The reboot factory, formerly known as the house of ideas is at it again.
According to an announcement at last week’s San Diego Money Con, this fall will see a total restructuring of the popular X-Men books. Six new books will be spinning off of the mega events, House of X and Powers of X.
Of the six books, two (Marauders, Fallen Angels) will be brand new and the other four (X-Men, X-Force, New Mutants, and Excalibur) will be re-launches.
Writer Johnathan Hickman will oversee all six books and will be writing X-Men and co-writing New Mutants with Ed Brisson.
Beyond the bare bones info in Marvel’s press releases, not much is known. In fact, at comic-con, Hickman teased that if he had it his way, Marvel wouldn’t promote the books and they’d just show up in stores as a surprise to fans. Remember, he said that at an event created to promote comic books.
Let’s take a closer look at the books:
Marvel’s Talking points: A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR THE X-MEN! The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!
Our Take: It would seem that whatever happens in the crossover events will see a Summers family reunion with drunk uncle Logan along for the ride. We’re intrigued by this lineup and the writing and art will certainly be top shelf.
Marvel’s Talking points: THE COST OF THE FUTURE ISN’T CHEAP. X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world—one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We’re not there… yet.
Our Take: Out of all of the generic descriptions for these books that Marvel has given, this is the most appealing to us. The idea of a dual purpose team is inventive and smart.
Marvel’s Talking points: THE X-MEN SAIL AT DAWN! Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared!
Our Take: This almost seems like an alternate universe, What If? type of book. What is the Hellfire Trading Company? Is Queen Victoria involved in this? Is it set in a parallel reality or will the event books change reality (yet again)? It looks promising, and we recommend at least checking out the first issue.
Marvel’s Talking points: THE NEXT GENERATION CLAIMS THE FUTURE! The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!
Our Take: Synergy, thy name is Disney. Just in case the house of mouse ever releases the New Mutants film (Which looks amazing, by the way) this book will be ready for the new, hungry audience. As fans of the original New Mutants and Generation X, this seems like a no brainier, with
Marvel’s Talking points: NOT ALL BELONG IN PARADISE! Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!
Our Take: From the looks of it, this book will appeal to fans of Rick Remender’s lethal version of X-Force where heroes kill when they have to. We loved that book, so this may be worth a shot.
Marvel’s Talking points: A NEW DAY IS FORGED! Mutantkind has always been special…as has their relationship with the world—or WORLDS—around them. As this new era dawns, a new connection forms between mutants and the magic of the world… and that of Otherworld! Can the new Captain Britain forge a new way through the chaos with her companions Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Rictor…and Apocalypse?!?
Our Take: There is no way that this team has the real deal Apocalypse on it’s roster. The description paints a picture of alternate world’s, so this must be an alternate Apocalypse. That alone makes the book attractive enough for a first look.
Final Thoughts: While each book has a certain appeal, usually we would side with the law of averages and say that not all of these books will survive past 12 issues, maybe not past 6. With that said, Hickman is a fitting architect to craft an epic narrative that will run through the new X books. If anyone can make this ambitious reboot a hit, it’s him and his team of awesome artists.