I guess X-Women just doesn’t have the same ring to it. It was teased a few weeks back in USA Today that Marvel were planning on putting out an all-female line-up for everyone’s favourite team of mutants. Now it has been confirmed that this April, Brian Wood’s X-Men will become the third X-Men relaunch in the Marvel NOW! line-up.
In an interview with USA Today, Wood said, “I feel like as far as the X-Men go, the women are the X-Men,” he explains. “Cyclops and Wolverine are big names, but taken as a whole, the women kind of rule the franchise. If you look at the entire world as a whole, it’s the females that really dominate and are the most interesting and cool to look at.”
The new team will consist of Rogue, Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Psylocke and Jubilee who will be the titles main star. Wood added in the interview that it was an “honour” to work with such a large roster.
“I’m definitely an X-Men fan, but I’m not deep into the world,” he continues. “I’m not a writer who’s been writing it forever, so my natural instinct is to go basic and simple and to its core.
The title has obviously been planned for sometime to run alongside The All New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men and Wood is glad the news is finally out there, “It’s like any second, I’m going to get a call and they’re going to be like, ‘Oh, no, we’re giving it to Bendis,'”.
Here’s the press release from Marvel:
“An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to Earth. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the Earth’s survival…or its destruction! With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!”
The ongoing series which reinvents the X-Men comic book franchise is being led by the creative team of writer Brian Wood (Ultimate Comics X-Men) and artist Oliver Coipel (Avengers VS. X-Men). “This April, double X marks the spot,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “The most popular and powerful female mutants will band together to form a team that’s much more than the sum of its parts, battling for stakes that couldn’t be higher. It’s a mind-bending, heart-pumping, thought-provoking saga that only Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel could tell.”
Brian Wood’s X-Men debuts this April. What are your thoughts on the ironically named X-Men line-up?