The cast, creative teams, and mission statements of the two new X-Men titles have been revealed, according to IGN. X-Men: Blue and X-Men: Gold will debut in April with twice-monthly shipping as part of the joint X-Men/Inhumans "ResurrXion" line at Marvel.
Uncanny X-Men writer Cullen Bunn will write X-Men: Blue, joined by recent Star Wars artist Jorge Molina. Bunn will bring Magneto over from Uncanny to lead the team, which consists of the time-tossed original X-Men Jean Grey, Cyclops, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. Although Magneto has grown to be much more than a one-note villain, these throwback original X-Men know Magneto almost exclusively for his villainous actions early in X-Men history.
“He almost takes the role of a Professor Xavier for the original five here. That's really what I thought was interesting with putting him in the book is that Magneto is the oldest enemy of these X-Men. This was the first ‘evil mutant’ that they battled way back in X-Men #1. And now here he is taking on this mentor role with them,” said Bunn. “That immediately raises a lot of questions. Why would these X-Men be working with him? What is he trying to accomplish now? Do they feel that he's changed his ways? And that really is what I was excited about. It opened up a lot of really interesting questions for us. There's some mystery involved in terms of why the X-Men are working with him and what they're trying to accomplish. There's a little bit of intrigue there because knowing Magneto, you know he's got ulterior motives. He's Magneto. The original five X-Men aren't stupid. They know this. And maybe they have some ulterior motives of their own.”
Arrow co-showrunner Marc Guggenheim returns to the X-titles as writer of X-Men: Gold, joined by recent Superman artist Ardian Syaf. Kitty Pryde will lead this team, reuniting with her Excalibur teammates Nightcrawler and Rachel Grey, as well as her original X-Men teammates Storm, Colossus, and Old Man Logan.
“Kitty is the right person to bring the X-Men into the future, to herald in the next era of the X-Men,” said Guggenheim. “We are post the war with the Inhumans. The X-Men are sort of at a crossroads. They're at a point where they are trying to decide, is there a future for the X-Men? And Kitty is very much of the mindset that there is a future for the X-Men and it's a bright future. That there's more work that the X-Men still have to do. Not just for mutants, but really for humanity. What Kitty's leadership does from a storytelling perspective is that it really positions the book for its mission statement, which is we really want to tell stories that get back to the idea of just the X-Men as superheroes. Not all of the stories that we're doing are based on mutants or the problems of mutants or the conflict with the Inhumans. It's very much a team superhero book.”
As part of the new "ResurrXion" era, Rachel Grey will be getting a new codename - Prestige - as well as a new costume.
“She was Marvel Girl, then she was Pheonix, she was often times less Rachel Grey and more Jean Grey. And I had this idea, wouldn't it be fun to take an X-Men and give them a new identity, kind of like the way Chris Claremont did with Carol Danvers and making her Binary many years ago? I thought that was kind of intriguing,” Guggenheim said. “As I thought about that, I started thinking about that idea in connection with Rachel and the notion that if there was any character who needed to adopt a new identity, that was forward thinking, that wasn't about her legacy or her family, it was Rachel. And I think in many ways Rachel represents this mission statement that Kitty has given the X-Men, which is let's not look backwards, let's look forwards.”