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Modern Heroics Done Right In Brian Wood And Olivier Coipel’s ‘X-Men’ #1 [Review]


X-Men. It's a bland title for a comic. No astonishment here; no bid for universal novelty; no claim to the ubiquitous label "uncanny". The new series, headlined by writer Brian Wood and penciller Olivier Coipel, is called only "X-Men", and the simplicity of the title suggests a statement...

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Mutant Women of Earth: How Chris Claremont Reinvented the Female Superhero


This April Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel launch a new X-Men title with a roster of Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Rachel Grey, Rogue and Storm. That the team is all-female is unusual for a series that isn't defined along gender-lines. What makes the roster extraordinary is that it's an all-star line-up. These are first draft X-Men, and the book could easily have added more top picks -- Dazzler, Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Magik, Mystique -- and still been all-female.

It's hard to think of any other superhero team with such a strong bench of women, and it's especially hard to think of another team where so many female characters rose to prominence within the team itself. What these characters have in common is no mystery; they were all written by Chris Claremont, the man whose name is synonymous with "strong female characters."

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Marvel Launches Women-Only ‘X-Men’ in April


Marvel Comics has announced a new X-Men title launching in April that spotlights the female members of the team. Yes, finally, a book dedicated to some of the many X-Women who have won fan hearts for years...

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Career Advice: Picking Kitty Pryde’s Next Job


Since her introduction thirty years ago as a new character younger readers could relate to, Kitty Pryde has been a ballerina, a computer genius, a super-hero, a ninja, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a bartender, in that order...

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The Return of Kitty Pryde: Everybody’s Girlfriend


This Wednesday, X-Men fans will see the return of Kitty Pryde, a.k.a. Everybody's Girlfriend. Or at least, that's how Chris Sims (correctly) described her to me. The fan-favorite phasing mutant rejoins the Marvel Universe this week in Matt Fraction and Whilce Portacio's "Uncanny X-Men" #522, with all the appropriate sturm und drang of an X-Men character event, after being exiled within a gigantic phallic silver space bullet at the end of the critical and commercial juggernaut known as Joss Whedon and John Cassaday's "Astonishing X-Men...

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Kitty Pryde Returns!


Kitty Pryde has been off the grid for a while now, presumably hurtling through space in a giant bullet ever since she jumped inside of the oversized ammunition -- which was headed towards the Earth -- and phased it so that it would pass harmlessly through the planet rather than blowing it up like a ripe pumpkin...

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Kitty Pryde Art Tribute


Fan-favorite X-Woman Kitty Pryde is getting her own art tribute show at Floating World Comics in Portland on May 7th, with proceeds to be donated to an Oregon hemophilia charity. The show, titled 'Full of Pryde,' will feature interpretations of the Marvel character by Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley (left), Tom Neely (The Blot), Rob G (The Couriers), (Nathan Fox (Pigeons from Hell) Joelle Jones (12 Reason Why I Love Her), and music video director Monkmus...

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