While everybody else is freaking out about the thought of the DC universe (as we know it) ending this week, I’m meticulously poring over the X-Men: Regenesis teasers. It looks like we’re getting 8 X-Men team books after Schism with Team Cyclops and Team Wolverine getting 4 books each.
You say “WTF, that’s a lot of mutant books!” but I say “YES!” Also, I’m having way too much fun identifying the shadows in these teasers. Here’s what I’ve got so far:
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender and Robbi Rodriguez
So we have Nightcrawler from the Age of Apocalypse universe, Deadpool, Fantomex and Psylocke. Well that was easy. Things don’t look good for Archangel judging from this teaser, though.
Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo
Wolverine seems to have Kid Omega on his side of the X-Men as well Iceman? I think I also see Lockheed’s foot so I’m guessing Kitty Pryde is somewhere in that big black blot. I initially thought that the flying girl was Hope Summers, but seeing that the little red head is on Generation Hope, I’m guessing the Phoenix-y chick is Rachel Summers.
X-Men: Legacy by Mike Carey and Khoi Pham
The dude with a staff is of course Gambit. The other two shadows behind Rogue baffle me. X-Men Legacy has always been the most unpredictable book of the lot so it’s going to be interesting to see if these are new characters or if I’m just out of my X-Men game.
X-Factor by Peter David and Emanuela Lupacchino
This teaser is a little distressing for me because I can’t see Madrox. We’ve been promised that one of the current members of X-Factor is going to die and I’m afraid that it’s going to be the Multiple Man. I hope that foot under the logo belongs to him. Or it could be Shatterstar. Anyway, I see Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, Banshee (yes, Siryn changed her name) and maybe Rictor? That girl near Havok’s butt could either be Polaris, M or Layla Miller. Now on to Team Cyclops.
Generation Hope by James Asmus and Ibraim Roberson
So that’s Hope, Zero, Primal, Velocidad and Transonic. Pretty much the same group we have right now — except we’re missing Oya. Uh-oh. Also, SEBASTIAN FRICKIN’ SHAW.
X-Men by Victor Gischler and Will Conrad
I’m so glad Jubilee’s here. I wouldn’t mind her being in Team Wolverine either. I just want to see more of her because she’s the only character I’ve seen growing up right before my eyes; from annoying little teen sidekick to angry vampire chick. Right beside her is some chick with long hair. I’m stumped. There seems to be someone holding a flaming sword. Magik’s soul sword maybe? And then there’s another chick. And a big dude who’s either Warpath, Skaar (the Hulk’s son) or the Ultimate Warrior.
Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco
I’ve been upset ever since I saw this teaser because I can’t identify Cyclops and I refuse to believe the rumors that he won’t make it out of Schism alive. I just hope that he’s that pair of feet behind Emma Frost. Behind the lovely White Queen I see Namor, Magneto and a Juggernautified Colossus. Or maybe that’s Cain Marko. We have another person holding a sword. If this is Magik, then the girl from the X-Men teaser could be Pixie. This is harder than I thought.
New Mutants by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and David Lopez
I’ve never been fond of Nate Summers but since I’m in love with the New Mutants, I guess I’ll just have to learn to like him. I see Warlock and Sunspot here, as well as Cypher. I think that girl behind Nate is Dani Moonstar. We can assume that the person flying in the background is Cannonbal but I think that’s a girl. Magma doesn’t fly, right?
I don’t see Professor X, Legion, Dr. Nemesis, Danger, the New X-Men kids and Storm in any of these X-Men: Regenesis teasers so it would be interesting to see if they were simply left out of these images and will still be part of any of the two X-Men factions after Schism or they will straight up quit and go play softball in the Savage Land or whatever. The most interesting bit for me is that — if I’m right about Rachel Summers — there will be two Summers people on Wolverine’s side. How exciting!