Source : PREVIEW: Cable #159 | CBR
Source : PREVIEW: Cable #159 | CBR
Marvel has revealed more details on this summer’s X-Men event, Extermination. Starting in May, key X-Men titles will include post-credits scenes that jump 20 years into Marvel’s future where mutants are on the verge of extinction.
An infographic features the five titles that will give readers a glimpse of the X-Men’s dark future, with a story written by Ed Brisson and illustrated by Oscar Bazaldua. This will all lead to Extermination #1 in August, from Brisson and artist Pepe Larraz.
The reading order for the Extermination preludes begins with X-Men Gold #27 (on sale now), X-Men Blue #27 (on sale now), X-Men Red #5 (on sale May 6), Astonishing X-Men #13 (on sale July 4) and Cable #159 (on sale July 18).
Text and art included in the infographic focuses on the original, time-displaced X-Men, who may not all survive the summer event. Along with headshots for Cyclops, Iceman, Jean Grey, Beast and Angel crossed out with a large X, the text reads, “Witness the final days of the original X-Men! Twenty years into the future, mutantkind is on the verge of extinction and we promise you, the X-Men will not survive! But how will this nightmare come to pass? And is it too late to prevent it? Find out in these issues, as we count down to ‘Extermination’!”
17. COOLER: CYCLOPS
Cyclops is the only character on this list where the present-day version is the older one. Cyclops is one of the original five X-Men, and has been leading the team for decades. After the events of House of M, he steadily became more militant, culminating in Schism, where he takes half of the mutants and starts his own island nation-state off the coast of San Francisco. This in turn leads to a stint as a Phoenix-possessed villain in Avengers vs. X-Men.
The culmination of this character arc comes with his full conversion to a Magneto-esque mutants’ rights freedom fighter.
It is when he is on the run from the government and riling up trouble in the name of mutants’ rights where Cyclops works best! As part of Brian Michael Bendis’ takeover of the X-Men franchise following AvX, he brought the teenage versions of the original five X-Men from the past to the present, including a young version of Cyclops. While TeenClops turned out to be one of the better time-displaced young X-Men (Jean is basically a supervillain, Bobby got slapped with the retcon stick, Beast and Angel became props for their respective romantic interests), there’s no real measuring up to the real deal. Not even an extraordinarily lackluster death can stop Cyclops from being right.
Avis Pimpf : Cyclops has always been on my top list of favourite characters in Marvel Comics, and this older version even though now he’s dead was good in some points . He was good for finally stepping out of Charles Xavier’s shadows, even though he wants to defend his own vision of Xavier’s dream. The plot and the way they twisted the character since he got tainted by Apocalypse , he wasn’t the character I’d like and followed all this years, and finally Marvel found the way to get rid of him to let more the way with the younger cyclops that fitted more in his « old ways »…. can’t say I fully agree with CBR on that one some aspects of his evolution I liked , the otherts, like him being described as a « vilain » I hated.
Cyclops a toujours été dans mon haut de liste de personnages préférés de l’univers Marvel ( peut être bien numéro 1 avec Captain Marvel (le 1er Marvel : Mar Vell ), autre personnage que Marvel Comics a éliminé et n’a jamais fait réellement revenir ( et c’est compromis avec maintenant Carol Danvers qui a repris son nom, elle restera pour moi Miss Marvel) Sa version plus agée , était intéressante sur certains points. C’était intéressant de le voir sortir du chemin tracé par le rêve du monde humain/mutant vivant en harmonie.
La manière dont les scénaristes ont changé son personnage depuis qu’il a été infecté par l’influence d’Apocalypse ont fait que petit à petit il ne ressemblait plus au personnage que j’affectionnais . Et ils n’ont tellement pas su le gérer que Marvel Comics s’en est débarrassé pour le remplacer par une version du passé plus jeune, plus conforme à l’image de Cyclope tel que l’on le connaissait ou presque.
Donc je ne suis pas tout à fait d’accord avec le choix de CBR, même si certains aspects me plaisent, certains des évolutions du personnage m’ont plu mais beaucoup d’autres m’ont déplu comme son image de « super vilain » de ces dernières années.
SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 by Matthew Rosenberg, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Rachelle Rosenberg and Travis Lanham, on sale now.
Jean Grey is dead. Long live Jean Grey!
While the younger incarnation of the X-Men’s founding female member was recently killed by the Phoenix, the adult one is back among the living. However, we already knew that the adult Jean Grey was returning; it’s been solicited for months.
What we didn’t know, of course, is the surprise return on the very last page. This particular moment changes everything we thought we knew, not only about this miniseries, but what it actually means for the future of the X-Men.
There are strange things afoot in the Marvel Universe, as the X-Men respond to an alert from Cerebro that something mutant-related has occurred in the quiet suburban town of Annandale-on-Hudson. Arriving on the scene, the team finds two children in apparent psychic distress, floating a few feet off the ground and bleeding from their faces. What the X-Men don’t know is that the pair had recently come across a little girl with empty, black eyes A child who seemingly came back to life and uttered a mysterious and seemingly nonsensical sentence before a different little girl arrived and attacked them with dead birds.
A Song Of Ice And Fire
The X-Men, led by Kitty Pryde, split up into three teams to invesetigate the mysterious phenomena around the world tied into the energy they tacked to Annandale. Kitty herself leads a team to the former Hellfire Club, Rogue leads the time-displaced X-Men to Mont Saint Francis, and the Weapon X team heads to the North Pole.
Each location has a connection to Jean, which the X-Men don’t seem to have realized. The Hellfire Club is where Mastermind manipulated Jean into becoming Dark Phoenix; Mont Saint Francis was the location of a huge fight between The X-Men and The Acolytes in Uncanny X-Men #300; and the North Pole is where the Phoenix Force last attempted to resurrect Jean Grey in Phoenix: Endsong. At each location, the teams fight enemies who shouldn’t be there, and who disappear just as strangely, as around the world people witness a flash of the Phoenix raptor in the sun.
Meanwhile, we learn Jean Grey is working as a waitress in a small town diner. It seems she has no memory of being a mutant, or a member of the X-Men. She’s not the only one, either, as she takes the order of a Mr. Cassidy who — judging by his sideburns and use of the word “lass” — seems to be Sean Cassidy, AKA Banshee. It’s unclear if Banshee recognizes Jean, or if he has a larger role to play in the story. He hasn’t been seen since he was brought back to life as one of The Apocalypse Twins’ four horsemen of death and he was left in the care of the X-Men as Beast worked on a cure to purge him of the death seed energy. It’s pretty exciting that Banshee is back after such a long time… but he still isn’t the big return in Phoenix Resurrection!
The issue ends with Jean returning home to her parents — who should also be dead, killed by the Shi’Ar death commandos — and telling them about her weird day. Jean plans to have a lie down, but her father reminds her that they’re expecting a guest. At that moment, the doorbell rings and Jean answers it to find none other than Scott Summers waiting for her with a bouquet of flowers.
Cyclops, of course, died as a result of the M-Pox caused by exposure to Terrigen Mist, but he seems fine and dandy in the final page of Phoenix Resurrection. He’s still wearing his trademark red specs, and like Jean herself, there’s no indication he has any memory or knowledge of being a member of the X-Men.
It makes sense if you think about the title, keep in mind the book is called Phoenix Resurrection and not Jean Grey: Resurrection. Cyclops was the Phoenix too during Avengers vs X-Men and if our theory about the Grey family is correct, they all had their own connection to the Phoenix via the White Hot Room. What if the Phoenix hasn’t just brought back Jean Grey, but everyone connected to the Phoenix? It already killed the time-displaced Jean Grey, but what could be its ultimate plan? While in the past it has been depicted as a force of nature, this is The Phoenix Force as a shrewd and cunning plotter, which is somehow even scarier.
From his days as the superstar penciller of “Uncanny X-Men” to his current position as the Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee has been a driving force in the comic book industry for decades. As one of the co-founders of Image Comics and WildStorm Productions, Lee’s blockbuster work helped pave the way for generations of future comic creators.
Now, CBR is taking a look back at some of Jim Lee’s most iconic comic book covers. For this list, we’ll be looking at covers from throughout his illustrious 30 year career. With generation-defining runs on iconic characters like Superman, Batman and the X-Men, we’ll be looking at some of the reasons why Jim Lee will go down as one of the all-time great superhero artists.
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When ResurrXion hits Marvel Comics in April, not only will the publisher’s X-Men line be revamped and expanded, every one of the mutant-led titles will find its cover graced by the return of the corner box art.
Now, this isn’t the corner box art of old. Artist Leonard Kirk and colorist Michael Garland have updated the classic rectangle to fit nicely in each title’s new X-icon, situated right behind the logo or, in some cases, as part of the logo.
A staple of comic book companies for decades, Marvel Comics took the idea of corner box artwork to new heights, using the small piece of cover real estate to add jokes, tease secrets and just generally add some additional character to its covers. In time, the rectangle, usually located in the upper-left corner of the cover, became an iconic aspect of Marvel’s monthly releases. Oftentimes, it was used to give readers a shorthand roster of who they’d find inside their team books, or to show which member of the Avengers, X-Men or other team would be the focus of that issue’s story. Other times, the corner boxes would tell a (very basic) story of their own, unfolding across multiple issues. (CBR’s Brian Cronin wrote up an excellent historical look at the corner box.)
Though once ubiquitous corner box faded away, to the point where you’d now be hard pressed to find one at all on current comics, fans have long loved the uniquely comic book artwork. They remain such a popular aspect of the medium that Marvel recently launched a variant cover program in which acclaimed painter Joe Jusko has been recreating classic corner box artwork as full-sized variants. As part of the series, Jusko has reinterpreted the works of Jack Kirby, John Buscema and more. But aside from that, the corner box has remained a relic of the past — until April, that is, when Marvel will bring them back in a big way as part of the publisher’s soft-reboot of its X-Men line.
Check out the gallery below for every one of Kirk and Garlad’s new corner box designs, as well as how examples of how their art will look on the first Resurrxion issue of every X-title available in April.
Captain America’s “Secret Empire” is coming, and there’s nothing the heroes — nor villains — of the Marvel Universe can do to stop it. Featuring art by Steve McNiven, Andrea Sorrentino, Leinil Yu and Daniel Acuna, the nine-issue miniseries is characterized as the culmination of writer Nick Spencer’s work on such titles as “Captain America:…
Marvel isn’t making the anticipation any better with the buzz around the debut of X-Men: Blue.
As part of the ResurrXion lineup, X-Men: Blue will accompany X-Men: Gold, Jean Grey & Iceman solo titles, as well as Weapon X and Generation X books. The series is part of a mutant focused collection of books which will serve as the aftermath of the Inhumans V X-Men crossover series.
X-Men: Blue focuses on the original five time-displaced mutants, with resident telepath and Phoenix host, Jean Grey leading the charge. This works for the team as Jean showed signs of maturity and exceptional leadership skills in Brian Michael Bendis’ All New X-Men run. The team features Jean, Iceman, Hank McCoy, Cyclops and Angel – reestablishing themselves in the Marvel universe under the mentorship of none other than Magneto. Now before you raise an eyebrow, this isn’t the first time Magneto has mentored the X-Men, in fact, he has a long track record of stepping in whenever Xavier couldn’t, most noticeably in the Age of Apocalypse arc.
The official synopsis reads:
THE ORIGINALS! Join MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, BEAST, ICEMAN and ANGEL as they reclaim the title of X-MEN. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in JEAN GREY and a new mentor in their “arch-frenemy” MAGNETO, will old rivalries and new conflicts tear these heroes apart?
Comic Book Resources received an exclusive look at what lies ahead for the young mutants with preview images of the first few pages of the book, and they don’t disappoint. Between the new and improved costumes created by comic/fashion guru Jamie McKelvie and art by Jorge Molina, the previews look incredible. Any X-fan can tell you that the X-Men haven’t been as merry as they could be, so it’s refreshing to see the vibrant colors, in your face action and fun in the panels!
If ever there was a series that benefited from repeat viewings it’s “Legion,” FX’s new sci-fi thriller very loosely based on Marvel’s X-Men universe. Developed by Noah Hawley (“Fargo”), the series borrows from the comics David Haller, the mentally ill son of Charles Xavier created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, and places him in…
In the latest issue of The Clone Conspiracy, The Jackal was revealed to be a resurrected Ben Reilly. While we don’t really know what to expect from him in that rest of that event series, he’s clearly going to survive and attempt to do good again. Comic Book Resources reveals that Peter David and Mark Bagley are teaming up for a brand new ongoing featuring the fan-favourite clone of Peter Parker.
Titled Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider, he’s been given a brand new costume, and while it attempts to pay homage to the classic hoodie, it looks…kind of awful? The peculiar looking mouth may be the biggest issue, though fans of The Clone Saga will no doubt realise that it’s very similar to the evil Spidercide.
Is it a hint that Ben isn’t truly a hero? Well, it sounds like he’s going to struggle with that. « He is trying to decide what to do with his Jackal personality, and he is literally being haunted by his earlier incarnations. He has his Scarlet Spider identity on one shoulder, urging him to follow his better angels, and the Jackal on the other hand, trying to get him to return to the path that led him to disaster. He’s trapped in the middle, endeavoring to balance the two. Of all the characters I’ve written who are having identity problems — I’ve done a few — Ben is easily the most unhinged. »
David also indicated that Kaine (the last Scarlet Spider) will have a major role in the series, and it sounds like the world will believe Ben is dead when The Clone Conspiracy ends. The action is also going to take place in a different city to New York