After the Schism comes a Regenesis.
That's what Marvel announced today with the launch of two X-Men books in Fall 2011: Wolverine and the X-Men #1 in October, by Schism writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo, and Uncanny X-Men #1 by current writer Kieron Gillen with rotating art from Greg Land and Carlos Pacheco.
"The best thing about this split is that the two books hit two very
different chords. One is hardcore super hero action and the other is
something else entirely that I can't go too deep into without spoiling
`Schism,'" X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe told the AP. "The best way I can describe it is a return to a
structure that made the X-Men what it was."
Gillen noted that this will be more than a cosmetic split, and not just a return to the "Blue" and "Gold" teams of the early 1990s.
"There's no hope for a united team as long as they hold the beliefs they
do," he told AP. "There's also the chance the schism will make the individuals
involved (never) look each other in the eye again."
His team, he told Marvel.com, will be "in public, operating on a scale we've never seen them act on before." The team will reach beyond their super heroic efforts in San Francisco and aspire "to be the world's premier super team."
Meanwhile, Aaron teased Marvel.com with the focus of Wolverine and the X-Men, saying it will be “big crazy plots, intense character drama, love, sex, anti-mutant
hysteria, man-eating aliens, all-new characters, old favorite
characters, bizarre space tech, strange transformations, property
damage, telepathic shenanigans, Wolverine drinking whiskey, mutants
playing baseball. Except perhaps for that last part.”
The relaunch will be handled under the "X-Men: Regenesis" banner, just as the X-Men have previously been Reloaded and otherwise reinvigorated. The long-building split between Cyclops and Wolverine will actually come to fruition in the lead-in mini-series, X-Men Schism, and the first image of Regenesis may hint at the rosters (and survivors), though the split shown in the image would certainly hold some surprises.
In the first released image, we see on Cyclops' side Psylocke, who is currently a member of Wolverine's Uncanny X-Force squad, and on Wolverine's we see Emma Frost, who is in a romantic relationship with Cyclops. Whether that image is just a red herring or sign of a major shake-up remains to be seen.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso says it won't end here, though.
"For five years, we've been getting our ducks in a
row to prepare for Schism, just as Schism sets up a 2012 event that
will have all eyes focused on the X-Men," he said.
As for the other X-Men titles, Legacy, Adjectiveless, Astonishing, and the others, we should have more news soon. Aaron did note on twitter today that he will be remaining on the Wolverine solo book, and that it "will also reflect the events of Schism."
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