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Review: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1

Age of X-Man X-Tremists #1

The new X-Men event “Age of X-Man” is a crossover where X-Man aka Nate Grey from the alternate Age of Apocalypse future has created a perfect world. However, this utopia is built on a commitment to individualism so everyone lives isolated by themselves, and there are no intimate relationships whether platonic, sexual, or romantic. Overtly, there is no crime or drama in this universe, but Department X featuring Blob, Psylocke, Northstar, Jubilee, Iceman, and Moneta are the covert group that makes sure this status quo is kept. Writer Leah Williams, artists Georges Jeanty and Robert Poggi, and colorist Jim Charalampidis tell their story in Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1.

Even though Department X are basically the secret police, Williams and Jeanty give X-Tremists #1 a joking tone from the get-go with Iceman roasting Jubilee for thinking a cookie sheet and wax paper are the same thing. (Why is something solid called a sheet though?) They are the class clowns of the team while Moneta is the team racist, Blob is the team dad (Complete with the bod and sayings out of a motivational book for junior high basketball coaches for it.), Northstar is aloof and too cool for school, and Psylocke just gets the job done. Despite Jeanty’s stiff art work, which is more like 1990s Mark Bagley than his work on the Buffy and Serenity comics, each Department X member has a unique personality that acts as a hook for a book about mutants, who arrest other mutants for falling in love.

Plus Georges Jeanty and Roberto Poggi’s work isn’t all bad. They nail a pair of great comedy scenes in X-Tremists #1 where Department X disdainfully completes one of Blob’s team building sayings, and Northstar stays in the car and uses his super speed to get “shotgun” before a try hard and possibly overcompensating for something, Iceman, can ice slide down to it. His and Psylocke’s deadpan expressions are hilarious, and Jim Charalamipdis adds a little burst of old school purple to her psychic daggers.

The fight scene in X-Tremists #1 is creative and well-blocked with Iceman making creative use of his powers to subdue to mutants, who have multiple offenses of engaging in an intimate relationship. One of them has the ability to transform into a rat, which creates a high energy series of panels from Jeanty and Poggi while Leah Williams throws in a wrinkle in her plot that makes the stakes different from Department X’s usual work. It will challenge the team’s ethics, and they have to choose between the mandates of their world and their empathy towards their fellow mutant. I’m interested to see which side each team member takes.

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1 introduces a cast of six characters while Leah Williams give each of them a distinct way of speaking and seeing the world and giving the book a moral dilemma of a hook that makes you want to pick up the rest of the miniseries. Georges Jeanty and Roberto Poggi’s facial and character work are nothing to write home about, but they and Jim Charalampidis do lay out a decent fight scene. This, and NextGen #1, are my favorite Age of X-Man tie-ins so far.

Story: Leah Williams Pencils : Georges Jeanty Inks: Roberto Poggi
Colors: Jim Charalampidis Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1 (of 5)

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1 (of 5)

(W) Leah Williams (A) Georges Jeanty (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!

A perfect world doesn’t just…happen. It needs to be cultivated. That’s where the X-Tremists come in. Psylocke, Iceman, Northstar, Blob, Jubilee and Moneta protect people from threats they won’t even know existed, including the most insidious threat of all – love.

Age of X-Man: X-Tremists #1 (of 5)

Preview: Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #2

Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #2

writer: Leah Williams
artist: German Garcia
covers: Laura Braga (A), Zach Hsieh (B), Jimmy Broxton (C), Germán García (D), Cosplay Cover (E)
Maria Sanapo “Seduction” (RI), Germán García (RI-Virg), Laura Braga (RI-B/W), Zach Hsieh (RI-B/W), Maria Sanapo (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The Femmes from the Future find themselves on a world entirely covered by oceans. That’s no big deal, what with Earth 70% covered, but for the desert-born Dejah of Mars, some water wings are needed, stat! Really, though, the endless depths are the easy part… it’s the creatures lurking in the unknown that are the real threat, especially the intelligent ones!

Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #2

Preview: Adventure Time: Marceline The Pirate Queen OGN SC

Adventure Time: Marceline The Pirate Queen OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Leah Williams
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Colorist: Laura Langston
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Sara Kipin
Price: $14.99

When pirates infiltrate the Candy Kingdom and steal a precious treasure, Princess Bubblegum must send her most trusted friends to retrieve it. Well, her most trusted friends least likely to dissolve in water.

Together with BMO, Marceline sets sail in pursuit as the dread Pirate Queen, where she faces deadly sea monsters and more in her quest to retrieve the Candy Kingdom’s treasure.

Join writer Leah Williams (X-Men: Gold) and artist Zachary Sterling (Bee & Puppycat) as Marceline and BMO learn exactly what it takes to survive the furious oceans of Ooo!

Adventure Time: Marceline The Pirate Queen OGN SC

Preview: Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special One-Shot

Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special One-Shot

writer: Leah Williams
artist: Maria Sanapo
covers: Ergün Gündüz (A)
Ergün Gündüz (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $4.99 | Teen+

Mardi Gras may still be a couple weeks away, but that doesn’t mean spirits aren’t stirring! Valentine’s Day is New Orlean’s version of Halloween—the one day a year that’s a supernatural free-for-all, when all the ghosts and ghoulies come out to feast on the spirits and flesh of horny tourists. Let’s just say there’s going to be big trouble in the Big Easy!

Vampirella Valentine’s Day Special One-Shot

Writer Leah Williams: X-Men, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris & “make it queer”

“I write professional fan fiction. We get paid to do it”

Leah Williams is an American writer originally from Oxford, Mississippi. She writes comics for Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and more. Her debut novel was a YA Fantasy book titled The Alchemy of Being Fourteen and she is currently writing its sequel, The Divinity of Hitting Fifteen. Leah has also written nonfiction articles and essays for The Atlantic, Oprah Magazine, and Salon. Visit Leah’s website.

Presenting wisdom on:

  • How fans can most effective say “Make It Gay You Cowards” 
  • Hoarding queer characters for her X-Tremists mini-series
  • Emma Frost’s rules: be ruthless, have tenderness
  • Barbarella/Dejah Thoris is hard scifi with hot queer babes

Preview: Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #1

Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #1

writer: Leah Williams
artist: Germán García
covers: Zach Hsieh (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Pasquale Qualano (C), Tom Feister (D), Cosplay (E)
Maria Sanapo Barbarella “Seduction” (RI), Maria Sanapo, Dejah Thoris “Seduction” (RI), Pasquale Qualano (RI-Virgin), Tom Feister (RI-B/W), Pasquale Qualano (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Sci-Fi/Fantasy | $3.99 | Teen+

From opposite ends of time, two heroines unite for an otherworldly adventure! Barbarella, the siren of space, meets Dejah Thoris, Princess of Barsoom, and together they must solve a murder mystery that spans time and space in order to find their way home. Leah Williams (Adventure Time Comics, X-Men: Black) teams with Germán García (Action Comics, X-Men) for a fun, deadly, mind-bending epic!

Barbarella/Dejah Thoris #1

Preview: Marvel Superhero Adventures: Frost Giants Among Us!

Marvel Superhero Adventures: Frost Giants Among Us!

(W) Leah Williams, Joe Caramagna (A) Ty Templeton, Mario Del Pennino (CA) Jacob Chabot
All Ages
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It’s the middle of winter in New York City, which means all your favorite heroes and villains are trying to beat the cold!
• But this time the cold beats back, when a group of fearsome FROST GIANTS make themselves right at home in the city, leaving the heroes of the Marvel Universe no choice but to bundle up and stand against the ice-hearted interlopers!

Marvel Superhero Adventures: Frost Giants Among Us!

Review: X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War

Kitty Pryde has left Colossus at the altar and the X-Men are shaken in the aftermath. X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War focuses on the days after the wedding and loss from various characters’ perspectives.

X-Men: Gold Vol. 7 God War features issues #31-36 and Annual #1 from Marc Guggenheim, Leah Williams, Monty Nero, Pere Perez, Michele Bandini, Simone Buonfantino, Giovanni valletta, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Alitha E. Martinez, Craig Yeung, Jay David Ramos, Matt Milla, Erick Arciniega, Dono Sanchez-Almara, and Michael Garland.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on December 11! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
TFAW

 

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Enter the Age of X-Man. An New Take on Age of Apocalypse?

The Age of X-Man dawns…and the X-Men cannot stop it. After the apocalyptic dissolution of the X-Men comes…AGE OF X-MAN! At first glance, this looks like a flip of Age of Apocalypse which saw a future where Apocalypse had won and out of it came the character Nate Grey, X-Man. Is this the flip where Nate Grey rules?

Starting this February, something big for the X-Men!

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5)
Written by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Art by MARCO FAILLA
Cover by PHIL NOTO
On Sale 2/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5)
Written by ED BRISSON
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
On Sale 2/13/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5)
Written by SEANAN MCGUIRE
Art by JUAN FRIGERI
Cover by SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE
On Sale 2/20/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5)
Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAHZZAH
On Sale 2/27/19

AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #1 (of 5)
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by GERMAN PERALTA
Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER
On Sale 3/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE AND THE X-TRACTS #1 (of 5)
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by SALVA ESPIN
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale 3/13/19

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