C2E2: X-Men Panel Recap

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X-Men Cosplayers at C2E2
X-Men Cosplayers at C2E2

There were several shocking reveals in Marvel X-Men’s panel as well as some general news about upcoming storylines in books from Uncanny Avengers to Deadpool. After talking about the resurrection of Sentry, Grim Reaper, Daken, and Banshee as Horsemen of Death in Uncanny Avengers, writer Rick Remender said he brought these characters back because of their personal connections with the Uncanny Avengers lineup. (Sentry/Thor, Grim Reaper/Rogue, Daken/Wolverine, Banshee/Havok) X-Men editor Jordan White revealed the cover of Uncanny X-Men by artist Chris Bachalo with Magneto strangling Cyclops bringing up the question of what side Magneto is really on. Ramon Perez said that Wolverine and the X-Men 29 will be his last issue on pencils, but his final issue will show the Jean Grey School 50 years in the future with new characters and new takes on old characters. One character will even defect to the Hellfire Club setting up the events of the upcoming “Hellfire Saga” arc. In Brian Wood’s upcoming X-Men book with Olivier Coipel, there will be another member added to the six females already announced.

The first big reveal was for the “Battle of the Atom” event which will commemorate the X-Men’s 50th Anniversary. It will be written by Battle of the AtomBrian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, and Brian Wood with Frank Cho doing art for the prelude “Alpha” issue. It will be a ten part epic that will go through X-MenWolverine and the X-MenUncanny X-Men, and All-New X-Men. After the 1960s X-Men fail a big mission, the modern X-Men want to send them back in time. However, a future team of X-Men arrives with a lineup (so far) of Kate Pryde, Old Beast, Ice-Thing, Molly Hayes, Deadpool, and Lady Xorn. This event will include X-Men past, present, and future.

The other and most shocking reveal was for Paul Cornell and Alan Davis’ “Killable” storyline beginning in Wolverine 7. Cornell said that Wolverine’s arch-nemesis Sabretooth finds out that Wolverine can be killed and forms a team of X-Men villains to take him down. Cornell described it as a “dirty, great revenge story” in which Wolverine faces “the Valley of the Shadow of Death with Kitty Pryde at his side”. On a lighter note, Declan Shalvey (Venom) will join Deadpool starting in issue 15 which begins a story called “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” in which Deadpool joins Wolverine and Captain America to investigate Deadpool’s Weapon Plus origins. This is a slightly darker take than previous Deadpool issues and will be colored by Shalvey’s partner Jordie Bellaire.

The panel concluded with a video from Peter David announcing the end of his lengthy run on X-Factor with issue 260. After wrapping up his “Hell on Earth” epic, he will focus on individual characters such as Layla Miller, Shatterstar, Longshot, and Polaris’ relationship with her possible father Magneto. David also announced a new, secret project for Marvel.

Q&A Highlights

-Before the Q and A session, Jordan White played the 1990s X-Men cartoon theme on his ukelele. The fans hummed along.

-A fan proposed an Amazing Avengers comic in which an Avengers teams fights crime in Spider-Man suits.

-Remender said that he chose to bring Sentry back because the Apocalypse Twins’ plan for the future evolution of mutants evolution involves taking down both the X-Men and Avengers. He also teased a possible Magneto and Red Skull battle.

-When a fan asked if any of the three dead Nightcrawlers would return, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said to read back issues and enjoy the Bamfs  in Wolverine and the X-Men.

 

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