At Marvel’s X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the long-awaited return of Uncanny X-Men was announced to an excited crowd. The title had been Marvel’s flagship mutant book for the better part of 550 issues – it was just called X-Men for the first 142, and then ran through three volumes and a momentary return to legacy numbering in 2013. The book was the spine of what became the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe, launching most of the spinoffs that came with the explosion of mutant comics in the 1980s – New Mutants, X-Factor,and a bevy of great solo minis like Beauty and the Beast or Longshot.
No creative team or release date was announced for the new Uncanny X-Men. It’s worth noting that both X-Men Gold and X-Men Blue are coming to an end in September, which means we expect Uncanny to arrive not long after to replace those titles.
The return of Uncanny X-Men was discussed at the same panel as another big announcement: X-Men Black, a series of villain-focused one-shots released weekly in October, with legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont leading the way. The books include:
- Magneto, by Claremont and Dalabor Talajic
- Mojo, by Scott Aukerman and Nick Bradshaw
- Mystique, by Seanan Mcguire and Marco Failla
- Juggernaut, by Robbie Thompson and Shawn Crystal
- Emma Frost, by Leah Williams and Chris Bachalo.
The Black books are being teased as a potential lead into Uncanny‘s return. Claremont is one of the most impactful writers in the history of all superhero comics, turning the X-Men from a generic, nearly canceled superhero title into a socially relevant melodrama over his hundreds of issues as the writer on various X-titles. It’s also interesting to see Magneto listed as a villain, as he’s been guiding the time-displaced original five X-Men in X-Men Blue and has been firmly straddling the anti-hero/good guy line for almost a decade.
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