- Posted by Johanna on June 9, 2011 at 11:21 am
- Category: Comic News
This October, fans will bear witness the end of an era as Uncanny X-Men #544 concludes the long-running series. It’s all come to this! Years in the making, the seeds of dissent finally bear fruit as the events of X-Men Schism tear the X-Men and the Marvel Universe apart! When the dust settles, the state of mutantkind will irreparably be changed forever.
Wow, that sounds even more generic now that I look at it again. Also familiar, as competitor DC Comics has gotten a ton of press and monopolized the news cycle this week with their announcements of long-running titles ending. I know the companies probably don’t pay as much attention to their “rivals” as fans think they do, but this looks to me a lot like bandwagon-jumping.
If you want an explanation of the storyline, title writer Kieron Gillen does a great job in that AP article:
“Well, as anyone who’s watched the movies will know, the traditional axis of the X-Men has been the polarity of Magneto and Xavier. Xavier basically believes in peaceful integration. Magneto doesn’t. In the last five years or so, the X-Men have been exploring a different angle. A catastrophe reduced the population to a couple of hundred mutants, and no new ones are being born. … Everyone has basically gone along with Cyclops, no matter what reservations they had. … The X-Men has always been a book with ideology and ideas at its heart, and to be fair to them — to best present them — you have to be entirely true. And if the story we’re telling demands that you end the ‘Uncanny X-Men’, you end the ‘Uncanny X-Men’. No, it’s not taken lightly — but it’s taken if it’s necessary to do it.”
The X-Men: Schism five-issue miniseries, which this news is promoting, starts next month, written by Jason Aaron and drawn by a different artist each issue: Carlos Pacheco, Frank Cho, Daniel Acuna, Alan Davis, and Adam Kubert. (Wow, what a style mix!) Betting starts now on how little time it takes Marvel to restart the Uncanny X-Men title with a “all-new #1″!
My favorite response to the whole thing? Kieron Gillen’s quote:
“When I joined Uncanny after S.W.O.R.D. I thought ‘There’s no way I can get THIS cancelled.’ But there are no limits to my power.”