On Sunday at NYCC ‘11, Marvel held a panel about the explosive new direction the X-Men comic books are going to be taking in the coming months (dubbed X-Men: Regenesis) as a result of the recent Schism crossover – wherein Wolverine and Cyclops had both a figurative and physical fight of massive proportions before going their separate ways.
Marvel Director of Communications Arune Singh hosted the event, with guests that included Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, editors Jeaneane Schaefer, C.B. Cebulski, and Daniel Ketchum, writers Marjorie Liu (X23), Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men), Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men), Peter David (X-Factor), Greg Pak (Astonishing X-Men), Brian Wood (Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega), James Asmus (Generation Hope), and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The New Mutants).
For those who didn’t read Schism, in short: Wolverine got fed up with Cyclops’ philosophies as leader of the X-Men – and his willingness to put children at risk as “soldiers” in the war for mutant survival – so they beat each other up for a while, followed by Wolverine deciding to leave Utopia (the island west of San Francisco where the mutants have called home), return to Westchester, NY, and recreate the mutant school as originally envisioned by Professor X. So begins Regenesis.
TEAM CYCLOPS (BLUE)
As there were a lot of books to cover in just an hour-and-forty-five minute timeframe, Arune dove right in, starting with the “Team Cyclops” books:
- Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny X-Men books are going to be the premier super-team, at least as far as mutants are concerned; he called them “a superhero team as a nuclear deterrent”
- The X-Men in Victor Gischler's X-Men will fight War Machine (James Rhodes, Tony Stark's best friend) and see a lot of the vampire issues introduced in #1 will come full circle (of which Jubilee, now a vampire, will be a big focus)
- Dan Abnet and Andy Lanning’s The New Mutants will see the return of Blink as a major character, as well as Nate Grey (A.K.A. X-Man) as the leader of the team; because the team includes non-mutants, they really want to carve their own path.
- Generation Hope will see Hope and co. tracking down a mind-wiped Sebastian Shaw, as well as a lot of teenage hormonal action going on – i.e. kissing/flirting/etc.
- Greg Pak’s Astonishing X-Men will have a lot of emotional repercussions from Schism – for example, Mohawk Storm and Cyclops kissing on the cover of issue #44; we were also shown a #44 cover image of what looks like Wolverine with solid gold claws
TEAM WOLVERINE (GOLD)
The next part of the panel showcased all the Team Wolverine books:
- Jason Aaron discussed Wolverine and the X-Men where Wolverine will recreate the X-school in Westchester – which he has named The Jean Grey School of Higher Learning, partly to enrage Cyclops – and sort of play the role of Professor X (suit and tie included).
- Everything at the new school will be a very different version of the things from the old school, such as the Danger Room; what those differences are was not disclosed.
- Wolverine and the X-Men will utilize characters from all the different eras of the X-Men; Professor X makes an appearance in the first issue; awesomely, the once-villainous Toad will be a janitor at the school.
- Brian Wood will be writing Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha and Omega, which details a battle of wills between Wolverine and Quentin Quire, a character created by Grant Morrison in New X-Men; Wolverine’s newest girl sidekick, Armor, may end up as collateral damage.
- Christos Gage will be taking over X-Men: Legacy from Mike Carey – who has worked on the book for five years – wherein Rogue will leave Magneto (with whom she was in a relationship) and Utopia to join Wolverine in Westchester; things are only complicated when her old flame Gambit also comes to Westchester.
- Peter David’s X-Factor will see the return of Havok and Polaris, both of whom have been out of commission for sometime, as well as an integration with Wolverine’s way of doing things (he is, after all, paying them); the new stuff in X-Factor will appeal to both fans of the current detective agency-themed book and the older more superhero-slanted book that David worked on.
- While Rick Remender was not in attendance, Arune did talk about the book, saying there will be important repercussions from the recent Age of Apocalypse/Dark Angel run on Uncanny X-Force.
- One such repercussion (though not, in this case, a bad one) will be a new ongoing Age of Apocalypse book by David Lapham and Roberto De La Torre; you’ll be able to get your first look at the book in Marvel’s upcoming Point One, on sale November 11th.
- Wolverine #300 will be a huge book written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Adam Kubert.
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Phoenix & Sabretooth Returning, 'Deadpool is Dead,' 'X23,' Runaways in 'Daken'
As for books and events somewhat unrelated to Regenesis:
- Marjorie Liu’s X23 will see the titular character get into some crazy babysitting adventures with the children of the Fantastic Four – sort of like a superhero version of Adventures in Babysitting.
- Daken: Dark Wolverine (otherwise known as the 90s-esque son of Wolverine) will see the Runaways make an appearance – and Daken will underestimate them.
- Daniel Way’s Deadpool is Dead arc will see Deadpool looking for a way to kill himself – and he may have actually found one.
- Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi are working on a book that will see Sabretooth – who was previously killed by Wolverine in 2007 by, incidentally, Loeb and Bianchi – return from the dead.
- The “It’s Coming” teaser was revealed to be the return of the Phoenix – does that mean Jean Grey (who was killed by Grant Morrison in New X-Men) is returning from the dead? Or is this the Phoenix sans Jean Grey? The book will be written by Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, and Greg Brubaker and drawn by Greg Coipel, and you can get a first look at it in Point One next month.
X-Men: Schism was enjoyable, if underwhelming in its climax, but Regenesis looks even more exciting – particularly where Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men is concerned. It makes sense that Wolverine, the guy who has had countless pre-teen and teenage sidekicks over the years, would want to take mutant children under his wing in the way that Jean Grey and Professor X would've wanted.
What about you guys? Do you like what you see, Screen Ranters? Do any of these books interest you? Let us know in the comments.
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X-Men: Regenesis has already started. Check your local comic book store for Regenesis #1 and more details about the above comic books.