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Preview: X-Men Legends #5

X-Men Legends #5

(W) Peter David (A/CA) Todd Nauck
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

PETER DAVID RETURNS TO PLACE A MISSING PIECE OF THE X-FACTOR PUZZLE!
Mutants have taken hostages, and X-Factor is taking the blame! But before judgment is rendered for POLARIS, HAVOK, WOLFSBANE, STRONG GUY, QUICKSILVER and MADROX the MULTIPLE MAN, VAL COOPER and X-Factor will take the stand! But who’s telling the truth, and what really went down at the LATVERIAN EMBASSY? It all makes sense…from a certain point of view.
Return to the fan-favorite era of Peter David’s X-FACTOR run with an all-new adventure set between X-FACTOR #75 and #76!

X-Men Legends #5

Underrated: X-Cutioner’s Song

The cover of the trade I don’t own.

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way.

This week: the multi-part crossover event X-Cutioner’s Song.


The first chapter of X-Cutioner’s Song was published in November 1992 in Uncanny X-Men #294, with subsequent eleven parts coming in issues of X-Factor, X-Men, X-Force and Uncanny X-Men. With the series being billed as revealing the origin of Cable (it didn’t – that came in 1994), there was significant hype and buzz around the comics when they were hitting the shelves nearly thirty years ago, but because I wasn’t into comics at the time, I never heard any of it.

Instead, I noticed a cover when restocking the boxes at my LCS and decided to pick up the arc after the shop owner gave it a quick recommendation. Fortunately, we had a full set (or seven) in stock, so I grabbed the individual issues rather than hunting down a collected edition (partly because I am also building an X-Men and Uncanny X-Men collection, but also because I wanted to read it as it was originally presented in comic form. Complete with the polybags still sealed for some off the comics (I won’t lie, I was tempted to leave them sealed, but at only a couple bucks a comic it didn’t seem worth it.

Plus, I wanted the feeling of cracking those bags and getting to be the first person reading these comics.

I forget sometimes how much dialogue and text there used to be on pages in comics.

Without question, comics from this era were technically published before I started buying single issues, but that doesn’t mean that these issues didn’t kickstart a sense of nostalgia for the old UK reprint magazines that I first came across this arc in. The first issue felt oddly familiar, but beyond that…? It was pure 90’s joy.

After all, 90’s comics aren’t bad. There’s just a huge number of them in longboxes across the country because so many were printed. That just makes them worth less than the comics from the 70’s and 80’s, but it doesn’t mean they’re not worth reading.

“If mankind waited for the ‘right time’ to address the winds of change it’s unlikely we’d ever have crawled from the primordial ooze.”

Scott Lobdell, Uncanny X-Men #294

I don’t know if I had forgotten about the amount of times characters within X-Men comics in the 90’s spouted pearls of wisdom, but I was less than halfway through this first part of X-Cutioners Song and I already had enough one liners to make me sound like I a semi professional couch philosopher thanks entirely to the less than subtle messaging. Messaging that seems just as relevant today as it ever did (and I’m sure we’d all hoped that would be different).

The main plot of X-Cutioner’s Song isn’t fully revealed in the first issue, but there is more than enough information here to reel you in hook line and sinker. The crossover cost me less than $20 to put together, and it was worth every penny to do so – not only because of the nostalgia factor, but primarily because this is a damn good story that holds up today (even the funky fashion choices for the street clothes the X-Men wear don’t detract too much).

With any story crossing over four series, the creative team is, as expected, pretty hefty. There are names that at the time were relatively new faces to the X-Men, but now… well now we consider them as creators who have made significant contributions to the comicsphere, frequently drawing large crowds at conventions;

  • Writers: Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza and Peter David.
  • Pencillers: Brandon Peterson, Andy Kubert, Jae Lee and Greg Capullo
  • Inkers: Terry Austin, Mark Pennington, Al Milgrom and Harry Candelario
  • Colorists: Mike Thomas, Marie Javins, Glynis Oliver, Joe Rosas and Steve Buccellato.

But despite the big names, the characters and import associated with the story, it’s an arc that can easily get overlooked when when you’re looking in the longboxes because the story came in the early 90’s, before the big bust in the comics market. Despite having heard a little about it over the years, largely through comments in UK reprints, I had never actually read the book before. Something I was more than happy to do with a story that is far more Underrated than I ever expected.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

The Trial of Magneto Begins after a tragic Death at the Hellfire Gala

As the Hellfire Gala came to an end in today’s X-Factor #10, so did the life of one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes: the Scarlet Witch! This shocking murder will lead directly into The Trial of Magneto, a brand-new limited series launching in August written by X-Factor scribe Leah Williams with art by Lucas Werneck.

The very future of Krakoa is threatened as a trial begins that will divide the thriving mutant nation. In this pivotal moment in Jonathan Hickman’s era of X-Men, the ongoing tension between the Avengers and the X-Men will explode as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes arrive on Krakoa to seek justice for their fallen teammate. All eyes turn to Magneto, but Marvel fans know all too well that when it comes to Magneto and the Maximoff twins, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Once thought to be father and daughter, Magneto and Scarlet Witch have a storied history that began in the earliest days of the X-Men. Now, their unpredictable saga gets a new chapter…

Check out superstar artist Mark Brooks’ hauntingly beautiful cover below and discover the truth behind the story that will shake Krakoa to its core when The Trial of Magneto #1 hits stands on August 18th!

Preview: X-Factor #10

X-Factor #10

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin
32 PGS./Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 30, 2021
SRP: $3.99

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

Dive into Classic X-Factor with the Marvel X-Factor Sale!

X-Factor has had some classic runs and now’s your chance to catch up with the Marvel X-Factor Sale. The sale is currently running on comiXology.

You can choose from 54 releases and save up to 67%!

The sale runs until Jun 3 so act quickly!

X-Factor Epic Collection All-New, All-Different X-Factor

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Dive into Classic X-Factor with the Marvel X-Factor Sale!

X-Factor has had some classic runs and now’s your chance to catch up with the Marvel X-Factor Sale. The sale is currently running on comiXology.

You can choose from 54 releases and save up to 67%!

The sale runs until Jun 3 so act quickly!

X-Factor Epic Collection All-New, All-Different X-Factor

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Marvel Reveals Phil Jimenez’s Pride Month Variant Covers

This June, Marvel will commemorate Pride Month with a new series of stunning variant covers by legendary artist Phil Jimenez! Spotlighting Marvel’s growing LGBTQ+ representation, Marvel’s Pride Month Variant Covers will feature some of Marvel’s most popular LGBTQ+ heroes: Wiccan and Hulkling, America Chavez, Mystique, Northstar, Iceman, Moondragon, Black Cat, Daken, and the new Valkyrie, Runa. These stunning depictions will proudly adorn the covers of your favorite Marvel titles throughout the month of June.

Check them out below and collect all nine Pride Month Variant Covers starting on June 2nd!

  • BLACK CAT #7 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER
  • MARAUDERS #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Iceman
  • X-MEN #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Mystique (APR210772)
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Runa (APR210877)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Moondragon (APR210928)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER A featuring America Chavez (APR210814)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER B featuring Hulkling and Wiccan (APR210816)
  • WOLVERINE #13 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Daken (APR210792)
  • X-FACTOR #10 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Northstar (APR210802)

Preview: X-Factor #9

X-Factor #9

(W) Leah Williams (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ivan Shavrin
Rated T+
In Shops: May 12, 2021
SRP: $3.99

BEST! CONCERT! EVER!
• The Morrigan needs to be destroyed!
• The answer lies in the Mojoverse.
• LOOKS LIKE WE’RE GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER.

X-Factor #9

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

Black Cat is on the Prowl in the Phil Jimenez Pride Cover

This June, Marvel will commemorate Pride Month this year with a new series of stunning variant covers by legendary artist Phil Jimenez! These Pride Month Variant Covers will spotlight Marvel’s growing LGBTQ+ representation, and when first announced in March, fans got to see Jimenez’s incredible depictions of Iceman, Daken, America Chavez, and Northstar. Now check out another popular hero, Black Cat in a stunning cover that will proudly adorn the cover of Black Cat #7, an upcoming issue of Jed MacKay’s hit ongoing run.

See below for a full list of Pride Month Variants and be on the lookout for more reveals coming soon!

  • BLACK CAT #7 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER (APR210898)
  • MARAUDERS #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Iceman (APR210751)
  • X-MEN #21 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Mystique (APR210772)
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES #3 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Runa (APR210877)
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #15 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Moondragon (APR210928)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring America Chavez (APR210814)
  • MARVEL’S VOICES: PRIDE #1 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER B featuring Hulkling and Wiccan (APR210816)
  • WOLVERINE #13 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Daken (APR210792)
  • X-FACTOR #10 PRIDE MONTH VARIANT COVER featuring Northstar (APR210802)
Black Cat #7 Pride Month Variant Cover
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