20180103 – Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Cyclops | CBR

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.

The X-Files

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.

Keen readers of the X-Men will know that Annandale-on-Hudson is the home of the Grey family, leading Rachel Grey to comment that she used to have family around there. The reason why she mentions that in the past tense might be the key to the mystery at the heart of Annandale. A decade ago, the entire Grey family was slaughtered by Shi’Ar death commandos as part of the “End of Greys” storyline. The attack was an attempt to stop the Phoenix Force from ever manifesting again, and it left Rachel as the remaining member of her cross-timeline family. The storyline concluded with the deceased Jean Grey welcoming her murdered family into The White Hot Room, a sort-of heaven dimension which she had ascended to.

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!

Rose-Tinted Glasses

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.

Source : Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Cyclops | CBR


20170321 – Comics News : The 15 Most Iconic Jim Lee Covers – CBR

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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Source : The 15 Most Iconic Jim Lee Covers – CBR

20170317 – News / EXCLUSIVE: X-Men Corner Box Art Revived in Marvel’s ResurrXion – CBR

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.

RELATED: Marvel, Joe Jusko Team for Corner Box Variant Cover Program

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.

Thinking Outside the Corner Box: An Appreciation of Corner Box Cover Art

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.

Source : EXCLUSIVE: X-Men Corner Box Art Revived in Marvel’s ResurrXion – CBR

20170315 – PREVIEW: Captain America Attacks the Marvel U in Secret Empire #0 — CBR

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:…

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20170220 – Comics News :First Look at X-Men: Blue Issue #1 Reveals New Team Leader – Geek

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: GoldJean 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!

Source : First Look at X-Men: Blue Issue #1 Reveals New Team Leader – Geek

20170215 – Arriving Late to Legion? Here’s What to Look For — CBR.com

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…

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20170123 – COMICS : Ben Reilly Is Back As The SCARLET SPIDER But His New Costume Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

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

Source : COMICS: Ben Reilly Is Back As The SCARLET SPIDER But His New Costume Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

20161109 – Spider-Man #10 — CBR.com

CIVIL WAR II Aftermath! The events of Civil War II have made Miles a target and will change the way the Marvel Universe looks at Spider-Man forever. The post Spider-Man #10 appeared first on CBR.com.

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20161203 – Line it is Drawn: Wonder Woman Takes Over Famous Artwork — CBR.com

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions! So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your…

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20161203 – PREVIEW: Civil War II #8 — CBR.com

This is it! Captain Marvel vs. Iron Man for the fate of the Marvel Universe! Today, we’re pleased to present your first look inside CIVIL WAR II #8 – the epic final chapter! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez go out with a seismic bang as fists fly over Washington D.C. Plus, Ulysses’…

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