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Thoughts on the Future of Marvel’s X-Men

May 22, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Last week we asked, Will Batman #75 Change Batman Forever?. Here’s what some of you had to say:

Rob Wiener: “Spoiler alert:
Tom King is a terrible writer. See any issue of Heroes in Crisis”

Richard H1S: “Tom hyping up every 25th issue especially after 50 seems like it’s destined for a letdown. Either that or he’s going to do something completely out of character with him that a future writer is going to have to retcon.

Either way my excitement is very low.”

yak_da_coont_dry: “No. Batman Forever is still a bad movie.”

Anthony Petrillo: “Tom King’s Batman run is just really bad.”

D-Unit: “Hopefully he doesn’t kill someone. I can see King thinking that will be a good idea. It’s not”

Cami: “He’s killing Bane. Isn’t he?”

prowriter: “I’m Baneman.
Also, he sounds like Rian Johnson.”

Tom Hyberger: “He’s going to steal some of the Venom storyline, make Batman a Venom addict, and Batman will kill Bane. That will haunt him going forward because he’s become everything he’s tried to stop.”

Jeremiah Ashcroft: “I do like the way they’e built Bane up and put him in the upper echelon. I know that he was important during the 90’s, but I feel like his significance in the past decade was his inclusion in Secret Six where I thought he was well used.

It’s nice to see him as a proper headline threat. I’ve been keeping up by reading trades and Tom King seems to just be pretty inconsistent. I feel like I enjoy every other book so far but am really hating some of the decisions made, like the entire wedding.”

duh: “No. Nothing in comics is forever.”

Whole F’n Truth: “Nope…..sales will be strong for the book because of the various covers. After that, low sales as usual”

To read last week’s column go HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we share our…

Thoughts on the Future of Marvel’s X-Men

The clock is ticking till when we get a look at Marvel’s anticipated series ‘House of X’ and ‘Powers of X’ series which is looking to launch a new age of mutant goodness. Marvel is getting new and old fans ready by showing important moments that shaped X-Men history with a new documentary series, ‘X-Men: The Seminal Moments’.

Marvel will release the four-episode series online to celebrate the X-Men series with Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men.

Each of these shorts will feature voices from Marvel’s past and present; including creators like Adam Kubert, Chris Claremont, Larry Hama, Jonathan Hickman, Al Ewing and more.

‘House of X’ and ‘Powers of X’, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Gracia, will build on every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines.

Hickman says that the “entire line” of X-Men comic books will be canceled to coincide with the launch of the two biweekly titles.

“I didn’t feel like just doing a new number one was enough. I also didn’t think that if we were serious about what we were trying to do we should have a mixed message in the market about what an X-book is,” Hickman said in an interview with ComicBook. “So I argued for cancelling the entire line: Why it would work, why it was a good idea, and most importantly, why it was what we needed to do narratively to return the X-Men to their rightful prominent position in the Marvel Universe.”

“We needed to sell the idea that this is what we’re going to be doing for the next few years. So if you want to read X-Men books during the run from late-July through September, House of X and Powers of X are the only new X-books available and everything that’s going to follow is based on them,” he continued. “We wanted to be clear to the fans, to the stores, and just as importantly, to the creators who are going to be staffing these books in the future. We wanted the message to be very clear: This is a whole new era for the X-Men. This is what we’re doing now. And so, POX and HOX is how we’re starting. It’s a solid plan, I think.”

“At the conclusion of our 12 weeks of HOX and POX, we’ll be launching an entire new universe of X-books,” Hickman revealed. “Some will be traditional fare, some carry through on ideas presented in HOX and POX. Some books are completely new concepts. I, personally, will be writing the ongoing flagship X-book.”

“Now, we’re already in production on all of these ‘Wave 1’ books and our plan at this moment is to introduce the titles, creative teams, and publishing details around SDCC, which is a week before HOX #1 goes on sale. We also just finished our plans for our ‘Wave 2’ books that will debut in 2020 and we’re getting ready to hire talent for those.”

“It’s pretty exciting, and this kind of long-term planning is one of the benefits of knowing what direction you’re headed for the next few years.”

As someone who grew up reading the exploits of the X-Men, I’m invested in this new campaign and even the jaded, “I’ve seen everything there is to see in comics” part of me is excited for this.

What’s your anticipation level for this new chapter for the X-Men?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!