For nearly a decade, fans of Marvel’s mutant contingent often felt as though their favorite underdog team got no love from their longtime publisher. It’s understandable, too, as events like House of M, Avengers vs. X-Men, and the forthcoming Death of X certainly made it seem as though the X-Men were on the outs with the Marvel Universe – perhaps permanently. However, things have been looking up for the mutant squad lately.
Not long after teasing the team battle series, Inhumans vs. X-Men, Marvel also teased the ResurreXion event with the tag “An Ending. A Beginning.” Now, the full extent of their X-relaunch has been revealed.
Throughout the week, Marvel has been giving fans a taste what’s to come this spring. Although no creative teams have been revealed thus far, the latest X-Men (and Inhumans) reboot will include an Iceman solo book, Weapon X, Jean Grey’s first ongoing series, the relaunch of Generation X, and a Cable solo series, perhaps with more announcements to come later in the year. Each title is part of the publisher’s rebranding or “regrouping” of the mutant heroes, with the new line of X-comics edited by either Daniel Ketchum or Mark Paniccia. Take a look at all of the teasers for Marvel’s ResurreXion reboot:
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In addition, the House of Ideas also announced two new team books X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold that are throwbacks to their classic 90s color squads – which ran from 1991 until 1995. The original Blue team included Beast, Cyclops, Psylocke, Revanche, Gambit, Jubilee, Rogue, and of course Wolverine, while their "competition" starred Forge, Colossus, Storm, Jean Grey, Archangel, Iceman, and Bishop. Paniccia described the retro feel their relaunch to Newsarama. He said:
"These are the return to the quintessential X-Men team books. Rosters you’re going to love. The kinds of stories we all grew up on. You’re going to dig them and maybe even feel a little competition between the books, trying to outdo each other. If I do my job right, there will be readers who are Team Blue or Team Gold. Don’t get me wrong. You’ll enjoy both but you will have a home team."
No matter which side you root for, one thing’s for sure: It sounds like the X-Men will make it through the Terrigen Mists without too many casualties. Ketchum discussed the next generation of X-books and the fallout from the troubling events still in progress:
"Without spoiling too much about the ending of Inhumans vs. X-Men, the X-Men have been living with a cloud hanging over their heads—literally. The current roster of X-Men titles has been defined by this pervading sense of doom, the fact that mutantkind is on the brink. Well, one way or another, the impending threat of extinction subsides, and this is the story of what happens next. The X-Men have a future. Now what are they going to do with it?"
For a relaunch with an eye on the mutant team's future, Marvel’s push certainly has a nostalgic feel. So far, each promo, in its jagged fashion, displays classic images from the character or the team’s adventures throughout their history. In that regard, it will be interesting to see what the publisher plans to do with the X-team, both visually and in a storytelling fashion. Clearly, Marvel is trying to revamp their sales after DC's Rebirth dominated the summer. At the same time, they're also trying to keep interest strong in the world's favorite mutants, as well as reinvigorate the team after years of reducing their size and influence throughout the MU.
At this point, it’s unclear just how much of a revival ResurreXion will be. The promos do hint at the return of Wolverine and classic Jean Grey, but there’s no guarantee these classic characters – or their mentor Charles Xavier – will return for the relaunch. It certainly would be a move in good faith for X-fans clamoring to see their old favorites back in action, alongside new favorites like X-23 and young, less jerky Cyclops. Hopefully, they'll also revive that sense of wonder and righteous mutant adventure which brought the X-Men to worldwide prominence in the first place.
We’ll keep you posted as more information emerges from Marvel’s ResurreXion.
X-Men/Inhumans: ResurreXion arrives in spring of 2017.
Source: Marvel, Newsarama