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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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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – May 30, 2012: The Low Life Theory


Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

* "But it's not really a superhero comic"
^ Yes, people drew things before Action #1
% Dating is difficult

Book designer supreme Chip Kidd is famously a heavy-duty Batman collector, and he's written a couple of prose novels, although I think this is the first graphic novel he's written...

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Fox Plans ‘First Class’ Sequel, ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboots and Potential ‘New Mutants’ Movie


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...

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Marvel’s ‘New Mutants’ and ‘Journey Into Mystery’ get ‘Exiled’ in May


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 devoted to the multi-realm storyline...

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Zeb Wells’ ‘New Mutants': A Modern Day X-Classic


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 in comics that puts writers through the wringer more than any other in comics: the X-Men...

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NYCC Exclusive Minimates Take Fans to the ‘Age of Apocalypse’ With Plenty of ‘New Mutants’


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...

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Kevin Nowlan Offers Big Ups To All His ‘New Mutants’ #51 Haters


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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