ResurrXion hits the Marvel Universe in April, as a number of new X-titles headline the publisher’s releases for the month.
The anticipated reorganization of the X-teams hits in “X-Men Blue” and “X-Men Gold”; Both series debut with oversized 40-page issues, with “Blue” shipping twice-monthly. Jean Grey takes the helm of Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina’s Team Blue, featuring the rest of the original team with Magneto (described as an “arch-frenemy”) as her mentor.
Marc Guggeneheim and Ardian Syaf’s Team Gold, on the other hand, is helmed by Kitty Pryde. She will lead Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and Old Man Logan with the goal of becoming “Earth’s finest heroes.”
In “Weapon X,” which also ships two issues in April, Greg Pak and Greg Land gather a number of heroes and villains who experienced the secret program’s transformative process as they attempt to sit down the its current incarnation. Apparently, the Weapon X program is now dedicated to killing off all mutants rather than transforming them into deadly soldiers.
Though not mutants, the Inhumans are also part of ResurrXion, and will see an all-new series arrive in April. “Royals,” by Al Ewing and Jonboy Meyers, ships two issues and sends a contingent of the Inhumans’ royal family into space. Their mission, to return to Hala, the dead Kree homeward, in search of answer form he past which hold the key to the Inhuman race’s survival in the future.
And that’s just the ResurrXion titles; Marvel’s also got a number of new series arriving in April, along with some big developments springing out of currently ongoing titles.
- The former director of S.H.I.E.L.D. goes solo as Nick Fury Jr. helms an ongoing series for the first time, courtesy of James Robinson and ACO.
- Marvel’s latest event series spins out into a new ongoing, with Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon helming “Monsters Unleashed.” The events of the kaiju-centric storyline currently unfolding across the Marvel Universe will lead to Elsa Bloodstone and Kid Kaiju teaming up with a number of new Marvel monsters in order to protect Earth from the massive creatures intent on destroying it.
- The king of Wakanda’s presence grows with “Black Panther: The Crew,” a new ongoing series from Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey and Butch Guice. T’challa teams with Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold to solve a murder in Harlem. Though the story is described as street-level, Marvel’s solicitation text teases that it’s going to lead to “a big story in the Marvel Universe’s near future.”
- Steve Rogers’ plan to take control of Hydra appears to be coming to a crescendo, and the text for “Captain America: Steve Roger” #15 promises a “no-holds-barred final throw down” with the red Skull. Then, in Issue #16, it looks like Cap’s big secret will be revealed: “It’s time for Captain America to step out of the shadows to change the very landscape of the Marvel Universe in a massive way!”
- In possibly related news, “Uncanny Avengers” promises “The final fate of Charles Xavier’s telepathic brain is revealed,” hinting that whatever happens in “Steve Rogers” will spill over into the Red Skull’s plans for the Unity Squad. The solicitation text also indicates that not everyone may make it out of the issue alive…
- Victor Von Doom is the hero and Reed Richards the villain when “Infamous Iron Man” #6 pits the former against the Mister Fantastic of the Ultimate Universe, aka The Maker.
- Meanwhile, Ironheart may be getting a new boyfriend in “Invincible Iron Man” #6. And while the text is vague about her love life, Riri Williams will be meeting a new villain.
- The Phoenix joins the “Asgards/Shi’ar War” in “Mighty Thor” #18, with Quentin Quire playing a role in the latest battle of minor deities.
- In another dimension, Spider-Man’s daughter Annie is presented with the opportunity to attend Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” #6 introduces us to this world’s version of the X-Men, which looks remarkably like the Jim Lee-era team.
- Private eye meets private eye, as Jessica Jones guest stars in “Hawkeye” #5, arriving in Los Angeles for a case which gives Kate Bishop a chance to learn from her former mentor.
- Brian Michael Bendis bids farewell to “Guardians of the Galaxy” with the final issue of “Grounded.” Illustrated by Valerio Schiti and a number of guest artists, the oversized finale features Thanos, as the team scrambles to make their ay off Earth and back to the cosmos.
- “Old Man Logan” is also saying goodbye to its writer, but Jeff Lemire and new artist Eric Nguyen have one more story before the new, unnamed creative team arrives. In “Past Lives,” Logan tumbles through time and space to re-live major moments from Wolverine’s history, including his first appearance with the Hulk and Wendigo, his adventures with the X-Men and Avengers, and more.
- “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” finally gets its comic book adaptation in April. Jody Houser and Emilio Laiso will bring the standalone “Star Wars” movie to comics in a six-part series featuring covers by Phil Noto.
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