The X-Men Panel: Dead Deadpool, Recolored X-Men and Tons of Art [Comic-Con]
The Marvel: Year of the X-Men panel at Comic-Con today featured Axel Alonso, editor-in-chief of Marvel, Chris Yost, Marjorie Liu, Daniel Way, Rick Remender, Peter David, and Arune Singh, Director of Communications. They covered most of the current slate of X-Men titles, and while th panel was light on news, they still slipped in an announcement for an all-new recolored printing of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's X-Men #1, teased X-Men Regenesis's restructuring of the franchise, hinted at the death of Deadpool, and announced the return of Victor Gischler to X-Men.
On X-Men: Schism:
As announced yesterday, the series will ship digitally the same day as print releases. Singh announced that "everything X-Men will be day-and-date by the end of the year." Jason Aaron, Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuña, Alan Davis, and Adam Kubert's miniseries is going strong. Singh described the dramatic series as the "end of the X-men as you know them. That is not hype, that is the absolute truth." He went on to say that it's "one of the most intense x-men series." Axel Alonso went on to compare it to fan reaction to Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Civil War, saying, "I have no doubt that the audience will be divided. Some of you will agree with Cyclops, some of you will agree with Logan."
In addition, the panel made it a point to say that Fear Itself, Schism, and Avengers: Children's Crusade are all ending around the same time. The books are building to a big convergence point which will change the face of the franchise.
On Generation Hope:
Marvel cover to issue ten, which features Idie's mugshot with MURDERER stamped on it.
On X-Men Regenesis:
According to Alonso, X-Men Regenesis is "The next evolution of the X-Men beyond the Xavier/Magneto argument and into a whole new argument." The argument is going to break down so that Cyclops and Wolverine represent the two halves of the X-Men, whether or not Cyclops is alive after the end of Schism or not.
Regenesis is a one-shot releasing in October, featuring words by Kieron Gillen and art by Billy Tan, with a cover by Chris Bachalo and variant by Morry Hollowell. The panel played a video of X-Men editor Nick Lowe announcing the creative teams for the post-Schism books. Wolverine & the X-Men is by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, and Nick Bradshaw, presumably with Bachalo and Bradshaw trading off on art duties. Uncanny X-Men is by Kieron Gillen, Carlos Pacheco, and Greg Land. The panel couldn't spill the beans on what Wolverine's team's mission is, or what they stand for, but promised that it would be a very exciting book.
On Uncanny X-Force:
The Dark Angel Saga in Uncanny X-Force got big applause from the audience, and has been building in the series for months. Schism will have an as-yet unannounced effect on Uncanny X-Force.
Peter David, writer of X-Factor (which features art from Leonard Kirk and Emanuela Lupacchino) said that "X-Factor will be impacted mightily on the events happening in Schism." PAD will be introducing some new elements to the series as a result of Schism that will "absolutely knock the fans for a loop, in addition to the usual drama of the birth of Rahne's child, which will be intense, and the death of a cast member, which is going to rock the team to its core.
An upcoming issue, #230, is one of PAD's favorite scripts that he's written "in some time," and he went on to praise X-Factor artist Leonard Kirk. "I don't think Leonard gets near enough credit for the sheer quality of what he brings to the table. [...] He makes it look easy."
Victor Gischler is back writing the series, and Jorge Molina is drawing their meeting with the FF.
On the Recolored X-Men #1
Tom Mason, one of Marvel's colorists, a huge fan of Jim Lee, has recolored the classic Chris Claremont/Jim Lee X-Men #1. It will be released in October 2011 as a 20th anniversary edition. X-Men #1 is still the top-selling comic of all time, as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, with 8.1 million copies sold.
Artist Ron Garney is returning to Wolverine, while Jason Aaron continues his run as writer. The panel showed an image of Wolverine walking out of San Francisco. For reasons they couldn't totally explain, Wolverine has to leave San Francisco. He goes to grab some money from his stash box, but finds that someone has stolen it. As a result, he goes on a rampage across San Francisco, looking for his cash.
Marjorie Liu, Phil Noto, and Sana Takeda's X-23 will feature the FF in upcoming issues. Liu explained that "[t]he first year of X-23 was about her sort of finding her footing in the world, [and] getting the confidence so she could go out and be her own person." This year is about bringing her into the Marvel Universe, so they're bringing in Spider-Man, the FF, and a few other cosmic forces that are gonna come down onto her head.
Daken: Dark Wolverine
Robbie Williams, Mick Bertilorenzi, and Matteo Buffagni are the creative team on Daken: Dark Wolverine, and they're telling the tale of Daken's time climbing the crime ladder in LA.
Evil Deadpool is Daniel Way and Salva Espin doing a story about several of Deadpool's severed body parts gelling together and going out to wreak havoc. Way said that "Deadpool has finally met his match" in his stray body parts. Evil Deadpool is just as lethal and unpredictable as Deadpool, but he has no conscience whatsoever. Deadpool, of course, is reined in only by his conscience. Way, teasing, said that "Evil Deadpool does lead into something really big, but I don't know if i have the clearance to talk about it yet." The very next thing the panel did was discuss whether or not they could reveal what Way was talking about before revealing a single slide that simply said "DEAD" in Deadpool's logo, with "February 2012" below it. Is this the end of everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth?
Uncanny X-Men teaser:
X-Men #1 20th Anniversary Edition: