Thursday, October 8, 2015

Marvel Legends : Rogue

We’ve all been waiting for a Rogue Legends figure. X-Men Legacy Rogue was supposed to be part of one of Hasbro’s earlier Legends lines as a White Queen variant, but the green catsuit never saw the light of day beyond prototype form. As nice as that figure would have been, it’s not anywhere near as cool as bomber jacket and bandanna Rogue. Debuting in X-Men #1, the look also lived on in the Fox animated cartoon, which is probably why it’s such a fan-favorite with the current target audience. Somehow Hasbro ditched a figure fans had been clamoring for and delivered one they didn’t even know they wanted. While Rogue was on display, she’s not actually part of the Onslaught build-a-figure wave. She was merely the first tease for a new 2016 X-Men wave. Keep your fingers crossed that Phoenix Cyclops sneaks in there somehow.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


From IGN:

Uncanny Avengers isn't one of them, but Extraordinary X-Men is.

Release date: November 2015

Reports of the X-Men's demise have been greatly exaggerated. And with Jeff Lemire writing two X-Men comics, the future is looking pretty rosy for the merry mutants. Well, as rosy as it can when the mutant race is once again staring extinction in the face.

We don't know much about the new status quo for the X-Men (and probably won't until Uncanny X-Men #600 finally ships), but it appears that this new series features a newly reunified team dealing with the revelation that the global cloud of Terrigen Mists is killing mutants even as it births new Inhumans. What we're really excited for, though, is the fact that the cast spans generations and even universes. Both the young Jean Grey and Old Man Logan will be central players in this series, and we can't wait to see how Lemire handles this new take on a decades old relationship.

We're possibly even more excited for Lemire's solo Old Man Logan comic, particularly since it'll reunite him with Green Arrow collaborator Andrea Sorrentino. But since Extraordinary is shaping up to be the the flagship X-book (and Old Man Logan has yet to actually be solicited by Marvel), we're giving it the nod.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Rogue Spoiler

Found this disturbing news on Rogue Love.

It's a huge spoiler so just check out this link.

All I can say is "interesting", "reminds me if a Mike Carey story arc" and "she better not".

Friday, October 2, 2015

Marvel Announces "Uncanny X-Men" #600 Release date, Unleashes Variants

After many delays, the monumental "Uncanny X-Men" #600 is finally ready to hit the stands. The over-sized, celebratory issue will arrive on November 4th, bringing with it a dozen variant covers featuring Marvel's mutants at various points throughout their over 50 years of publication. 

The covers range from the originalX-Men by Rick Leonardi all the way to the modern team, in a cover by recent "Uncanny X-Men" artist Chris Bachalo.  Ex McGuinness and Adam Hughes both turned in their takes on the classic mid-'70s team lineup, while Kris Anka tackled the modern day classic "Astonishing X-Men" roster. You can see all the covers below.

"Uncanny X-Men" #600 drops on November 4, 2016.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Excerpt from CBR:

For the first time in recent memory, a lot of headlining X-Men characters will be appearing in non-X-Men books, and Anduinel has a question about that development.

There's been quite a bit of character-sharing among the different Marvel families post-"Secret Wars," and the X-Men haven't been excluded from that: Beast is running with the Inhumans, Kitty Pryde with the Guardians, Rogue and Sunspot are with the Avengers and so on. Are there any other titles on the horizon that, while not specifically X-Men books, might be of interest to X-Men fans?

Harrington: I know I'm personally very interested in "New Avengers,"if only because Hulkling and Wiccan are on that team. I love Billy and Teddy (and Gerardo Sandoval's art and Al Ewing's writing, and basically everything about that book, to be honest)! Rogue will be on the "Uncanny Avengers" team, so if you're a Rogue fan (like myself!) that'll be a book you'll want to grab. 

Ketchum: I moonlight as an Avengers editor, so I'm all too happy to point you to "Uncanny Avengers" and "A-Force"! Rogue will be playing a much bigger part in this iteration of "Uncanny" (just wait until you see the cover for issue #5!). And "A-Force" will feature Dazzler, as well as some guest appearances by other X-characters down the road.

Anna Paquin Confirms That She Won't Appear As 'Rogue' In The GAMBIT Movie

From Comicbookmovie:

Much like Cyclops, many feel that Rogue got the short end of the stick in Fox's X-Menfranchise. In the comics she's a kick-ass Southern Belle who can fly and has super-strength, and in the films she's... Anna Paquin hiding under a hood. To be fair, despite a radical departure from the comics the movie version of Rogue worked well for the story and themes explored in the first film, and Paquin did a good job - but then the character all but disappeared from the sequels.

Fox had the chance to right some of those wrongs by making Rogue a main character in the Gambitmovie and bringing one of the most popular superhero love stories to the screen while they were at it, but if the following Tweet from the former True Blood actress is anything to go by, that's not gonna happen. 

Of course, there's always the chance Rogue will appear and has simply been recast, but that seems very unlikely. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Top Five Greatest Rogue Moments

From CBR:

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

We take a look at the top five greatest Rogue moments since she became a member of the X-Men.

NOTE: There have been SO many great Rogue moments over the years that I’m going to skip honorable mentions because there are just too many, so if I start picking one I’ll have to pick five and if I pick five, I’ll have to pick ten, etc. So I’m just going to try to pick my top five choices.

5. Rogue Redeems Her Theft of Ms. Marvel’s Soul (Uncanny X-Men #269)

A major problem with Rogue as a hero is that her power set was based on the fact that she stole the powers and the very soul of former superhero, Ms. Marvel. Ultimately, that is what drove her to join the X-Men in the first place, as she was being slowly driven insane by sharing a body with Carol Danvers’ soul. So even when she did tons of awesomely heroic stuff, she still sort of “needed” to make up for what she did to Carol. Uncanny X-Men #269 (by Chris Claremont, Jim Lee and Art Thibert) finally resolved that. After going through the Siege Perilous, Rogue and Carol were separated into two beings, but still sharing one life force. 

Rogue has the chance to end her once again, but she cannot do it…



Ultimately Magneto shows up and kills “Carol” (who was corrupted by the Shadow King, which is why she is being particularly dickish to Rogue), but the intent was clear – Rogue wasn’t going to make the same mistake again. She had truly matured. And now, she was without Carol’s personality in her mind finally as her “reward.” 

4. Rogue Learns How to Control Her Powers (X-Men Legacy #224)

First off, I considered X-Men #24 (by Fabian Nicieza and AndyKubert), but while it was a great moment, it seemed kind of par for the course at the time…




that was the days of “can’t actually move anything forward! Just tread water!” But it was very well done by Nicieza.

Instead, I’m going with X-Men Legacy #224 by Mike Carey, Scot Eaton and Andrew Hennessey, where Professor Xavier and Danger discover how Rogue’s powers work…


and then Xavier goes into Rogue’s mind to fix her…



His mission now seemingly successful, he lets Rogue rest, as her mind now has to catch up to her newly matured powers. When she wakes, she is unsure if it really worked….





Amazing work by Carey. He really had a way with Rogue.

3. Rogue Protects Hope (X-Force #26)

This one is tough. I want to spotlight one of the times where Rogue absorbed a lot of powers. Those are awesome moments. The first famous example was Uncanny X-Men #194 (by Chris Claremont, John Romita Jr., Dan Green and Steve Leialoha)…



but that’s not THAT cool.

Claremont had Sage allow Rogue to access ALL of her past powers to fight an alien invasion in X-Treme X-Men, but while that moment SOUNDS cool, it really didn’t look that cool in the comic itself. Similarly, in a great moment in Mike Carey’s X-Men, Rogue absorbed billions of alien minds to save the day. It was cool, but not THAT cool. More recently, she did some cool multiple power stuff in Uncanny Avengers, but while that was cool, it sort of loses a bit of coolness in the repetitiveness of it as a tactic. 

I guess I’m going to go with her last-ditch attempts to save Hope’s life from Bastion during Second Coming. Rogue was assigned as Hope’s bodyguard in the storyline, where Bastion systematically removed all teleporters who could get Hope out of harm’s way. Finally, in X-Force #26 (by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, Mike Choi and Sonia Oback), he found Hope and Rogue, hopelessly outgunned by Bastion, still laid her life on the line…






Ultimately, it was Nightcrawler who then gave his life to save Hope against Bastion, but it was still a striking sequence for Rogue. But honestly, I sort of want this one to be a generic “Rogue absorbs multiple character’s powers” spot. Because that’s a classic Rogue thing.

2. Rogue Sacrifices Herself for Her Team (Uncanny X-Men #247)

Speaking of absorbing other people’s powers, this classic Chris Claremont, Marc Silvestri and Dan Green story has Rogue make the ultimate sacrifice to stop Master Mold, while first using her powers in a brilliant fashion by dropping from the sky like a bullet (also, again, the FIRST time she tries these things is a bit more notable, ya know?)…






1. Rogue Proves Herself an X-Man (Uncanny X-Men #173)

Was there any doubt? Chris Claremont, Paul Smith and Bob Wiacek handled this tale, Rogue’s first mission as an X-Man, where she and Wolverine fought together with the rest of the X-Men incapacitated. She then proves herself a hero to Wolverine in a brilliantly designed moment by Claremont and Smith…




That’s the list!


Thank you sandman!


From Marvel:

A new, more dangerous world requires more dangerous X-Men. Enter: UNCANNY X-MEN by writer Cullen Bunn and artist Greg Land, launching in December.

Not those to cow to oppression of any kind, Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique, and Fantomex band together to protect every mutant life on the planet, no matter who threatens them. Given the team’s higher-than-usual level of murderous rage, expect as many internal conflicts as external.

Bigotry and fear run rampant thanks to the mutating Terrigen mists and the events of Secret Wars. The world may think the X-Men died, but this more lethal group will prove them wrong with quickness.

Bunn and Land talk about the joys of helming UNCANNY X-MEN, getting these characters to work together and the overall status of the X-Men coming out of Secret Wars. What can you tell us about the X-Men’s new status quo post-Secret Wars?

Cullen Bunn: Well, I think the “official” status quo is that the X-Men are no more. Something terrible has happened in the eight month gap between Secret Wars and UNCANNY X-MEN. We know it has something to do with the T-Mists and their impact on the mutant population, but there’s more to it than that. The world at large believes the X-Men are no more. We, of course, as readers are in on the secret. The X-Men are still alive and kicking, but they’ve changed in the wake of this hostile environment they’re facing. There will be more than a few mysteries remaining to be solved and that will happen along the way. In the meantime, there are still threats to mutantkind that must be addressed. How does this proactive team fit into that grand scheme?

Cullen Bunn: In times of crisis, different people react in different ways. Some might try to escape. Others might attempt to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm in a safe haven. The members of this group of X-Men, though, are unwilling to sit still. They believe that the enemies of mutants will use this time of trouble as a time of opportunity. Magneto’s group will take a more active role. They are not offering a safe haven. They are not striking from the shadows. Instead, they are making a statement—a warning—to those who might harm mutants.

When we first started talking about this team, we landed on the idea that more terrible threats require a more terrible team of X-Men, and I think the stories we have planned represent that philosophy pretty well. Of course, you don’t have a team like this without a few conspiracies within the ranks. Some of the members—maybe all of the members—have differing agendas. How those plots and plans surface will be part of the fun. The team consists of Magneto, Psylocke, Sabretooth, Mystique. and Fantomex; all strong personalities with dark pasts. What keeps them together and on-mission?

Cullen Bunn: I think it’ll be interesting to watch this group of characters come together. Initially, not all of the characters you’ve seen announced are on the team. In fact, some of them may be working at cross purposes to the X-Men. The dynamic is definitely not going to be one of friendliness, and we’ll lean into that from the very beginning. As the team forms, though, we’ll learn a bit about why they are sticking together. Each member has his or her own reasons for siding with—and sticking with—Magneto. Cullen, you really got to focus in on Magneto in his solo book. How is it working with him in more of a team setting?

Cullen Bunn: Writing Magneto as part of a team took a little getting used to. I spent so much time with the character on his own [that] it could have been easy for me to turn this into a Magneto book. When I started this project, I detailed the motivations of each and every character. Some were more difficult than others. Surprisingly, Magneto was the most difficult! I think that is because this type of book is so different in tone and “mission statement” than what I wrote before. In a lot of ways, I went back to the drawing board on Magneto, because I wanted to approach him in the context of a team book.

Thank you sandman!

X-Men ’92 Launches As An Ongoing Series Next Year From Chris Sims, Chad Bowers And Alti Firmansyah

From Bleeding Cool:


Announces at the Baltimore Diamond Retailer Summit, spinning out of Secret Wars, a new X-Men ’92 series starting next year from Marvel, from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Alti Firmansyah.

Oh yes, and all those ’92 varant covers in December to prepare the way…


Thank you sandman!

Friday, September 18, 2015


From CBR:

(Thank you Sandman!)

This October, it’s truly a team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes unlike any you’ve seen before. Humans! Mutants! Inhumans! Deadpool! Yeah, we’re not kidding! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 – the blockbuster new series from Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman! It’s an All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe and Steve Rogers has assembled a new squad for the same purpose – unity. Joining the man once called Captain America are Rogue, Spider-Man, the Human Torch, Doctor Voodoo, Deadpool, Quicksilver and newcomer Synapse. United under one banner, these seven heroes will stand shoulder to shoulder in the publiceye – a shining beacon of cooperation between human, inhuman and mutant alike. But with a dangerous new villain on the prowl, the bonds of this untested squad will stretched. Are cracks in the unity squad already beginning to form? Find out this October in the explosive debut of UNCANNY AVENGERS #1!