A year ago, in the aftermath of #Marvel's "Secret Wars" event, the X-Men were launched into a dark extinction plotline that's pitting them against the #Inhumans. Even as that plot comes to a head in the Inhumans Versus X-Men miniseries, though, Marvel is already preparing the ground for what comes next. One word: ResurrXion.
The "ResurrXion" banner will take on both the X-Men and Inhumans franchises, with the bulk of the Inhumans titles heading into space (an exception being Secret Warriors, which will star the handful of Inhumans who remain on Earth). For the X-Men, the banner looks set to launch them into a whole new era, one that balances nostalgia and optimism, and looks set to give us one tremendously X-citing new era for Marvel's merry mutants!
So, without further ado, here are five reasons to get X-cited for the X-Men's "ResurrXion"!
1. A More Optimistic, Hopeful Era
The last couple of decades have constantly seen the mutant race brought to the edge of extinction, and it's frankly a relief to see that come to an end. X-Men: Gold will see a team led by none other than fan-favorite Kitty Pryde, and writer Marc Guggenheim explained:
“We are post the war with the Inhumans. The X-Men are sort of at a crossroads. They're at a point where they are trying to decide, is there a future for the X-Men? And Kitty is very much of the mindset that there is a future for the X-Men and it's a bright future. That there's more work that the X-Men still have to do. Not just for mutants, but really for humanity."
It looks as though the future is finally brightening for the mutant race, and I for one couldn't be more delighted. It's time to see the X-Men step out of the shadows and become once again the powerful brand they used to be.
2. The Nostalgia Factor
Join any X-Men Facebook group, or follow any X-Men Facebook page, and you'll quickly learn one thing: X-Men fans are a nostalgic bunch. There's a reason Marvel's "Secret Wars" included a successful X-Men '92 miniseries set in the reality of the famous Animated Series, and there's a reason that even became an ongoing!
Marvel finally seems to have recognized this. They've pitched the "ResurrXion" in order to appeal to fans' nostalgia — titles like X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold are deliberately reminiscent of the '90s comics, while Generation X is titled after a much-loved '90s book. Even the original teaser artwork was all about nostalgia, and every costume design harks back to a classic look. It's a good call, Marvel; remind the X-Men fans just what it was they loved about the X-Men — and hopefully bring that back!
3. Great Solo Books
"ResurrXion" marks an important moment for both Iceman and Jean Grey; neither has been the star of their own book before. For Iceman, the mutant has traditionally been associated with one thing — unfulfilled potential. With the recent revelation that he's even been suppressing his sexuality, writer Sina Grace looks set to confront Bobby Drake's issues head-on:
“Bobby realizes that he’s been around the X-Men longer than just about anyone. And the legacy he’s built for himself is [that] he tells jokes and he makes stuff out of ice. And he hasn’t left much of legacy as a hero, or built much of an identity for himself. And that’s the mission statement of the book, that Bobby realizes these things about himself, and is striving to become a better hero and leave a better legacy behind.”
Meanwhile, Jean Grey will focus on the time-displaced younger version of the iconic hero (yeah, X-Men books can be complicated). Dennis Hopeless is a master when it comes to portraying young adult superheroes (Avengers Arena was, while controversial, an incredible read). He's confronting Jean with questions of legacy that will shake her to the core — including the Phoenix Force...
4. The NeXt Generation!
One thing differentiates the X-Men from every other superhero team: they run a school. Much to my delight, the fan-favorite "Generation X" brand is being rekindled as a powerful new comic, written by Christina Strain. She's hand-picked a selection of young X-Men who are commonly overlooked — including the closeted Bling! and my personal favorite, Jubilee — and assembled them in a new school in Central Park!
The next generation of X-Men are, all too often, introduced and then forgotten. Worse, some characters — like Nature Girl — have never really had any importance beyond the arc they were introduced in. In my view, this is one of the fatal flaws of the X-Men franchise, and it's great to see Marvel correct this. Generation X is one book that I'll be following for sure!
5. Tremendous Creative Teams
We don't yet know the creative teams behind every "ResurrXion" book, but the ones we do are some of the best in the business. Take Cullen Bunn, writer of X-Men: Blue. Bunn is a much-loved writer whose grasp of continuity and characterization is pretty remarkable; his Magneto series was possibly one of the best books Marvel's published in the last decade, and his current Uncanny X-Men run is generally viewed as the best of the current range of X-titles.
Dennis Hopeless is another of Marvel's best writers, and he cut his teeth on the X-Men — he started out as writer of X-Men: Season One, and now he's going to be the mind behind Jean Grey. He told Newsarama:
“I didn’t realize how much I missed her. Jean was the protagonist of my first paid work in X-Men: Season One and she’s the character I fell in love with on that project. When people tell me they love that book, I know it’s because of Jean (and Jamie McKelvie). So for Jean Grey, I re-read a bunch of my favorite Jean Grey stories and all of the more recent stuff to make sure I still had her voice… But once I started scripting, she came back pretty quick. I like Jean’s brain. It’s fun to be back in there.”
Probably the biggest of the writers, of course, is Marc Guggenheim — familiar to many as writer of TV series #LegendsOfTomorrow. He's heading up X-Men: Gold, and frankly needs no introduction.
Sina Grace and Christina Strain are two writers whose names won't be as familiar to X-Men fans, but both show real promise; Christina Strain is an experienced colorist and inker who's clearly making the transition to comic-book-writing. You can see a sample of her work in Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6, where she tells an excellent, character-focused story featuring the White Fox. Sina Grace is a Los-Angeles-based writer who has a similar character focus; X-Men fans may recognize him as writer of "Idie Goes On A Date," a fun story in the recent All-New X-Men Annual. He sounds to be perfectly suited for Iceman.
The artists are just as impressive, and include the likes of Victor Ibáñez, Amilcar Pinna and Jorge Molina. Marvel has assembled some top talent, and I couldn't be more excited!
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As you can see, so far as I'm concerned, "ResurrXion" is perhaps the most exciting event in X-Men comics for some years. So far, I don't think Marvel has put a foot wrong with this bold new era for their merry mutants. The future is suddenly a lot brighter for the X-Men!
Which of these X-Men books are you most excited about?
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