With the upcoming “Vendetta” crossover between Cable and The X-Force and Uncanny X-Force ending both series early in the new year, a new X-Force rises in their place in February. Out of the remnants of the two teams, a new team written by Simon Spurrier and artist Rock He-Kim rises. The new X-Force includes; Cable, Psylocke, Marrow, and Fantomex, taking bits of the last few teams and adding Marrow back into the X-Men mix again. Since X-Force is right now in development to be a film, Spurrier is, and I quote, “focused on having his clandestine and relevant special-ops squad stick to tradition and be dedicated to protecting the mutant cause with a no-holds-barred mind-set.”
Consider this Thought Process much more along the lines of part news story and part look at the beginning of the next big wave of Marvel NOW!
Superior Spider-Man is one of those titles that you can’t help but pick up, it’s that much fun! At first I was extremely skeptical about Doc Oc getting to take a joyride in Spidey’s body. Now, however, I love that Slott made it happen. We’re already 14 issues – in which doesn’t seem real – and by now Otto has really started to come into his own as the Web-slinger.
Brian Wood’s X-Men launched with a pretty big splash. X-Men #1 sold over 170,000 copies, easily winning the month it was released, and its team – Jubilee, Shadowcat, Rogue, Rachel Grey, Storm and Psylocke – has drawn a great deal of praise, not just for being an all-female roster, but for being handily the most fascinating team of personalities headlining any of the X-books. Soon, X-Men will join Brian Michael Bendis’ popular juggernauts Uncanny X-Men and All New X-Men and Jason Aaron’s long-running Wolverine and the X-Men in “The Battle of the Atom,” an elaborate time travel story intended to honor the team’s proud history in time for their 50th anniversary. But at San Diego Comic-Con, Wood spoke a little about what fans can expect from his book after “Battle of the Atom.”
Savage Wolverine is probably one of the better ideas for a Wolverine book I’ve seen in awhile, it has little worry for continuity and just features stories about Wolverine on different, sometimes unique adventures. Zeb Wells is taking the direction many Wolverine stories eventually go; Wolverine and ninjas. Originally, Zeb Wells with artist Joe Madureira were going to have this story take place in Avenging Spider-Man, but now it is appearing here in Savage Wolverine. Take note of this before reading, yes this takes place before Superior Spider-Man, which is why you see Peter Parker Spider-Man in play rather than Superior Spidey. That’s really the only thing you need to deal with here and really this is a classic example of an action comic. This is a popcorn comic book at its best and you know what, this is delicious popcorn.
This September, Matt Kindt and Steven Sanders will team up for a new Marvel miniseries called Infinity: The Hunt. The miniseries will bring back Marvel’s classic “Contest of Champions” concept in which the superheroes are players in a massive fight to the death.
The “Mighty” has been teased by Marvel over the past few days – mentioning that it spins out of Infinity and showing hints towards characters of the “Mighty” – and now Marvel has revealed the secret. Mighty Avengers #1 will be written by Al Ewing and drawn by Greg Land and springs out of the Infinity event this September. The series begins as the main Avengers team goes into space to deal with the Builders and Luke Cage forms a team to deal with Thanos, his generals, and his armies attacking Earth while the core Avengers team is away.
Readers have been eagerly awaiting the debut of Brian Wood’s relaunched X-Men series with an all-female roster. Yesterday X-Men #1 released to critical acclaim (check out our own Wesley Messer’s glowing review of it here.) In a recent interview, Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer spoke about how the new X-Men title was born, how each X-Men character is uniquely represented, and how she was ready to deal with negative reactions and criticism.
The anticipation for Brian Wood’s X-Men #1 has been high since the announcement of the comic. The first factor being that it’s an all female X-Team; Rogue, Jubilee, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, and Rachel Summers/Grey make up the new group. Now they’re not what you’d call an officially formed team, call them a group that happens to be at the Jean Grey school and they’re brought together that way. A group with a job to do, and done in a style that is reminiscent of just how elite a group this really is. Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel open up a brave new world of X-possibilities and usher in a future that from this first issue looks like a bright one.
Savage Wolverine #6 begins not just a new arc for the comic written by Zeb Wells, but also Joe Madureira doing another run at comic. There are also lots of ninjas. Originally meant to be in Avenging Spider-Man, the arc involves Elektra on a mission for Wilson Fisk (aka The Kingpin) after she discovers Bullseye’s body is missing, and he has information she needs. She turns to the only person she knows will help her no questions asked; Wolverine. Did I forget to mention there are ninjas? Oh so many ninjas.
If you’ve been enjoying Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on Captain Marvel, get ready for what’s coming next. In Captain Marvel#15, Carol Danvers’ solo adventures will tie into Marvel’s next huge cosmic event, involving Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity miniseries.
After the successful start of Jawiin’s weekly review adventure last week, he returns to us this week to review all of the Marvel comics for May 8, 2013 because the internet universe asked for it.
The news has already been flying around the comic world that Angela, the long-time adversary/love interest of Spawn, would be reincarnated in the Marvel Universe. Her creator, the legendary Neil Gaiman, was awarded ownership of the character after a lengthy legal dispute with co-creator and artist Todd McFarlane. Now, fans have only one question on their minds; how will Angela fit into the well-established Marvel Universe as she makes her debut in Age of Ultron #9?
Young Avengers was probably the Marvel NOW! book I was most excited for. Gillen has only recently finished his run on Journey Into Mystery, the Young Avengers themselves were in dire need of a fresh voice after a series of lackluster event tie-ins and the surprisingly sloppy Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, and adding Kid Loki and Noh-Varr to an already fantastic cast seemed like a great idea. But while I enjoyed the first three issues of the series (almost every issue has had at least one genuinely fantastic scene; Gillen is the master of capital-M Moments), there was something that was always missing. Young Avengers#4 brings the full cast together for the first time, and the chemistry is clear: This is the best issue of the fledgling series, and the one that convinces me this is a book to watch.