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Comics 411: Thoughts on the X-Men’s Upcoming Hellfire Gala

May 5, 2021 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
Hellfire Gala

Welcome back! I’m Steve Gustafson and if you enjoy discussing anything comic book related, you’ve come to the right place. Each week we cover something in the industry and I always enjoy your input in the comment section below.

Previously on…

Last time we discussed the Best Batman & Superman Team-Ups Here’s what some of you had to say:

Defective: “Trinity Rebirth, issues #1-6 is the best Superman/Batman + Wonder Woman story ever told.”

Captain Mcgloo: “Dark Knight Over Metropolis is the best. It’s the first post-crisis/post Man of Steel meeting I think, and it introduces the idea that Superman would give Batman kryptonite (Lex’s ring), great story, great art.”

Spacecowboy: “Most of superman/batman 2003-2011 was pretty damn good. There were very few comics in that run that i didnt enjoy.”

Benjamin Kellog: “I might want to suggest something novel on any other day, but today, I’ve got to go with what I’ve been primarily exposed to and delighted in. The first two arcs of the 2003 “Superman/Batman” series, “The World’s FInest/Public Enemies” by Loeb and McGuiness, and “The Supergirl from Krypton” by Loeb and Turner, were some of the earliest DC material I ever read, and could not have been a better to how those two characters and their respective worlds worked and could believably coexist in the same universe. The cartoonish proportions of our heroes and plenty of their villains in “Public Enemies” are perfectly exaggerated, and the concept of a corrupt businessman serving as US President and eventually being held accountable for his own deceitful actions was engaging to me as a young reader and definitely not a harbinger for any real life happenings 20 years later. (Quick question regarding recent continuity: did they ever develop an effective vaccine for the Amazo Virus?)
The “Supergirl” story might be even better, considering it had darn near iconic takes on Kara, Krypto, Ma and Pa Kent, Wonder Woman and the Amazons of Themiscyra, Mister Miracle, Big Barda, and Darkseid and his Apokalips minions. Enough great characterization for a twelve issue maxiseries, and these guys pull it off in just six!
And yes, I enjoyed the heck out of both animated movie adaptations, especially for Kevin Conroy and Tim Daly reprising their respective roles. Those were the voices I imagined when I read the original comics, and they fit these depictions perfectly.”

D-Unit: “Man of Steel #3 is still my favorite. I wish they would have used that for the basis of the Superman vs. Batman movie instead of Dark Knight Returns. It captures both of their personalities perfectly and hints that they respect each other and as a reader you know they will eventually end up friends. Probably my favorite team up story with those two ever. Good list.”

Too many awesome comments to list so go back and check them out! Big thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts!”

This week we discuss…

The Hellfire Gala

I’m going to go ahead and say it…I’m really looking forward to this ‘Hellfire Gala’ event Marvel has cooked up for the X-Men. 

Marvel has released some images online and then dropped a preview comic and now gave us a trailer for the upcoming crossover, which runs through most of the current ‘Reign of X’ X-Men line in June. 

The trailer teases a “secret” announcement to be made during the Hellfire Gala and while we don’t know what it is, hence it being a secret, that hasn’t stopped everyone from guessing what it could be. 

Marvel has dropped a few hints, with it’s recent promise that a new title from creators Leah Williams and Valerio Schiti will be revealed in June, as well as ‘Head of X’ Jonathan Hickman’s new title and full creative team. Cool news but not exactly secret. 

Maybe it will be something to do with Storm? She’s supposed to be leaving the X-Men and Marvel seems to have big plans for her. “I think you might be referring to a really amazing Storm development that I cryptically mentioned recently,” White told Newsarama back in August 2020. “That is in the very early stages, but… it’s amazing. Unfortunately, it’s something that won’t be happening until next year. But I think you will know it when you see it – it’s pretty huge.”

So what is the Hellfire Gala? From the looks of it, imagine the Met Gala with a twist of mutant fashion and a pinch of Marvel superheroes. Plus it will celebrate the debut of the new X-Men lineup. 

Every X-book is getting in on the action as well as a one-shot titled Planet-Size X-Men #1, which is billed as setting up the next chapter in the saga of mutant kind and Krakoa with ramifications that will be felt throughout the line – as well as the Marvel Universe…dun dun dun!

I know we’re tired of the massive crossovers and empty promises but this feels a little different, a little fresh spin on an old idea. Plus, I’m loving the character/costume designs. 

My only complaint is it looks like the other Marvel superheroes that arrive are dressed in their usual garb. A huge missed opportunity if that’s the case. Huge. 

Looks good to me. How about you?

That’s all the time I have. See you next week!