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The Gifted Gets Its First Trailer. The X-Men Come to Fox this Fall.

The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Written by Matt Nix (APB, “Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise”) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “The Wolverine”), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”), the series stars Stephen Moyer (SHOTS FIRED), Amy Acker (“Person of Interest”), Sean Teale (“Reign”), Jamie Chung (GOTHAM), Coby Bell (“Burn Notice”), Emma Dumont (“Aquarius”), Blair Redford (“Satisfaction”), Natalie Alyn Lind (GOTHAM) and Percy Hynes White (“Night at the Museum 3”).

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Marvel and Fox’s The Gifted Gets Its First Teaser

Marvel and director, Bryan Singer, bring you the all-new FOX series, The Gifted based in the world of X-Men. The series comes to FOX this fall! See the official trailer May 15.

Review: Jean Grey #1

STL043696.jpgIf you’re keeping up with the other happenings in the vast, somewhat convoluted, and complex X-Men universe then you know all about the time jumping, still very much alive, younger, Phoenixless (for now) Jean Grey who is now roaming free with some other time jumping younger self X-Men in the present. If you’re not aware, I’ve pretty much caught you up on the back story behind this latest upgrade/reboot of canon infallible characters and we can continue to go into what works and what doesn’t in this new “reboot” of the classic Jean Grey.

In this debut issue, Dennis Hopeless gives us a look into how the time jacked Jean Grey is dealing with her new life, knowing of her past life that hasn’t happened, and trying to figure out where she belongs. Hopeless does something that most male writers don’t do, he tries to create a real inner dialogue for Jean and give her not only autonomy but complexity. Even her missteps while trying to thwart some super powered bad guys comes off as authentic and real for the character in the situation. There’s also a sense of agency and wonder infused into her thoughts and words. You are aware that she has no idea how to handle any of the things that she’s been thrust into but at no point does Hopeless make her appear weak or lacking.

Victor Ibanez delivers some very nice art to look at. Jean’s face is soft, youthful, uncertain and full of detail. The panels were all a cross between traditional 80’s comics and some nice pop art. The panels that Jean appears in vacillate between making her sharp and in focus when she’s in control and living her life or winning a battle, to having her appear jagged and small when she feels out of control or is losing. It’s these small details that pull you into this comic book. Ibanez’s style in this issue adds tension, creates longing, and in some panels hope which serves the story well and pulls the reader into Jean’s world. Jay David Ramos‘ color palette adds an extra layer to the story, it’s not too bold but, it’s not muted either. Ramos uses colors that you can easily associate with Jean’s mood and actions, the colors just are which work well in the context of the story of a young girl trying to make sense of things. The panels tell the same story as Hopeless’ words, the story of a girl making her own way and add a visual dimension to the story that makes it easy to relate to her situation.

Hopeless’ writing makes Jean feel like a real person and in some ways, gives her more autonomy than her previous versions had. She seems real, not guided by the men around her. She never feels like a damsel in distress, even when she’s fighting the bad guys on her own and, she never stops trying to figure it all out, in her own way on her own terms. Hopeless allows Jean to make mistakes and grow as a person, a mutant, a member of the team and, as a young woman, and even with the suspense of the ominous ending of this premier issue leaving the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, I feel like Jean is in good hands and I look forward to seeing with this arc and this version of Jean goes.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Victor Ibanez and Jay David Ramos
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: X-Men Blue #2

WHAT IS MAGNETO HIDING? MAGNETO has joined the X-MEN, but due to their long history, not everyone on the team trusts him…especially not JEAN GREY. With tensions rising between teammates, can the X-MEN come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the entire enterprise? At the end of the day…who can be trusted?

This second issue is a great follow up to the action packed first and Cullen Bunn does a great job of showing us that not everything is going well with this team of X-Men, and their alliance with Magneto is far from amicable. I’m really enjoying how Bunn is writing Jean. When one thinks back to the early days of the X-Men, Jean was always more quiet and subdued, always following Cyclops’ lead. This Jean is very much her own person, which has been established before this book, but it definitely shines in this title. We get a look at Jean and Magneto and how they came to their alliance before them setting up shop in Madripoor.  Jean has no problem telling Erik exactly how she feels, but Erik gives her a rare glimpse into his mind and she agrees to his offer. It’s a good flashback to show us how this team came to be, but also shows that Jean is definitely the leader for this group.

We also get small looks into the lives of the other X-Men and see that not all of them are having an easy time. It’s moments like these I really enjoy, showing us that our heroes suffer from the same problems and situations we do. We’re shown moments of upset and tension, and see that even among teammates who are friends, secrets are being withheld. But, when the call goes out, they are ready to come together as a team and tackle the situation, even a bizarre one like the one they come across in this issue. And an even bigger secret is revealed that will no doubt shake this team to it’s core.

I am also really enjoying Jorge Molina’s art in this book which is really brought to life with Matt Milla’s colours. The action scenes are big and bold and there is a great panel of Magneto looking like the fearsome character I remember from when he was a villain to this team. But even the smaller moments, where the X-Men are dealing with their personal lives, Molina conveys their emotion and mood clearly with their expressions and body language.  And I really am digging the animated feel I get from the art.

Overall, this was a great issue. A lot of things have been revealed to the reader that is going to have a huge impact to this team, and I will definitely be following this series to see it all come to light. If you aren’t reading this book, you really should pick it up. It’s been a great start and I really think things are only going to get better.

Story: Cullen Bunn  Art: Jorge Molina  Colour: Matt Milla
Story: 8.5  Art: 8.5  Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Underrated: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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: X-Men Origins: Wolverine.



This week on Underrated, I wanted to take a look at one of the most reviled movies in the X-Men Franchise, not because I’m going to convince you it’s secretly a great movie that has been unfairly shat on for nearly ten years, but because I want to highlight some of the things that it actually did right. Do they out weight the bad to redeem the movie? Personally, I think so. Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine will never be thought of as a shining example of the character in cinema, and nor should it be, it isn’t the catastrophic mess that we remember it being.

Before you start raging at me (and you’re more than welcome to do so on twitter @karcossa) ask yourself when was the last time you saw this movie? I watched it on the 21st of March this year with the intention of tearing it to pieces in an article, but I actually kind of enjoyed it, so I wrote this instead [note, this article was written on March 23rd, so the movie was quite fresh in my mind]. So before you fire up those angry fingers, give the movie a quick watch and remember I’m not claiming it’s great, just that it isn’t bad.

  • The Opening Sequence
    Honestly, you give me a movie with Wolverine and Sabretooth fighting their way through history based on this opening credit montage and I will throw my money at you. This is a prime example of a movie blowing it’s load too early, if you’ll pardon the expression. We get one of the best opening sequences in the franchise before one of the worst movies. No wonder it got flattened by fans.
  • Liev Schreiber And Hugh Jackman
    Say what you want about the script, plot choices, and pointless cameos, but I will not hear a bad word said about either Schreiber or Jackman’s performances in this movie. It remains a great tragedy that we only got one movie with Liev Schreiber playing Sabretooth opposite Hugh Jackman, and that it was this one. Having watched the movie recently, the two men are almost able to save the movie with their acting chops alone – without them it wouldn’t be worth watching past the title sequence.
  • Most Action Sequences
    Strangely enough, the action sequences in the movie are actually pretty good; Logan and Creed fighting in the bar is awesome, and even the final battle is pretty entertaining (despite the character mutilation of Deadpool). The only downside to the sequence where Team X attacks a compound is that the individual use of the soldier’s abilities makes little sense as a tactical strike, but as a showcase of the individual powers at play it’s pretty good. As is the helicopter fight – right up until the cliched walking away from the explosion end point.
  • The One Liners
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine isn’t a comedy, but there’s quite a few one liners that will at the very least elicit a chuckle from you. Plus, you can also laugh at the so-bad-it’s-good moments.
  • Wolverine Uses All His Powers
    Funnily enough, one of the things this movie gets right is how many other abilities Logan has. At different points in the movie you see him use his enhanced senses of smell, vision and hearing to locate Creed, Zero and Kayla. You don’t see him using his other powers as often as you do his healing and claws (for obvious reasons, I’m sure).

Yes, the movie has its problems, especially with how it fits (or used to fit depending on who you’re talking to) into the X-Men movie franchise, or how it treats certain characters, but if you look at it as a standalone movie that just happens to feature Wolverine… it’s actually not that bad; truth be told, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and that’s why it’s the subject of this week’s Underrated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preview: X-Men: Gold #2

X-Men: Gold #2

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A/CA) Ardian Syaf
RATED T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

BACK TO BASICS!

An all-new BROTHERHOOD OF EVIL MUTANTS is rampaging through New York City! And there are some surprising familiar faces in their ranks… Can the X-MEN subdue their foes and former friends?

Preview: X-Men: Blue #2

X-Men: Blue #2

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 26, 2017
SRP: $3.99

WHAT IS MAGNETO HIDING?

MAGNETO has joined the X-MEN, but due to their long history, not everyone on the team trusts him…especially not JEAN GREY. With tensions rising between teammates, can the X-MEN come together to be a cohesive force for good? Or will ulterior motives and personal quests derail the entire enterprise? At the end of the day…who can be trusted?

X-Men Trading Card Variants this July

You read that right! Yes, X-Men Trading Cards. As a team comprised of some of the most fan-favorite mutants ever assembled join forces in the pages of July’s Astonishing X-Men #1, Marvel is bringing the fanfare and returning to one of the most iconic pieces of X-Men history by one of its most famed artists! To celebrate the launch of this must-read new series, Marvel’s Merry Mutants take your comic shop by storm throughout the month of July for a series of nearly thirty X-Men Trading Card Variants by legendary artist Jim Lee!

Remastered and recolored from the original trading cards, relive this iconic era of the Children of the Atom with a series of eye-popping covers. Originally penciled by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee with inker Scott Williams, colorists such as Jesus Aburtov, Israel Silva & Chris Sotomayor apply modern coloring techniques to these classic masterpieces!

Look for these can’t-miss X-Men Trading Card Variants on your favorite Marvel titles, coming exclusively to comic shops throughout the month of July:

  1. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #22 (Archangel)
  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (Bishop)
  3. AVENGERS #9 (Mystique)
  4. BLACK PANTHER #16 (Storm)
  5. CABLE #3 (Cable)
  6. CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #19 (Gambit)
  7. CHAMPIONS #10 (Cyclops)
  8. DAREDEVIL #23 (Domino)
  9. DEADPOOL #33 (Deadpool)
  10. DEFENDERS #3 (Shadow King)
  11. DOCTOR STRANGE #23 (Mr. Sinister)
  12. GENERATION X #4 (Jubilee)
  13. GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #18 (White Queen)
  14. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 (Colossus)
  15. IRON FIST #5 (Sabretooth)
  16. JEAN GREY #4 (Dark Phoenix)
  17. MIGHTY THOR #21 (Sentinel)
  18. MS. MARVEL #20 (Lady Deathstrike)
  19. OLD MAN LOGAN #26 (Professor X)
  20. PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2 (Psylocke)
  21. THE PUNISHER #14 (Forge)
  22. ROYALS #5 (Magneto)
  23. SPIDER-MAN #18 (Shadowcat)
  24. THANOS #9 (Strong Guy)
  25. UNCANNY AVENGERS #25 (Rogue)
  26. VENOM #152 (Polaris)
  27. WEAPON X #5 (Warpath)
  28. X-MEN BLUE #7 (Jean Grey)
  29. X-MEN GOLD #7 (Mojo)

Preview: X-Men: Blue #1

X-Men: Blue #1

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Jorge Molina, Matteo Buffagni (CA) Arthur Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 12, 2017
SRP: $4.99

THE ORIGINALS!

Join MARVEL GIRL, CYCLOPS, BEAST, ICEMAN and ANGEL as they reclaim the title of X-MEN. After the world-shaking events of IVX, the original five X-Men are here to bring mutant criminals to justice and restore a heroic sheen to their team. But with a new leader in JEAN GREY and a new mentor in their “arch-frenemy” MAGNETO, will old rivalries and new conflicts tear these heroes apart?

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