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Preview: X-Corp #2

X-Corp #2

(W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto Foche (CA) David Aja
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A SHARK IN THE WATER!
After X-CORP’s shocking debut, they’ve got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly – a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox’s top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don’t get preyed on themselves.

X-Corp #2

Early Preview: X-Corp #2

X-Corp #2

(W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto Foche (CA) David Aja (VCA) Russell Dauterman, Alberto Foche
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A SHARK IN THE WATER!
After X-CORP’s shocking debut, they’ve got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly – a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox’s top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don’t get preyed on themselves.

X-Corp #2

Review: X-Corp #1

X-Corp #1

One of my favorite comic runs is Wildcats 3.0. The series took the familiar characters and put them at the head of a corporation. Their goal is to expand technology that will benefit society and puts them in conflict with the rich and powerful, most notably Big Oil. The current direction of the X-Men feels like it takes a lot from that with X-Corp #1 bringing it all to the forefront. While it’s an interesting addition to the X-line of comics, the debut also falls a bit short due to that previous series.

Lead by Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington III, X-Corp is the corporate arm of Krakoa. While some might battle it out physically, X-Corp seems to be more about battling it out in the boardroom and stock market. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some razzle-dazzle. X-Corp #1 keeps a focus on the team being built up while dealing with threats from those who feel like they’ve been burned by Xavier and Krakoa. The debut hints at the conflict to come.

But there’s some silliness too. The issue focuses on the debut of this new “team” but also X-Corp’s headquarters. It’s a sequence that feels a little over the top, even for comics. For a new nation so focused on diplomacy and standing in the world, the actions of St. Croix and Worthington feel like they’d really result in sanctions and distrust more than anything else. There’s an arrogance about it all that is hopefully explored and not pushed to the side.

Where the issue really shines is in its leads of Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington III. The two have some aspects in common with Monet struggling with her Penance persona and Worthington still haunted by Archangel. The issue sees both having to deal with that in their own ways, though one more so than the other. This is where the series could really get interesting as their approach feels completely different to a similar situation.

The art by Alberto Foche is good. With color by Sunny Gho, lettering by Clayton Cowles, and design by Tom Muller everything looks good. There’s not a lot of flash until late in the comic. Where it could easily give some very interesting visuals and page layouts, the comic is muted in a way. It fits a stuffy corporate structure in that way. Where the issue gets bumpy is one those massive visuals that should pop just don’t. There’s moments that should hit you like the alien ship coming out of the cloud in Independence Day. The response on the ground should feel like terror. The art doesn’t deliver that punch and generally doesn’t convey that panic on the ground. It, like the story itself, doesn’t quite click with its potential.

X-Corp #1 is an interesting start showing off the potential of the concept. It doesn’t quite click though. There are moments that should be memorable and punch the reader in awe. But, those moments never deliver. They show off what’s going on but miss that special something where you really take notice. Hopefully, this issue is just laying the groundwork and once that’s accomplished we can move on to more excitement but right now, I’m longing to go back and re-read Wildcats 3.0.

Story: Tini Howard Art: Alberto Foche
Color: Sunny Gho Letterer: Clayton Cowles Design: Tom Muller
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: X-Corp #1

X-Corp #1

(W) Tini Howard (A) Alberto Foche (CA) David Aja
Rated T+
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $4.99

KRAKOA IS FOR CLOSERS!
The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa. As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads. As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense meeting with one of Krakoa’s first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel’s wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?

X-Corp #1

Marvel’s Hellfire Gala Attracts Celebrities and Athletes Along with Krakoa’s Best

This June, one unforgettable night will determine the future of the Marvel Universe. The world of mutants will never be the same – and the world we live in is not going to miss it! For Krakoa’s biggest night, real-world celebrities from sports, entertainment, media and beyond will make their biggest Marvel Comics appearances and debuts alongside the X-Men, Avengers, and more in the pages of Marvel’s inaugural mutant event of the year: THE HELLFIRE GALA.

Told across 12 different tie-in titles, the Hellfire Gala will unfold through different perspectives and viewpoints surrounding a single night on Krakoa, the new mutant nation established in Jonathan Hickman’s groundbreaking House of X and Powers of X. As Krakoa opens its gates to the world, the Gala will go down in history for its shocking twists, incredible Mutant Fashion looks, and surprise appearances from heroes and celebrities alike.

Guests at the Gala will include talk show hosts, sports superstars, world-renowned musicians, writers, actors, and other icons, including Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Peabody Award winners, FIFA World Cup Champions, Olympic gold medalists, and more. Figures like Eminem, Conan O’Brien, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Ira Glass, and Pete Alonso, are on the guest list – and the list keeps growing. Who will be toasting to Krakoa’s success? Who will be mingling with the Avengers? And who is speaking with the new leader of the X-Men?

Eagle-eyed fans will be able to spot all of our guests within various X-Men titles at the Hellfire Gala. The Hellfire Gala’s chapters will include:

  • Hellions #12 – on sale 6/2, written by Zeb Wells; art by Stephen Segovia
  • Marauders #21 – on sale 6/2, written by Gerry Duggan & Chris Claremont; art by Matteo Lolli and John Bolton
  • X-Force #20 – on sale 6/2, written by Benjamin Percy; art by Marvel Stormbreaker Joshua Cassara
  • X-Men #21 – on sale 6/9, written by Jonathan Hickman; art by Russell Dauterman, Nick Dragotta, Sara Pichelli, and Lucas Werneck
  • Excalibur #21 – on sale 6/9, written by Tini Howard; art by Marcus To
  • New Mutants #19 – on sale 6/16, written by Vita Ayala; art by Alex Lins
  • Planet-Size X-Men #1 – on sale 6/16, written by Gerry Duggan; art by Pepe Larraz
  • X-Corp #2 – on sale 6/16, written by Tini Howard; art by Alberto Foche
  • S.W.O.R.D. #6 – on sale 6/23, written by Al Ewing; art by Valerio Schiti
  • Wolverine #13 – on sale 6/23, written by Benjamin Percy; art by Scot Eaton
  • Way of X #3 – on sale 6/23, written by Si Spurrier; art by Bob Quinn
  • X-Factor #10 – on sale 6/30, written by Leah Williams; art by David Baldeón

As the Reign of X continues, mutantkind’s hottest event is not one to miss. Be the first to find all of your favorite characters, celebrity cameos, and more during THE HELLFIRE GALA this June!

Hellfire Gala tease

The X-Men Show Off Their Couture on Hellfire Gala Design Covers

This June, the Hellfire Trading Company invites readers everywhere to the inaugural Hellfire Gala where the first Krakoan team of X-Men will be introduced to the Marvel Universe and mutantkind’s planet-sized plans for the future will be unveiled. Running through 12 issues of your favorite ongoing X-Men titles and one glorious one-shot, Planet-Size X-Men, the Hellfire Gala will be a night filled with drama, action, and shocking developments that will alter the course of mutantkind as we know it.

The Hellfire Gala will welcome all of planet Earth—humans, mutants, super heroes, and more—so to look their best on this monumental night, X-Men artists have turned out outstanding high-fashion looks for Krakoa’s best and brightest. Last month, fans got to see Russell Dauterman’s incredible designs, and now fans can check out the rest by some of the industry’s top artists including Lucas Werneck, Marcus To, Valerio Schiti, Joshua Cassara, and more!

Incorporating real-world high-fashion concepts with character history and even mutant abilities, these dramatic, unexpected looks are unlike anything Marvel Comics has ever put to page and will grace the covers of select Hellfire Gala issues as must-have variant covers. And all this jaw-dropping fashion is only the beginning. Check out all ten character design variant covers now, and don’t miss mutantkind’s biggest night when the Hellfire Gala takes over all your favorite X-titles this June!

  • HELLIONS #12 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (APR210763)
  • MARAUDERS #21 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by MATTEO LOLLI (APR210755)
  • X-FORCE #20 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by JOSHUA CASSARA (APR210759)
  • EXCALIBUR #21 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by MARCUS TO (APR210765)
  • X-MEN #21 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by LUCAS WERNECK (APR210771)
  • NEW MUTANTS #19 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by ALEX LINS (APR210780)
  • X-CORP #2 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by ALBERTO FOCHE (APR210778)
  • S.W.O.R.D. #6 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by VALERIO SCHITI (APR210784)
  • WAY OF X #3 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by BOB QUINN (APR210797)
  • X-FACTOR #10 CHARACTER DESIGN VARIANT COVER by DAVID BALDEÓN (APR210801)

Reign of X is Coming

The Reign of X is here! The latest era in writer Jonathan Hickman’s revolutionary transformation of the X-Men universe is now underway, bringing with it exciting new titles like last month’s Children of the Atom by Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang, next month’s Way of X by Si Spurrier and Bob Quinn, and May’s X-Corp by Tini Howard and Alberto Foche. And after June’s highly-anticipated franchise-spanning Hellfire Gala, fans can expect even more surprises, including a trio of brand-new series by amazing X-Men creators such as Gerry Duggan, Leah Williams, Pepe Larraz, Valerio Schiti, and the Head of X himself, writer Jonathan Hickman.

The Hellfire Gala Delivers Couture and a New X-Men Team

Humans of planet Earth. While you slept, the world changed.” The now iconic opening line from House of X #1, the start of writer Jonathan Hickman’s radical transformation of the X-Men franchise, foretold the incredible plans that mutantkind was about to unleash on the Marvel Universe. This June, the X-Men set out to change the world yet again at mutantkind’s inaugural Hellfire Gala.

Yesterday, the first of many exciting new character designs X-Men artists have contributed specifically for the Hellfire Gala were revealed and the world saw the meaning of “Mutant Fashion” as envisioned by superstar artist Russell Dauterman. Today, readers can check out the covers of all 12 Hellfire Gala issues, getting their first glimpse at the secrets, the battles, and of course, the fashion that await at this unforgettable evening.

These highly-anticipated stories will be told across 12 issues, offering different perspectives and viewpoints of a single night that will go down in Marvel Comics history. Throughout the event, fans can expect critical moments to occur that will shape the X-Men’s future as we know it—including the unveiling of the first Krakoan X-Men team, the final member of which was decided by a mega-popular Marvel.com vote.

The Hellfire Gala is the result of an epic creative collaboration of all the current X-Men writers and artists. Check out the covers and solicit text for all 12 tie-ins now and stay tuned for even more exciting news about the Hellfire Gala including additional designs, variants covers, and more!

On Sale 6/2

HELLIONS #12

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art and Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

WHO INVITED THE HELLIONS TO THE HELLFIRE GALA?

Who thought it was a good idea to invite the antisocial HELLIONS to the fanciest bash of the year? Oh, no one? They weren’t invited but they showed up anyway? Yeah, that sounds about right.

HELLIONS #12

MARAUDERS #21

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & CHRIS CLAREMONT
Art by MATTEO LOLLI & JOHN BOLTON

WELCOME TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!

The Hellfire Trading Company has put together the biggest event of the season – the very first HELLFIRE GALA! Everyone will be there – all your favorite mutants, their closest allies…even their worst enemies – for a night of dinner, drinks, diplomacy and deceit. Fireworks to follow. Plus: From the archives, a classic X-Men tale with our very first look at a Hellfire Gala by Chris Claremont and John Bolton!

MARAUDERS #21

X-FORCE #20

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art and Cover by JOSHUA CASSARA

INVITE-ONLY TO THE HELLFIRE GALA!

It’s party time, but somebody’s got to work it. And when invited guests (and a few crashers) prove to be planted antagonistic agents, X-FORCE will need to get their hands dirty and keep this all under wraps…before anyone catches wind!

X-FORCE #20

On Sale 6/9

EXCALIBUR #21

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

RICTOR HATES PARTIES.

Even the nice ones. And with Captain Britain’s return to a changed world, this one is looking to be not so nice. Excalibur’s Earth-shattering HELLFIRE GALA issue will change Krakoan diplomacy forever.

EXCALIBUR #21

X-MEN #21

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, NICK DRAGOTTA, SARA PICHELLI & LUCAS WERNECK
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

THE HEROES OF KRAKOA DEBUT!

It’s a changing if the guard as the first X-Men team of Krakoa debuts! One era ends as a new one begins, and the handoff happens here.

X-MEN #21

On Sale 6/16

NEW MUTANTS #19

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by ALEX LINS
Cover by MARTIN SIMMONDS

AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO…

The HELLFIRE GALA is here, and the NEW MUTANTS have the chance to take a break from training the youth of Krakoa – an opportunity to get dressed up and get down. But not everyone is on their best behavior…and someone has vanished without a trace.

NEW MUTANTS #19

PLANET-SIZE X-MEN #1

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Variant Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

THEY CAME TO SLAY!

The HELLFIRE GALA rages on, but bigger things are afoot a world away. Make no mistake – this is an X-Men book drawn by superstar artist Pepe Larraz. It is absolutely the most important issue of the month.

PLANET-SIZE X-MEN #1

X-CORP #2

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by ALBERTO FOCHE
Cover by DAVID AJA

A SHARK IN THE WATER!

After X-CORP’s shocking debut, they’ve got fences to mend, hands to shake and most importantly – a board to staff. With Dr. Jamie Madrox’s top-class dupes staffing the HELLFIRE GALA, CXOs Monet and Angel must stalk the dance floor and hope they don’t get preyed on themselves.

X-CORP #2

On Sale 6/23

S.W.O.R.D. #6

Written by AL EWING
Art and Cover by VALERIO SCHITI

THIS IS WHAT COMES NEXT.

On Earth, the HELLFIRE GALA is in full swing. But on S.W.O.R.D. Station One, a very different guest list comes together…as Abigail Brand finally unveils her plans for Mysterium – and the future of human and mutantkind.

S.W.O.R.D. #6

WAY OF X #3

Written by SI SPURRIER
Art by BOB QUINN
Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

MAKE MORE MUTANTS.

It’s the Hellfire Gala hangover. Nightcrawler tries to root out the evil working to destroy Krakoa by investigating all its laws, starting with… **SEXY SAXOPHONE SOLO**

WAY OF X #3

WOLVERINE #13

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

HELLFIRE COMPROMISED!

Can WOLVERINE and X-FORCE keep the peace or is the gala doomed?

WOLVERINE #13

On Sale 6/30

X-FACTOR #10

Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by DAVID BALDEÓN
Cover by IVAN SHAVRIN

THE LAST DANCE!

At the Hellfire Gala, SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED! VENGEANCE WILL BE HAD. And someone’s number is up. You’ll never guess whose.

X-FACTOR #10

Mutantkind Soars in the New X-Corp Series

The X-Book every fan has been waiting for is finally here! X-Corp, written by Tini Howard and drawn by Alberto Foche will hit stands this May. Taking Jonathan Hickman’s masterplan for mutantkind to the next level, the series will premiere a brand-new group of X-Men that will prove once and for all that mutantkind means business!

The deals have been made. Mutantkind is safe on Krakoa. As the Reign of X continues, what are the wants of the mutants who have everything? Leading the charge is X-CORPORATION, headed by CXOs Monet St. Croix and Warren Worthington, a duo as cutthroat and ruthless in the boardroom as they are on a battlefield. But X-Corp needs more than just its figureheads. As Monet sets out to staff their team with some of the brightest and most deviant minds in mutantkind, Warren finds himself in a tense confrontation with one of Krakoa’s first allies who wants to know the truth: on Angel’s wings, will X-Corp crash or soar?

Grab hold as X-Corp introduces new concepts that will revolutionize the Marvel Universe as we know it when it arrives this May with colors by Sunny Gho and a cover by David Aja!

X-Corp #1

Fear the Man-Thing in April with Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing

Announced last month, Marvel is honoring the 50th anniversary of Man-Thing with a new series. Starting in March with Avengers: Cure of the Man-Thing #1, the three-part Marvel Universe-spanning event will continue in April with Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing #1. In this installment, critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando (Martian ManhunterBatmanWonder Woman) will be joined by artist Alberto Foche who makes his Marvel Comics debut with an unforgettable tale. The first issue features a cover by Daniel Acuña with a variant by Nick Bradshaw.

Man-Thing’s supernatural abilities have been pirated thanks to the new Marvel villain, Harrower, a zealot intent on clearing humanity off the board so a new species can get a shot at the top. The world burns and fear is the accelerant! Meanwhile, Spider-Man races across New York desperate to avert disaster and find the one man that just might be able to get through to Man-Thing…his former colleague Curt Connors, A.K.A. The Lizard! But deep within the Man-Thing’s psyche, it’s Spider-Man that discovers something he never expected: a devilish secret, and a doctor seeking redemption.

Since his creation by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Gray Morrow in 1971’s Savage Tales #1, the misunderstood swamp monster has taught readers the true meaning of fear in thought-provoking tales by legendary creators such as Steve Gerber and R.L. Stine. Prepare to burn at the Man-Thing’s touch once again when Spider-Man Cure of the Man-Thing #1 hits stands this April.

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