Sunday, February 2, 2014

Pete Holmes Fires Rogue

Thought this was cool.

The Pete Holmes Show posted a new “Ex-Men” segment in which he portrays Professor X, insulting and firing mutants likeNightcrawlerIcemanJubileeAngel,Gambit, and Wolverine.

Now he’s firing Rogue, the obvious reason being, “Insurance is through the roof, and having an unintentional energy vampire just going around touching sh-t? It’s just not going to work for the next quarter.”

He then slams her for somehow constantly forgetting she’s not supposed to kiss the other mutants, and he isn’t going to countenance her excuses.

“I wish I could control my powers.”

“And I wish I could walk. It’s wish time? How long does this go?”


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CxPulp Pick Six ~ January 8th, 2014

Posted by William!

Detective Comics #27Writers: John Layman and various
Artists: Jason Fabok, Greg Capullo, and various
Publisher: DC

Way back when, long long before the pointless New 52 reboot, Detective Comics #27 hit the stand and introduced the Dark Knight to the world. The comics world would never be the same, and that particular issue is perhaps more consequential to DC than even the earlier Action Comics debut of Superman. Now in the post reboot world, Detective Comics hits that same number, and DC couldn't pass up the notion of marking that particular issue. So we have ourselves an oversized special release, with Layman and Fabok kicking off a new story, 'Gothtopia'. And a who's who of creative talent have come in with stories of their own: Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch, Peter Tomasi, Paul Dini, Neal Adams, and much more. This is one book, even if you're not a regular reader of the Batman universe, that you should pick up this week. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

All New Marvel Now Point One #1
Artists: Various
Publisher: Marvel

The Marketing Chimps apparently failed to live up to a New Year's resolution to stop being such obnoxious wastes of oxygen and go away. Because they're still here. Well, every once in awhile after a big event or with the launching of some new notion, such as All New Marvel Now (I steadfastly refuse to add in exclamation points or capitalize every single letter, take that, you insufferably obnoxious Marketing Chimps), Marvel has a habit of releasing these oversized Point One specials, which are basically just lead-ins to five or so new series about to debut. Such is the case with this one. We've got ourselves a Black Widow story. The Silver Surfer turns up. The new Ms. Marvel will make an appearance. The Hulk and two of his fellow Avengers get a story to themselves. There's a Kree plot somewhere in the mix. And everyone's favourite Asgardian god of mischief is back in a more adult body and taking on a new role for Asgard... as a spy. Anyway, there's something for everyone, even if the All New Marvel Now idiocy makes me roll my eyes. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Revolutionary War Alpha
 Andy Lanning
Artist: Richard Elson
Publisher: Marvel

The heroes of Marvel UK are often overlooked in the greater Marvel Universe. There are some I hadn't heard of myself, of course, and others I miss seeing more of. Certainly the seriesCaptain Britain and MI13 is very missed. Anyway, Marvel is bringing them back in a series of one shots over the next three months, entitled Revolutionary War. Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom, and many more must band together against a threat with the power to bring down the entire world (oh, one of those?). I've been looking forward to this since I first heard about it, even without knowing some of the players who'll be having one shots of their own during the event. And if it gives the heroes of the United Kingdom some well needed exposure, so much the better. Andy Lanning kicks it all off here, and we can trust his skills as a writer. He was one half of the duo who did so much good for Marvel's cosmic side of things with titles like Guardians of the Galaxy, after all. Too bad that title got hijacked by He Who Loves The Sound Of His Own Voice. So it all begins here. Where will it end? With Mr. Bean inaugurated into the band of heroes as the last best hope of humanity? Come to think of it, I could see that... ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Black Widow #1
 Nathan Edmonson
Artist: Phil Noto
Publisher: Marvel

The world's most dangerous woman returns in a solo series of her own (again). The Black Widow, longtime Avenger, headlines a solo series once more, and it's a welcome one. I've always liked Natasha, so having one of my favourite Avengers get a solo spotlight is indeed a treat. This series by Edmonson and Noto is going to delve into that aspect of her life she keeps separate from her Avengers duties: her dark past in the spy business. She once worked for the KGB, and has had a good deal of blood on her hands. Redemption for that past is something that motivates her, but there are times when the past can come back to haunt one. This title looks like it'll be playing around with that dark history of the Widow, so I'm anticipating that I'll be enjoying it. I hope the run on this title certainly goes for a long time to come. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Avengers World #1
 Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Stefano Caselli
Publisher: Marvel

As I've said before, the Marketing Chimps never seem to have heard of oversaturating a concept, hence the habit in the last year or two of slapping an Avengers label onto endless new titles. At least in this case, it actually fits. Writer Jonathan Hickman is writing the two core books of the Avengers titles, Avengers and New Avengers, and now he gets a third to play with. In the wake ofInfinity, the Avengers have returned to Earth, but trouble must greet them (hey, if all they were doing was sitting at a fireplace drinking hot chocolate and eating s'mores, that would get tired fast!). A new global threat has arisen, so naturally Earth's Mightiest Heroes must respond with all hands on deck. It all begins here, and Hickman gets a chance to take the Avengers global in Avengers World. ​Get in on the ground floor. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

All New X-Factor #1
 Peter David
Artist: Carmine DiGiandomenico
Publisher: Marvel

A few months back, Peter David ended his run on X-Factor, the noirish detective team of mutants that was the best title Marvel was putting out. For a time, it seemed that PAD would be neglected and overlooked. After all, the vile fiends that I think of as Marketing Chimps were ceaselessly hyping whatever Darth Bendis was writing, to the detriment of far better writers. But fear not, because PAD is back. And so is X-Factor, in a new phase. A mutant team backed with corporate funding is about to launch into the world. Polaris will lead the team, which includes her half brother Quicksilver, a combination that could prove kinetic; PAD has written both of them extremely well in the past, and having them together offers a new dynamic for them. A newcomer to PAD's creative roster is the Cajun thief Gambit, who's on the roster. And apparently for some inexplicable reason Warlock and Cypher will also show up here (hey, I'm not a fan of either of them, but then again, PAD did make Darwin tolerable, so we'll see what he does with them). PAD gave us a title for the ages with X-Factor... and now he gets to move into a new phase with a new incarnation of the team. Given that I still stand by my opinion that he's the best writer in the industry and that X-Factor was the best book around, I suspect this new version will live up to that legacy with Peter David in charge. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Thursday, December 26, 2013

She Has No Head! – 25 Favorite Fictional Females, 2013 Edition!

Ok, Rogue made number 1 on this list so obviously I'm going to post that!

01. ROGUE (up from #5)Rogue2

I’ll forever be grateful to Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel for rekindling my first love intensely enough with theirX-Men to shoot her back to the top of the list. I’ve loved Rogue since I was 15 and though the character has had some atrocious sidebars (and some great things too in the MANY years since I was 15) my heart soared this past year to feel her returned to her roots and former glory. Of course I also had to watch Rick Remender not only brutally murder her, but perform an unfortunate character assassination at the same time over in Uncanny Avengers, but I’m just gonna pretend that is not happening over there in the corner. I have no doubt Rogue will be back bigger and better than ever in no time at all, and I hope such a brutal exit will pave the way for an even more glorious (and interesting) return to comics.

Read Rogue: If you want the current/recent stuff I can’t recommendX-Men Vol. 1: Primer enough when it comes to Rogue. Also absolutely worth the buy (digital I guess if you can’t find the single issue?) is the Black Widow/Rogue team up story by Chris Bachalo in A+X #2 – easily one of my favorite short stories of the past year. You can also pick up Remender’s Uncanny Avengers and there is some good stuff there, but toward the end (i.e. the recent issues) I didn’t even recognize Rogue as a character – her actions felt completely counter to who she has become perhaps because that’s what Remender needed for the story he wanted – it’s unfortunate. Definitely worth a look is her current run in X-Men: Marvel Knights where she stars in a smaller story with Wolverine and Kitty.

Rogue and Black Widow

If you want “Classic Rogue” there are some good omnibuses out there for X-Books. X-Men Vol. 1 purports to be Claremont/Lee and while that’s sorta true, it’s more Silvestri (which is not a bad thing). X-Men Vol. 2 IS more accurately Claremont/Lee. Also, if you’re in the mood for Classic Rogue with an alternate reality twist then Age of Apocalypse has been collected and as many of you may remember, Rogue gets a lot of great screen time and development there (although it’s the worst costume she’s ever had – like, seriously).

Slightly less classic Rogue but also an alt reality story that’s worth a look is Mike Carey’s ambitious Age of X in which Rogue gets some nice focus (as always with Carey who knows the character well). Age of X has problems, but there’s good stuff there as well.

Here’s some Rogue to remind you why she’s so great, in case I failed to do it in words:Rogue-SHNH-Header

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thank you all

Hi everyone.  I want to thank you all for visiting and contributing to Rebel Rogue these past few years!  You are all tremendously awesome.

When I began this blog it was just a way to share my love of Rogue.  I remember eagerly trolling the internet looking for any snippet of Rogue.  Comic book day was greeted with eager enthusiasm!  

Sadly, this is no longer the case.  My work schedule keeps me very busy and  it's months before I find my way into the comic shop - mostly because I just don't care anymore.  Marvel has managed to slowly make Rogue so uninteresting to me that I actually feel a loss.  I can barely recognize her at all.

If anyone is interested in running my blog please let me know, otherwise I will only periodically update it - if at all.

Again, thank you all so much and much love to you all.  It's been a fun ride.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays and Love to All!

CxPulp Pick Six ~ December 24th, 2013

Thank you once again, William!

Justice League #26
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis
Publisher: DC

Geoff Johns, one third of the Unholy Trinity that decided to reboot the DC universe for no reason, gets to write whatever he likes. Must be nice to be one of the bosses of the company. So he gets to play with the Justice League, particularly now during the Forever Evil event. Anyway, all sorts of bad stuff is going down in the DC universe, or so it seems (I don't read that much DC, so for all I know the Crime Syndicate has come in, removed the Justice League, and is playing nice by hosting tea parties for all). According to the solicits, this issue reveals much of their reasons for coming to Earth. Where will it take them? Will the League prevail? Will the Unholy Trinity reboot the DC universe again? ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Forever Evil #4
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: David Finch
Publisher: Marvel

Forever Evil carries on in this latest issue, out this week (just how long is this event again?). Johns is the ringmaster for the whole thing, writing this event as well as his work over on Justice League, letting evil run wild on the DC universe. It seems this one features a throwdown between Batman and Lex Luthor (smart as you are, Lex, you're outclassed by the Dark Knight). Death is coming, wars are being waged, and the heroes have to step up and actually get into the game to save the day (that usually happens in the second to last and the last issues of any big event, just when things look their worst). Otherwise all will be lost. And no doubt the hairline challenged Luthor will blame it all on Superman. It's a thing he does. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Origin II #1
 Kieron Gillen
Artist: Adam Kubert
Publisher: Marvel

A few years back Paul Jenkins and Andy Kubert gave us Origin, the full story of the early years of one James Howlett, the man who would later become known as Logan, or to me as the Drunken Hobbit. It shed light on the murky past that even he had forgotten, defining the man he was to become and serving to influence the first Wolverine film along the way. Now along comes a new miniseries, following up on that a few years later. Gillen and Kubert sibling Adam are joining forces to carry on Logan's story, a recluse away from society drawn back into it. Apparently it's going to somehow feature Mr. Sinister, and it starts here. Well, we'll see what these two do with it. They're hobbled with the central character (have I mentioned how much I dislike Wolverine?), but they're both good talents. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Avengers #24
 Jonathan Hickman
Artist: Esad Ribic
Publisher: Marvel

Well, Infinity is behind Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Inhumanity lurks around them. And as always, the infernal Marketing Chimps are lurking around causing trouble. This particular issue kicks off three months of All New Marvel Now (ugghhh...), another venture thought up by some knuckledragger in the marketing department to relaunch series with new numbering and such... well, aside from this title, which continues its numbering (for the moment). In the solicits, however, it gets NOW plastered right after the numbering, triggering no end of eye rolls from yours truly. Yes, the Marketing Chimps have too much time on their hands. We need to get them all together, and drop them into an active molten volcano. Anyway, Hickman's kicking off a new story with this issue, with new threats and new directions for the Avengers. Hopefully that includes seeing Wolverine dropped into the Marianas Trench wrapped in heavy weights. Let's see his healing factor cope with that much water pressure in the deepest part of the ocean. Hey, a guy can hope, right? ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

CxPulp Pick Six ~ December 18th, 2013

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Batman and Two Face #26
 Peter Tomasi
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Publisher: DC

No, don't worry. Batman hasn't been hideously scarred. That's just the artist's obligation to give us a dramatic cover. While this book carries on with the arc pitting Bats against his old adversary Two Face, and awaits the next Brightly Coloured Moving Target (aka Robin), Tomasi continues to write this corner of the Dark Knight's world. Bruce must find Harvey Dent, and that means digging into the past of the former prosecutor. We shall see where that leads him. And when he's done... will that mean the next Robin will be unveiled? And if so, can we be offered assurances that it won't be the completely pointless Carrie, brought into the mainstream DC universe for no reason? ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Harley Quinn #1
 Amanda Conner
Artist: Chad Hardin
Publisher: DC

With the introductory Zero issue behind us, the first issue of the series is now out. The slightly (and by slightly I mean totally) deranged member of the Suicide Squad, sometime paramour of the Joker, and all around looney tune Harley has a solo series again, and she's not taking prisoners. Or maybe she is, and she's tormenting them to no end. It's just the sort of thing Harley would do. All while talking in a slightly nasal way (benefits of having had watched lots of the animated Batman series... I can't think of the character without hearing that voice). Amanda Conner gets to write the new series, so let's see what she can do with it. If it happens to involve Harley throwing herself at the Dark Knight at some point and giving him a big wet sloppy kiss, well, Bruce can't say he didn't have that coming. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

X-Men #8
 Brian Wood
Artist: Terry Dodson
Publisher: Marvel

The new arc continues as Lady Deathstrike moves against the X-ladies. For good measure, Karima is mixed into all of this, trying to find her place in the world. And there's a new player in the team... the former X-Factor mainstay M, aka Monet. She's known some members of this squad for a long time. How will she relate to them now? Brian Wood is tasked with writing the adventures of a group of mutant heroines, and for once, that actually means there's nary a trace of either a Drunken Hobbit or an uptight Scott Summers in an X-book. That alone is reason well worth picking this book up. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Scarlet Spider #25
 Christopher Yost
Artist: David Baldeon
Publisher: Marvel

In retrospect, it's surprising this title lasted twenty five issues. The Marketing Chimps (vile, loathsome fiends that they are) paid no attention at all for this title, instead lavishing all their attention in other areas (coughDarthBendiscough). Writer Christopher Yost was left to his own devices telling an intensely character driven story of a man torn between the darkness of his bloody past and his innate search for redemption. We got ourselves a clone struggling to find his place in the world, a compelling man with tremendous depth. Kaine Parker's journey (in a solo title) is coming to an end though, and his past has come back to haunt him. What will be left when it's all said and done? Well, we do know Yost has the Scarlet Spider among his cast of characters for the upcoming New Warriors relaunch... ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Avengers Assemble #22
 Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Matteo Buffagni
Publisher: Marvel

Kelly Sue DeConnick is one of the underused gems in the stable of creative talent at Marvel. Her strong characterization onCaptain Marvel has more than compensated for what has often been poor art in that title. And since taking on the writing for Avengers Assemble and focusing on select characters among Earth's Mightiest Heroes, she has made this book enjoyable. Not that the Marketing Chimps will ever pay attention to her for it, and that's sad. She's a good writer, but they're obliged to endlessly hype the best friend ever of the boss (someday my dislike of Darth Bendis is going to come back to haunt me). Anyway, this issue ties intoInhumanity, and features Spider-Woman, the Hulk, and Spider-Girl. Ever since DeConnick started with this book and paired Spider-Woman and the Hulk on a joint mission, she's done well with that particular and unlikely dynamic. This is a title you should be reading. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Uncanny Avengers #15
 Rick Remender
Artist: Steve McNiven
Publisher: Marvel

So we had ourselves a wee bit of death last issue. It happens. Or did it? Are we only seeing what we're meant to see, but not the truth? Time will tell. Anyway, the team of Avengers and mutants stands shattered by all that has happened, and things are seemingly only getting worse. The Apocalypse Twins are on the move, and the God of Thunder stands in their way. Oh, and apparently the Wasp is in for a fight against that undead waste of space, the Sentry (aka Mustard Boy, the mostpointless character ever devised, thanks for nothing, Paul Jenkins). You'd think having his corpse tossed into the sun would have ensured there wasn't enough left of him to raise from the dead for a Big Bad to make use of as one of the Four Horsemen, but apparently not. What? They couldn't have come up with another dead Avenger or dead X-Man in his place? ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Paquin's Rogue Cut From "X-Men: Days of Future Past"

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Bad news for fans of Anna Paquin's Rogue: in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer revealed that the only sequence Paquin appeared in during the film has been cut during editing. However, the director strongly stated that it had nothing to do with Paquin's performance.

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

According to EW, the scene -- characterized as a "rescue sequence" -- was shot early in production and involved Paquin, Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ian McKellen (Magneto) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X). Paquin has already been notified of the edit, and according to Singer, "She completely understood."

Paquin was one of the many "X-Men" movie veterans who returned for "Days of Future Past," and though her scene has been cut during the editing process, the "X-Men: First Class" sequel marked her fourth run at portraying the character.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" is scheduled for release May 23, 2014.

Anna Paquin's Rogue Has Been Cut Out Of X-Men: Days Of Future Past

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Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Pastpromises to bring together multiple generations of the mutant superhero team, with the worlds of the original X-Men trilogy and Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Classcolliding, but today it has been sadly announced that one fan-favorite character has been axed from the final cut of the film. During a recently interview withEntertainment Weekly, the director revealed that Anna Paquin, who plays Rogue in the cinematic X-Men series, is no longer going to appear in next summer's blockbuster. 

The detail was uncovered when Singer explained how a rescue sequence that was shot in the beginning of production on the movie ended up needing to get cut. The scene features Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Rogue (Anna Paquin), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), but Singer says that it ultimately affected the pacing of the film negatively. The good news, however, is that we will be able to see it someday. Explained the filmmaker, 
"Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous. It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it."

I must say that this is kind of a bummer. The last time we saw Rogue, in X-Men: The Last Stand, she had received the mutant "cure" and was going on to try and live a normal life. Thanks to the last shot of Magneto in the movie we know that the "cure" ended up being temporary, but what then what happened to Rogue? We won't get an answer to that question until the movie comes out on home video some time next fall, and it sounds like they won't be getting too deep into the material. Maybe she will play a crucial role in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Days of Future Past may not include Paquin, but it does have a full roster of familiar faces. From the original trilogy we will once again get to see Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore,while returning First Class members include James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult. Joining the franchise in new roles will be Adam Canto, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, and Fan Bing Bing. You can watch the teaser trailer for the movie below, and catch the full thing in theaters on May 23, 2014. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013


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Cover by CLAY MANN

• In observance of the title’s 300th issue, iconic X-MEN: LEGACY writers Mike Carey, Christos Gage and Simon Spurrier return to tell an all-new tale of the X-Men!

• Mike Carey brings us a story featuring Professor Xavi—oh wait, he’s dead.

• Well, Christos Gage has penned a tale involving Rog—nope. She’s dead too.

• And Simon! There’s Simon Spurrier with a story led by Legion, who—oops. Can’t spoil the ending of X-MEN: LEGACY #24.

• Well...erm…just read it!

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• Cyclops finds himself in serious trouble.

• Who’s got Scott Summers at gunpoint?

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Amazing Xmen Cover 5-finalJASON AARON (W) • ED MCGUINNESS (A/C)

• Nightcrawler and his pirate band of X-Men take on Azazel and his hellish hordes!

• One of the X-Men must make the ultimate sacrifice!

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X-MEN #12




Conclusion to GHOSTS

• The Sisterhood is fully formed, and the battle for leadership begins!

• The X-Men must choose…take down the Arkea Sentinels or go after the Sisterhood.

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Uncanny Avengers #18.NOW!







Welcome to Planet X, the new mutant homeworld, where everything is great—presuming that you possess the mutant gene! Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp, is the last human being alive, relentlessly pursued by Magneto and his All-New X-Force and their “No More Humans” campaign, and protected by her husband, Havok! Witness the fate of the Uncanny Avengers--who survived the Apocalypse Twins’ plot, and how?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Sisterhood of Evil Plagues All-Female Hero Squad in X-MEN #8 Preview

Lady Deathstrike continues to assemble her new Sisterhood with villains outside the X-Men's regular box as Monet tries to acclimate to a new team in our exclusive preview of X-Men #8.

X-MEN #8
Part 2 of MUERTAS
• Lady Deathstrike is building an all-new empire and the X-Men will be her calling card!
• Without her tech, Karima struggles to remember who she was.
• And introducing…Frenzy!
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The 70 Most Iconic Panels In Marvel History!

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Carey, Larocca Team for "X-Men: No More Humans" OGN

From CBR:

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Writer Mike Carey returns to the world of Marvel's mutants with an original graphic novel set for release in May of 2014. Joining Carey on "X-Men: No More Humans" is longtime Marvel artist Salvador Larroca, as the pair craft a story showing what happens when humans disappear completely from the face of the planet.

"No More Humans" spins directly out of the events of the recently-concluded "Battle of the Atom" crossover, with part of the tale focused specifically on the story of Raze, the future son of Wolverine and Mystique. "As far as he's concerned, everything that happens in our time is established and well-documented history. That gives him a terrific edge, and we see him putting it to harrowing use," Carey told USA Today of Raze's motivations. "We also get to see him interacting with his mother and father. It's not a warm and cuddly family dynamic, sadly."

The 128-page hardcover hits stores May 7 and includes a code for a digital copy of the book as well as "Battle of the Atom" #1.

Bryan Singer Reveals Next X-MEN Movie for 2016, With MAJOR Villain

Excerpt from Newsarama:

Update: Fox had this to add to Singer's tweet, saying that his tweet was the official title of the next X-Menmovie, and giving a full release date for the film.

"X-Men: Apocalypse will open in wide release on May 27, 2016."

So there you have it. Fox is nailing down that late May weekend as their X-Men day for more than just 2014, it seems.


Excerpt from Newsarama:

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Part of the series will be Magneto continuing to retrain his powers after they were broken by the Phoenix Force in the 2012 crossover Avengers vs. X-Men. While he's been working alongside "heroes" of late, the average citizen of Earth is still very scared of Magneto.

"Magneto should be seen as some kind of monster by the world at large," Bunn says. "When he cuts loose, cities tremble. He's out there — wandering about, waiting — but sooner or later he's going to strike and when he does, chaos erupts. Magneto is cloaked in that sense of fear and dread."

In Your Face Jam: The Uncanny Refrigerator

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It's one week after Thanksgiving, and our fridges are filled with leftovers. Unfortunately after last Wednesday, comic book fans have had to throw away some turkey to make room for some other items in the fridge. If you haven't read "Uncanny Avengers" #14, as well as "Black Science" #1, here's your spoiler warning. Please proceed with caution and an open mind.

I have to say, if you're going to have a favorite character bite the dust, maybe it's best to have it happen on the day you're driving across the country for the Thanksgiving holiday. I had a lot of time to think about the wider ramifications of "Uncanny Avengers" #14 on my own before diving into what everyone else was saying online and, as you can guess by the opening paragraph, it all just bummed me out.

I'm not big on assuming the worst in creators and I'm not big on assuming the worst in stories, so I had a lot to mull over while driving through the entire state of Ohio. So when writer Rick Remender has Rogue gut Scarlet Witch, only to then have Rogue impaled and fried on the Grim Reaper's scythe, thus killing two of the only three women on his team of nineAvengers, it's a little bit hard to divorce the larger ramifications of such an act from the story itself.

And the story itself, while maybe not to every superhero fan's taste, is compelling to me. Remender's telling one of the few classically long-game stories in comics right now, with his run on "Uncanny Avengers" picking up where his "Uncanny X-Force" left off. The plot is huge, the characters are A-List, the art is always fantastic. Despite the events of the previous paragraph, I don't think this book is all heartless shock value. Remender is a captivating, smart and entertaining writer who unleashes dense drama on readers every time a book of his comes out. His work unquestionably deserves attention, and its competence and intelligence means it deserves to be held up to crazy levels of scrutiny.

There's a trope called Women in Refrigerators, which was coined by writer Gail Simone to spotlight the disproportionate number of female characters that are de-powered, raped or killed in order to further a man's storyline. A timely example -- Barbara Gordon was paralyzed (de-powered) and victimized (possibly raped) by the Joker in order to cause Jim Gordon and Batman pain in "The Killing Joke." When word of what happened in "Uncanny Avengers" hit the internet on Tuesday -- a day before it came out, mind you -- people started to wonder how they were going to cram icons as large as Scarlet Witch and Rogue in an already crowded fridge.

RELATED: Rick Remender Discusses the Events of "Uncanny Avengers" #14

While "Uncanny Avengers" was problematic in other ways, I don't think it's fair to call it a fridge-fest just yet. For one thing, Remender has been working on the relationship between Rogue and Scarlet Witch since the first few issues. He's given these two a history, one that is based solely on their interpretations of mutantkind and their race's larger place in the world. To Remender's credit, they're not arguing over a man -- they're both portrayed as smart women who feel passionately about very important issues. Comics being comics, this led to Rogue gutting Scarlet Witch with her borrowed Wolverine claws -- but at least this wasn't because Wanda was flirting with Gambit. The two dearly departed women had agency in the issue, something that female heroes still fight to have.

We're also not shown in "Uncanny Avengers" #14 specifically how their deaths are going to up the angst for the men and further their storylines at the expense of Rogue and Scarlet Witch's. But since only 33% of the team was female to begin with, I can't imagine how a team that's only 16% female (thanks, Wasp) will notfocus on the men being motivated by the grisly death of their two female teammates. The trope hasn't come true yet.

And Fridge naysayers, I know what you're thinking -- of course their teammates are going to be motivated. All comic book deaths motivate other characters! The thing is, female character deaths are rarely allowed to motivate other women. They're also rarely the type of noble sacrifices that men tend to get (like Hawkeye, Cable, Cyclops, Colossus -- I'm literally just looking around my office right now).

There's this weird desire a lot of male comic book fans have to stifle female criticism, and that has especially happened surrounding this issue. So if you're not going to listen to a woman, then listen to me (keep in mind that doing this is the definition of sexism): everyone is allowed to have opinions on comics, and other people have different experiences than you. Trust women to know more about being a woman than you, a man. The Women in Refrigerators trope exists, and it's downright dumb that people still have to prove that it exists every time another instance of it pops up.

There was also a third death in "Uncanny Avengers" #14. I'm sorry Wonder Man fans, but that hero's death only illustrates why Rogue and Scarlet Witch's ends were so controversial. A lot of anti-Fridgers are throwing around the "But Wonder Man was killedtoo!" phrase as if it contained mystical powers to keep feminists at bay. Wonder Man's death is not getting attention because of the nature of his death; Rogue and Scarlet Witch were violently impaled, with blood spurts and pain faces. Wonder Man evaporated. The women were brutally attacked, the man just faded into nothing.

The other thing that I think the non-reaction over Wonder Man's death highlights has to do with representation. This fan reaction is very similar to the one that happened when Annabelle Riggs was killed in "Fearless Defenders." She was immediately resurrected, yes, but fans were devastated when they thought that one of Marvel's few lesbian characters was killed. I don't think there is a single male Wonder Man fan that loves that character as much as female fans love Rogue and Scarlet Witch. That's because of representation.

Men -- specifically straight white ones -- have every big name hero out in front to idolize and relate to. Spider-Man, Superman, Batman, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Flash, Green Lantern -- if you're a little boy looking to see yourself in hero form on a lunchbox or notebook, you've hit the jackpot. Now imagine you're a little girl who loves superheroes. You've got Wonder Woman, and she usually pops up wherever Superman and Batman do -- but that's nowhere near a guarantee. Then you've got Black Widow, the first legit female superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one that gets neglected pretty much any time there's an Avengers-branded anything. Hawkeye, a character who got a third of the screen time Black Widow did in "Avengers," pops up on merchandise exponentially more than she does. Boys are shown that they are the hero, girls are shown that they should either like the guy heroes or just go with the princess bed sheets corporations want her to want.

Fans my age who were introduced to comics via the '90s X-Men cartoon expect better. That cartoon featured four diverse, powerful female superheroes that were featured on branded items nearly as much as the guys were. For the first time ever, female comic book fans had heroes that looked like them and kicked just as much ass as the guys. Now, twenty years later, the most ass-kicking of those heroes was stabbed through the back by a C-Level villain. If team books contained equal representation and female heroes had as many ongoing solo books as men do, this would be less of a problem. But "Uncanny Avengers" now stars one woman and five men. No matter where the story goes, even if the story justifies these sacrifices and hits new artistic highs, it's still a bummer that this corner of Avengers Mansion is now basically a frat house.

The other point Fridge critics make is that writers should be able to kill female characters just as often as male ones. That's one hundred percent true. Rick Remender earned my trust in "Uncanny X-Force"; I know he's going somewhere with this. As a writer, one that's proven himself, he should be allowed to kill whoever he pleases. If the team had a gender ratio that reflected our actual population, or if Wonder Man's evaporation was shown to be just as painful as his female teammates' impalings, I think I'd be writing a very different article today.

Regular readers of this column (I'm thankful for you, by the way) have seen all of these arguments before. I've written pretty much the same thing over and over again. I don't like doing it, but I feel I have to do it because comic books keep doing the same things. In fact, Rick Remender's other comic from last week, the absolutely gorgeous and compelling "Black Science," Fridged a female character. Jen, a scientist colleague of lead character Grant, gets shot through the face on the sixth page. Up to that point, we know two characters: Grant and Jen. Grant, a white male character, lives, while Jen, the white female character, gets killed. Just five pages later, Grant thinks to himself, "I knew the risks. Jen did as well. Make her sacrifice matter." That is textbook fridging.

Here's the thing to remember when reading criticisms like this: using a trope does not automatically equate to a comic being bad. "Star Wars," pretty much everyone's favorite movie, is the headliner at Trope-a-palooza.Both "Uncanny Avengers" and "Black Science" are well-crafted stories, and they're two of the most passionate comics out there. They both just so happen to include -- and potentially include in "Uncanny Avengers'" case -- a trope that comic books have overused. I mean, the trope was named after an incident in a comic book. I'm tired of writing this piece, and I can't imagine how comic book writers aren't sick of killing women to further a man's story.

Let's keep our fridges clean in 2014, comics.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CxPulp Pick Six ~ 11/27/13

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Catwoman #25
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Aaron Lopestri
Publisher: DC

'Zero Year' has been tying in to several Bat-books (and non-Bat-books) this month, as the core storyline occupies the pages of Batman. So it's time for Selina Kyle to have a go at it. When DC rebooted the universe for no particular reason (thanks for nothing, Unholy Trinity), it meant changes here and there in the history of the DC universe (some more than others). For Batman and his world, it meant having a fresh go at the early years, which is what Zero Year is, the New 52 equivalent of Year One. This issue goes back in time for Selina to her earliest years as a cat thief in the streets of Gotham and explores what made her the person she is. ~ William Keogh, CXPulp Columnist

Avengers Arena #18
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Kev Walker
Publisher: Marvel

I suppose we can't blame Hopeless and Walker for this (though if I could have given Dennis advice years ago, I might have suggested he change his surname). No, they got saddled with this assignment by the accursed Marketing Chimps. "Go out and write us a book with young heroes... ripping off The Hunger Games. Maybe we can use Arcade for this sort of thing, pull together lots of heroes, kill them off. But not the Young Avengers. No, not them. Just cannon fodder, for the most part. And don't worry, we'll figure out a reason why no one noticed their absence later. And we'll slap an Avengers label on the book. Even if the book doesn't really feature Avengers." With that sort of logic, they were in for an uphill battle. Well, Avengers Arena reaches the end of the line with this final issue. Who lives? Who dies? And the bigger question: are we supposed to care? Well, we already know there's another Avengers book picking up where this leaves off somewhere in the coming months, and we know that the Drunken Hobbit's much more pleasant gender reversed clone survives. Maybe with luck old Arcade will get what's coming to him. I don't know, maybe he already has... I never felt like picking up a title that was clearly ripping off the Hunger Games in the first place. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Scarlet Spider #24
Writer: Christopher Yost
Artist: Carlo Barberi
Publisher: Marvel

Kaine Parker has been through hell at the hands of Kraven the Hunter as of late. Now he has to deal with the fallout of 'Into the Grave'. Secrets have come out during his ordeal, and there will be consequences to pay. Has his past caught up to him? Can Kaine truly ever be redeemed after so much blood on his hands? Or will he slip back into old habits? Well, the solo series is coming to an end, but we do know the Scarlet Spider will be back in the months to come in the pages of a New Warriors relaunch (and unlike the last couple of versions of that team, this premise looks interesting. I look forward to seeing what Yost does with Kaine in this and the final issue. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Avengers Assemble #21
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Matteo Buffagni
Publisher: Marvel

Now that we're moving past Infinity, this book can get past the tie-in requirements that the Marketing Chimps infested it with. Kelly Sue DeConnick is one of the better writers at Marvel (it's a real shame Marvel seems to neglect her in favour of endlessly hyping other stuff). She's got a gift for strong characterization, which shows in the pages of Captain Marvel (taking a hiatus for a handful of months, thank you very much, you infernal wastes of oxygen otherwise known as Marketing Chimps) and in what she's done here. In this issue, she's working with the Black Widow, Spider-Woman, and Spider-Girl (yes, Spider-Girl... not the alternate reality May Parker, but she'll do). Though it's quite true that there are too many titles out there with the Avengers label on them, Avengers Assemble under DeConnick is one of the gems. You should be picking it up. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Uncanny Avengers #14
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Steve McNiven
Publisher: Marvel

The Apocalypse Twins are on the move. The Avengers are in their way. The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have been very, very bad, and are continuing to be so. Which Avengers will fall trying to save the day? Will we have to throw Horseman Sentry (aka Horseman Mustard Boy) into the sun again to make sure he's really dead (oh please oh please oh please)? Remender's epic storyline has been continuing on in this title for awhile now, dealing with the occasional tensions between a group of Avengers and a group of X-Men working together- as well as the changing dynamics between them. Will any of them be left standing when it's all said and done? Well, we know Cap and Thor will... and we know Wolverine unfortunately will (as much as I'd like to see the Drunken Hobbit dead once and for all). Anyone else might well be fair game. ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist

Infinity #6
Writer: Jonathan Hickman
Artists: Jim Cheung and Adam Kubert
Publisher: Marvel

Infinity comes to a climactic ending with this issue (though at least one tie-in has yet to wrap itself up). The Avengers and their allies on the one side. Thanos and his legions on the other. The fate of Earth and the cosmos in the balance. This is the sort of thing that's rather common in the Marvel Universe, actually, big events with sweeping storylines and endless tie ins. This one has had its ups and downs, but since it has been in the hands of one of the better writers at Marvel (as opposed to Darth Bendis), it's been one of the better big events of recent years (though it can't match up anywhere near to World War Hulk). Who will be left standing? Will Thanos undo his own grand schemes (it does tend to be a fatal flaw for the big guy)? Will this merely be set up for whatever's to come next year? Well, we do know the theme Inhumanity is coming out of all of this, so yes. Hickman's bringing it all to a close in this last issue. If we're really lucky (which we're not), we might get a chance to have the Drunken Hobbit tossed into a black hole. Let's see your healing factor deal with that! ~ William Keogh, CxPulp Columnist