X-MEN REGENESIS: What We Know About the Post-SCHISM Future1 of 12By Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor, Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer, and Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor
Up until recently, all we knew about X-Men: Regenesis, this fall's line-wide revamp of Marvel's mutants, could be summed up in a sentence. After Wolverine and Cyclops's fight in Schism, the X-Men will be irrevocably split, with characters falling on one side or the other.
That's changed over the past couple of weeks, as Marvel has slowly but surely let us in on the secrets behind Regenesis. With teaser images showing off a member of each team (and a bunch of shadows, some easily discerned, some that look like amorphous blobs), we got our first peek at how things will split up. On the teaser images, each book title is depicted in either blue or gold, further displaying the split between the two halves of the mutant population (and calling back to the early '90s X-Men, which split their rosters into blue and gold teams under much more civil circumstances). Then on Friday morning, iFanboy got the first look at the November solicitations for the X-Men titles, chock full of new information.
In an effort to make sense of all the new knowledge dropping that's gone on, we organized what we know so far (and a little of what we don't) into 10 easy points. Click through our list, and let us know what we missed over on Facebook and Twitter!
YES, CYCLOPS IS STILL LEADING 'UNCANNY'2 of 12There was some doubt about Cyclops surviving the events of Schism. Then that cover of Scott locking lips with Storm showed up, and Greg Pak said that his run of Astonishing X-Men was post-Schism, which seemed to confirm Cyclops's staying alive. Of course, there's the possibility that cover is a fake-out, or an image from some unknown past (though his costume is a current one), so maybe he does still die?
Well, now we have the cover to Uncanny X-Men #1, the relaunch from November 2011. And there's Cyclops, as the only person on a cover full of shadows. Of course, we know of a couple of the other members, but this sure seems to be confirmation that Cyclops is alive and well after his battle with Wolverine, and thus the de facto leader of the "Blue" team.
COLOSSUS OF CYTTORAK IS HERE TO STAY3 of 12Remember that teaser from earlier in the year where Colossus was shown about to put on Juggernaut's helmet? Six months later, it's turned out to be much more literal than anyone might have guessed, as Piotr Rasputin became the latest avatar of Cyttorak in the pages of this week's Uncanny X-Men #542, in order to combat the Worthy-fied Juggernaut's imminent threat on San Francisco and Utopia.
This might appear to be just a temporary development in order to deal with the Fear Itself threat, but based on images that we've seen so far, it looks like Colossus will be sticking with the new look and big-time power-up for the near future. He's still making the helmet work on the cover of Generation Hope #13 (more on that particularly juicy image later), and certainly appears to be looming in shadow right by Emma Frost in the Uncanny X-Men teaser, which seemingly establishes that he's falling on Scott's side of the X-Men divide. Unless, of course, that happens to be the original Juggernaut, Cain Marko who is seen back in his classic look on the cover of October's Fear Itself: The Fearless #1.
MAGNETO: DEFINITELY NOT A HERO4 of 12As much as Marvel can be extremely coy when it comes to their immediate future, sometimes they make things pretty easy on readers. And releasing a miniseries titled Magneto: Not A Hero that starts in November (when "Regenesis" really gets into full swing) certainly seems to suggest that though the X-Men's long-time archnemesis may not be a "good guy" for much longer.
It looks like he's sticking with the X-Men for the immediate future, though. Maybe both sides, even. If that's not him floating in shadow on the Uncanny X-Men teaser, it's a heck of a misdirection. That would put him on Team Cyclops, and he's also hanging tough with Storm, Psylocke and Colossus on the cover of Generation Hope #13 all reasonable guesses for that side, as well.
But wait! Magneto's also on the cover of X-Men: Legacy #259, standing strong with Rogue and Gambit, who both look to be sticking with Wolverine. So what's he up to? Apparently, something not very heroic.
STORM GOES BLUE, GAMBIT GOES GOLD5 of 12The teams, while only teased with the single-member teaser images, are starting to get fleshed out through the covers of some of November's issues. Storm, for instance, appears on not one but two of the "blue team" covers. On the cover of Generation Hope #13 (Yup, same one as the Colossus entry, and more on that later), she's shown fighting alongside other Blue team-ers, and oddly against yet more Blue team-ers, the aforementioned Hope kids. On X-Men #20's cover, she's bringing the lightning to Iron Man 2.0 (War Machine if you're nasty)'s world.
Likewise, Gambit is confirmed right where everyone expects him, at the side of his southern belle Rogue on the cover of X-Men: Legacy #259. Of course, that cover also includes Magneto, who, as we noted in the last entry, sure appears to be on those Uncanny X-Men images, so maybe things aren't quite as static as they appear.
NEW HELLFIRE CLUB CONTINUES TO REIGN6 of 12The Hellfire Club have been a major part of X-Men lore off-and-on for more than 30 years, following their high-profile introduction as part of "The Dark Phoenix Saga." In X-Men: Schism #1, the group installed a new black king in the form of a particularly menacing 12-year-old named Kade Kilgore, and the rejuvenated group has continued to cause trouble in that miniseries.
And they're going to keep on causing trouble. Schism writer Jason Aaron is using the group as antagonists in the October-debuting Wolverine & The X-Men, as revealed in the solicitations for issues #1 and #2.
Of course, when you think "Hellfire Club," you think "Sebastian Shaw," and though he got a mental makeover courtesy of Emma Frost in Uncanny X-Men #534, he's joining the cast of Generation Hope as of November's #13. There's no indication that he'll have any interaction with the new Hellfire Club anytime soon, but it seems kind of inevitable, doesn't it?
PSYLOCKE PSWITCHING PSIDES?7 of 12Betsy Braddock has been part of Wolverine's super-secret hit squad since Uncanny X-Force launched last fall, but she hasn't always been totally comfortable with it. Along with Deadpool, she expressed the most reservations for the outcome of the book's first story arc, "Apocalypse Solution." Things haven't gotten any easier for her in the current "Dark Angel Saga," as she's watched her long-time lover Archangel transform into a killer.
That can take a toll on anyone, and she might be done with Wolverine's way of conducting business if that Generation Hope #13 cover is to believed, as she's depicted in combat alongside Magneto, Colossus and Storm, all relatively sure bets for the Cyclops-led blue team.
But wait, that blacked-out character on that Uncanny X-Force teaser sure looks like Psylocke, doesn't it? There appears to be an outline of a waist sash and sword, even. Maybe, but maybe not: Could that be long-time Wolverine ally Kitty Pryde, a former ninja assassin herself? (Read the 1985 Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries if you don't believe us.) That would put her on opposite sides of her boyfriend Colossus, yes, but she sure didn't seem too happy with his decision to take on the Cyttorak powers in Uncanny #542.
...AND SO IS JUBILEE8 of 12So, Jubilee seems to be jumping ship from Wolverine's side to stick with Cyclops after all these years, judging by the teaser images we've seen.
Should we be surprised? I mean, sure, the two have a history together, even going so far as to co-star in a mini last year, but their relationship has been strained since Jubes became a vampire and Wolverine decided that Pixie was the latest Kitty Pryde du jour. Maybe this split has been coming for a long time... or perhaps we should be expecting a double bluff.
Isn't Wolverine sneaky enough to leave a spy on Slim's side, just to keep track of what he's up to? Maybe Jubilee is playing double agent, and trying to win her way back into Wolverine's affections?
CYCLOPS GOES BIG9 of 12As if to underscore Scott's fall to the relative dark side that whole Fear Itself teaser image of Scott as Magneto has more resonance than we thought, it seemed it makes sense that he'd grab the big guns when it comes to sheer brute strength.
With Emma, Magneto, Colossus, Sebastian Shaw (Hi, even bigger sign of moral compromise than Magneto made flesh!) and Storm on his side, Cyclops seems to have gathered an army that's ready to fight a war against humanity if necessary... and maybe that's the point.
Meanwhile, that leaves Wolverine with the quieter powers, which probably suits him just fine. He was always about the sneaky and underhanded anyway, right?
(MANY) MYSTERIES REMAIN10 of 12OK, so we have these teasers, we know we have the lasting Wolverine/Cyclops split into the "Gold" and "Blue" teams, and we've garnered a bit more from the November solicitations. However, there are still a lot of unanswered questions, and that's just the way it should be going into a big revamping of an entire line like this.
If Psylocke has indeed switched sides away from Wolverine, then who is the female in X-Force? X-Factor still has many big question marks: Who dies before Regenesis? Who is on the team? If they're siding with Wolverine overall (that's a leap, but it appears Strong Guy's arm is in the Legacy teaser, putting them on the Gold side), what does that mean about their role in the Marvel Universe? We have hints at some characters, but who else is on active X-Teams now? And of course, with one of Cyclops's squads, the X-Men group being the one that typically interacts with the Marvel Universe, what does that mean for all the Gold teams?
The questions existing, and the fact that we're asking them, means Marvel is doing something right here. But we're glad they spilled the beans on one more bit...
NIGHTCRAWLER IS BACK (SORT OF)11 of 12When, over the course of about a year, Marvel Comics exiled Havok in space, killed Nightcrawler, and killed Cable, we thought for sure they were on a personal vendetta against Lucas Siegel, as those are his three all-time favorite Marvel characters. With the return of two of those three, all he needed was the elf.
Well, when the Uncanny X-Force squad returns from the Age of Apocalypse universe, it seems they'll have a stowaway in the form of that world's Nightcrawler. It's a pretty perfect work-around to the death; his sacrifice was still made, and meaningful, but now we get new Nightcrawler stories. The added bonus is that this one is a bit harder, a bit less inherently "good," and will have to deal with learning how to interact with these altered versions of people he knows; of course, they'll be trying to do the same with this Kurt who is likely to surprise them all.
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