If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.
Even the very top of the cover of their first issue boasts that the X-Men are "the strangest super-heroes of all," but not all mutants are created equally weird. For every one whose power is to shoot lasers out of a body part from which lasers do not normally issue, you get someone whose power is a ring of mouths around their neck, or super-prostitution, or they just straight up turn specifically into Tetsuo from Akira.
X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever #1 is the first part of a five-issue miniseries, written by Max Bemis with art by Michael Walsh, which tells the story of young Bailey Hoskins as he learns that he’s a mutant and joins Xavier’s School. When I saw the preview for this book, I took it for purely comedic; the idea of focusing on the “worst X-Men” is already pretty absurd, and Walsh’s art gives everything a fun, breezy feeling.
And it’s true, this first issue is fun and absurd, but its tone is more complex than that. Even in this opening chapter, there’s a real sense of tragedy to Bailey’s story, which darkens the humor considerably.
The X-Men franchise surprised fans with news that the Marvel-ous mutants would spawn not one, but two TV series, the more developed of which will see Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley taking on Charles Xavier’s son Legion. Now, our first official star has arrived, tapping Fargo Season 2 face Rachel Keller for a potentially rogue role.
In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Surprise! More new Deadpool photos have arrived online. Although the 12 Days of Deadpool came to an end with the red and green band trailers on Christmas Day, even more photos and details from the Merc With a Mouth’s R-rated solo outing have been popping up daily since then, with the latest batch of photos showing off an X-Men connection and a very dusty Angel Dust.
Back in 2013, 20th Century Fox tapped Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow to write the screenplay for an X-Force movie, but when Tim Miller’s Deadpool concept footage “leaked” online, Fox fast-tracked the Merc With a Mouth’s solo film and put X-Force on the back burner. We still don’t know much about X-Force — is Wadlow also directing it? Which characters will be included in the lineup? Will familiar X-Men characters appear? — but new concept art may give us an indication of where Fox is headed with the project.
The "All-New All-Different" X-books have announced their first crossover, sort of, starting in March of 2016. X-Men: Apocalypse Wars is being described as three separate stories, in each of the three main X-books (and each lasting only one issue, apparently) that all center on the X-villain who also happens to be the focus of the upcoming movie X-Men: Apocalypse. The issues also sport three matching covers, featuring Apocalypse, Archangel, and Kid Apocalypse.
Earlier this morning say the debut of the first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer and, depending on your mileage, it was either completely amazing or totally underwhelming. Well, if you needed a little more evidence before deciding what exactly you think of X-Men: Apocalypse, we now have the full poster, which gives you a bigger look at Oscar Isaac as the titular villain.
I’m an old enough nerd to remember when the first X-Men movie came out in theaters. At that time, comic books were not the number one driver of all things in popular culture. Bryan Singer’s X-Men certainly featured all the comic’s beloved heroes and villains, but there did seem like there was a concerted effort to tamp down some of their comic-book-ness. Everyone dressed in black. There was no spandex. The story was grounded in weighty real-world themes like prejudice and vengeance. It was the X-Men you knew, but watered down just a bit. It was a rum and coke, not a shot of gin. X-Men: Apocalypse, in comparison, looks like a bottle of Beefeater.
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