Earlier this year, Marvel announced it was dusting off its Marvel Knights imprint -- which had been dormant since 2010 -- with three new comics under its banner. The initial launch of Marvel Knights was unquestionably one of the most significant moments in the publisher's recent history. The imprint's focus on creator driven stories, largely unencumbered by continuity, saw both critical and commercial success, and its effects are still felt today throughout the industry. You could argue that titles like Hawkeye -- which features a "B List" character operating in stories largely unaffected by the rest of the Marvel Universe -- are direct descendants of the initial Marvel Knights launch, which featured Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada's Daredevil and Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's Punisher, among others.
Now comes this next wave of Marvel Knights titles, with three miniseries helmed by writers more known for their creator owned work. Each title has an interesting creative team, but the one that stood out most to me is Brahm Revel and Cris Peter on Marvel Knight's X-Men.
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 writerBrian Wood and penciller Olivier Coipel, is
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."
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! The X-Women who have dominated the franchise since the Chris Claremont days! Obviously, then, this book celebrating X-Women is called X-Men.The gender-confused name doesn't bother w
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
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
As proven by her relatively lengthy giant cosmic bullet imprisonment and subsequent absence from Earth, the X-Men know all too well the pain a lost Kitty can impart upon a family. That's why fandom seems pretty stoked for Pryde's upcoming return this March, even if there's a little "HOW CAN THIS BEEEE?!!" factor regarding her fairly impossible living conditions of late
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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