Back in 1997 Toy Biz released the first-ever Classic X-Men box set modeled after the team's debut 1963 appearance in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's X-Men #1. I loved that set so much that I managed to go through two of them (Angel lost his wings after some dangerous aerial maneuvers, Iceman accidentally shed a few arms, etc.). Some 17 years later Hasbro will assemble action figure versions of the team yet again with its own All New X-Men Marvel Legends Box Set, putting a more modern 6" spin on the blue and yellow-suited lineup of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Angel and Beast.
All New X-Men
Coming off the "Battle of the Atom" storyline, the All New X-Men are entering "The Trial of Jean Grey." A crossover between Guardians of the Galaxy and All-New X-Men, the story features the original X-Men, brought into the present from the past, dealing with an alien race that has decided to put Jean Grey on trial for the crimes of the Phoenix, which she has yet to commit in her own timeline.
For the variant covers to the series, Marvel has enlisted veteran artist Dale Keown. Perhaps best known for his work on The Incredible Hulk in the early '90s, Keown is not quite as prolific with interior comics art as he once was, but he's still occasionally producing cover work for Marvel, in addition to his creator-owned comics. For this series, Keown has produced variants for each issue -- taking place in All New X-Men #22-24 and Guardians of the Galaxy #11-13 -- with each piece spotlighting a member of each team. And, yes, Angel and Angela are paired up, because of course they are.
You can check out the first five covers, courtesy of Marvel, below.
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