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.
This week we’re counting down the top five most underrated X-Men! Since 1963, Marvel’s merry mutants have gained an astonishing following by mixing the potent combination of soap opera style melodrama, the alienation of being “different”, and crazy super-powers. Then the 90s and 2000s saw an even bigger explosion in their popularity with the success of multiple cartoons and some movies you may have seen, that introduced the gifted youngsters (and oldsters) of Professor Xavier’s school to an even wider audience. But even with all that real world popularity, there are still a few X-Characters that just never seem to get the kudos they deserve. Quick apology to some of the newer X-Men: Sorry, newbies, you need a few more years of being feared, hated, and undervalued to beat these… winners?
Fox has announced a potential new direction for its enduring X-Men movie franchise, and it's one that should please a lot of comics fans. The studio has signed a deal with The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone to co-write and direct New Mutants, starring a junior team of mutant heroes. Boone will co-write the film with Knate Gwaltney, and X-Men movie stalwarts Simon Kinberg and Laura Shuler-Donner will produce.
The movie will surely draw heavily on the comics, but its cast won't necessarily be limited to characters that served in the original New Mutants line-up, or even in later versions of the team. There are decades of Westchester student mutants to choose from. In order to make the filmmakers' choices a little easier, we want you to pick the characters you'd most like to see on screen.
Welcome back to Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, a weekly podcast in which X-Perts Rachel Edidin and Miles Stokes explore the ins, outs, and retcons of fifty years of Marvel’s greatest superhero soap opera!
This week: Rachel and Miles return triumphant, the X-Men get a second ongoing series, we hit peak Moira MacTaggert, R-A-H-N-E is definitely pronounced “rain,” Sam Guthrie is the nicest henchman, Claremont is hit-and-miss on cultural diversity, and Bobby da Costa is the teenageriest teenager of them all.
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 Studios isn't the only movie studio looking to build some superhero franchises out of Marvel Comics characters, it seems. Not only is Fox planning to start shooting a sequel to X-Men: First Class next January, but it's also planning reboots for Daredevil and Fantastic Four, as well as mulling over the possibility of a New Mutants movie, too. Will Marvel soon find itself playing cinematic catch-up to itself?Talking to Fox Studios chi
Marvel announced Exiled, its upcoming five-part, weekly-shipping crossover story spanning Asgard and Earth during a live-blog PR event on Monday. Following the Exiled #1 in May, two issues apiece of New Mutants and Journey Into Mystery will be
New Mutants is a title with a lot of history, having launched the careers of Deadpool, Cable, and their artist Rob Liefeld into the stratosphere. On top of that, it's an integral part of the one franchise
Following up on its very '90s San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, Art Asylum and Diamond Select will hit October's New York Comic Con with even more Clinton-era comic book action in the form of two "Age of Apocalypse" Minimates box sets, plus a more '80s-oriented "New Mutants" four-pack. Either way you look at it, that's a ton of X-cellent X-treme X-citement... something, somethin
As a wise television theme song writer once said, "what might be right for you might not be right for some," and that's especially true when it comes to art. It's very much a matter of personal taste, and while I think, say, Kevin Nowlan is great (especially in his recent collaborations with Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez), he's not everyone's cup of tea
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