Arrow executive producer and writer Marc Guggenheim's most recent work has been in the DC universe, but he got his start at Marvel -- and he's headed back there soon. As announced by IGN, Guggenheim will be taking over the narrative reins in X-Men #18, picking up where current writer Brian Wood leaves off. Guggenheim confirmed that the X-Men will remain an all-female team during his run, and that he's planning a "smooth, easy transition" between his Wood's story and his own. No artist has been announced yet.
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We've got our first big NYCC announcement, and it's that Gail Simone
and Brian Wood
will both be taking their well received takes on the prototypical pulp barbarians Red Sonja and Conan the Barbarian and, despite how both characters currently belong to different companies, will be joining forces for a story.
While Simone's Sonja is currently has a lot of history behind her, and Wood's Conan series focuses on a time when the Barbarian was still young, the writers say they'll be swapping things up for the crossover:
Today sees the release of Marvel Now!'s relaunched X-Men
series, starring Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke as an all-female X-team. I don't think I need to tell you that we've had our eyes on this one for a while
. We had the chance to speak with Marvel Editor Jeanine Schaefer
about the new title: Its origins, its art, its characters, and how she dealt with some of the negative reactions to this groundbreaking new series.
Today in things that make us scream incoherently
A comic book from Marvel titled simply X-Men
, starring an all-female cast, was a breath of fresh air for us. Not only did it have a talented creative team,(Brian Wood
and Olivier Coipel
) behind it but it carried with it the historic title, giving the characters the respect they deserve. But not everyone sees it that way as you can see from one of Wood's tweets earlier today. There's one more after the cut.
Last week, Marvel revealed a teaser for a new title
from Brian Wood
and Olivier Coipel
. We surmised it was going to be a title with X-Men characters, specifically women, because of the double helix and XX logo. We had assumed this was going to be a completely new title and while we were partly right on that we're happy to say we were also partly wrong. Wood and Coipel's new title is not a "new" title but the relaunched Marvel Now X-Men
series starring Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke.
I will make it legal!
I simply applied logic to the situation: If we, here, learn to drive at age 16, why wouldn’t someone in Star Wars learn how to fly as a coming of age thing? Luke did, as a farm boy. Wedge did, working his parent’s gas station. Why not Leia, a daughter of privilege? She can handle firearms, she basically takes over her own escape from the Death Star. She survives torture. She BEATS torture, actually. Later we see her on speeder bikes, fixing the Falcon, shooting more dudes, and so on. It’s almost insulting to suggest she can’t fly an X-Wing, the Rebellion’s fighter of choice. -- Brian Wood, writer of Dark Horse Comics' latest Star Wars title, Star Wars, which aims to rewrite the Star Wars saga as if An New Hope was the only source material.
I suppose one could say that as a major leader of the Rebellion, she was too valuable to risk her life in near-suicidal raids on major Imperial bases like the assault on the Death Star... but even that breaks down when you consider that she was down on Endor with the rest of the raiding party. And hey, we've got plenty of fictional precedent for the leaders of small groups of fighters saddling up with their crew, from President Bill Pullman in Independence Day to Admiral Adama in Battlestar Galactica. And now that we know there were female X-Wing pilots... The conclusion seems unavoidable.
Yes. Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Yes.
This is certainly some news I can get behind. Dark Horse Comics are putting out a Star Wars
comic. "There have been Star Wars
comics before," you say. Ah ha! But this is Star Wars
and only Star Wars
- a series set during the original trilogy, with the cast you know and love. Writer Brian Wood
) takes the reins for this sci-fi excitement and oh yeah, Princess Leia is totally going to be an X-Wing pilot.