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Explore Mutantkind’s Greatest Mysteries in the X-Men Legends Trailer

X-Men history will be revisited and revealed when X-Men Legends #1 debuts next month. This first-of-its-kind series will feature the return of the franchise’s most influential creators—including Louise Simonson, Chris Claremont, and more— in all-new, in-continuity stories set during their groundbreaking runs. Starting things off will be Fabian Nicieza with a two-part tale that finally reveals the truth behind one of the most talked-about mutant mysteries: Adam-X and his startling connection to the Summers bloodline!

Introduced during Nicieza’s explosive work on the X-Men in their nineties heyday, the beginnings of this storyline can be traced back to 1993’s X-Men #23. Since then, X-Men fans have endlessly speculated, theorized, and debated what became known as the “third Summers brother” mystery. Now, all will be answered as one the most infamous comic book plot danglers of all time is resolved! Take an exhilarating trip through the history behind this iconic piece of X-Men lore in the action-packed X-Men Legends #1 trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork!

Each month, X-Men Legends will dive into the rich history of the X-Men to tie up loose ends, resolve long-standing plot danglers, and reveal shocking truths that will change the past and future of the X-Men! Don’t miss these revelatory tales when X-Men Legends #1 hits stand on February 17th!

Graphic Policy Radio: X-Men and the MLK Legacy Roundtable

One of our most listened to episodes of Graphic Policy Radio discussed the X-Men and their use as an allegory of the civil rights, it covered the series throughout its many incarnations and writers. The discussion also veered into the depiction of minorities in “comic” entertainment and Marvel’s continuity. In honor of MLK Day, we present that podcast discussion.

Guests joining in on the conversation were:

  • Steve Attewell – A political & union activist, Steve holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne as well as The Realignment Project
  • David Brothers – David works for a comics publisher, blogs about stuff at 4thletter.net, & tweets about everything at @hermanos. Find his life story at iamdavidbrothers.com.
  • Gene Demby – Gene Demby is an American writer and journalist & the lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch team.
  • Emma Houxbois – Emma is a queer blogger for hire out of Vancouver, BC most recently attached to Girls Read Comics. Follow her @emmahouxbois
  • Kendra James – a blogger who writes on race, comics, television & more for Racialicious, follow her @wriglied

You can listen to the archive above or go here and download it for on the go.

Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson Return to X-Factor in X-Men Legends #3

Legendary creators Louise Simonson and Walter Simonson will be returning to the X-Men franchise this April in X-Men Legends #3. The pair will be teaming up for an all-new, in-continuity story set during their groundbreaking run on X-Factor— notable for introducing one of the X-Men’s greatest villains, Apocalypse, and boldly transforming Angel into the metal-winged Archangel.

Starring the original X-Men now defending the world as the mutant team X-Factor, X-Men Legends #3 will take place just before X-Factor #43. Having defeated Apocalypse, X-Factor now uses his mysterious sentient spaceship Ship as their base of operations. But when Ship begins to malfunction, they’ll realize Apocalypse’s true plans are just beginning to unfold. Don’t miss a rematch decades-in-the-making when the full breadth of this iconic villain’s original motives are finally revealed!

X-Men Legends #3

Diamond Select Toys 2021 Sneak Peek: Avatar, Invincible, Mandalorian and More!

The new year is upon us, and Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant Ltd. have another sneak peek at their upcoming products for 2021! Opening for pre-order today, new items from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Godzilla, Invincible, Marvel, and Star Wars will be sure to make your resolution list for the new year. Find a comic shop at comicshoplocator.com or order from your favorite online retailer!

Avatar: The Last Airbender Deluxe Action Figures Series 4 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The action continues with the fourth series of deluxe action figures based on Avatar: The Last Airbender! Sokka comes with his boomerang, and he teams up with Final Battle Aang, with his removable elemental effect pieces and glider accessory. Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable hands. Each figure comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Richard Force! (JAN211964, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Gallery Angel PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready to vamp out! The vampire Angel leaps into action in this all-new diorama based on the original BTVS television series! Has he gone fully evil, or is he just really mad? Who cares, because this 10-inch sculpture of the vampire with a soul features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is made of high-quality PVC! It comes packaged in a full-color window box.   Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza! (JAN211963, SRP: $49.99)

Godzilla Gallery Godzilla 1993 Deluxe PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! The next Godzilla Gallery Diorama is coming, this time based on the poster for 1993’s Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II! Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this sculpture of the big G holding the remains of the gunship Garuda is crafted of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint details. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Joe Allard, sculpted by Jorge Santos Souza. Displays with Rodan, available now! (JAN211971, SRP: $89.99)

Invincible Animation Deluxe Action Figures Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The long-running comic series from Skybound is now an animated series, and DST is delivering all-new action figures! Up-and-coming superhero Invincible and his alien father Omni-Man make up the first assortment of 7-inch figures, each with 16 points of articulation and interchangeable heads and hands, as well as various accessories: a concrete block and Flaxan arm for Omni-Man, a Reanimen head for Invincible, and baseball gloves for both! Each comes packaged in a full-color window box with hangtag. Sculpted by Chris Dahlberg! (JAN211962, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

Marvel Animated X-Men Gambit 1/7 Scale Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Based on the original X-Men animation from the 1990s, this approximately 6-inch bust of Gambit is inspired by his appearance in the series, wielding his staff and playing cards. Featuring a cartoon-accurate paint scheme and line-perfect sculpting, this bust is limited to only 3,000 pieces and comes packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Designed by Barry Bradfield, sculpted by Paul Harding! (JAN211966, SRP: $59.99)

Marvel Comic Premier Collection Rhino Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Nothing can stop the Rhino! The Spider-Man foe takes center stage in the Premier Collection as an all-new statue, showing the horned villain with his head lowered, ready to charge. Standing approximately 9 inches tall, this statue features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and is limited to only 3,000 pieces; it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Caesar and hand-sculpted by Clayburn Moore! (JAN211965, SRP: $250.00)

Marvel Comic Gallery VS Captain America PVC Diorama

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s a new line of Marvel Gallery Dioramas for the new decade! Depicting your favorite Marvel heroes in combat, the new VS series kicks off with none other than Captain America, hurling his shield as he races into the fray. Measuring approximately 10” tall, this sculpture is made of high-quality PVC and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. It comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Nelson X. Asencio, hand-sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (JAN211967, SRP: $49.99)

Legends in 3D Star Wars Ahsoka Tano Half-Scale Bust

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! She’s one of the most popular characters in Star Wars fandom, and now Ahsoka Tano is a Legend in 3D! This approximately 10-inch bust captures the Jedi Knight in ½ scale, atop a sculpted, lightsaber-inspired pedestal. Limited to only 1,000 pieces, she features detailed sculpting and paint applications, and comes packaged in a numbered, full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211969, SRP: $175.00)

Star Wars Mandalorian Mandalorian & Child Milestones 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! The Mandalorian rockets into the sky, Child in hand, in this all-new Milestones statue based on the hit Disney+ TV series! Depicting the unlikely duo in flight, this 1/6 scale, approximately 16-inch statue is limited to only 1,000 pieces and comes packaged in a full-color box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. (JAN211968, SRP: $350.00)

The Mandalorian Child with Pram 1/6 Scale Statue

A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! When it comes to rides in The Mandalorian, there are none quite so classy as the Child’s pram. Grogu chills in style as he cruises along above the ground in his hovering baby carriage, and now you can enjoy the sleek design in this 1/6 scale statue! Measuring approximately 5.5 inches tall, this piece features detailed sculpting and paint applications and a clear support rod to mimic flight. Limited to only 3,000 pieces, it comes packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. (JAN211970, SRP: $120.00)

Peach Momoko Brings Readers… Demon Days: X-Men!

Recently announced as a member of the inaugural class of Marvel’s Stormbreakers, superstar artist Peach Momoko has taken the comic world by storm with her mega-popular variant covers. Marvel has announced this elite artist will be making her Marvel Comics writing and interior art debut this March with Demon Days: X-Men!

Demon Days: X-Men will be the start of a five-part prestige series bringing to life characters like Wolverine, Psylocke, Venom, and more in Momoko’s one-of-a-kind style. Each issue of the series, released once every three months, will feature some of the most popular Marvel heroes, setting the stage for an all-new saga that will leave fans mesmerized.

The Demon Days Saga will kick off when a wandering swordswoman with a psychic blade arrives at village that’s being targeted by demons. One demon is black and white with a terrifying red tongue and another may be the strongest demon there is! Ready your katana and enter a mysterious world of demons, monsters, mutants, and magic in a stunning premiere issue that will present readers with a revolutionary reimagination of the Marvel Universe that could only come from Peach Momoko.

Don’t miss book ONE of FIVE of the DEMON DAYS saga when it launches this March!

Demon Days: X-Men

Hasbro Reveals New Marvel Legends Including X-Men House of X Powers of X, A “Screen-Accurate” Deadpool 2, M.O.D.O.K. and more!

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN: HOUSE OF X POWERS OF X Figure Assortment

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH X-MEN: HOUSE OF X POWERS OF X Figure Assortment, inspired by the character from MARVEL’S X-MEN comics. These quality 6-inch figures feature premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Characters in this assortment include WOLVERINE, CYCLOPS, MAGNETO, CHARLES XAVIER, JEAN GREY, OMEGA SENTINEL, AND MOIRA MACTAGGERT. Each figure sold separately. Available for pre-order at:

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH-SCALE M.O.D.O.K Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH-SCALE M.O.D.O.K Figure., inspired by the character from the MARVEL comics. This quality 6-inch-scale figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 4 accessories. Available for pre-order at Entertainment Earth, Hasbro Pulse, Big Bad Toy Store.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DEADPOOL 2 DEADPOOL Figure

(HASBRO/Age 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans and collectors alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH DEADPOOL 2 DEADPOOL FIgure covered in soot, inspired by the character from the DEADPOOL 2 movie. This carbon-covered, post-explosion, quality 6-inch figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 11 accessories. Available for pre-order exclusively at Amazon.

MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SILVER SURFER WITH MJOLNIR Figure

(HASBRO/Age 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2021)

Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES 6-INCH SILVER SURFER WITH MJOLNIR Figure, inspired by the character from MARVEL comics. This quality 6-inch figure features premium design, detail, and multiple points of articulation for posing and display in a MARVEL collection. Includes figure and 6 accessories. Available exclusively at Walgreens.

Mini Reviews and Recommendations For The Week Ending 11/28

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. Given the lack of new comics, expect this weekly update to begin featuring comics that we think you’ll enjoy while you can’t get anything new to read – only new to you.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews and Recommendations.


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X-Men #15 (Marvel)– All the groundwork that Jonathan Hickman has laid with the Summers family comes to fruition as he, Mahmud Asrar, and Sunny Gho craft a truly heroic Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men #15 against the backdrop of the final X of Swords duel between Apocalypse and Genesis. They portray Cyclops as a true hero, who is okay with taking any risk possible to protect his family (Kid Cable, in this case) and mutantdom as a whole unlike some of the other Quiet Council members, like Sebastian Shaw, Exodus, Sinister, and of course, Professor X. However, he and Jean can also play politics too like telling Nightcrawler (Who really wanted to do some swashbuckling) and Kate Pryde to stay behind to counterbalance the villains and unsavory folks. Asrar uses a nine panel grid to show the lively Quiet Council debate and crafts some dynamic compositions like Magneto and Professor X reflected in Scott’s visor as he weighs his options. This issue is definitely the Scott and Jean show, but I love how Hickman and Asrar cut away to Magneto and show the little glances that he gives Scott because he’s proud that he’s choosing his convictions and values over that cold Xaverian pragmatism. Overall: 9.0 Verdict: Buy

Excalibur #15 (Marvel)– The X-Men plus epic fantasy battles? I could consume this comic intravenously. Tini Howard, Mahmud Asrar, and Stefano Casselli spin a defeat from the jaws of victory tale and vice versa in Excalibur #15. Apocalypse’s ex Genesis is on a rampage with the hordes of Arakko, and both Otherworld and Krakoa are in her sights. Enter many dynamic action scenes and bursts of magic, but also touching, intimate scenes like Bei Bloodroot choosing Krakoa and her new husband Cypher over the Arakkii in a nine panel grid. Along the way, Howard gives her original Excalibur cast members moments to shine as Jubilee and Opal Saturnyne find a common cause in Jubilee’s dragon son Shogo and protecting the Starlight Citadel. It’s fun to see Opal Saturnyne go from manipulative enemy to ally, but that tends to happen when you’re fighting a baddie that makes Apocalypse look like your average altruistic, upstanding citizen. Also, I could kind of tell what was coming on the final page, but Casselli and colorist Rachelle Rosenberg make it look so glorious that I didn’t even care. Overall: 8.7 Verdict: Buy

X of Swords: Destruction #1 (Marvel)– The Captain Britain Corps, Cyclops and Jean Grey’s X-Men, and the creepy alien critters from earlier in the crossover join the final battle between Krakoa, Arakko, and Otherworld in X of Swords: Destruction #1. Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, and Pepe Larraz masterfully orchestrate a satisfying ending to this crossover that wraps up Apocalypse’s individual arc/journey throughout the X-Men and Excalibur titles as well as changing the dynamic between Otherworld, Krakoa, and Arakko, who becomes Otherworld’s vassal. A lot of the action is told in montage with minimal or no captions, and Larraz’s multi-faceted art and Marte Gracia’s bright colors doing the heavy lifting. Hickman and Howard do conclude the great war/tournament, but also leave lots of avenues open for future storytelling. Some of these threads include the reemergence of X-Men as an actual superhero team, the return of SWORD (Or at least, the space station) and the Captain Britain Corps, and the power void left by the departure of Apocalypse. There’s also the general Majestrix-ness of Opal Luna Saturnyne, who is depicted in soft, yet powerful light by Larraz and Gracia as she got everything she wanted, except for Brian Braddock. This is sure to be a sore point in future Excalibur issues. In conclusion, X of Swords finished strong even if not every chapter was a hit, and Tini Howard, Jonathan Hickman, and Pepe Larraz made the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe more interesting and compelling instead of wrecking the toy box and leaving other writers to clean up the mess. Overall: 8.9 Verdict: Buy

Red Hood #51 (DC)– Shawn Martinbrough returns to The Hill with artist Tony Akins in a fairly decent ancillary Bat-book, Red Hood #51. They set up The Hill as a predominantly Black neighborhood, which has become more diverse, while also being gentrified and not being affected by the Joker War. However, sneaker scion Tommy Maxx (Aka the “White Kanye” *vomits*) and Killer Croc are trying to disturb that fragile peace. Akins has a sharp, readable art style that can handle both explosions and conversations, and he has a little fun designing Killer Croc’s “signature shoe”. This issue doesn’t focus as much on Jason Todd as The Hill as a neighborhood. But with only two issues to tell this story, Martinbrough may have bit off more than he can chew in fleshing out the area and creating a new supporting cast. Perhaps a prestige one-shot like the original Batman: The Hill, he did with Priest in 2000 would have been better. However, it’s nice to see a part of Gotham deal with issues just like real world metropolises do instead of just supervillains and vigilantes. Overall: 7.6 Verdict: Read


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

After Dawn of X Comes Reign of X

This week delivers the conclusion of X of Swords, the sprawling crossover that represented the latest chapter in Jonathan Hickman’s grand vision for the X-Men, and learned that the Reign of X was upon us!

Hickman’s bold take on mutantkind began last year in the critically-acclaimed House of and Powers of X and continued in the Dawn of X, ushering in a slate of brand-new X-Men titles that took the comic book industry by storm. Now, the saga continues in Reign of X, a new era encompassing the upcoming story arcs in all your favorite X-titles. The Reign of X will see the forming of new teams, the return of major characters, new threats brought about by classic villains, and more game-changing revelations that will alter the X-Men mythos forever! Check out what’s to come in a mesmerizing teaser image by superstar X-Men artist Mahmud Asrar!

It all begins in December as the X-Men deal with the fallout of X of Swords and look to the future. Here’s what’s to come next month:

Hellions #7 by writer Zeb Wells and artist Stephen Segovia will explore the aftermath of the team’s brutal massacre in X of Swords.

Writer Leah Williams and artist David Baldeon continue to investigate mutant deaths and explore the complexities that come with resurrection in X-Factor #5.

Kate Pryde and Emma Frost finally enact their long-awaited revenge on Sebastian Shaw in Marauders #16 by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Stefano Caselli.

Mutantkind sets their sights on the galaxy and beyond in writer Al Ewing and artist Valerio Schiti’s groundbreaking S.W.O.R.D. #1.

An old foe rises in New Mutants #14, the beginning of a wild new era for your favorite young mutants by writer Vita Ayala and artist Rod Reis.

Wolverine reunites with Maverick and Team X in Wolverine #8, a special over-sized milestone issue written by Benjamin Percy with art by Adam Kubert and Viktor Bogdanovic.

The search for Captain Britain is underway as Excalibur returns to Otherworld in Excalibur #16 by writer Tini Howard and artist Marcus To.

X-Force will stop at nothing to protect Krakoa, even if it means interrogating their own, in the action-packed X-Force #15 by writer Benjamin Percy and Marvel’s Stormbreaker artist Joshua Cassara.

And Cyclops makes a fateful decision regarding the future of the X-Men in X-Men #16, written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Phil Noto.

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