Just recently, Marvel Comics released two new covers for brand-spankin’-new upcoming X-Men titles set for release next year as part of their RESSURR(X)ION promotion, alongside some information on creative teams and story direction.
The former rookie X-Men, who had previously headlined their own title in ALL-NEW X-MEN and have been seen in the X-Books since 2013, are now being mentored by Magneto in Professor X’s absence. Writer Cullen Bunn and penciller Jorge Molina have been very hush-hush on the details of the team dynamics, but there’s a fair amount of speculation on ulterior motives from both teacher and students…
On the other hand, X-MEN: GOLD features enough fan-favorite veteran X-Men with Kitty Pryde, Old Man Logan, Rachel Grey, Storm, Colossus, and Nightcrawler to make you think it’s the 1980s all over again.
Written by Marc Guggenheim with pencils by Adrian Syaf, this book pits the X-Men up against a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants with a specific focus on mutant discrimination in the modern day. By the looks of things, Kitty is finally back from guarding the galaxy with hubby Star-Lord, Logan has finally settled into his role replacing the original Wolverine, and Rachel Grey has a new lease-on–life under the codename Prestige.
The goal of this powerful pair of books is a return to form for the X-Men to be superheroes again, and in fact calls back to the previous appearance of Blue and Gold teams. The idea of splitting the X-Men in such a way actually dates back to October 1991, when Chris Claremont and Jim Lee’s X-MEN #1 hit stands. Most of the mutants fans know and love from X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES are lifted right from that era too.
Is the marketing a throwback to better X-Days long past? Has Marvel finally thrown its hands up to admit the Inhumans can’t replace their long-running cash-cow franchise? Are they trying to give DC’s nostalgia-appeal Rebirth line a run for their money?
Only time will tell– X-MEN: BLUE and X:MEN GOLD are set for release April 2017 following some big shake-ups in INHUMANS vs X-MEN out now!