USA Today announced the line-up of Marvel NOW's all-new X-Men comic (not to be confused with Marvel's all-new Uncanny X-Men title or the all-new... er... All-New X-Men comic), and it turns out they're not men at all! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa (/record scratch noise):
However, with this new X-Men [writer Brian Wood] gets all the A-list X-women: The book's main star is Jubilee, but it also includes Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke.
"I feel like as far as the X-Men go, the women are the X-Men," Wood explains. "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."
Oh, Brian Wood. You had me right up until "the book's main star is Jubilee." Which admittedly wasn't very far, because it's like the second sentence of the quoted selection. You really should have led with the other stuff, then kind of mumbled "and maybe Jubilee isn't necessarily a supporting character" under your breath at the end. Still, that aside, it does sound interesting:
The drama is starting right away in X-Men, beginning with Jubilee bringing home an orphaned baby who might be key to mankind's survival. Meanwhile, someone else shows up - namely Sublime, a villainous bacteria from Grant Morrison's New X-Men run that can take over human beings but is currently faced with a threat of his own coming from outer space.
"He's forced to go to the X-Men for help," Wood says. "He's like the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend situation."
Things only get more interesting from there, with Sentinels, a potential alien invasion and an ancient war between siblings.
As long as those siblings don't have Summers as their last name, I'll give it a shot, The now inaccurately named X-Men debuts in April.
[Via USA Today]