As roundly predicted by the internet, Marvel’s ‘XX’ teaser from last week was indeed a relaunch of adjectiveless X-Men. Today, though, USA Today’s comics pin-up Brian Truitt has revealed the lineup. The teaser also reveals that colourist Laura Martin will be bringing Coipel’s work to life.
The book, by Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel (and then it appears by David Lopez) has a cast of Storm, Rachel Grey, Psylocke, Kitty, Rogue and Jubilee, which is essentially the line-up we’d all expect to appear in a book about female X-Men who are actually friendly with each other. No Emma because she hates them all, no Dazzler because she’s quit this dimension, and no Jean Grey because the main Jean Grey is still dead. These are all the remaining popular female X-Men.
With one exception: PIXIE. Where in the gosh-darned heck is everybody’s favourite bundle of pink haired joy, Marvel? Sure, this is Oliver Coipel drawing Storm, his favourite character. And sure, this is Brian Wood’s return to Jubilee after a very long time away from the character.
But where is PIXIE. Anyway, moving on, more info:
Jubilee will be the de-facto lead of the book, more or less, regaining the spotlight after around a year away from comics. The first arc will also bring back Sublime from Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, a sentient bacteria of a villain who was last seen in Kieron Gillen’s run. That’s right! Some parts of Morrison’s run still remain!
Issue #1 is out this April. It is probably the most exciting comic ever.