Marvel’s “Fresh Start” And What Does It Mean?

Earlier today, Marvel announced that 2018 will unleash a brand new “Fresh Start” for 2018 in the following video:

All of this seems to be stemming from Bendis leaving to take an exclusive deal with DC Comics. The video certainly seems like that the folks at the “House of Ideas” are amped for this new “Fresh Start” – apparently not this excited since “Marvel NOW!” (Maybe I missed the bus on that, but Marvel NOW didn’t do much for me). Some of the things we see in the video that stuck out – Thor seems to be back – well, not Thor – well, it is Thor – but Thor has not gone by the name Thor for … well, a very long time now. We see he has a shiny golden arm and… a shiny… golden hammer… that looks exactly like his old hammer. (Apparently Thor hit up someone from Pimp My Ride). I’ve not been reading whatever book “Thor Odinson” has been in for a very long time, since he stopped being a character I recognized; and I only ever got the first issue of Jane Foster as Thor so I am not sure what’s going on there; but from what I gather, apparently Jane Foster has (or had?) cancer – and this is somehow leading to Thor (Odinson’s) return? I don’t know. Sounds like a train wreck, still.

And we also see Iron Man and Captain America, and Tony Stark seems to be returning to the suit. So Riri Williams will be out of the suit (I am guessing) and resume her roe as Ironheart and be a part of the Champions – and apparently at sometime, Doctor Doom was also in the Iron Man suit (What the actual…?) Anyway – both Captain America and Iron Man have big “legacy” issues coming up (#600 and #700 respectively), so I am sure that’s where all the big, bangs, and whistles will happen.

I am personally glad to see that other writers will be given a chance to (ideally) shine, rather than it being the “Bendis Show” at Marvel. It’s also good to know that some of the characters Bendis created (Miles Morales and Jessica Jones) will continue to see some spotlight. With all of this going on, I suspect we will also be seeing the return of Marvel’s first family (team) – the Fantastic Four. There was an image floating around of the Fantastic Four, where it looks like the original four members – but they’re cut out, so you can’t see who it is. (I wish I could find it again – so for now, you’re just going to have to put up with a standard Fantastic Four image).

Though the creative teams – or even all the book titles – have not been announced, Tom Brevoort assured everyone that not all books will be going back to #1 for these “Marvel Fresh Start.” (Which is no surprise, because of the aforementioned big numbers for Captain America and Iron Man). But he did say some books will be getting a fresh start – it’s unclear if that’s existing books already, or if that’s going to be new books spinning out of this “Fresh Start” (for example, I am sure we will probably see an Ant-Man and Wasp comic since we have that movie still coming out, and the duo is featured in the front of the picture, down in the lower right).

Tom also added, “Do not ‘read’ anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece… We can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim! If you were disappointed or confused by the absence of someone in the promotional material, don’t worry just yet: more news is coming.”

So what that all means… who knows. Good news? Bad news? Thoughts?

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The Hunt for Wolverine (or Ho-Hum).

First, let me get it out there – Wolverine was one of my favorite, all time characters, ever when I first got into comics, which was Uncanny X-Men #121. (If you’ve got any doubt, just search the site for “Uncanny X-Men #121” and you will see I bring it up – quite a bit).

As a young nerd, in the 4th grade, Wolverine represented everything I ever wanted to be. I wanted to be that guy that could defend myself and get into any scrap and be a skilled fighter, and have virtually no fear of ever coming to harm or illness because of Wolverine’s healing factor (which wasn’t, back that, so insanely over the top as it’s become).

His bad boy attitude, his costume (his yellow and black is still my favorite) all made him very iconic looking – and as a result, he also got a bunch of very cool looking panels. But, despite his slice and dice attitude and appearance, what made Wolverine especially appealing is – he was more than just that. His relationship and friendship with Nightcrawler, despite their night and day differences in attitude, felt genuine and sincere. While he showed kindness to others back then, such as Storm, and Jean Grey – that friendship with Nightcrawler really stuck with me. Why? Because we all look for something in these characters that is a reflection of ourselves – or at least, something we can relate to. That dynamic between Nightcrawler and Wolverine, to me, was very symbolic of my own relationship with my best friend (way back in the 4th grade, who is still, to this day – eons later – my closest friend). He was tall (unlike Wolverine), but a scrapper. He stepped in once, when someone was threatening me, back in the… 7th grade? I am the far more reserved, kinder, gentler soul that you see in Nightcrawler. (And people do change; these days I am more inclined to be the scrapper, and my best friend is the more peaceful one).

I feel like things changed forever, for Wolverine in X-Men #25, when Magneto ripped the Adamantium out of Wolverine. Now, I admit, when it happened, I thought it was a very cool scene. However, the change that would come, because of it, I didn’t care for. If I could have only glimpsed the future to see what would become of Wolverine.

For years, Wolverine carried on about, how without his Adamantium, he could feel himself becoming more and more feral… but for years (almost 10 years, if I remember correctly), Wolverine went on being Wolverine, having Wolverine like adventures. That was until Wolverine #100, where Cable’s son (from some alternate time line – don’t even get me started – again – on the X-Men comics and how they love their effing alternate time line stories) – tries to re-bond the Adamantium to Wolverine, but Wolverine rejects it… and in the process… devolves?

I am not even kidding. His entire appearance changed – drastically. He basically looked like a furry version of Beast, if Beast still had his furry look, but decided to shave everything except parts of his beard, eye brows, and made a Mohawk out of his hair, along with some big patches of fur on his arms. He suddenly developed talons on his fingertips (Sabretooth called, he wants his talons back!) and toes. It’s as if, suddenly, all those years of saying that he was going to go feral, all caught up to him at one time.

Because as the stories progressed, Wolverine (similar to how Beast would suffer the same fate years later – recycle bad ideas, anyone?) continued to devolve further and further, until he kept looking more and more primitive, and eventually went as far as even pretty much losing his nose. (That’s got to be a bit of a bitch, for someone who has heightened senses and suddenly can’t smell anything).

Oddly enough, Wolverine, who has never given an inch about what anyone has ever thought of him, apparently got extremely self conscious about his devolved look, and would go on – get this – to put a bandanna over his head and cut out the eye slots, to wear as a mask. Because… you know, using his original mask was completely out of the question, and we just had to have a more edgy version of Wolverine. For awhile there, while wearing said bandanna, he was still wearing tattered gloves and pants (with no shoes or boots). He eventually combined the bandanna look with a variation of his traditional costume in Wolverine #110.

Unexpectedly, and perhaps for the best, in Wolverine #111, Logan is – without explanation, restored back to looking like his human self in an issue, ironically entitled Restoration.

I am not sure what invoked this change back to Logan’s normal looking appearance; if it was slumping sales in the Wolverine book and hopes of restoring his appearance would bring back sales or whatever; but I was happy to get a Wolverine that I was at least familiar with; not just because of his appearance, but even the story shifted to a more, character centered version of Wolverine. But that wouldn’t last forever. Nothing does.

The X-Men would eventually spin into New X-Men, where Grant Morrison was the main writer, and Frank Quitley was the primary artist. I am not sure if the attempt was to make the X-Men more relate-able by taking them out of their “ridiculous spandex costumes” – but I couldn’t stand it. I didn’t enjoy the story, in many regards, probably because I wasn’t enjoying the art. (And this isn’t a knock against Frank Quitley – to be clear – he can draw better than I can, probably using his toes, than I can with my hands – but his artistic styles was one that I didn’t feel fit the “superhero medium” – it was, however, something that reminded me of art that you would find in the comic, Saga, which is an enjoyable comic, because that art style lends to the weird stories found in Saga). And remember the feral Beast, I mentioned? There he is, smack on the cover too. By this point, I was collecting X-Men, solely because I had from Uncanny X-Men #60 and up, without any gaps, so the completionist in me was agonizing. I did this until around Uncanny X-Men #540, where I drew the line and cut the chord.

Since then, they’ve made Wolverine a teacher, running his own school, which included a mutant Brood (remember the aliens that planted eggs inside the X-Men and tried to turn them into Brood Queens?) named Broo, an alien named Doop, Kid Gladiator (a young version of Gladiator of the Shi’ar Empire race, the Strontian), a part, piece, or a mutant spin off of Krakoa (you remember the island that tried to eat the X-Men?) I mean, I get it. Professor Xavier gave Wolverine the chance, no one else really gave, right? (Well, you know, if you don’t count that Wolverine was in World War I, World War II, Vietnam War, he was a part of SHIELD, and was also a part of Department H, all before becoming an X-Men, apparently)…

Wolverine was eventually killed in a four issue limited series entitled The Death of Wolverine. (I bet you can’t guess what happens?) Did you say, “Wolverine dies?” Then you’re right! I’d like to offer you a prize for such incredible insight, but the only gift I have to give is my witty sarcasm (and some say I don’t even have that to give!)

In this series, his healing factor is pushed to the breaking point, where he literally can no longer heal himself – and in a final fight, ends up encased in Adamantium (the unbreakable metal) and manages to climb to a rooftop, covered in this metal, where it dries and hardens, leaving him forever a several thousand pound statue on this roof (which thankfully, apparently never buckled under the strain of this weight).

Now, you may have gotten this far and wondered – why I wrote this (and probably, how you got tricked into reading it this far). Well, as the title suggests, there’s a Hunt for Wolverine going on. That’s right – because in Marvel, if you’re a popular character, there’s a good chance guarantee that Marvel is going to bring you back and make some kind of event out of it. (Remember when Jean Grey died, and then many years later, came back? And then remember when she died again? And then came back again? And then died ONE more time, but then came back? And then died, this time for the last time, but um, just recently came back? Remember when Captain America was shot in the head during Civil War? Or – remember when Bucky totally died, but then came back as Winter Soldier and killed Cap’s other partner, Nomad, and suffered no repercussions after he was free of the brain washing? If you know me, you know I had to put that slight in there). So, add Wolverine to that list of people who have apparently come back. And true to form, Marvel is making an event out of it. Is it a 4 issue limited series?

Yes.

But. No, also.

In April, there will be a one shot of The Hunt for Wolverine #1. But the good times don’t stop there, no sir. Because from there, we go to:

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST (#1-4)
Written by Charles Soule
Art by Matteo Buffagni

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA (#1-4)
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by R.B. Silva

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER (#1-4)
Written by Mariko Tamaki
Art by Butch Guice

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR (#1-4)
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Chris Bachalo

So… not just one limited series… but…. four? (Why again?)

So aside from the changes done to Wolverine over the years, where he’s no longer even a character I know or understand – Marvel has gone out of their way to pollute the waters. Just what do I mean by that? They’ve flooded the Marvel Universe with Wolverine knock offs – follow me now.

First there’s Daken, deemed “Wolverine’s Son.” Now he’s different, because rather than three claws from the fist, he has two – oh, but look – one comes out of his wrist (because, that’s useful… how?) So what’s his story? Get this… In 1946 as Wolverine is living in Jasmine Falls, Japan with his pregnant wife Itsu, Romulus sends the Winter Soldier to kill Itsu. After Itsu’s death (remember when I said he had only killed Nomad – well, guess whose killing record goes even deeper – killing an innocent pregnant woman), a mysterious man cuts baby Daken from his mother’s womb leaving her body lying on the floor. Daken survives this incident due to his mutant healing factor. Hold up. Mutant abilities typically do not manifest until a mutant’s teen years; and I am to understand, that – a baby – not even completely born yet – has already developed a healing factor?

All right, let’s move on. Next we have X-23. You might think you know her from the Logan movie, but X-23 in the comics is slightly different. She’s a little older, for beginners. Now, aside from the fact that she appeared, she was wearing a Fang costume (which, maybe I am missing a piece of her backstory, but that doesn’t make any sense, since that costume originates from the Shi’ar Imperial Guard member, Fang – who is a race of known as Lupak). Wolverine once wore the same costume, briefly long before X-23, when they were – you know, fighting the Imperial Guard and he took it from Fang, to impersonate him and get the drop on the Shi’ar – so it at least made sense. I digress (I’ve done that a lot in this long rant, haven’t I?) The story behind X-23 is that she’s a clone of Wolverine – after 22 failed attempts (due to a damaged chromosome), X-23 is successfully made, and carried to term by one of the doctors. Now she’s different because she has two claws that pop out of her first (also laced with Adamantium – they just hand that stuff out on the corner these days!) – but hold on there’s a third claw that pops out from her foot also.

Still not convinced, huh, bub? How about this? Now that you know that X-23 was the 23rd attempt at cloning Wolverine… did you know that they made a clone of X-23? A clone… of a clone. And not just one. They made something like 10 of them. One of them just happens to be named Gabrielle. And sure enough, just like X-23, she can pop claws too – oh, but she’s different than Wolverine and X-23, in that she can only pop out one claw (I guess each time they clone they lose one claw in the process – so a clone of Gabby, would logically not be able to pop any claws right?) Gabby, as she is so affectionately called will also be featured as a part of the roster of X-Men: Red (led by the previously dead/alive again too many times to count Jean Grey), along side with her sister, X-23 (because having one claw member on the team – literally – wasn’t enough, that they needed to add X-23 to the team too).

We’re not done yet. Next, he first appeared in the Ultimates line, before he too was dragged into the “main time stream” of the Marvel Universe, and became a regular member of the current X-Men: Blue team – none other than Jimmy Hudson, Jr. In this Ultimates timeline Wolverine has a son with Magda, and gives the son to James Hudson, who takes and raises him. During a car accident, James is nearly fatally killed, when his mutant healing powers – just like dear old dad – kicks in. Kitty shows up and tells him he has claws too probably – and sure enough, he pops claws, and eventually develops a metal coating (how again?) over the claws. Now, as a part of X-Men: Blue he and (Teen) Jean Grey have feelings for one another, recycling the old story and conflict of Scott Loves Jean, but Jean is torn between Scott and Logan. Yawn. Been there. Was way better the first time, thanks.

You’d think, by now, we would have reached the end, right? Now. There’s still one more “Wolverine” to go. And it’s Wolverine himself. Except. Not himself. It’s him from a alternate future. (Remember when I said the X-Men and their alternate realities?) In the mid-2000’s, in Wolverine #66-72, there was a story that featured this futurist Wolverine. Well, because Marvel didn’t have enough Wolverines in the “main time line” – sure enough, they also dragged Old Man Logan into the regular Marvel Universe, where he’s been a staple member of the Weapon X and X-Men: Gold series.

So you can see why, I simply have not even the tiniest, remote, microscopic care about Wolverine and his return to Marvel.

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Adam-X vs Vulcan – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – The Truth.

Let me put it out there – first and foremost, I’m biased. Anyone who knows me, knows I am biased. Anyone whose listened to our podcast, knows I am biased. Unlike the majority of the comic book world, I am actually a very big fan of Adam-X; and let’s be clear, that is not sarcasm. I own a two page spread from the Captain Marvel comic where Adam-X appears (and got it autographed by Fabian).

Speaking of Fabian, he’s technically the reason all of this started, so many years ago. You see, way back in the day – on a warm, summer day in 1993, X-Men #23 came out. What could possibly be significant about X-Men #23 – it’s not a #1, or even a land mark 25th, 50th, or 75th issue! Well, in this issue, Cyclops runs into Mister Sinister in Alaska, and Sinister says:

“I care, Scott. Selfishly, I’ll grant you, for the fruitful pursuit of my own self-interests… But I care enough to wish you and your brothers to be protected from this illness.”

Scott catches the plural of brothers – and asks Sinister what he means by that, and he brushes it off as a mistake, and that he had only meant Scott’s brother, Alex Summers (Havok). Now, in 1993, Marvel was doing a thing where they were introducing new characters in the Annuals (in the event you’re interested, the list is provided at the very end of this article). Now, Fabian was also writing the X-Force books, including X-Force Annual #2, where Adam-X was introduced. Now, Fabian has gone on record as saying, his intended plan was to make Adam the “3rd Summers Brother”…

“The character [X-Treme] WAS created to be the 3rd brother, but once I left the x-books, the following writers/editors chose to ignore the sub-plot(which is their call to make). the good news is that no writer/editor contradicted the storyline plans I had, so maybe someday I could still pick it up.
–fabian”

While Fabian was indeed laying down the groundwork for this to come true (X-Force #29 and #30, Captain Marvel #2 and 3, and X-Men #39). Through those issues, we do get confirmation that Adam is not from Earth, and that he is the son of D’Ken and the rightful heir to the Shi’ar Throne; as well as Cyclop’s grandfather noting that Adam seems unusually familiar (and reminds him of his grandsons).

As fate would have it, Fabian left the book before he could tell the story. So, like many things in the X-Men books, it became a “dangler.” From there, wild speculations began, from it being Adam, or Gambit, among other things. The years rolled by, and very quickly, Adam faded into obscurity.

Fast forward to 13 years later, in 2006 – Ed Brubaker took it upon himself to – once and for all – resolve the whole “3rd Summers Brother” mystery in a way – that he, and Marvel, promised would shake the X-Men to their foundation.

So, how did they do that? Brubaker wrote a series called X-Men: Deadly Genesis, which retcons (retcon: revise [an aspect of a fictional work] retrospectively, typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events) the “Bible of the X-Men Books” – Giant Size X-Men #1 (which is the first appearance of: Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird and is the second full appearance of Wolverine).

Let me take a step back. Let’s talk about how Vulcan even came to be. So back in Uncanny X-Men #156 (1982), Christopher Summers & Katherine Summers (Scott/Cyclops & Alex/Havok’s parents) while they were flying. They’re abducted by the alien race, the Shi’ar. Katherine is kept as a concubine, while Christopher is thrown into the slave mines. When Christopher tries to escape, D’Ken brings Katherine and guts her with a blade, killing her in front of Corsair (Christopher Summers).

However, X-Men: Deadly Genesis also retcons that, and explains that Katherine was pregnant at the time of the abduction, and the infant was cut out and thrown into an incubator and aged to adulthood, to be used as a slave. That adult turns out to be Gabriel Summers, who manages to break free of Erik the Red, a Shi’ar agent on Earth, and is found by Moira MacTaggert. Moira takes him to Charles Xavier, who makes him the leader of a branch of the X-Men, which composes of Gabriel (under the name of Vulcan), Petra, Sway and Darwin.

Originally, in Giant Size X-Men #1, the original X-Men are capturing by the living island of Krakoa; and that’s when Charles Xavier gets Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird, Wolverine, Banshee, and Sunfire to assist Cyclops in returning to Krakoa and saving the original X-Men. X-Men: Deadly Genesis’ retcon makes it so – before Professor Xavier gets this new team, he actually sends Vulcan, Sway, Petra, and Darwin to save the original X-Men. All four apparently perish in the mission; so that’s where Professor Xavier decides to get the new team (Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, etc.)

It’s explained in X-Men: Genesis that Professor Xavier feels so guilty about the death of Vulcan, Sway, Petra, and Darwin – that he finds and erases any memory of those who had contact with the four. (This is because, it’s the only way to even hope to explain why no one had heard of these mutants before; making the retcon larger and larger). Not only that, it puts Charles Xavier in a bad light, that he’s so willing to alter people’s memories because of his own, selfish shame.

Now, let’s think about this. In the X-Men’s next mission (with Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Banshee, and Cyclops), Thunderbird perishes in Uncanny X-Men #95 (1975) when he tries to stop Count Nefaria from escaping and the plane crashes into a mountainside, exploding (killing Thunderbird, though Count Nefaria appears later to be alive). But, what’s odd is – if X-Men: Deadly Genesis is to be believed; why wouldn’t Professor Xavier have also wiped the minds of those who knew John Proudstar, the later Thunderbird? Because, as luck would have it, James Proudstar (John’s younger brother) would not only take up the Thunderbird mantle, join the Hellions; he would also eventually go after, and try to initially kill Professor Xavier (blaming him for his brother’s death); he eventually backs down. So, there’s more inconsistency, if you try to accept X-Men: Deadly Genesis as cannon.

There’s just too many reasons for me to dislike Vulcan; the fact that they retconned Giant Size X-Men #1 (this is my biggest beef), the fact that to make his origin even remotely believable, it makes a few characters appear out of character, and is also inconsistent with what we have already seen.

Adam was intended to be the son of D’Ken and Katherine Summers. While I’ve talked to Fabian about it, he’s never fully confirmed his intended plan to me other than “It would have shaken up the space aspect of the X-Men universe.” I suspect, especially after Captain Marvel #3 where we learn he is the son of D’Ken (and with the long blond hair; a trait not found in Shi’ar, but clearly meant to be inherited from Katherine Summers), that Adam would have taken the seat at the throne. To believe Adam’s origin is much, much easier than the train wreck that Vulcan required.

Most comic book people don’t even really know Adam-X, other than “he’s so X-TREME” and “optimizes the 90s.” The later, I can see; he is pretty over the top with the blades. I would have cut down on the blades on the shoulder and the side of the legs. But most people probably have not read a single appearance to know anything more about him, then to use him as a joke. (Yes, believe it or not, Adam-X still comes up). He did appear not too long ago in Uncanny X-Men #513 and Dark Avengers #7, but he was written so poorly, that the writers were intentionally using him to parody himself (his dialogue is way, way, way over the top and written like a “typical surfer” – which, of course, is supposed to be a reference to the 90s). On the flip side, I will give it to Yost, who took over the X-Men books after Brubaker left and wrote Emperor Vulcan, Kingbreaker and War of Kings, all of which featured Vulcan, and was, at least an interesting story (though the death of Corsair was completely uncalled for).

I will probably never change anyone’s mind about Adam, or even Vulcan; but every once in awhile, I am inspired to ramble about it.

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Footnotes:

The 1993 Annual characters and where they appeared:

Annex – Amazing Spider-Man Annual #27
Bantam – Captain America Annual #12
Darkling – New Warriors Annual #3
Bloodwraith – Avengers Annual #22
Cadre – Web of Spider-Man Annual #9
Charon – X-Factor Annual #8
X-Cutioner – Uncanny X-Men Annual #17
Wildstreak – Fantastic Four Annual #26
Kyllian – Dr. Strange Annual #3
Dreamkiller – Darkhawk Annual #2
Hit Maker – Wonder Man Annual #2
The Assassin – Namor Annual #3
Lazarus – The Incredible Hulk Annual #19
Devourer – Daredevil Annual #9
The Flame – The Mighty Thor Annual #18
Face Thief – Iron Man Annual #14
Phalanx – Punisher War Zone Annual #1
Irish Wolfhound – Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #3
Khaos – Excalibur Annual #1
Nocturne – Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #13
Raptor – Avengers West Coast Annual #8
Night Terror – Ghost Rider Annual #1
Legacy – Silver Surfer Annual #6
Empyrean – X-Men Annual #2
Eradikator – Punisher Annual #6
Tracer – Deathlok Annual #2
X-Treme – X-Force Annual #2

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Welcome to the X-Books, Hope You Survive the X-Perience.

So, imagine this – you’ve been drafted to pull 7 characters, and 7 characters only – whether alive or dead, doesn’t matter – into each of these books. (And there’s none of, “I’d have this character working from their bases as a contact” to try and cheat as a number 8 or more). Whoever you have “working” at the base, counts towards your total.

So, with that – who would you put in the following books:

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Things are about to get violent at Marvel – Conan the Barbarian returns!

Marvel Entertainment and Conan Properties International announced an agreement today to bring Robert E. Howard’s famed pulp hero back to the comics publisher beginning in January 2019.

It’s an interesting move, because Darkhorse has been publishing Conan for quite some time now. So, you have to wonder – is Conan that popular of a comic book that Marvel would seemingly go out of their way to reacquire the license? I suspect there’s more to this. I am wondering, if comic book sales are good enough, that Disney (under whatever ‘flagship’ movie studio they want to select) is considering releasing a brand new Conan the Barbarian movie as well? Perhaps something to try and capture the Game of Thrones and Vikings type market? I remember owning quite a few issues of Conan the Barbarian back in the day when these were coming out (issue #141 sticking out the most in my memory for some odd reason – I may even still have it somewhere in one of my Random comic boxes) – but, I have to admit, I don’t remember being very enthralled by the Conan the Barbarian comics – they were cool to pick up if no other new comics I collected came in and I had a spare 60 cents burning in my pocket, begging to be spent.

Marvel has not released any creative teams information; only that it will be coming out in 2019. They also released these two promotional pieces:

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The Rumor Mill: The State of X

The events of the Phoenix Resurrection is apparently going to have rippling effects in the X-Men Universe. In X-Men Blue #16, they even tease this with a notice: Now for teasing upcoming projects, I can say that there are at least two new ongoing series in development. One completely unexpected and the other a fan favorite. It’s to early to get into any more information that that, but I am sure most X-Fans will be excited when we make our announcements. Keep your eyes and ears open!

There’s some speculation that the X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold books may also get renamed to Uncanny X-Men and X-Men, and drop the Blue and Gold names (no idea which book would get which title; it’d make the most sense if they go this route to make Gold the Uncanny book) and the books would resume the regular number of the titles. With Disney purchasing the “Mutant” rights back – it’s no surprise that they did announce a New Mutants: Dead Souls mini.

We know they’re doing a (Adult) Jean Grey led book called X-Men: Red, which – if they do rename X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold to X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, would they rename X-Men: Red to another name? Will it be released as something other than X-Men: Red?

X-Men Red doesn’t even count towards said two new books, I believe. So there could be potentially two other X-Men books coming out? It seems like New Mutants would a no brainer, to try and capture the audience that the movie may generate. What could be the other book? X-Force? X-Factor? It seems like since they said “unexpected” it could be something a little more off beat, like Excalibur.

What two books do you wish Marvel would release? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

– Tawmis

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It’s been a year – In Honor of our Princess. (Potential Spoiler Inside – Beware)

It’s been a year, to this very day that we lost Carrie Fisher. (See my original post, a year ago – Remembering Carrie Fisher). It was strangely haunting seeing her in Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, knowing that she was no longer with us. Each and every moment she was on the screen, the first time I watched the movie, was filled with a touch of anxiety, because I was expecting that to be the moment, that General Leia would be “exited” out of the movie. So, it’s no surprise (other than the fact that I, unlike some Star Wars fans, thoroughly enjoyed the movie), and went back and saw it a second – then a third time. It’s still difficult, even a year later, knowing she’s gone. From what I’ve read, she’s being written out of Star Wars – Episode IX, rather than giving her a death scene, which I think is probably the better way to go. I would love, if they did something with her (real life) daughter (Billie Lourd), who has been in The Force Awakens and in The Last Jedi, and do more with her. There’s only one more movie, for this trilogy – that they can’t do too much with her – I just hope that she appears in the final trilogy, so that we still get to see a piece of Carrie Fisher continuing the Star Wars franchise.

Carrie Fisher, May The Force Be With You, Always.

– Tawmis

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It’s Official – Disney has acquired the 20th Century Fox Film Rights…

As we had mentioned previously, it’s official – Disney has acquired the rights to 20th Century Fox films. While this gives them access to bring X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU fold (at long last – how the Fantastic Four were not able to be a part of this entire MCU tie in, is a sad, sad thing). The amount of doors this opens up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is … amazing. I am hoping that they weave the Fantastic Four into their own movie that has ties with the Avenges related movies; but on the flip side, I hope the X-Men movies, perhaps share the same universe (make references to what’s happened in the Avengers movies), but actually remain a little bit separated from the grand scale of the Avengers movies. I would like to see the X-Men movies pretty much stand on their own, and have their own epic build ups.

I dream of Disney handing us a movie that essentially starts with the Special Edition X-Men/X-Men #94 story line – where it just opens with a scene of the original X-Men on a plane, and we see flashes of things going chaotic and insane, as the plane seems to be destined to crashing – and then blackness. Then do a thing that says, Several Days Later… and show Cyclops standing in front of Professor Xavier explaining that something powerful took the plane down; and Professor Xavier explains that they must gather other mutants to rescue the X-Men. And we see them going and traveling to Canada to get Wolverine, Russia to get Colossus, Africa to get Storm, Germany to get Nightcrawler – and if they want to grab Banshee, Sunfire and Thunderbird, all the better. (They can even do a fill in for those two – for other mutants – I’d just like to ensure that Wolverine, Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler are at least recruited). If they grabbed everyone – would be an awesome way of showing diversity (which is a big thing right now) and pleasing comic book fans.

I wondered how the idea of the original X-Men being taken down by a living planet would go down in a movie; but with some minor story tweaking – they could essentially change it to a mutant who is able to control plants (similar to Plant-Man, but a mutant). And we can learn that the original X-Men were there to try and find and bring this powerful mutant into their fold. However, this mutant has secluded himself on this island, because in order to live, he feeds off of mutant powers… and tried to go away and die; but the hunger took over as soon as he detected the original X-Men flying in the jet overhead. So now the new X-Men must go fight this powerful mutant (maybe even just make it Mimic, for that matter!) and save the original X-Men. This allows Disney to bring in the “new” X-Men and also introduces the original X-Men, and from there – if they wanted could do two different movies (X-Men and Uncanny X-Men or whatever).

These are just dreams though…

And for those concerned about Deadpool: “It [Deadpool] clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool,” said Iger. “As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”

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– Tawmis

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“The Gifted” on FOX.

I admit it. I’m more than surprised; and pleasantly so. Generally, FOX has, time and time again, disappointed me with what they’ve done with the X-Men movies. So when I heard about The Gifted coming out to FOX, I admit, my expectations were pretty low; especially when I heard that one of the main characters was made up, specifically for the show, named Eclipse. I thought, “With all the mutants that are in the Marvel Universe, you still needed to make up a new character?” Well, apparently they did. But going into the show, Eclipse is one of the more humanized characters, that is easy to like (at least initially… I won’t go into the details of what he does later – admittedly, though – he was in a tough spot when he needed information!)

Just like any movie (not just FOX, Marvel/Disney has done this also – as has every movie studio) – the character origins are changed to suit the show. For example, in the comics, John Proudstar dies very early on, when he initially joins the X-Men. In The Gifted, the X-Men exist (and are repeatedly mentioned and referenced; but they’ve “disappeared” – and that hasn’t been explained). So for the sake of the show, John Proudstar never actually joins the X-Men, and thus he never dies the way he does in the comics. Which is a good thing, because in the show, he’s probably one of my favorite characters. I also like that they enhanced his powers a bit in the show; he still has his super strength and what not; but his ability to track and how he does it, seems to lend to having super senses.

Blink has a bit of a rough intro; she’s easy to get used to, but didn’t feel connected to her until you learn about her origin and the orphanage house thing she came from. I think that was a great turning point for her character, and she went from being a runner to a fighter. Now she had a reason to be personally invested in helping the mutant resistance. I do love that they’re not afraid to show her using her powers; and though sometimes they trim it, they still do special effects to show you she’s opening a portal.

As I said, Eclipse is the new character that was added to the show as an original character. And after watching the show, it’s immediately clear why. Because they’re using Lorna Dane (Polaris) in the show, and Alex Summers (Havok) has already appeared (and died… sigh) in the X-Men movies; they needed another love interest for Polaris, and Eclipse is that man. I do like that he has a pretty dark past, with his connections, and what he did as a mutant for his previous love interest (and how that comes back to haunt him in the series).

He’s the one you always sort of cheer for, because you know he’s done some bad things before, but he’s trying to redeem himself in the eyes of Lorna, whom he loves dearly. So you want him to succeed, you want him to come on top; but just like real life, sometimes the shadows pull you back into the darkness when you least expect it – and those actions always have a consequence, even if they’re not immediately known!

I love what they’ve done with the Strucker children too; Lauren and Andy Strucker. Now, you might be thinking, “But wait! That’s not the name of the Fenris twins in the comics! It’s Andrea and Andreas Strucker! Don’t worry! They address that as well; and quite beautifully. So it turns out in The Gifted that Andrea and Andreas are the grandparents of Lauren and Andy; and as it turns out, the power they wield, and the mutant gene is hereditary in all the children of the Strucker family tree… something that Reed Strucker’s (played by Stephen Moyer; whom most know, but I always associate him to True Blood and am waiting for him to say, Sookie!”) father tried to stop from passing down. And there’s consequences to it! It was great, because the entire time, I kept saying, “I wonder if they’re going to hold hands and trigger their power, that’s even more powerful…” And sure enough, that scene comes, and it’s great! Their mother, Kate Strucker, is played by the beautiful Amy Acker (who most probably know from her brief appearance in Supernatural and her reoccurring role in Angel and Dollhouse, though she’s been in much more than that!)

Is the show perfect? Of course not. But it’s damn good. As a matter of fact, the only thing I can really complain about is… sadly, Polaris. And it’s not because she’s not like the comic book character… but it’s because the personality they dished her. She’s an emo, super angry, super aggressive, leather, big boots (I said boots!), pale skinned, constantly nagging, constantly fighting, over the top character. Literally can not stand the character. They need to drastically tone her down – a lot. Maybe they need to poke into her past, reveal the reason she is the way she is; because right now, she’s entirely too annoying to even bare.

They do a good job showing off mutants in the show (Eye-Boy even appears to make an appearance), along with other obscure characters such as Shatter (who appears in several episodes, with dialogue), and even (Beautiful) Dreamer, who is also one of the main characters of the show (and the main love interest of John Proudstar).

They do cool things like tie it all back to Trask Industries (who has a long history, in Marvel Comics, as being Anti-Mutant, and the developers of the Sentinels, which are giant, mutant hunting robots). What I also like is that they show the human side of dealing with mutants, as you learn one of the main, high ranking officers from Sentinel Services, Officer Jace Turner (played by Coby Bell), had his daughter tragically killed during a peaceful Mutant Rights March, that went south – and she died, at the age of 4 due to a mutant’s powerful explosion. They even dig deep enough to talk about the Hound Project, where they use mutants to track and fight other mutants. There was even a telepath that they introduced a few episodes ago; and I couldn’t figure out what her game was – was she helping the mutants? Was she a sleeper hound? Then in the latest episode – they gave a big hint – which I was able to guess, before she frees the folks on the bus!

This show hits it on all cylinders for me; and I can’t help but wonder, after watching this “Mid Season Finale” – how is it they get everything so right, but the movies can’t seem to do the X-Men lore any justice?

For me, this is one of the best super hero shows on TV (excluding Netflix), though Maico would disagree with me and say Legion is one of the best super hero TV shows (excluding Netflix).

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Disney’s 20th Century Fox Films.

By now, I am sure you’ve heard the news and rumors. Disney is reportedly in talks of purchasing 20th Century Fox Films… Why would they do this? And how does it effect us – as comic book fans?

Well, I am pretty sure they’re doing this to logically regain the movie rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchise. That’s right – as you may (or may not? If you’ve been under a rock!) be aware – 20th Century Fox has the movie rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. (Yes, this is why – except for those super, ultra, die hard, X-Men can do no wrong fans) – the X-Men movies (except for Deadpool, and some, other than me, might even argue Logan) were not good movies. Under Fox Studios, the X-Men movies have been an ongoing nightmare (similar to Marvel’s current state of comics!) – everything from actors being changed out due to the fact that the X-Men movies changed time lines every couple of movies (so Cyclops, Jean, Storm, Mystique, Professor Xavier, Magneto, among others were played by different people – and in some cases, more than one actor). Now, that’s not to say that the Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t suffered the same fate! Why, there was Terrence Howard, who got replaced by Don Cheadle after one movie to play James Rhodes (War Machine) and there was also… um. There was also… Well, there might have been someone else, somewhere… right? OK. Well, regardless – moving on – the constant change in the cast, the team dynamics, the time lines, have made the X-Men movies a complete failure. Even if you look at them as individual movies; stand alone movies – the stories fail to deliver. Again, probably the only two exceptions being Deadpool and Logan. Not even the Apocalypse movie sat well with me or Maico.

But, if the deal goes through – and Disney takes over 20th Century Fox Films and effectively gets the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights back – could that be a bad thing? Disney would undoubtedly scrap all the previous ties to FOX’s version of the X-Men and Fantastic Four films – and we should cheer them for that, right – as they deliver Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy type caliber movies, yes? But what about Deadpool? While Logan has ended; there’s plans for a Deadpool 2 in the works (which will probably finish anyway) – but Deadpool 3? The New Mutants trilogy that was pitched? Will those be scrapped? And the concern that Disney does not publish R Rated movies, which Deadpool would need to be, to effectively work.

I’ve given this some thought. Want to hear my thoughts? If yes, keep reading – if not, head to one of your other favorite websites and go watch a funny video. Now if you’re still here – good. So, I was thinking – Deadpool has often broken the 4th wall – he practically lives out of the 4th wall. Because of this, Disney could actually turn a blind eye and let Deadpool continue to do whatever it needs to do; because it would not tie into the regular Cinematic Universe anyway. Now you ask – what about Disney doing an “R” rated movie if they took over 20th Century Fox and had to deal with releasing Deadpool 3: Deadpool vs the MCU. Well, while Disney has never directly produced any R-rated product under the “Disney” brand; Disney happens to own (or owned) a number of other subsidiaries such as Miramax Films, Dimension Films, as well as Touchstone Films. The movie The Crow, for example was released by Miramax/Dimension Films, while owned by Disney – and The Crow is Rated R. So I would imagine, if they do acquire 20th Century Fox, chances are they’d simply continue to release Deadpool through 20th Century Fox, and then bring in the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because Disney would own both the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Marvel Studios, and 20th Century Fox Films – the Deadpool movies would have free reign to also use whatever characters they see fit (with Disney’s permission, of course).

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– Tawmis

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