There's absolutely no way to review this comic without spoiling it. Before I read it, I had it spoiled for me. I really recommend that you read this issue before proceeding with what I think about it. It's actually pretty fortunate that my day job and other pressing matters prevented me from finishing this until a week after it hit shops.
It's been talked about and now it's here. Jonathan Hickman's X-Men has started. House of X #1 hit shops and we start to get a lot of answers to questions we've had. We just don't get all of them. The first issue leaves as many questions as it answers.
Mattel has revealed three Barbie dolls styled after classic X-Men characters. In honor of Marvel Comics' 80th Anniversary, Mattel is producing dolls modeled after Mystique, Dark Phoenix, and Storm in their traditional Barbie format.
One of the comics that came out this week from Marvel was a preview of Jonathan Hickman's House Of X and Powers Of X. While it could be argued that any major shift in direction is technically a reboot, it isn't an entire relaunch, ignoring the history, especially with what led to this point in X-Men history.
It was announced this week, through Twitter and an interview at comicbook.com that this summer, Marvel would cancel all X-Men titles and relaunch starting with two series.
I don't use my digital memberships for these articles as much as I should. In the past couple of weeks, I've been taking advantage of my DC Universe and Marvel Unlimited subscriptions. I have been on the lookout for issues to review here. It was the latest episode of the Legion of Substitute Heroes podcast that I was reminded of Paul Smith's great run on Uncanny X-Men. Some might view this time as a period where the title began to drop in story quality, but I think that part came shortly afterwards. Here we saw the development of the team after Cyclops leaves for good, but still get to see his path twist back around into his old team's lives. We also got the introduction to the Morlocks, the addition of Rogue, and huge developments for Wolverine. These are some great issues and I chose to review the issue that has one of the best splash pages in X-Men history.
Thanks to Hasbro Pulse we now have carded images of the Marvel Legends X-Men Caliban wave, and this wave is looking like a solid win for the fans. Not only are we getting Jubilee (if you remember she was a build a figure several years back), we are getting updates for Beast, Forge and more! The 2 per case figure looks to be Gambit and he will not come with a Caliban part. Take a look at the images below.
When I was a teenager, especially a young teenager, Uncanny X-Men was the most popular comic among my peers. From looking back at comics journalism, we were not unique. This was also the same year I've been covering in my run of the Legion. It turns out that 1984 is a very important year for comics. This saw DC Comics make an investment in the direct market with its Baxter series. It also saw an explosion of independent publishers, including Mirage Studios with the breakout phenomenom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Antarctic Press, NBM Publishing, and Continuity Studios also debuted in 1984. Alan Moore took over Saga of the Swamp Thing. Marvel debuted the event series with Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars. Fantastic comics were being produced in 1984. Uncanny X-Men was one of them, going in new directions, especially with this issue.
Matthew Rosenberg is the one writer that would get me to pick up a comic that's drawn by Greg Land. I've been a fan of his from the moment I got a review copy of We Can Never Go Home #1. His new X-Men series features characters that have either never been the epitome of the team or are at a place where they just don't fit in with the core team. However, can a comic drawn by Greg Land still be good?
In the past month there have been two comic book weddings that were touted a little bit. One moreso than the other. In X-Men Gold #30, We had the wedding of Colossus and Kitty Pryde. In Batman #50, we had the wedding of Batman and Catwoman. I'm going to compare the two, as they are very similar tales. In doing so, there will be spoilers.
Disney and 21st Century Fox has reached a deal that will bring the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool to the Marvel cinematic universe. This deal will cost Disney 52.4 Billion in stock options. Disney will gain more than just the Marvel properties; Disney will also get all the prequels and OT Star Wars films as
Occasionally, I just trip across a cover while browsing the Internet, and I remember it vaguely from my childhood. Magik, the Storm and Illyana Rasputin mini-series from 1984, fills in the space between panels of Uncanny X-Men #160. In that issue, the X-Men, and Colossus's little sister Illyana are transported to the other-dimensional domain of Belasco, a one-armed sorcerer that had previously faced off against Ka-Zar and Shanna, the She-Devil. Near the end, as the X-Men are escaping, Belasco takes Illyana from their grasp. For a brief second, Kitty Pryde loses her grip on Illyana, but regains it, only to pull her through after she's been in Belasco's realm for several years. Later on, Illyana would exhibit mutant abilities to travel through space and time using "discs" similar to those that randomly appeared in Belasco's realm. She also began using magical abilities and summoning a "soul-sword" that went from looking like a lightsaber to a traditional, albeit glowing sword. This series explained what happened in that span of time.