The Gold Standard Special Edition #6: July Previews for X-Men Family Titles

Well, it’s been a while since we’ve gone about and done something like this. So let me ask you something……are you ready?

I said, are you ready?

Now, for the countless readers scoping this out, the Nexus proudly brings to you; the return of the best previews show on the net! We’ve got Aaron “Fuzzy Elf” Glazer, and yours truly, Grey “The Shaman” Scherl, and this is…..

The Gold Standard Special Edition!

Doing this one, X-Men of July 2010 style!

Hot on the heels of SECOND COMING, see how the X-Men fit into the Marvel Universe as a whole. Three stories by Matt Fraction and artists Whilce Portacio (UNCANNY X-MEN), Jamie McKelvie (SIEGE: LOKI) and Steven Sanders (S.W.O.R.D.) taking you all around the Marvel Universe!
40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$3.99
Grey Scherl: It’s a one shot based around an event, but at the same time, it’s written by Frac. So this is the rare occasion where one of these is actually important. With any luck though, we won’t be seeing Steven Sanders fail to draw Beast.
Pulse Glazer: I hate these little anthology type books for four dollars. They never forward anything worthwhile and cost way too much.
Grey Scherl: But this isn’t the typical anthology book, generally they’re three or four stories per $3.99 issue, and each issue is part of a four or six part mini. This is a one shot, about the X-Men, written by the guy who writes Uncanny, with art by three artists including one of the artists for Uncanny. I think it fits more into what an Annual would have been if they still did those.
Pulse Glazer:I doubt it. The different artists are going to mean different stories which are just going to, at best, tie up loose ends.
Grey Scherl:And most importantly, I figure the stories that happen in this issue will most likely see reflection in Uncanny, since Frac loves to use everything to his advantage.
Pulse Glazer:Reflection sure, but barely and nothing needed to follow what happens. Especially given that this is a wider Marvel Heroic Age thing.
Grey Scherl: This is true, but Fraction writing X-Men in one-shot form should be as simple of a sell as an issue of Uncanny, I mean, in my case I’m just giddy to get a double dose of his X-Men in July.
Pulse Glazer: I love Fraction and if this was $3, I’d take the chance, but it isn’t, so I’m not.
Grey Scherl:I’m getting it on good faith and a cover that for some reason has Molly from Runaways on it.

X-MEN #1
Penciled by PACO MEDINA
Blank Cover Variant Also Available
Variant Cover by JOHN ROMITA JR.
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by PACO MEDINA
When a suicide bomber strikes in downtown San Francisco, it gets the immediate attention of the X-Men. But this is not your garden variety terrorist – and he’s not acting alone. Vampires from around the globe are descending en masse on the City by the Bay, staking a brutal claim for the patch of land the X-Men call their home. What is their agenda? Who is their mysterious leader? The X-Men are about to find out, as they brace themselves for a war of the species that will wrack the Marvel Universe.
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Pulse Glazer: Okay, why does this creative team get their own new #1? This is a bit absurd. Clairemont and Lee they sure are not. Whedon and Morrison couldn’t relaunch X-Men, but these guys can? all that said… dude, Mutants vs. Vampires. I’m very likely to be there. That’s why I love comics. I want more Storm Dracula romance and some Mi-11 ties!
Grey Scherl: This is too many variant covers for a book that I’m not sure I want. I mean, it’s the writer of two of the less readable Deadpool books, with the artist from the readable Deadpool book, and he’s writing X-Men vs Vampires. There’s promise of Vampire Jubilee, which means that she could be staked and dusted Buffy the Vampire Slayer style, which would rock. There’s also promise of Nate Grey, which locks me into the book just like Kyle Rayner in a shit book would. I’m not pleased.
Pulse Glazer: The variant covers is a joke on the 91 X-Men Launch.
Grey Scherl: And he’s getting a new #1 because no other books or creative teams are leaving.
Pulse Glazer: Ah, I assumed Legacy would end.
Grey Scherl: I just scrolled down to check, still going strong.
Pulse Glazer: Damn, I love Carey, but not on X-books.

Grey Scherl: I like his Legacy, he writes a good Gambit and a better Rogue. But yes, agreed. I’ll give the Vampires a few issues
Pulse Glazer: Carey writes a fine X-Men. He just writes an excellent other stuff.  Give him Dr. Strange!
Grey Scherl: Maybe this guy will write X-Men that don’t suck? I mean, stranger things have happened.
Pulse Glazer: Gischler’s a novelist apparently, though I frankly don’t care.
Grey Scherl: ooooh, yeah, I like Carey’s X-Men, I’m unsure how I feel about Gischler.

After the events of SECOND COMING, the X-Men’s world has changed. We can’t tell you much without spoiling the crossover, but here are some words to whet your appetite: Hope, Emma, Namor, Sebastian Shaw. Classic X-Men artist Whilce Portacio is back again for this story-arc of epic proportions!
40 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Pulse Glazer: I don’t like Whilce. I don’t care about Hope or Shaw. Note the lack of Cyclops?
Grey Scherl: I can’t think of anything to say about this solicit other then I like that they boosted the page count to go with the price tag with this book. The Avengers books are boosted prices with no added page count usually. Scott is on the cover.
Pulse Glazer: Bah, that right there is a spoilah sir! I love Fraction’s Summers.
Grey Scherl: that’s why he won’t die
Pulse Glazer: I really hope he leaves Emma for Hope. It’d be hilarious and so in character.
Grey Scherl: Scott is on four covers in July, he lives.
Pulse Glazer:Good. He’s one of my five favorite Marvel heroes. Thank Grant Morrison.
Grey Scherl: That’s disgusting, if Hope stays Hope, then that would be trying to boink his grand daughter. I mean, she calls Cable dad. And Scott is Cable’s dad.
Pulse Glazer: I know. But it’d be awesome.
Grey Scherl: No, not really, just uber uber uber creepy. I mean, she’s also under 18.
Pulse Glazer: Is she still?
Grey Scherl: by my last count she’s 17
Pulse Glazer: Ah, then I guess not. Shame, it’d be great if he left Madelyne for Jean, then left Emma for reincarnated Jean.
Grey Scherl: I’d like to think that he’s grown past that, I mean, that was the insecure Scott that led because he was told to lead. This is adult awesome bad ass Scott who gives marching orders to Magneto. I think Emma is a better fit for him currently.
Pulse Glazer: Depends- they used to play up Scott and Jean as true loves and united souls.  If they went back to that it could work. I’d prefer not in hindsight I guess too. It would just add cool symmetry.
Grey Scherl: Fraction has said in interviews that he views Jean as the first love, and Emma as the adult love. Morrison said the same basic thing, and that’s why Jean let Scott go upon her death, telling him to live. All the bitch ever did was die on him.
Pulse Glazer: Hah, I can live with that. I missed those interviews.

Cover by TOM RANEY
X-MEN: SECOND COMING tie-in! This year’s chronicling of Marvel blazes on as the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe team brings to you all things Phoenix! Comprehensive biographies of the Phoenix Force and the characters closely tied to it: Jean Grey! Rachel Summers! Madelyne Pryor! The threats they’ve faced: the Scy’ar Tal! The Crazy Gang! Krakoa! Frenzy! Nanny! The allies they’ve fought beside: Lilandra! Rusty Collins! Alistair Stuart! Corsair! Widget! And, of course, the mutant everyone’s watching: Hope Summers! Featuring ALL-NEW profiles and art for dozens of characters!
64 PGS./Handbook/Rated T+ …$4.99

Grey Scherl: Yay, another five dollar handbook I won’t buy.
Pulse Glazer: Waste of money. Do we have to say more?
Grey Scherl: Yes, I really really like the cover.
Pulse Glazer: I’m sure it’s very pretty and art lovers might get their money’s worth.
Grey Scherl: Tom Raney needs more work.
Pulse Glazer: Why?
Grey Scherl: I like his style
Pulse Glazer: Not being rude, just recall the name but not from where.
Grey Scherl: He’s the cover artist I was just talking about, lol.
Pulse Glazer: I feel like he worked with Warren Ellis…
Grey Scherl: Ultimate Secret, he replaced McNiven.
Pulse Glazer: He also did Annihilation Conquest… and I remember him from the Ellis Stormwatch, one of the great underrated superhero runs.
Grey Scherl: I just read it recently, I’m currently in love with Wildstorm.

Penciled by Cover by ADI GRANOV
The end is here. Sacrifices have been made. The most dangerous and successful attempt at the extermination of mutants is upon us. Who will walk away?
48 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Pulse Glazer: Not Nightcrawler apparently.
Grey Scherl: Well, this is a must read if you follow X-Men, I mean, the conclusion of Second Coming.
Pulse Glazer: Yeah. I follow X-Men and I’m not following this. I’m straight ignoring second coming. I hated the other 2 Messiah X-overs.
Grey Scherl: I figured Kurt was dead a few years ago when I realized that between Magik and Pixie his powers were beyond redundant. Which is a shame. See, I loved Complex, but hated War mainly for the art.
Pulse Glazer: Kurt’s my second fav X-Character.
Grey Scherl: Complex took me back to X-Cutioner’s Song and the X-Crossovers of my childhood.
Pulse Glazer: I need more X Club Science Team in my life. Hope is getting in the way of that- Hope must go away. I’d settle for a load of Fantomex, I suppose.
Grey Scherl: I like Hope, and I also like the amount of page time that the Science Club is getting regardless of her. Fraction is juggling a giant cast successfully.
Pulse Glazer: You’re the only person I know that actually stuck with Cable though.
Grey Scherl: The last issue made it all worth it.
Pulse Glazer: No. Last issue did not make $60 worth it.
Grey Scherl: Well, fine, last issue and the fact that for the most part I did enjoy the series.
Pulse Glazer: Guess what, I read the last issue and was fine without the other wasted $60 of circle jerk where the status quo reset button was every 4 issues.
Grey Scherl:…..what? I won’t deny that Bishop hunting them dragged on too long, but I liked what they did with Hope. In two years we saw her go from diapers to rebellious teenager. It was a cool journey.

X-MEN: HELLBOUND #3 (of 3)
The exciting conclusion to this SECOND COMING Tie-In Series!
While the future of mutantkind is in the balance back on Earth, a small team of X-Men fight the demons of Limbo for the fate of their teammate Magik. But with one of their own corrupted by the dimension’s dark influence and another of their number undergoing a change of heart, will Magik be able to emerge unscathed? One thing’s for sure: after this, things will never be the same…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Pulse Glazer: How is this related to Second Coming?
Grey Scherl: I’m on the fence with this one. I loved the 80’s limbo stories as a kid, and I do like Yost, so this mini isn’t an impossible sell, but at the same time, it really just depends on how big the week it comes out is. Illyana got sucked into Limbo after Striker shot her with some magic stuff
Pulse Glazer: At $4 mini’s are prohibitively priced unless I love the writer.
Grey Scherl: when they went to get Cable and Hope before the Purifiers could kill them
Pulse Glazer: Right, so it isn’t a tie in. It’s crap that happened unrelated except for 1 zap at the start.
Grey Scherl: and apparently a team will be bailing on Second Coming to try and rescue her. I have a dollar that says Dani Moonstar is on the list.

Written by JASON AARON
Pencils & Cover by RON GARNEY
It’s the action-packed conclusion to “Tomorrow Dies Today”…and at the end of it only one Deathlok shall remain. As Logan and the greatest heroes of the Marvel U unite to confront him, the question is raised: is he friend or foe? Or maybe even both?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Grey Scherl: I still don’t read this book, waiting for trade and all of that. So you can have this one to yourself!
Pulse Glazer: I love this book. It’s so much fun. Zombie Terminators vs. Logan and Bucky Cap! Come on! Steve Rogers and Logan drinking around the world!
Pulse Glazer: It’s exactly what I want from Wolverine. Fun, crazy situations with some serious character moments. Also, it’s being relaunched as the main Wolverine book, so if you like Logan, get used to Aaron’s take!
Grey Scherl: I’ll scope the trades

Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by CLAY MANN
Following the events of SECOND COMING, Young X-Man Indra is called back to India at the request of his family. Accompanied by Rogue and Magneto, the X-Men arrive to discover that not all is right in Mumbai…and not just due to tensions with Indra’s parents. Earthquakes tear through the streets and energy flares cause planes to fall from the sky. Could this be a new mutant manifestation? Or is this something far more sinister?
32 PGS./Rated A …$2.99

Grey Scherl: Like I was saying earlier, I like this book. I like how Carey writes Gambit and Rogue, and his Magneto isn’t too bad either.
Pulse Glazer: Jimmy cracked corn and I didn’t care.
Pulse Glazer: I don’t like Gambit or Rogue enough to care if they’re well written. They’re terrible 90s things, not even characters
Grey Scherl: He finds his niche by staying on the fringe and doing what he wants, which gave us the returns of both Emplate and Proteus.
Pulse Glazer: Wow two more guys I don’t care about.
Grey Scherl: Rogue was more of an 80’s character, I mean, she was created in 81. Yes, well, I read Generation X, so Emplate is awesome in my book.
Pulse Glazer: Sure, but she got all emo and annoying in the 90s. Emplate was terrible- Gen X was all about character interaction.
Grey Scherl: You say terrible, I say awesomely creepy villain that was made more awesome by the pencils of Chris Bachalo. The only time the character was crappy was when they did M-Plate, and the book itself was a piece of shit then, so it’s whatever.
Pulse Glazer: Fair enough I guess. Proteus was great in Exiles. I never liked the “classic” story.
Grey Scherl: I admittedly judge him more from Ultimate Proteus and Exiles Proteus…and Animated Proteus. Those three were all pretty damn cool.
Pulse Glazer: Fair point. But he’s none of those and didn’t need to come back.
Grey Scherl: The story where he came back was pretty cool, and I will call it a great use of the Necrosha concept. Plus, it was a horror story featuring a possessed Blindfold. That alone just sounds creepy.
Pulse Glazer: I don’t like Necrosha, so… we’re just gunna hafta agree to disagree.

Written by DANIEL WAY
Penciled by WILL CONRAD
THE SERIES CONCLUSION! It’s the end of an era, a story years in the making, and as one journey ends, another begins. With his quest for revenge now concluded, Wolverine embarks on a new journey…towards salvation.
40 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Pulse Glazer: Thank god this is ending.
Grey Scherl: I read the first 11 or so issues, dropped it, never looked back. I might scope it at some point, but I’ve got no real opinions on this book.
Pulse Glazer: Can you believe it was 50 issues?
Grey Scherl: Easily, Way claimed from the get-go that it was going to run 50 issues, so it’s kind of nice to see them stick to a plan
Pulse Glazer: Why can’t books I like get this much time?
Grey Scherl: Because you don’t read enough books named Wolverine?
Pulse Glazer: Damnit, SWORD was awesome.
Grey Scherl: Except for how Beast was drawn, yes.

Pencils and Cover by MILO MANARA
International superstar Milo Manara joins X-Legend Chris Claremont for X-WOMEN! Go on a high-flying, death-defying, globetrotting adventure with your favorite X-Ladies. Storm, Psylocke, Shadowcat, Marvel Girl and Rogue save the world and look great doing it. Don’t miss this prestige event!
64 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+ …$4.99

Grey Scherl: At least we know that CC loves the X-Women, so they should get decent characterization, that said, it’s CC, so pass.
Pulse Glazer: I can’t read Claremont anymore. I respect him for what he’s done, but it’s time to go away.
Grey Scherl: I think he would make a great editor.
Pulse Glazer: I think he would make a great retiree

Written by ZEB WELLS
Penciled by LEONARD KIRK
artist Leonard Kirk (DARK X-MEN, CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI-13) becomes the regular NEW MUTANTS artist this issue! Coming out of SECOND COMING, the New Mutants who are still left are licking their wounds on a forced R & R trip. While they try and put themselves back together, others are looking to take them apart. The strange secretive military group we met in NEW MUTANTS #09 has an agenda involving Illyana Rasputin. And they don’t want to give her a medal.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Grey Scherl: Ooooh, Leornard Kirk on art, I might have to read this book.
Pulse Glazer: Everyone tells me this book is great. I’m getting to a point where I may hunt down trades.
Grey Scherl: I got the new issue for Second Coming and was pleasantly surprised by the quality, Zeb Wells may have found his niche
Pulse Glazer: Well, that’s literally everyone who’s read it enjoying it
Grey Scherl: There really must be something to that, I think I’ll pick this issue up.
Pulse Glazer: Same here. Congrats Zeb, you just got two new readers!

Written by PETER DAVID
Remember when we warned you about the shocking twist involving Madrox’s baby? Remember when the return of Shatterstar wound up making every comics-related website? Well, that was just a warm-up for the shocking end of this issue. X-Factor gets a new client, a tall green-garbed woman with a deadly secret, but that’s just a set-up for the jaw-dropping final page that’s going to reignite the Internet and have fandom going, “Did you BELIEVE what happened at the end of X-Factor #207?!”
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Grey Scherl: It’s X-Factor, so obviously, everyone buy it.
Pulse Glazer: I say this all the time but the Civil War issues sold out, I got lost and dropped it.
Grey Scherl: One of the best books on the market, hands down.
Pulse Glazer: Shut up. I hate you.

X-MEN FOREVER 2 #3 & 4
Penciled by TOM GRUMMETT & TBD
Still reeling from the explosive events of Issue #1, the world is now contemplating what life without the X-Men will be like. Some mourn, others rejoice, and still others continue to search for answers. But answers can come from the unlikeliest places… including one of New York City’s biggest super heroes. DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THIS GROUNDBREAKING SERIES FROM X-MEN ICON CHRIS CLAREMONT! WITH ART BY ORIGINAL SERIES ARTIST TOM GRUMMETT!
32 PGS.(each)/Rated A …$3.99 (each)

Grey Scherl: I….I’ve got nothing. Why are they giving a Claremont OOC book season status? Can Tom Grummett please go do something better?
Pulse Glazer: Wait… I don’t know Grummett… but why is there a part 2? Are we just relauncing at random?

Grey Scherl: He’s done some awesome stuff in his day, but I think the first volume went 20 or 24 issues.
Grey Scherl: And I’ve heard rumblings that Marvel is looking to do the repeated relaunch approach with books, as opposed to getting to big numbers.
Pulse Glazer: Well, it’s smart.
Grey Scherl: Peter David has been speaking the need for that for years, that books with “seasons” are easier to pick up and read
Pulse Glazer: It absolutely makes sense. Starting on X-Men Forever is weird, given that it’s just for hardcore Claremont fans, but still.
Grey Scherl: Technically they did it with Avengers first, three reboots in seven years… errr, three versions, two reboots. And then there’s Ultimates, and Ultimates 2, and Ultimates 3, and Ultimates Comics: Avengers, and Ultimates Comics: Avengers 2.

APOCOLYPSE WAS RIGHT. In the wake of last issue’s devastating climax,  X-Factor has discovered that the ancient mutant’s portents of doom were  more than idle threats. With the Celestials’ hour of judgment upon them, it’s up to Xavier’s original mutants to make the greatest sacrifice of  all. It’s a FOREVER farewell from X-Legend Louise Simonson!
32 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

Grey Scherl: Now this book is awesome, I was not surprised by that fact, I mean, it’s Louise Simonson, but it’s just nice to let people know
Pulse Glazer: I didn’t get it. Should I find it?
Grey Scherl: Yes, yes you should. The backup story has been her version of Apocalypse’s origin, and to be honest, it’s kind of kickass. He was a caveman instead of an Egyptian.
Pulse Glazer: I heard the first issue was a mess. So he’s Vandal Savage + Celestials?
Grey Scherl: The first issue made me a believer

Similar but different, he was already a mutant shape shifter, and that’s why he was exiled from his village which led to him finding the Celestial Ship where he then spent something like thousands of years learning the secret history of the universe
Pulse Glazer: Doesn’t fit with Survival of the Fittest though.
Grey Scherl: Sure it does, he finds out that when the Celestials came they created the Eternals, the Deviants, and the basic humans (as a test group), and basic humanity was never meant to survive. His being a mutant helped turn the tables of human evolution.
Pulse Glazer: That’s a lot more interesting than what we got.
Grey Scherl: I know, that’s why this book is so much win. While Claremont with X-Men Forever is throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks, Simonson has some actual stories she’s trying to tell in her five issues. She’s trying to do cool new shit
Pulse Glazer: I’ll check out the trade.
Grey Scherl: You should, it even has baby Nathan in it with no signs of him being tehcno virused to the future. Which I’ve come to understand was only done so that when Scott went back to X-Men he wouldn’t be a dad.
Pulse Glazer: That’s a bit ridiculous. Why couldn’t he be a dad?
Grey Scherl: Cable was a happy side effect.
Pulse Glazer: I guess same reason Spidey can’t be married.
Grey Scherl: Because it aged him too much. Marvel is terrified of their characters getting older because, unlike DC, there aren’t really any legacies. Bucky is about it
Pulse Glazer: And they just brought him back from the dead.
Grey Scherl: Exactly, DC loves the side kick system, Marvel thinks it’s ‘corny’, which leads to characters being unable to age because there’s no one set to replace them. Bruce might be coming back, but even if he didn’t, Dick is there to wear the cowl.If Superman dies, there are two other Kryptonians with the S shield to step up.
Pulse Glazer: Hey Hey, wait… The New Mutants!
Grey Scherl: Please, they aren’t legacies, they’re just kids with X’s.
Pulse Glazer: They were legacies in the late 80s.
Grey Scherl: They were all unique characters, legacies are more like, Robin or Kid Flash or Wonder Girl, characters that can step up to fill the boots of an established hero. Cannonball will always be Cannonball
Pulse Glazer: Hah, so X-23.
Grey Scherl: Yes, X-23.
Pulse Glazer: I like her a lot more than I thought I would, for the record
Grey Scherl: It took a while, but Kyle and Yost are pretty good writers and they made her a solid character. They just had to come into their own and create her voice.
Pulse Glazer: I actually thought Liu did more for her. They just ran with what she did.
Grey Scherl: Liu wrote her once, dude.
Pulse Glazer: A mini and didn’t she introduce her in NYX?
Grey Scherl: NYX volume 1 was Joey Q and her two minis were Kyle and Yost. Liu did a one shot a few weeks ago, and she’s doing the ongoing.
Pulse Glazer: Really? Then I guess she’s their toy.
Grey Scherl: they created her for X-Men Evolution
Pulse Glazer: Weak show.

Grey Scherl: I liked it.

Art and Cover by GABRIELE DEL’OTTO
Just when you thought it was over, we pull you back in—it’s the X-Force story everyone’s been talking about, finally delivered! Wolverine and Domino have always had a special relationship, but everything goes upside down when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on our gun wielding bombshell. Why do they want her dead? And more importantly, how many people have to die before Wolverine and Domino can spend some quality time together? Get ready for the sexiest blood-soaked ride Craig Kyle and Chris Yost have ever delivered as they join forces with international superstar Gabriele Dell’otto to offer up their final X-Force story!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Grey Scherl: Wasn’t this supposed to be a one shot two years ago?

Pulse Glazer: This sounds terrible.

Grey Scherl: I’ll read it because I like Kyle and Yost and their X-Force.

Whew! What a rush! That looks like a wrap for the books of X for the month of July, but don’t worry! We’ll be back before you know it to talk about all things Avengers!

Till next time!

The Gold Standard

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