One of my favourite comic books growing up in the 80s was The New Mutants. As a very young kid who fell in love with the X-Men’s Kitty Pryde thanks to Marvel’s Secret Wars II and Uncanny X-Men 196 (“What Was That?”), I loved seeing how the two teams interacted with one another, and reading about a team of teenagers who were older than me, but somehow still relatable. And when (SPOILER) The Beyonder killed them off in issue 37, it actually scared the hell out of me.
Co-created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod, the New Mutants was an easy access point for young mutant lovers, especially as the original X-Men were growing up, marrying and having children. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the original series, Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Angel and Iceman were teens themselves, while the All-New, All-Different line-up was full of older and, in some case, most battle-hardened characters. With the New Mutants, Claremont and McLeod were able to bring being a teenage mutant into the 1980s, exploring all the angst that came along with it.
After an incredible debut weekend, will our previous box office number one hold on to the spot, or will a legendary King climb to the top of the heap? Here are our predictions:
Kong: Skull Island is an effects-driven film that seems like it would do well as a summer blockbuster, but instead here it is arriving just a few short weeks before Spring. This is the next in what is looking to be a shared universe between King Kong and Godzilla, with the potential for more giant monsters to come. Kong benefits from a great group of actors, including Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson, along with decent reviews, but word of mouth around the final film of Marvel’s favourite mutant is going to dash Kong: Skull Island‘s dream of number one. Look for a second place debut with $43 million. Read the rest of this entry
It was a huge weekend for the major new release to hit theatres, bringing to a close one actor’s career-making role. Here’s what went down:
Early Sunday morning estimates are putting Logan at number one with an incredible $85.2 million debut weekend. That puts it in the top five best openings for an R-rated film. It will also puts it $00.2 million ahead of X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘s $85 million debut back in 2009. Clearly, audiences were excited to see Hugh Jackman unleash his claws one last time, in his ninth and final outing as Wolverine. Also of note is the film’s standing with critics; the film has a 93% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, making it clear that this is a movie that has exceeded expectations all around.
I had the chance to see Logan on Friday afternoon with Untold Horror’s Dave Alexander, and we both enjoyed this western-style take on the character who, in theory, has always been a loner. With director James Mangold focusing on story and character rather than explosions and end of the world scenarios, the movie transcends the typical comic book movie tropes and expectations. Logan is a movie that rewards observations – not everything is obvious and spelled out. There are subtleties you may miss if you’re not careful. Jackman and Patrick Stewart are phenomenal in their roles, and Logan is a memorable way for both men to leave their characters behind. Read the rest of this entry
That’s the sound of one movie slicing through all the competition this weekend at the box office. How much will this final franchise film make? Here’s our prediction:
Comic book fans have been eager to see Hugh Jackman cut loose as the Wolverine since he first unsheathed his claws back in 2000. 17 years later, Jackman’s final film as Logan, has been generating rave reviews and huge buzz (it must be noted that this will also be Patrick Stewart’s final appearance as Charles Xavier). With director James Mangold at the helm, who was also behind 2013’s The Wolverine, this take on an Old Man Logan story and the introduction of fan favourite character X-23 is sure to light up the box office, even with its R-rating. Look for Logan to debut in first place with $75 million.
New York, NY – March 1st, 2017 – The RessurXion begins here! In the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, the Children of the Atom pick up the pieces and charge headlong into tomorrow! And it’s all kicking off in March’s can’t-miss X-MEN PRIME #1! Featuring a collection of blockbuster creators, the next chapter of the X-Men’s saga begins in this oversized one-shot!
This week in Heroes and Villains our selection of new Marvel Comics includes far flung space action (not), one of the company’s current big events, a first issue featuring one of New York’s most dastardly villains, and the biggest female star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy #17, Inhumans Vs. X-Men #4, Kingpin #1, and Black Widow #11…
The final trailer for Logan is here.
It is outstanding.
The film opens March 3rd.
New York, NY – October 21st, 2016 – Two super-powered races clash this December as Mutantkind and Inhumanity collide with the fates of their species at stake! Prepare for battle as Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans), Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Leinil Yu (Secret Invasion) bring you the two groups to war in the explosive INHUMANS VS. X-MEN #1!
Holy shit. This looks incredible. That’s all I’m going to say.
Logan is out March 3rd, 2017.
Can’t mutants just get along with anyone?
Over the last few years we’ve seen Marvel’s merry band of outsiders duke it out with ithe Avengers over the Phoenix Force. Now all things point to the X-Men heading into battle with the Inhumans, whose presence on Earth have escalated ever since their fallen king, Black Bolt, released the Terrigen Mist into the planet’s atmosphere, leading to the creation of new Inhumans around the planet.
Does this all sound like a lot of gobbledygook? It may very well, if you haven’t been reading the last few years of Inhuman and X-Men comic books. Luckily, the new limited series Death of X doesn’t require a significant amount of backstory familiarity to enjoy it.
Written by next generation stars Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, and illustrated by Aaron Kuder, Death of X is set 8 months earlier than the current Marvel continuity. In it, the X-Men have travelled to Muir Island after the Multiple Man sends them a distress call. Meanwhile, in Japan, a band of Inhumans led by Crystal is following the Terrigen Mist, where it’s about to envelop 200,000 potential new Inhumans. Both groups, on separate journeys, don’t get what they’ve bargained for. There is life and there is death, and more than anything, the existence of mutants in the Marvel Universe hangs in the balance.
Death of X moves quickly, and juxtaposes the two teams quite nicely. The Inhumans are full of optimism – their ranks are growing, and they welcome their new brethren with open arms. The X-Men, led by a militant Cyclops, are more like a group of soldiers, world and war weary. While Lemire and Soule nail the Inhumans and their tone, Cyclops and his group feel just a little bit more cliched than you’d hope. It may simply be familiarity – these characters have been around for decades, and while they’ve grown and evolved, there’s something still fairly rote about them.
The issue here is very much a set up for what comes next, and is certainly successful in its delivery. A battle is brewing, and I’ll be there to read it.