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Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson Return to X-Men Legends as Apocalypse’s Horsemen Ride

X-Men Legends, the extraordinary series that gives X-Men’s greatest creators the chance to revisit their historic runs, continues this January with the return of writer Louise Simonson and artist Walter Simonson. Known for their influential work together on X-Factor, this legendary pair is back with a new story set during Louise’s time on New Mutants, just in time for the title’s 40th anniversary. Having graced the pages of X-Men Legends with their talents earlier this year, they’ll team up to present more exciting insights behind one of Louise Simonson’s most prominent X-Men creations: Apocalypse!

The search for Apocalypse’s next horseman is on and where better to look than amongst the next generation of mutantkind? Catch up with some old friends — like Sunspot, Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Dani Moonstar, Boom-Boom, Rictor and more — as Caliban leads Pestilence and War, the remaining horsemen of Apocalypse, in a hunt for new blood to join their ranks! Witness this never-before-seen link between the New Mutants and Apocalypse in the latest revelatory X-MEN LEGENDS adventure on January 26!

And coming in February, X-Men icon Chris Claremont makes his long-awaited debut on the title in X-Men Legends #12 with a tale that sheds new light on his original run on Excalibur!

X-Men Legends #11

Marvel, Harlequin, and AAM-Markosia all have new comiXology Releases Today

There’s nine new comics from Marvel, AAM-Markosia, and Harlequin on comiXology today. You can get shopping now are check out the individual releases below.

An Instant from the Past #2

Written by Juan Pangrazi
Art by Juan Pangrazi
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A new victim is found. Mark, Oliver and the rest of the team continue the search for the ‘Killer of the lily’. But they may not be the only people interested in discovering the identity of this mysterious murderer.

An Instant from the Past #2

Un amour mensonger

Written by Alaina Hawthorne
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Amber a craqué pour son patron, Bradley, fils d’une famille fortunée à la tête d’une compagnie pétrolière. Il lui paraît inaccessible et ils ne se sont encore jamais parlé, mais pour elle c’est un vrai coup de foudre. Un jour, Bradley est dans l’urgence et c’est finalement Amber qui va l’accompagner à l’hôpital. Sa grand-mère, présidente du conseil d’administration, est dans un état critique. Alors qu’Amber l’attend dans les couloirs, Bradley sort de l’unité de soins intensifs le visage pâle avec une requête un peu spéciale : Vous ne voudriez pas devenir ma fiancée ?

Un amour mensonger

Married For His One-Night Heir

Written by Jennifer Hayward
Art by Naoko Kubota
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After her husband passed away, Gia moved to the Bahamas to start her new life with her son, Leo. After being haunted by her notorious family name for so long, she is finally enjoying the freedom she earned in this resort island. That is until she reunites with Santo Di Fiore, the man she has loved forever and her baby father after a one-night stand four years ago. After finding out that he has been a father this entire time, Santo makes Gia choose between giving him child custody or getting married to live in New York. As much as she wants to be with her son, Gia is terrified of going back to America, where she would have to go back to being a Castiglione, the name of an empire that has deep-rooted connections to criminal organizations. After getting everything taken away, Gia ties the knot with Santo to be a family with Leo, but she doesn’t see the marriage possibly going well…

Married For His One-Night Heir

Plague Vol. 2 #10

Written by Dennis Fallon, Jason Palmatier
Art by Zachary Brunner
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All roads have led to this. Sacrifice. Betrayal. Revelation. Markosia’s critically acclaimed fantasy series comes to an end with an epic, double-length finale filled with vengeful gargoyles, warrior wraiths, raging ogres, and a twelve round, no-holds-barred fist fight with the Devil. Heroes will fall, villains will rise, and scars will be etched upon the souls that survive. Witness the fate of the doubting friar and his fey friends in the stunning conclusion of PLAGUE.

Plague Vol. 2 #10

Vanquished #7: Be a Woman

Written by Ben Smith
Art by Felicia Mars
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Chapter 7 – Things are heating up in the Grubscape. Finally having found the part they’re looking for, all Valorie needs to do is escape. Something Tat intends to make easier said than done. The Corpse Amalgam is back, this time it’ll take more than trickery to beat it and the Monitor seems poised to reveal his endgame.

Vanquished #7: Be a Woman

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 3

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Daniel Acuna, Renato Guedes, Adam Kubert, Jefte Palo
Cover by Jae Lee
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Collects Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1-6, Wolverine (2010) #1-9 And #5.1, and material from Wolverine: Road To Hell #1.

He’s the best there is at what he does —and Wolverine’s not so bad, either. Writer Jason Aaron’s (PUNISHERMAX, Scalped) acclaimed and character-defining Wolverine run continues in this third volume! Joined by some of comics’ top artists, Aaron tests Wolverine to his limits as the feral hero takes a lengthy trip through time with the ever-annoying Spider-Man! Then, a mysterious organization conspires to send Wolverine to Hell, where he encounters the souls of unexpected family and friends — and battles the Devil! And the X-Men must help Wolverine regain control of his body from a horde of possessing demons! Plus: Wolverine’s girlfriend throws him a birthday party, but where is he? Guest-starring Mystique, Daimon Hellstrom, two Ghost Riders and a host of Marvel heroes!

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 3

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 4

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Ron Garney, Renato Guedes, Adam Kubert, Steven Sanders, Goran Sudzuka, Billy Tan
Cover by Arthur Adams
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Collects Wolverine (2010) #10-20 and #300-304.

He’s the best there is at what he does – and Wolverine’s not so bad, either. Writer Jason Aaron’s (PUNISHERMAX, Scalped) acclaimed and character-defining Wolverine run concludes in this final volume! Joined by comics’ top artists, Aaron puts Wolverine through a physical and emotional wringer as the feral hero wreaks vengeance on the Red Right Hand, the group that sent him to Hell – but the final twist in their horrific plan might shatter Wolverine’s spirit completely! Then, Wolverine faces decades-old responsibilities when he defends Chinatown from drugs and dragons. And when Sabretooth and Mystique team up to wreak havoc in Japan, Wolverine must take on both the Yakuza and the Hand – and defend his loved ones from a legacy of pain! Guest-starring Gorilla-Man, Fat Cobra, and a literal who’s who of Wolverine’s friends and foes!

Wolverine by Jason Aaron Complete Collection Vol. 4

X-Factor by Peter David Complete Collection Vol. 1

Written by Peter David
Art by Renato Arlem, Dennis Calero, Ariel Olivetti, Pablo Raimondi, Ryan Sook
Cover by Ryan Sook
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Collects Madrox #1-5 and X-Factor (2006) #1-12.

Relive the gripping, noir-esque launch of Peter David’s most memorable concept: X-Factor Investigations! Jamie Madrox sets up shop in the heart of Mutant Town – but with so many duplicates out in the world, who is the real Madrox? Does he even know anymore? Then, when the fallout from the HOUSE OF M depowers most of the world’s mutants, X-Factor must find answers – fast! With Guido, Wolfsbane, Siryn, M and Rictor by his side – as well as the stuff-knowing Layla Miller – Madrox must take on the manipulative prescient Mr. Tryp’s rival group Singularity Investigations, navigate a superhuman Civil War, learn why the X-Men lied to his team, deal with the unbalanced Quicksilver’s new ability to reboot mutant powers for a price and discover the deadly traitor in X-Factor’s midst!

X-Factor by Peter David Complete Collection Vol. 1

X-Factor by Peter David Complete Collection Vol. 2

Written by Peter David
Art by Valentine De Landro, Khoi Pham, Pablo Raimondi
Cover by Pablo Raimondi
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Collects X-Factor (2006) #13-24 and #28-32, X-Factor: The Quick and the Dead #1, and X-Factor Special: Layla Miller #1.

As X-Factor unloads their hopes, fears and darkest secrets to Doc Samson, Jamie Madrox decides to gather up his stray dupes. The trouble is, two don’t want to go quietly: the married priest and the agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.! And when Hydra comes calling, will Jamie become their secret weapon? With Mutant Town under siege thanks to the terrorist X-Cell, X-Factor races the clock to keep every former mutant from being imprisoned. What an awful time for the Isolationist to strike! Then, after the events of MESSIAH COMPLEX, X-Factor is a shambles. Jamie is a basket case; Wolfsbane quits but won’t say why; and Layla is trapped in the future, in the middle of the Summers Rebellion! Plus: Quicksilver’s life takes a dramatic turn!

X-Factor by Peter David Complete Collection Vol. 2

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Review: X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 begins as CSI: Krakoa and then blossoms into a goddamn operatic comic book. Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck (Plus some bombastic and beautiful colors from Edgar Delgado.) structure the issue into almost three acts. There’s X-Factor (Plus babysitters, the X-Men and X-Force) investigating the Scarlet Witch’s murder, scanning the scene of the crime with Rachel Summers’ chronoskimming and Akihiro’s senses, and an autopsy and X-Ray on her body. This is followed by Magneto being treated as the key suspect of her murder, and lots of fighting and cutting dialogue. The third act is a sad, meditative one with almost poetic captions from Williams as Scarlet Witch’s old Brotherhood of Mutants teammates share a drink together before flowing into the cliffhanger for next issue. Like a good grunge song, X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 has a good balance of “loud” and “soft” moments, and Werneck is game for it all drawing everything from an ornate double page spread of Wanda’s body in a verdant autopsy theater to showing Polaris’ shocked expression as she realizes someone close to her might be the murderer.

The main thing I loved about The Trial of Magneto is what a meaty read it was. Leah Williams packs those 36 pages with everything from Krakoan in-fighting to bonkers battles and characters showing off their abilities in a story relevant and finally just allowing individuals to grieve. She and Lucas Werneck take break from the “fighting Magneto/mystery solving” part of the plot to cut away to Vision mourning for his ex-wife, or Kyle comforting Speed, who stands vigil alone at his mother’s body wishing Wiccan was there to help figure things out. (He’s stuck in the current “Last Annihilation” crossover.) Williams shows great range as a writer coaxing a variety of tones from characters through her dialogue and narration with the help of letterer Clayton Cowles, who uses an all-caps font to great effect when Quicksilver becomes totally consumed by grief and rage. She has spent time developing the cast of X-Factor, and they are ready to be put in a stressful situations like where Magneto saying Polaris is “unhinged and inconsistent” hurts more than any metal claws or piece of debris. Northstar’s leadership abilities (and super speed) come into play as he is sassy towards the interfering X-Force and X-Men while saving the day and preventing Quicksilver from bludgeoning his father to death. Like a proper crossover/event miniseries, The Trial of Magneto has a large cast of characters, and they all get to shine.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1

Trial‘s strong characterization extends to the art where Werneck sets up some iconic panels like Laura, Logan, and Akihiro all leaping into the master of magnetism with quips and a devil-may-care attitude. I love how Wolverine doesn’t give a damn that Magneto pulled out his adamantium skeleton back in the 1990s and is just there to run interference while the next generation does the ass kicking. This bond between the claw mutants is nicely set up earlier in the comic when Laura and Logan basically finish Akihiro’s sentences as he figures out how Wanda was murdered. Edgar Delgado’s colors come in handy during the forensics sequences differentiating between the past and present using a sad red that comes back towards the end of the book where Toad, Mastermind, Blob, and Quicksilver are drinking and grieving. They’ve come a long way from the schemes and overwrought dialogue of the Silver Age and pack a real emotional punch while Leah Williams’ narration verbally captures the mood of the scene. The tiki bar has turned into a wake.

Connected to grief and emotions, The Trial of Magneto also has a lot of rage beginning with Magneto tossing his helmet to the side during a Quiet Council in an aerial panel from Werneck. He has had enough and is total unchecked id who just wants to resurrect his daughter because mutants are beyond such petty things as life and death. And getting egged on by Mystique and other members of the Quiet Council doesn’t help things. Williams’ writing for Magneto can be described as majestic and blunt as he says whatever he feels about everyone around him and fights the combined forces of X-Force, X-Factor, and X-Men featuring some big damn, wallop-packing panels. There are also some chilling panels of Krakoans celebrating her death while Magneto listlessly walks by that are probably the most disturbing scenes in a bleak comic.However, the show is almost stolen by Quicksilver, who immediately becomes this series’ beating heart and shows how much folks really cared about Wanda even though she was seen as a pariah on Krakoa.

In a truly dramatic entrance, Quicksilver arrives on the scene of The Trial of Magneto #1 almost invisibly as he startles Cyclops, and then Leah Williams and Lucas Werneck cut to the next page where Magneto’s head is being used as a punching bag with panels rocking back and forth across the page turning layout into speed lines. However, actual speed lines come into play when Northstar restrains an angry Quicksilver in a great riff on the classic speedster-on-speedster battle. Williams and Werneck know the tropes that make superhero comics so exciting and visceral and deploy them in emotionally resonant ways, which is why The Trial of Magneto #1 is such an epic read. Quicksilver also 100% lays his feelings about Wanda on the page, and Lucas Werneck draws quite a few close-ups of him crying because of his sister’s passing. He also feels guilty because he has felt responsible for her well-being since back in the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants days. (Seriously, their tender interactions are the highlight of some pretty sub-par comics, Jack Kirby art aside.) Werneck’s facial expressions do the lion’s share of showing this guilt, rage, and melancholy and even though I can’t remember the last time I saw Pietro in a Marvel comic, I want to give him a hug.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #1 has the melodrama, action, questionable morality, and high stakes emotions that are what make X-Men comics so great. Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck, Edgar Delgado, and Clayton Cowles craft a comic worthy of a white cape wearing anti-hero grieving his daughter (and being a little bit dodgy), who is almost beaten to death by his son. Oedipus (Re)X sans the incest bit and with more metallic manipulation.

Story: Leah Williams Art: Lucas Werneck
Colors: Edgar Delgado Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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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)
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