Saturday, June 22, 2019

X-Men: Grand Design - X-Tinction #2 Art

 Retelling of the events from the Siege Perilous up to The X-Tinction Agenda.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #5 Preview

Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #5
Writer: Leah Williams
Art by: Georges Jeanty
Cover by: Razzah

The Story:
The Age of X-Man Concludes!
• Some X-Tremists want to know love.
• Some X-Tremists want to know freedom.
• But some X-Tremists… just want to watch the world burn.

In Stores: May 26, 2019

X-Solicits for September 2019

House of X #4 & 5 (of 6)
Jonathan Hickman (W) • Pepe Larraz (A/C)
Issue #4 & #5 - Flower Variant Covers by: Sara Pichelli
Issue #4 & #5 - Variant Covers by: Mike Huddleston
Issue #4 & #5 - Action Figure Variant Covers by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #4 & #5 - Character Decades Variant Covers by: TBA
Issue #4 & #5 - Young Variant Covers by: Skottie Young
Issue #4 & #5 - Virgin Variant Covers by: Pepe Larraz
Issue #4 - Connecting Variant Cover by: Jorge Molina
Issue #5 - Connecting Variant Cover by: TBA
Xavier’s dream turns deadly for some of his students as they fight back against the humans’ plan to eliminate them. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Avengers, Secret Wars) continues his reshaping of the X-Universe alongside Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (Extermination, Avengers). The Future of the X-Men begins here!

Powers of X #4 & 5 (of 6)
Jonathan Hickman (W) • R.B. Silva (A/C)
Issue #4 & #5 - New Character Variant Covers by: Dustin Weaver
Issue #4 & #5 - Variant Covers by: Mike Huddleston
Issue #4 & #5 - Action Figure Variant Covers by: John Tyler Christopher
Issue #4 & #5 - Character Decades Variant Covers by: TBA
Issue #4 & #5 - Young Variant Covers by: Skottie Young
Issue #4 & #5 - Virgin Variant Covers by: R.B. Silva
Issue #4 - Connecting Variant Cover by: Jorge Molina
Issue #5 - Connecting Variant Cover by: TBA
As Cerebro does as it was intended to do, Sinister does what Sinister does best and the future comes to an end. Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, New Avengers, Infinity) continues his reshaping of X-History alongside breakout artist R.B. Silva (Uncanny X-Men). The Future of the X-Men begins here!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Age of X-Man: NextGen #5 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: After Anole carries out his plan to blow up the Hope Summers Memorial Library, Department X rushes to the scene. Psylocke lets her guard down hoping to talk Armor into coming in, but it's useless. The students instead steal a van and run away. Department X decides to call in the X-Men and the children's rebellion comes to a bitter end with Armor, Anole, Rockslide and Glob sent to the Danger Room Prison Complex, their memories wiped out, with the exception of Glob, who remembers everything.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Age of X-Man: NextGen #5 Preview

Age of X-Man: NextGen #5
Writer: Ed Brisson
Art by: Lucas Werneck
Cover by: Chris Bachalo

The Story:
The Age of X-Man Conclusion!
The students must confront the truth behind their reality!
What must they sacrifice for freedom?

In Stores: June 19, 2019

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #5 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: Nature Girl uses her powers to communicate with the bacteria in Moneta's dead body and find out how she died. The bacteria tell her that Moneta was killed by Apocalypse after she unveiled the truth behind the Age of X-Man, that Nate Grey had warped reality and positioned Apocalypse as the villain of the world because it would fit the archetypal story and give the X-Men and Nate's order a foil and reason to keep existing. The X-Men are shocked and leave to confront Nate Grey, not before Magneto warns Psylocke to keep this information a secret.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Trailer Released One of Nintendo’s biggest upcoming exclusives made an appearance during its Nintendo Direct at E3 when a new trailer for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order was released. It revealed a ton of new characters in the game as well as how they’ll play as part of the teams players will form. Magneto, various members from the X-Men, and other characters were shown off in the trailer.

The trailer features a slew of whose who in the Marvel Universe including Thanos and his Black Order. Also featured prominently are Magneto, Ghost Rider, Elektra, Hela, Mysterio, M.O.D.O.K., Miles Morales, Elsa Bloodstone, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen, Scarlet Witch, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more.

While the trailer highlights Magneto and features a number of the X-Men, as the trailer ends it hints that they might only be available in DLC beginning in the Fall of 2019. Along with the X-Men, they promise Marvel Knights characters as well as the Fantastic Four. Given they are prompting gamers to purchase an expansion pass, one can only assume the DLC will not be free, but will require a purchase.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order will release exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on July 19th. Pre-orders are live now.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order | E3 2019 Trailer

The Xavier Institute Gameplay


Monday, June 10, 2019

Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #5 Preview

Age of X-Man: The Marvelous X-Men #5
Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art by: Marco Failla
Cover by: Phil Noto

The Story:
The Age of X-Man Conclusion!
Perfect is an idea…an idea that by its nature does not fit into reality.
The X-Men have seen the truth of a perfect world.
That world is coming apart at the seams.

In Stores: June 12, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Uncanny X-Men #19 Exclusive Covers by Tyler Kirkham

Uncanny X-Men #19 Exclusive Covers by Tyler Kirkham - 4ColorBeast
Cover A: Dark Phoenix and Wolverine, limited to 3,000 copies
Cover B: Emma Frost and Psylocke, limited to 1,000 copies
Cover C: Rogue and Mystique, limited to 1,000 copies

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Leah Williams Unpacks ‘Age of X-Man: X-Tremists’

Adventures in Poor Taste! reached out to writer Leah Williams to learn more about all the thought and care that’s gone into making Age of X-Man: X-Tremists special to so many X-Fans.

AiPT!: X-Tremists is one of those series that sneaks up on you and stays with you long after you’ve put it down for many reasons. One is unrequited love and all the feelings that come with it. Everything Fred goes through after revealing his love for Betsy is so relatable. Did you draw on your own past experiences to help readers experience something that is universal while also feeling so deeply personal?

Williams: More so than anything else I’ve written in comics, and it’s very uncomfortable to me. I obfuscate everything, of course, I am not self-inserting because that’d be one of the shittiest things I could do with this opportunity. However, my bottom-line is just wanting to provide something authentic. I like an airtight narrative (and obviously that gets more complicated in a collaborative medium like comics; not all of the moving components, many of which aren’t your responsibility to interpret, will land together perfectly), so drawing from some emotional experiences I know are authentic just as a means to provide gravitas is something I made an exception for in Freddy’s case. He deserved the credibility at the expense of my discomfort.

The way readers reacted to the moment of him confessing his feelings was sort of harrowing and humbling at the same time. For me, what he describes is a part of the queer experience–like, knowing you are attracted to your same-sex friend while closeted and fearful of consequences should you speak up. You love them. But you also love just getting to be around them. So you choose the pain of longing instead of the pain of loss or rejection, and after awhile you convince yourself that you’re maybe even happy like this. It was for the best. Then you dig yourself a pain rut and remain inside it indefinitely.

When X-Tremists #2 came out I learned the extent to which that’s a shared experience, though, and the way I learned this was because maybe dozens (I want to say?) of people reaching out to me and admitting they’re each feeling that same pain. And they just live like this. I’m still staggered breathless by that day.

I was similarly unprepared for how Betsy’s confession in X-Tremists #3 would land. Someone tweeted “Thank you.” and only that to me, and after glancing at their profile and seeing them speak to their own audience with the specifics of what they were going through and why Betsy’s confession mattered to them, I knew what that “Thank you.” meant and it made me want to cry just looking at it. You know exactly what it means in that context. And then for the second time, I just had this day of learning the extent of just how many people who read it are all hurting with the same specific pain.

I don’t know where to put this knowledge. It’s definitely breaking my heart, and overall, the X-Tremists experience has changed me on some fundamental level. I didn’t know what the f--k I was doing with Fred’s confession, to be honest–I just wanted something real and raw, and ringing with sweetness. I mostly feel like I stumbled into significance with Fred’s confession. I knew it rang true for me; I never realized the extent to which it would for everyone else. And learning it leveled me.

AiPT!: In the regular Marvel Universe, Psylocke is often portrayed as one of the X-Men characters who is most confident in her own skin–even when the skin hasn’t been that of her original body. Where did the idea come from to explore Betsy’s body issues?

Williams: Betsy Braddock was only ever body-confident when inhabiting Kwannon. She’s never once been satisfied with the body she was born with. She expresses this a few times prior to her journey through the Siege Perilous but earliest, I think (?) is when she just indicates dissatisfaction with her body’s physical limitations compared to her brothers’. Then there are some circumstantial details that could or could not be used in a discussion of Betsy’s body image issues, depending on how you feel about it–she starts dying her hair purple. She starts modeling. These things aren’t indicative of anything in particular on their own. But later, Betsy allows Mojo to give her cybernetic eye implants and that’s when we really start to explore Betsy Braddock’s profoundly unsettling obsession with body modification. And after this, we get a truly harrowing glimpse into Betsy’s body dysmorphia: in the Uncanny X-Men Annual #11 by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis, each of the X-Men is presented with their heart’s one true desire via the Siege Perilous. The trick is not to fall for this trap, obviously, and they have to resist overwhelming temptation despite it being the one thing they’ve always desperately longed for. All of them succeed.

Except Betsy. And her dream, her most desperate desire, is to be physically perfect–an armored woman. Sleek and made of steel. Impenetrable and strong. She says she chooses this path to protect those that she cares for, but once this is undone by the end of the issue: cut to like a year later, in a different book, of a different run, but with same pre-Kwannon Betsy: she’s still chasing the “perfection” of this ideal body and has started wearing custom armor just to mimic it.

It’s the usage of the word “perfect,” plus her blatant disregard for her original body that alarms me the most. She’s only joyful and confident once she’s inside Kwannon. That’s when she’s finally as dangerous, lethal, vicious, strong and sexual as the way she’s always dreamed of being. Closer to perfection. She outruns all of her insecurities inside Kwannon, and sure enough, whenever she’s presented with the option of reverting to her old self throughout the years, Betsy still consistently chooses to remain inside Kwannon. Betsy’s body issues have been in the canon for a very long time. I find them terrifying and sad.

AiPT!: While there have been many surprising relationships in Age of X-Man, Blob and Psylocke seemed to take many fans by surprise. But forget the fans–what was the initial reaction to Blobsy in the X-Office from the wider Age of X-Man team?

Williams: [X-Men Senior Editor] Jordan’s polite and professional no matter what canon shenanigans (cananigans) I propose. I pitched Blob/Psylocke on the phone to him when we were just tossing ideas back and forth about the cast as I learned who was still available, and I found out Blob still was. Betsy was already locked in as someone I definitely wanted by this point, so it was considering Blob as a possibility and then realizing how this world would affect him uniquely when I started to see the pieces fall into place. Betsy’s deep-seated body dysmorphia + the chance to give Fred an environment that loves and supports him regardless of his size and the resulting changes of who he’d be in this world. To me, it was just a natural alignment.

I made this connection instantly but internally, so what I blurted out on the phone to Jordan was more like, “Oh, Blob’s available!?” and then two seconds later “Blob/Psylocke romance!” I think his instinctive reaction a polite “????” but after hearing me out, he was just like “Sure!” and then I questioned him for months about whether or not he was still sure.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Uncanny X-Men Come to Marvel: Future Fight

Marvel: Future Fight v510 update is live! Players can now unlock X-Men members Iceman (Modern), Jubilee (Classic) and Bishop (Disassembled). There are also several new X-Men uniforms to collect for other previously available characters, including X-Men Red uniforms for Storm and Jean Grey, a new Disassembled uniform for Psylocke, and a new Uncanny X-Men uniform for Beast. MARVEL Future Fight’s new ‘Uniform Ranking’ system also allows players to view popular uniforms and with the ‘Uniform Dibs’ function, players can identify uniforms they want to buy.

X-Men: Grand Design - X-Tinction #1 Art

Retelling of the events from Mutant Massacre up to Inferno.

Age of X-Man: The X-Tremists #4 Spoilers & Art

Spoilers: As Blob and Psylocke take Moneta into custody, Northstar notices how friendly they got. Jean-Paul runs off alone caught up in his thoughts. The next morning at Department X’s HQ, Northstar comes across Moneta, who’s been reconditioned as lost memories of her transgressions. Blob and Betsy brief the team on their two assignments for the day, and Northstar volunteers to check on an illegal movie theater showing romance pictures. It turns out the theater is run by Rictor and Northstar is a regular movie goer. Jean-Paul uses his position in Dept. X to warn Rictor in advance. Back at the HQ, Iceman decides to follow Northstar. Moneta is left alone and uses her powers on herself to recall what she had been made to forget. At the theater, Iceman joins Northstar and Rictor, and the three of them hang out and drink together, while Jean-Paul opens up about the feeling of missing someone he doesn’t know. Elsewhere, Moneta is attacked by the followers of Apocalypse. While Iceman, Northstar and Rictor comfort each other, Jubilee sets the town on fire and says she now remembers having a child. Northstar also remembers his sister Aurora and husband Kyle, and Jubilee confirms she was at their wedding. They realize memories were taken away from them and suggest rioting.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Marvel: Future Fight Releases Uncanny X-Men Update, Introduces New Psylocke Uniform

MARVEL Future Fight’s May update is now here! This time, it will be a mutant-centric update which focuses on the X-Men’s Uncanny X-Men story. Various in-game content has been improved, and new X-Men characters have been added!

Iceman, Jubilee, and Bishop will now be joining us in MARVEL Future Fight. That’s 3 new characters added! We’re also adding 4 new uniforms to support our current X-Men roster! 6 more characters can now awaken their inner potential! Make sure to strengthen the X-Men once the update lands. The Phoenix Force has been successfully mastered by Jean Grey! Tier-3 for Jean Grey has been unlocked.

Various in-game content where our all-new and enhanced X-Men can unleash their skills has been improved. For those Agents who will challenge Shadowland for the first time! Shadowland first clear rewards have been added. We’ve also added a Uniform Ranking and Favorites feature where agents can check stats regarding the uniform or save the uniform as a part of their wishlist. For your convenience, small changes have been made to World Event, Agent Level, World Boss Invasion, etc. We have optimized and improved a variety of content! Check below for more details regarding the update.

4 Uniforms Added!

Enhance the X-Men! Four new X-Men Disassembled themed uniforms has been added. Meet Jean Grey. Beast. Storm and Psylocke’s new uniforms!

* The Skill descriptions shown above are at Skill Level 1.
* 4 new uniforms will be on sale during the event period. You can check them out on the Marvel Universe menu and by going to the Uniform Room.

Friday, May 24, 2019

The X-Men Rise in Marvel Strike Force, Psylocke is Available

BleedingCool: FoxNext Games announced today that Marvel Strike Force will be getting a new X-Men patch that will bring in Colossus, Psylocke, and Dark Phoenix. The patch won’t be making any major changes to gameplay beyond maybe some bug fixes or anything happening in the Alliance War, the main focus will be adding in these three new characters for you to work with in order to win matches and score prizes in the game. You’ll be getting Psylocke first whenever the patch goes into effect, as they have yet to announce a date it will be added to Marvel Strike Force, with the remaining two X-Men to come at a later date.

First up is Psylocke, the psionic ninja whose mind is her ultimate weapon. Players that add Psylocke to their squads will be able to bring enemies to their knees with her arsenal of psychic powers including telekinetic blasts and illusions, foresight and her deadly psionic blade. Additionally, players can turn negative effects against their enemies and pierce enemy armor with Psylocke.