Last week Marvel teased a new X-Men book for April by Brian Wood with art by Olivier Coipel for the Marvel NOW! line. The mysterious teaser only featured an “XX.” Today we know what that means. Speaking with USA Today, wood revealed that he is working on a brand new X-Men book starring an all female cast.
The new book simply titled X-Men (they missed an opportunity by not calling it X-Women if you ask me) will feature Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pride, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. Jubilee will serve as the main character for the new X-book. Wood talks about the female focus:
I feel like as far as the X-Men go, the women are the X-Men. 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. When you have a great artist drawing them, they look so amazing and always have.
The first arc will start when Jubilee bring an orphaned baby home that may or may not be the key to the survival of the human race. An old enemy will also return. Sublime, that villainous bacteria from Grant Morrison’s era, will team up with the X-Women out of necessity. The Morrison creation will have to go to the X-Women for help to stop an outer space threat. Wood teases other big parts of the story by saying there will be Sentinels, a potential alien invasion, and an ancient war between siblings.
The writer stated he is using Chris Claremont’s Uncanny X-Men run in the 70s and 80s as inspiration for his characters. He will also be throwing a bit of a more recent classic into his inspirational mix. Wood says that he will be using the first part of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run form 2001 as a “personal template for how you do what I’m doing. It had everything: It had that classic cast doing classic stuff- very recognizable and big action.”
Finally, Wood said he wants to use the book to challenge the double standards in superhero books where someone like Wolverine can sleep with everybody but if a female character does it twice she’s promiscuous. The writer will bring a lot of relationships, love, and sex into the series. You can read the entire chat with Wood over at USA Today by clicking here. What do you think about a fully female book?
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Source : USA Today