Marvel is killing it with Inhumans vs. X-Men right now and my favorite thing about it is after the event, we’re going to get ResurrXion and a whole bunch of new X-Men titles. If you haven’t heard, I’m a big X-Men fan, so it’s an exciting time to be me right now.
The new crop of X-Men comics start with X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold, dropping in April 2017. I went through Marvel’s April 2017 solicitations and found some other comics I’m looking forward to. Let’s go through them, k?
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artists: Javier Pina (#15) and Jesús Saiz (#16)
Cover Artists: Gabriele Dell’otto (#15), Daniel Acuña (#16), David Marquez (#15 variant), and RB Silva (#16 variant)
Nick Spencer’s run on Captain America: Steve Rogers is blowing my mind and I can’t wait to see how he’s going to do the coming out party of Hydra Cap. Plus: I need that #15 ResurrXion variant cover by David Marquez featuring Kitty Pryde and Lockheed.
Infamous Iron Man #7
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Alex Maleev
The despicable Ultimate Reed Richards vs. the heroic Doctor Doom who’s now Iron Man. I haven’t kept up with this title but now I need to catch up because this is insane.
Writer: R.L Stine
Artists: German Peralta and Kate Niemczyk
Cover Artists: Tyler Crook and Leonard Kirk (variant)
R.L. Stine is writing Man-Thing. One of the weirdest and creepiest Marvel characters ever is being written by the Goosebumps guy. How amazing is that?
Writers: Fred Van Lente and Reilly Brown
Artists: Reilly Brown and Diego Olortegui
Cover Artist: David Nakayama
Fred Van Lente is one of my favorite sequential art writers ever and I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do with Slapstick. I hope that Game of Thrones reference in the solicitation means there’s going to be some great GoT jokes in the book. Man, I miss GoT.
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artists: Jorge Molina (#1 and #2) and Matteo Buffagni (#1)
Cover Artists: Arthur Adams and a whole bunch of variant cover artists
Marvel is bringing back the golden age of the X-Men, it seems, and I’m all for it. As a fan of the X-Men, the group of characters that brought me into comics in the first place, the return of the Blue and Gold teams is a big deal. Of course, the concept of two main X-Men titles hasn’t really left us since the ’90s, but the idea of Blue and Gold teams is a big draw especially to X-Men fans who have either lapsed or stayed on but are tired of the less colorful and too grim tone of the X-books in the last few years.
I like how the new Blue team is composed of the time-displaced original X-Men and led by Magneto. I love the teens’ initial reaction to Magneto working with Present and Dead Cyclops and his X-faction when they arrived in the present, and I hope this book can bring back that electric atmosphere which we lost in succeeding storylines.
Writer: Marc Guggenheim
Artist: Ardian Syaf
Cover Artists: Ardian Syaf and a whole bunch of variant cover artists
Kitty Pryde who started off as the teen who yelled “PROFESSOR XAVIER IS A JERK!” is now going to be the leader of the X-Men! And it’s not just any X-Men team — this new Gold team is classic X-Men. We’ve got Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Rachel Grey (not know as Prestige, apparently), plus Old Man Logan. I guess we’re going to get the Currently Dead Young-ish Man Logan after the movie? Also exciting: a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that’s apparently going to include some former X-friends.
What are you looking forward to from Marvel in April 2017? Sound off in the comments, True Believers!