Mahmud Asrar, R.B. Silva, Yildiray Cinar and Pere Perez. What’s it like working with these artists? What do you enjoy most about their styles?

Thompson: It’s been incredible. I’m not kidding when I say we asked these guys for a lot of tough stuff, and they delivered more than I imagined. I think people are going to be blown away, each of them is probably doing the best work of their careers on this book. I suspect they would each like five minutes alone with us in a room so they can beat us to death… but the books look great.

Brisson:  We’ve got a lot of really big pieces in this book, and all four artists are knocking it out of the park. But, yeah, like Kelly said, I’m sure they want to kill us over some of these pages.

Rosenberg: These guys are, in a lot of ways, some of the best new talent at Marvel. I am blown away that I get to have them translate my nonsense onto the page almost every day. And yeah, I’m sure they hate me. But it’s worth it.

Finally, I know Uncanny X-Men will be new reader friendly, but do the stories you’re telling in X-Men: Extermination, Old Man Logan, Mr and Mrs X, and Astonishing X-Men sort of lay the ground work for “X-Men: Disassembled?” And will Astonishing and Mr and Mrs X tie-in or be immediately effected by the events of the story?

Thompson: It is definitely intended to be as new reader friendly as possible, but again, I’m not sure how much we’re allowed to say on this front for the most part. I can say that Mr and Mrs. X is completely disconnected from “Disassembled” — it’s not a tie-in.

Brisson: Old Man Logan is largely its own thing that doesn’t connect into Uncanny. Extermination is a little tougher to discuss without spoiling things, so for the sake of my job, my lips are zipped.

Rosenberg: You guys are missing out on some real sales here. C’mon! Yes you have to read Astonishing, New Mutants, Multiple Man and all my other books to understand Uncanny…

No, that’s not true, sadly. But while we are working to make it new reader friendly, if you have been reading the X-Books, you’ll see us taking threads from almost all of them for sure. And that includes Red, Blue, Gold, Weapon X and the others we don’t write. This is (almost) all the X-Men coming together. It’s as big as it gets and we want to make sure it feels like everything has been building to this for the X-Fans.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Rumor: 'Captain Britain and the Black Knight' Movie in Works From Marvel and Director Guy Ritchie Could Marvel’s Captain Britain be headed to the big screen? A new rumor suggests it's possible, but fans may not want to get too excited.

Ain’t It Cool News reports that a source the site refers to as “Super Grip” has tipped them off to the unannounced Marvel Studios film. Captain Britain and the Black Knight would reportedly be directed by Guy Ritchie. The studio is said to be trying to take advantage of the studio vacancies created by Danny Boyle’s departure from the next James Bond movie.

"I work at various movie studios in the UK and have been situated at Pinewood for a few weeks, and I'm moving to Cardiff on a project soon. I haven't seen anything about this online anywhere, so I thought id send the info on to you: Space at Pinewood has been booked for November & December 2018 to hold auditions for a Marvel project called Captain Britain and the Black Knight. The name of the director booked in for all these dates is Guy Ritchie. Marvel seems to be moving fast with it to fill in the space left behind by Danny Boyle's aborted Bond 25. Everyone is excited because it looks like another few months of solid work when we thought we would have to wait a while."

For those unfamiliar with the character, Captain Britain is Brian Braddock. Christ Claremont, Fred Kida, and Herb Trimpe created him in 1976 for Marvel UK. Braddock was empowered by Merlyn and his daughter Roma to defend Britain. He was originally intended to appear only in the United Kingdom. Claremont later brought Captain Britain to American audiences as a member of the UK-based X-Men spinoff team Excalibur (Brian is not a mutant himself, but his twin sister Betsy, aka Psylocke, is).

Black Knight is likely referring to Dane Whitman, a Marvel Comics character created by George Tuska and Roy Thomas. Whitman comes from a family of supervillains, but chose to become a hero and joined the Avengers. Black Knight carries the mystical Ebony Blade. He has fought alongside Captain Britain due to their connections shared connection to the realm of Otherworld.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Return of Wolverine #1 Philip Tan Variant Cover

'Uncanny X-Men' To Reveal 'Something Big' Affecting Mutantkind

Newsarama: Mahmud Asrar is returning to the X-Men fold for November's Uncanny X-Men #1, and he says it kicks off with "major implications" for the X-Men in an interview CadenceComicArt in their latest newsletter.  

I think we all ended up winning seeing you draw all those X-men books! You are teaming up with an all-star cast of writers: Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, and Matthew Rosenberg. What can you say about their take on the X-men? Do you know which writer you'll be working with? Which writer suits your style of story telling?

Mahmud Asrar: Actually all three of them are writing at the same time which is awesome! I've always wondered how that worked to be honest. I guess, like a writers' room in a TV series where they discuss the plot and then they take turns in scripting issues. In any case, they are great X-writers and I'm happy to have had the chance to work with them. You can see how they love these characters.

That's very enlightening, I also wondered how that worked. Now then, Uncanny X-men is coming back after being absent for a long time. How will you usher the new series during X-men disassembled?

Asrar: Unfortunately I can't reveal too much about the story. Something big is happening that will affect all the Marvel mutants. It's exciting.

Anything you want to tell the fans?

Asrar: This is going to be a big X-Men story with major implications. It's been an honor to kick off this story. I've enjoyed drawing every page and I know the rest of the team are doing great work. Hopefully fans will enjoy it too!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Battle of The Atom: Episode 57 – A Pack Of Misfits with Jim Zub

XavierFiles: "Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery In Madripoor" writer Jim Zub joins us to dive into the wild world of Psylocke, New Tian, and what it’s like to write weird X-Men.

What you’re probably most known for in the last few weeks is “Hunt for Wolveryne: Mystery in Madripoor” #4. Psylocke’s in her old body.

Jim Zub: Honestly, the response has been really good. The majority of people I’ve interacted with have been ecstatic or excited. They see the potential in what we’re doing. These characters, the X-Men in particular, go through permutations, and changes and evolutions in their history and this is no different as far as I’m concerned.

What got you thinking that now was the right time to make this change to Psylocke? How that come about?

Zub: We knew that the “Hunt for Wolverine” books each would have their own revelatory things happening. When we were talking what they could be, how could they take place, I brought up this idea of altering Psylocke and returning some aspects. She’s not going back in time. She’s still done all those things she’s done. In the end of the issue, the Japanese body is around. It’s not just British Betsy. There’s more now. The reason why the team got excited about and we got any momentum was because we were not losing a character, we were gaining a character. We were going to add a character to the mix that we can work with as a future ingredient for cool, dramatic X-Men stories. It’s not about negating Betsy or taking away the things she’s done. It’s about building new stories with these new ingredients. Then it became a matter of “How does this work?” It’s comics, there’s always a way to make it work, but how does this function? How does this track as comic logic? I had a funky way to do that as well and it was all centered around this obscure villain that Claremont created called Sapphire Styx. I kept waiting for the editors to say no, but they were really supportive. We liked this idea that we can do something to kick start a bunch of new, cool, dramatic plotlines for Betsy and inadvertently for Kwannon. I knew there was going to be some contentiousness, particularly when it leaked out what was coming before they actually read the issue. People didn’t know that we had the Japanese body still in play. That was tough because people were freaking out, screaming and yelling and I kept telling them to wait for the issue to come out and react to what’s really there instead of their assumptions of what will be there. I’m excited because the “Uncanny X-Men” team embraced what I was doing and now Betsy’s in the weekly book coming out. I don’t want to say that Betsy had fallen into a rut, but it felt like you couldn’t change anything about her, and I thought “Let’s see if I can change some things and add a bunch of new dramatic potential.”

It’s an interesting development and not something I’d expect from the tie-in leading up to the “Return of Wolverine” book, all things considered.

Zub: It’s because Madripoor was a core ingredient of when Betsy became Lady Mandarin, and Wolverine was such an integral part of that initial story. I thought Patch/Wolverine are integral to Betsy’s story in some ways. I felt like there was a tie there that we could build into. We teased that in the first issue, but readers didn’t necessarily know what was going to be.

It was an unexpected, but delightful surprise. People had concerns about changing Psylocke back impacting Asian representation in comics. What was your thought process with that?

Zub: I’m not here to tell someone what they should believe. People get passionate about the stories and these characters and that is totally valid. I have no ill against someone who tells me they didn’t like the story or what we did. That it’s totally your right and I have no problem with that whatsoever. The only thing I can say is those concerns and fears didn’t come out of the blue with us either. In the end, we had to have something cool coming out of this. We had to have stronger representation by the time this is all set and done. Some people are not going to be able to accept it or want it and that’s fine. I’m not trying to erase anyone’s feeling. I don’t laugh any of this stuff off. Equally, it’s important to know what if we don’t take risks, if we don’t do dramatic things with these characters, they grow stagnant  because people are too afraid to change them. We want to have more possibilities and more things we can do with Psylocke and the other stuff we teased at the end of “Mystery in Madripoor.” This is the only thing I can say without getting full-spoilery and the X-Office supports this. There was thought, and care put into this and a desire to come out of the other side stronger in terms of both representation and stronger characterization and good dramatic storytelling.