For the past 50 years, the X-Men franchise has created classic characters that have become pop culture icons.
While there have been tons of comic books that featured Cyclops, Wolverine, Gambit and Nightcrawler as the main characters, the women of the X-Men franchise have had bad luck of attaining a solo series or group book.
Writer Brian Wood and artist Oliver Coplei are about to change all of that as one of Marvel’s top franchise titles was released today.
X-Men was re-commissioned with six of the franchise’s most popular female fatales as part of the book’s core cast.
The fourth volume of the series will follow Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Jubilee as they defend the world from the bad guys (and gals).
“At its core, it’s an action adventure book. It’s something that any existing fan of superheroes can’t help but be drawn in by,” says Wood. “But at the same time it’s designed to be new-reader friendly.”
X-Men #1 marks the return of Jubilee to the X-Men fold. The past couple of years have not kind to Wolverine’s former sidekick as she lost her powers on M-Day and was turned into a vampire in “Curse of the Mutants”. Now the former heroine has another life problem…she has a baby with her.
Her return comes at the most unfortunate time as longtime X-Men villain John Sublime rears his ugly head in.
“He brings along his evil twin who becomes sort of an uber-villain.” Wood said in a CNN interview. “The X-Men and Sublime are forced to work together.”
While this all-female book follows in the tradition started by Birds of Prey and indie book Danger Girl, this new volume of X-Men promises to keep readers entertained.
“This is an action book.” Wood said. “This is the straight-up action comic. Everyone is dropped into fight scenes and it never lets up. If there’s any one mandate, it’s “bigger and more.”