So last night Tumblr exploded after artist Clay Mann posted a mock-up drawing of a cover announcing the (to be clear here, not really) upcoming New X-Men, featuring the team-up of Bendis (because why not) and Mann. More important to most people, however, was the team within the book: X-23, Loa, Pixie, Surge, Hellion, Rockslide, Anole, and Dust. Names familiar to people who read and loved the previous New X-Men run, and who have for the most part lamented these characters' fading away from any noteworthy role in the Marvel U (with the glaring exception of X-23, whose prominence is attributed to the likelihood of her being killed off):
Of course, someone immediately shot a message off to BMB (who, in case you don't know, answers a tremendous amount of questions on Tumblr almost every day), and he confirmed that it was purely an artistic exercise, not an actual upcoming book (and, obviously, major Avengers Arena spoiler):
That hasn't stopped the Internet from flipping out about it, though. One wonders, even though this isn't a book, if enough of a groundswell could be generated to convince Marvel to take a look at making it happen. Who knows?
All I know right now is I haven't shouted "Shut up and take my money!" this loudly for quite a while.