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X-Men First Class Dice Masters in June 2017

2037170_first_classA new set for Dice Masters has appeared on WizKids‘ solicits page. June sees a brand new Marvel set, Marvel Dice Masters: X-Men First Class. The set is just listed as a gravity feed plus the bonus cards that go with it. That’s the second set focused on the X-Men, the first being Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men. Recently Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool was released which featured X characters.

2017 sees the continuation of primarily gravity feed releases which consists of foil packs that feature 2 cards and 2 dice. 2017 has solicited two starter sets, one team pack, one box set, and 3 gravity feeds in the first six months.

So far for 2017 we will see Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter set in February, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes in a Half Shell Box Set in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman gravity feed in February, Marvel Dice Masters: Defenders Team Pack in March, Marvel Dice Masters: Guardians of the Galaxy in February, DC Comics Dice Masters: Superman and Wonder Woman Starter set in May.

The X-Men Blue and Gold Teams and Creators are Revealed

With Marvel‘s next big X-Men event Inhumans vs. X-Men kicking off this week, we’re already looking ahead to what comes after. About a month ago the comic publisher began to release teasers for ResurrXion which hinted as to what’s to come next. Two of those teasers were for X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold which went for the nostalgia of long time fans. In the 90s the X teams were split into two squads, Blue and Gold, before being merged back together.

While we knew about the return of the split, we didn’t know who would be involved creatively or what the roster of each team would consist of (though each teaser makes that part clear in retrospect).

X-Men: Gold will be written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ardian Syaf and consist of Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan, Rachel Grey, and Kitty Pryde who will be the new team leader.

This new series will take the team back to its roots in many ways with a new iteration returning to the focus on racism and anti-mutant hysteria… oh yeah, there’s also a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. With Pryde as the leader it’s a more positive outlook and the team getting back to being heroes. That means no more Guardians of the Galaxy for Kitty Pryde and also Storm stepping aside and passing the baton. Rachel Grey also gets a makeover and a new codename of Prestige.

X-Men: Blue will be written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina with the time-trapped Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, Angel, Jean Grey as the leader, and Magneto as a mentor. That last part sets some interesting things up because it was Magneto that the team first battled so many years ago and they really only know him as that having missed that character’s evolution over the years.

The two teams will also operate out of the same headquarters, but it’s unknown if it’s the current HQ located in Limbo.

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The two series launch April 2017 and will ship twice a month.

The X-Men Come to Munchkin

Steve Jackson Games and USAopoly have teamed-up for a brand new edition of Munchkin featuring the X-Men!

From the announcement:

It’s the game every mutant has been waiting for! Join the X-Men on a thrilling adventure to defend mankind from renegade mutants. MUNCHKIN: X-Men Edition combines Marvel’s beloved collection of X-Men comics with the role-playing fun of Munchkin. Players take on the role of students attending Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and team up with Professor X, Wolverine, and more super-charged mutants to take down the likes of Sabretooth, Juggernaut, and the almighty Magneto. The game will include 128 Door and Treasure cards, four player Role cards, four level trackers, game rules, and a custom die.

The game will be out March 2017. The company also publishes Munchkin: Marvel Edition and its two expansions, Munchkin Marvel 2: Mystic Mayhem and Munchkin Marvel 3: Cosmic Chaos and also has Munchkin Zombies: The Walking Dead. There are also Munchkin comics published by BOOM! Studios.

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Marvel Collector Corps: X-Men Teaser!

Funko‘s X-Men trailer is here! Who do you think will be in the box? Sign up today for the next Marvel Collector Corps. now!

Pop! Marvel: X-Men – Logan, Dorbz, and Keychain in December and January

He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice!

The adamantium-filled, self-healing superhero Wolverine is getting an all-new Funko treatment!

Collect Wolverine and his retractable claws as Pop!s, Dorbz, and a Pocket Pop! Keychain!

Be sure to look for exclusive figures! Collect the Logan tank top Pop! and Dorbz only at Hot Topic, and Weapon X Wolverine Pop! only at Target!

Pop! Marvel: X-Men – Logan

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Dorbz: X-Men – Logan

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Pocket Pop! Keychain: Wolverine

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Review: Extraordinary X-Men #15

extraordinary_x_men__15-1The latest issue of Extraordinary X-Men has us moving between worlds as Storm and Magik try and get back the soul sword from a possessed Sabina while Nightcrawler and Co. try and save an Apocalypse possessed Colossus. The ladies manage to gain the trust and assistance of the Mystics who aid Storm and Magik in their trip to Limbo to save it. Colossus seems to be unmoved by his former friends in his current state which might spell trouble for the X-Men.

The artwork by Victor Ibanez is clean and detailed. Each panel aids in keeping the story fresh, interesting and a real page turner. This issue reads more like a TV show than a comic and the story seems to jump off of the page.

The writing by Jeff Lemire is solid. There is nothing cliched or wasted in any of the bubbles. This issue seems to push the story forward and keep the readers interested enough to wait anxiously for the next and final issue in this arc.

Overall I found this issue a real page turner. It was strong, cohesive and effective in pushing the story along. With the X-Men being such an old series it’s kind of refreshing to read new stories. It’s a nice addition to the universe without being contrived or appearing like a trick to keep readers interested. It’s a solid issue in an interesting arc.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Victor Ibanez
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Mystery Minis: Classic X-Men

Marvel‘s Mutants are coming in miniature form. Funko is shrinking down their heroes and releasing them as Mystery Minis.

Mystery Minis: Classic X-Men will be out in November from Funko. You can pre-order a case or a random pack.

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Walmart Exclusive Dorbz Ridez: Blackbird Jet w/ Beast is out in December

One of the founding members of the X-Men, Beast is a genius who serves as a medic and physician for his teammates.

Collect Beast and the X-Men’s Blackbird Jet, exclusively at Walmart in December.

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Entertainment Earth Spotlight: Dorbz: Classic X-Men in November

The super-human mutants are coming as Dorbz!

Collect Storm, Psylocke, and Sabretooth, as well as Cyclops, a founding member of the X-Men who can emit energy blasts from his eyes!

You can also get Dark Phoenix, one of the strongest mutants to ever live, and Emma Frost, who can turn herself into diamond! Keep an eye out for Emma Frost’s diamond chase variant (a 1 in 6 rarity)!

Be sure to look for Cable, available exclusively at Walmart!

Dorbz figures are approximately 3-inches tall and come packaged in a window display box.

Dorbz: Classic X-Men are out in November from Funko.

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Review: Death of X #2

death-of-x-2It’s going down in issue #2 of the 4 part Death of X. If you’re coming in late to the party the short version of what you’ve missed is this: The Inhumans and The X-Men are getting ready to throw down in a clash of the titans style battle royale! On the surface it makes little to no sense but, if you stick with it, it might just be the shake up that the multiverse needs. It starts of post-Secret Wars and happens before IvX. The guiding force for this mini arc is all about what sets off the battle and where are Cyclops and Frost are.

Death of X #2 starts off on the Inhumans base. Storm and a small team of X-men are there to figure out what the Inhumans know about the terrigen cloud that has the power to kill or sicken most of the mutants with the X-Gene. Storm being overly honest tells the Inhumans about their reservations and uncertainty about what the Inhumans knew and didn’t. After being assured that the Inhumans aren’t behind the terrigen cloud Storm and her team head off to Madrid to warn others and evacuate the mutants. Medusa is offended by the assumption that her and her team had anything to do with any of this and feels conflicted over the allegation.

Medusa is concerned over the repercussions of the mutants thinking that the terrigen cloud was an attack, especially the powerful ones and, although they want peace she is prepared to fight and win a war. Cyclops goes on the offensive and sends a mental message to all citizens of Earth alerting them that the terrigen that the Inhumans put into earths atmosphere kills mutants and it doesn’t just help the Inhumans to survive on our planet. He calls for an all out rejection of the Inhumans and offers the X-mens protection to the people of earth.

Meanwhile in Madrid Gorgon and Flint are sent down by Crystal to calm the mass panic that Scott’s telepathic missive has created. Cylcops message has eaten up the time that the Inhumans had to evacuate the mutants to keep them safe and with very little time gorgon and Flint have no choice but to go to plan B and attempt to move the cloud. Storm shows up to help them in their efforts since their powers alone are not strong enough to move the cloud.

Back on Muir Island Colossus shows up to console his sister. She fears that the Inhumans won’t ever completely destroy the terrigen since they need it to fuel their powers and that its existence could end all of the X-men. They know a peace is needed with the Inhumans but, with everything that Scott and Emma have done, they’re not sure a peace is possible. Scott and Emma have assembled a mutant army.

The X-Men and Inhuman mash-up in Madrid is headed for disaster as the Inhumans plan to put everyone in Madrid, mutants included to sleep to squash the chaos and panic, a plan that will certainly add more stress to Inhuman and mutant relations. Not hearing back from Storm causes Scott to assume her and her team are dead and he decides their best course of action is to go after the Inhumans with everything they’ve got. Unfortunately for us fans, we have to wait a bit to see how this shakes out but, I have high hopes for the battle to come.

Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire tell a gripping story and the writing draws the reader in to a a leak world with what I’m sure will have a sad ending no matter who wins and how things shake out. The characters are well written and their motivations are clear and base level real. The survival instinct is strong within this issue and so far, within the stor arc itself. We find a faction of the X-men acting counter to their usual actions and more inline with the human reaction to mutants when they first stepped on the scene. The way that Charles and Jeff handle all of this is sure to cause some discomfort among fans but, it’ll also make way for more detailed and in depth story lines that dig up some very real emotions to surface.

Aaron Kuder ‘s art work works well with the grimness of the story and Morry Hollowell and Jay David Ramos ‘s coloring makes the story feel more like a mini live action drama adding a much needed level to the story. The art feels just as much a part of the story as the writing. The rich color palette and strong bright tweak of color when mutant (or Inhuman) powers are activated is a brilliant touch.

Overall this was a page turner and well worth a read. it is more than just a place holder or an expository link in the overall story line chain, it is a full fledged stand alone part of the universe and it has earned its place in the timeline as a great and gripping story with a lot of action, complex characters and motives and beautiful art.

Story : Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire Art: Aaron Kuder
Colorists: Morry Hollowell and Jay David Ramos

Story 9.3 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

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