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Details Revealed on 'XX' Teaser Featuring an All-Female X-Men Squad

Find out who is on the roster!

Last week we saw a Marvel NOW! teaser for 'XX' by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel. The first assumption most of us made was it was another X-Men book. But why the double x's? The second guess was something to do with the female chromosome. So why not an all-female X-Men book? There are certainly plenty of great female X-Men.

Today, Marvel has released details via USA Today.

From the image we see Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue, Storm and Psylocke. Brian Wood mentions the drama begins with Jubilee bringing an orphaned baby home. What amps up the tension here is the baby might be the "key to mankind's survival." There will also be the appearance and return of a Grant Morrison-created villain, Sublime. But his showing up doesn't mean what you might expect.

Wood mentions delving into the characters to show their flaws, something not often seen in superhero books. There will also be "a lot of relationships, love and sex" in the book "in the classic X-Men way - the way it used to be."

You can read more on what Wood has to say over at USA Today. The series will simply be called X-MEN.

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Posted by akbogert

@lykopis: Yeah, I thought that was a little weird, but so long as it's treated well I guess it doesn't matter. I'm not so sure showing characters -- female or otherwise -- feeding "basic human urges" is necessarily praiseworthy, but to the extent that it's treated as an equality thing and not as an excuse for lots of random sex, I'm down.

@Cafeterialoca: This thread is about the new X-Men book, not Avengers Arena, in case you hadn't noticed. No need to pick on the folks saying a female mutant would be nice in a book filled with female mutants. Besides, Hazmat could end up in this book too for all anyone knows.

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

Kinda seems as if Humphries X-Force is already an all women X-team. Yay?

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Posted by MadeinBangladesh

COOL COOL COOL!!

I'M BIG FAN OF ALL THESE CHARACTERS EXPECIALLY KITTY!!!!

AND BRIAN WOOD IS AWESOME!!!!

Posted by White Mage

@lykopis said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@kagato said:

Is that an alternate universe version of Storm or is it the 616 version with a make over? Also, is Jubilee still a Vampire and where the heck is X23?

In Avengers Arena, killing her friends.

No. She's not.

As for this new book -- amazing. Great outfits, fantastic cover and Storm front and centre? Maybe, just maybe this will be the book I have been asking for. (Rogue, Rogue, Rogue. I can't even....)

Enough with with X-Women title. These women are X-Men. Always were. They should be and are identified as such.

Only worry is this:

Wood mentions delving into the characters to show their flaws, something not often seen in superhero books. There will also be "a lot of relationships, love and sex" in the book "in the classic X-Men way - the way it used to be."

I don't know about the love and sex aspect being "the classic X-Men way." But delving into the characters? Lovely.

The reason why that doesn't really concern me is because, if Wood has shown my anything, it's that he knows how to write multi-level drama.

Posted by PopRock123

Rogue + Psylocke + Jubilee i'm sold.

Posted by Xwraith

It looks like I'm not reading just one Marvel book this year.

Posted by telepathic666

Maybe we will finally get the character development we have wanted!...i can dream can't I?

Posted by G_Money_Christmas

So Storm's going to be the leader of the X-Men and Uncanny X-Force?

Posted by judasnixon

Blah Blah Blah. Where X-23? Where X-23? Where X-23? Glad she's not on this team. Go glue some boobs on Wolverine, I hear he's everywhere. Hope she die in battle royal you nerds!!! Now bring me Dazzler God Damn it! 

Posted by saoakden

Interesting. I might pick this book up.

Posted by Deadknight

Isn't the "baby savior of mankind" plot a bit too recent for Marvel to employ again? Or is it that since Hope was the savior of mutantkind, then HUmankind is open for business?

Posted by TheHeat

This is awesome, even though, an all women group are called X-MEN. 

Posted by Smurfboy

Nice. I love the group of X-Men and always have. I will definitely get this as in hardcover comic books collection.

Posted by zzax

@x_29: Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. Well, aside from that part of my post where I said " I am not saying that male writers cannot write female characters" Maybe Wood can write with a interesting perspective, but it just seems like a missed opportunity to bring in a fresh strong female writer who may have a unique take on this rather than just recycling the same ole X-men writers.

But again, it is not surprising from the company that has run this franchise straight into the ground over the last 15+ years.

Posted by DChero

sex in the city!...BUT WITH MUTANTS!!!!

Posted by akbogert

@Deadknight: I more or less thought the same thing, and came to the same conclusion.

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

@Target_X said:

Sadface. X.x Maybe Jubilee will get her powers back and stop being a vampire though.

Nope. Brian Wood said on CBR that she's still a vampire.

Posted by Target_X

@JoseDRiveraTCR7 said:

@Target_X said:

Sadface. X.x Maybe Jubilee will get her powers back and stop being a vampire though.

Nope. Brian Wood said on CBR that she's still a vampire.

Does she have her powers back though? Or just a simple vampire?

Posted by JoseDRiveraTCR7

@Target_X said:

@JoseDRiveraTCR7 said:

@Target_X said:

Sadface. X.x Maybe Jubilee will get her powers back and stop being a vampire though.

Nope. Brian Wood said on CBR that she's still a vampire.

Does she have her powers back though? Or just a simple vampire?

I don't know if she's getting her powers back. All Brian said was that she is still a vampire. Here's the page of the thread. I tried to take a screenshot, but the program I use isn't working. http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?439260-X-Women-quot-A-LIST-HEROINES-quot&p=16465243&highlight=vampire#post16465243

Posted by Target_X

@JoseDRiveraTCR7 said:

@Target_X said:

@JoseDRiveraTCR7 said:

@Target_X said:

Sadface. X.x Maybe Jubilee will get her powers back and stop being a vampire though.

Nope. Brian Wood said on CBR that she's still a vampire.

Does she have her powers back though? Or just a simple vampire?

I don't know if she's getting her powers back. All Brian said was that she is still a vampire. Here's the page of the thread. I tried to take a screenshot, but the program I use isn't working. http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?439260-X-Women-quot-A-LIST-HEROINES-quot&p=16465243&highlight=vampire#post16465243

Thanks! ^^

Posted by Med

a book starring only female x-men is going to simply be called x-men? that seems uninspired.

Posted by nappystr8

Wow, an all female book...what is this the 70's? Haven't we come to a point in society where gender shouldn't be a big enough factor to base a team on? Uncanny X-Force is practically an all woman team as it is, but they haven't made a gimmick out of it. The creative team here is solid, so I have no doubt the book will turn out to be a creative and financial success, but I just don't care for the conceit.

The Fearless Defenders book has a good reason for being all females (since they are essentially becoming a new generation of Valkyries), but between that book and this X-Men reboot, it seems very clear that Marvel as a company (not the creative teams involved) has no concept of why diversity is important, and seems content pandering in a Romney-esque way to a group that they don't understand.

I want to reassert one final time that I have full confidence in Brian Wood and Cullen Bunn, just not in the decision making practices at Marvel editorial and corporate.

Posted by JMLG

reminds me of Uncanny X-Force, but lets see

Posted by BR_Havoc

Its cool to see Marvel get some all female teams. Now I have a hard choice which one to add to my pull list Fearless Defenders or X-Men?

Little help anyone?

Posted by InkInk

Marvel is now doing what they did before the NOW launch. There are too many X-men related comics and storylines going on at once. I know everyone has a favorite character but they should have a rotating cast spread across a few (3 to 4) books. Right now how many is there going to be I think the count is getting up to about 8. They have to cut the fat .

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@Cafeterialoca said:

@lykopis said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@kagato said:

Is that an alternate universe version of Storm or is it the 616 version with a make over? Also, is Jubilee still a Vampire and where the heck is X23?

In Avengers Arena, killing her friends.

No. She's not.

Tell that to Hazmat.

Have you even read the last issue? I'm really asking because Hazmat is alive and well and it's because she's not the one stalking the group. That is who X-23 is after and who she intends to capture. She's not hunting her friends to kill them, your statements are confusing and completely untrue. At least up to this point in AA's story.

@akbogert:

Yeah, I thought that was a little weird, but so long as it's treated well I guess it doesn't matter. I'm not so sure showing characters -- female or otherwise -- feeding "basic human urges" is necessarily praiseworthy, but to the extent that it's treated as an equality thing and not as an excuse for lots of random sex, I'm down.

Exactly right. I am all for a great stories and it seems like it's going to be pursued here. Call it a reflex on my part -- when those words are put together in terms of female comic characters, it usually doesn't turn out quite the way I would hope. Your description is precisely what I will hope for/anticipate.

The reason why that doesn't really concern me is because, if Wood has shown my anything, it's that he knows how to write multi-level drama.

Okay, true, lol. If I really, really dig deep into why those words sent a little trickle of unease through me it's because of **ahem** the horror that was Rogneto. (Just saying that made me taste bile)

And hey -- doesn't Storm look gorgeous? I love her in this and it's about time. To me, that's the classic X-Men way, Storm in a position of leadership.

Posted by Samimista

0.0 I am totally buying this! <3

Posted by BumpyBoo

Need it! Need it need it need it! O_O

**flatlines**

Posted by zackattack529

@jesusdisciple001: Ron Garney I believe.

Posted by zackattack529

I see a fearless defenders/X-Men crossover now though...

Posted by lykopis

@judasnixon said:

Blah Blah Blah. Where X-23? Where X-23? Where X-23? Glad she's not on this team. Go glue some boobs on Wolverine, I hear he's everywhere. Hope she die in battle royal you nerds!!! Now bring me Dazzler God Damn it!

Dazzler is in X-Treme X-Men, Odin Curse it!! Calm yo' glued t*ts!

Although Dazzler would have been great to see in this book but maybe she's more suited for Fearless Defenders.

Posted by NXH

Cool. Just hope Rouge is leader of the team.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@lykopis: We'll see when Day 29 hits.

Posted by RedHush1

Someone give me a gun...................

Posted by fesak

Sounds good at first, but then it turns out they're using the same X-females that are used everywhere else. This was the most boring lineup i could have imagined.

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Posted by fesak

@judasnixon said:

@blur1528: I'm pretty sure they won't call anything X-women #1 for awhile, because when google it, this comes up! and I'm thinking Marvel just wants to forget all about that. The 90's were screwed up.....
X-Women #1

That one was made in 2009

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Posted by x_29

@zzax said:

@x_29: Yes, that is exactly what I am saying. Well, aside from that part of my post where I said " I am not saying that male writers cannot write female characters" Maybe Wood can write with a interesting perspective, but it just seems like a missed opportunity to bring in a fresh strong female writer who may have a unique take on this rather than just recycling the same ole X-men writers.

But again, it is not surprising from the company that has run this franchise straight into the ground over the last 15+ years.

Lets examine your previous comment:

"I am not saying that male writers cannot write female characters, but it just seems if you wanted this comic to be something different than just a roster of "females kicking ass" you might try a different approach."

You are basically saying that if this book was written by any male writer that it will automatically be about women kicking ass with no substance, and that only a female writer can bring a unique spin to it.

Posted by judasnixon
@fesak: You're kidding me? Really!?! Who the Hell is huffing airplane glue at Marvel in 2009!?! 
Posted by soul82

yeahhhh! Rachel Grey! thank you!

Posted by Cafeterialoca

Man, I'm excited for this, but I'm MORE excited for Fearless Defenders!

Posted by Jake Fury

Brian Wood>>>>Cullen Bunn

Posted by akbogert

@judasnixon: I can't get over the irony of how frequently people who accuse X-23 of being unoriginal use the exact same epithets to describe her.

@lykopis said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@lykopis said:

@Cafeterialoca said:

@kagato said:

Is that an alternate universe version of Storm or is it the 616 version with a make over? Also, is Jubilee still a Vampire and where the heck is X23?

In Avengers Arena, killing her friends.

No. She's not.

Tell that to Hazmat.

Have you even read the last issue? I'm really asking because Hazmat is alive and well and it's because she's not the one stalking the group. That is who X-23 is after and who she intends to capture. She's not hunting her friends to kill them, your statements are confusing and completely untrue. At least up to this point in AA's story.

@akbogert:

Yeah, I thought that was a little weird, but so long as it's treated well I guess it doesn't matter. I'm not so sure showing characters -- female or otherwise -- feeding "basic human urges" is necessarily praiseworthy, but to the extent that it's treated as an equality thing and not as an excuse for lots of random sex, I'm down.

Exactly right. I am all for a great stories and it seems like it's going to be pursued here. Call it a reflex on my part -- when those words are put together in terms of female comic characters, it usually doesn't turn out quite the way I would hope. Your description is precisely what I will hope for/anticipate.

I'm pretty sure that Cafeterialoca is referring to the first issue, which showed the two fighting on the penultimate day of the competition. Not that that image guarantees anything at all about the outcome of that fight or the motivations behind the panel, but chronologically that scene happens after the ones in the most recent issue. As for the (oh hey, the topic of this thread!) misgivings about sex being properly treated in a comic, that's quite understandable. Let's both hope it turns out great!

Posted by DMC

Not familiar with Woods work but Copiel is solid.

I'm curious to say the least, since I won't be getting Fearless Defenders or Uncanny X-Force. We'll see

Posted by queenfrost_

I love the idea but I HATE the way they are emphasising that this is an "all female team" and the whole XX thing. If it was an all male team it would be considered usual and that's what bugs me.

But I'll take what I can get <3

Posted by judasnixon
@akbogert: You have me mistaken, I wasn't saying that X-23 was unoriginal. I was saying that she has some of the most annoying fans. 
Posted by Crimsonlord53

My wallet hates you marvel.

Posted by Bestostero

Dazzler gets snubbed again.

Posted by papad1992

Well this is awesome... but what about these M.I.A characters: Hepzibah, Lifeguard, Blink, Boom Boom, Ariel, Frenzy, Husk, Magma, Marrow, and Stacy X?

Frenzy was seen recently in X-Men Legacy... but a few cameos isn't justice!

Husk was seen quitting the JG school because of an imbalance of her mind and powers, but hasn't been seen since!

The above team are all awesome characters but I'd rather see a couple of lesser known/MIA characters thrown into the mix!

Posted by Squares

@karrob said:

@feargalr said:

@Squares said:

I see they're giving Storm a mohawk again. Because that made so much sense the first time...

I actually think the mohawk looks pretty cool

It makes sense. Originally the mohawk represented a shift in her personality....And if you know anything about women, more often then not their hairstyles can be a outward representation of inner emotional turmoil.

Lawl, I am a woman.

Yes, yes, shift in her personality, I understood that part well enough, but it didn't suit her well at all.

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