The Black Vortex Is Coming!

“The Black Vortex is an ancient artefact with the power to unlock the cosmic potential within yourself.  Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norrin Radd into the Silver Surfer — or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix — available to you.  This is an artefact with the ability to change any character, or alter the Marvel Universe forever.”

Sam Humphries, writer of ‘Legendary Star Lord

The Black Vortex is coming!  As Humphries asks, “What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos?  What happens when a whole team does it?  Or a whole planet?”  The history of this legend will be unveiled in an Alpha issue, with the story concluding in an Omega.  And, as we eagerly await its arrival, I want to take a quick look at the story so far, and explore the exciting possibilities and teasers we already know! Continue reading The Black Vortex Is Coming!

So Sabretooth’s an Avenger…

Every now and again, it happens.  In a moment of unspeakable horror, a hero turns bad.  Heroes watch in horror as the man they once knew as a friend and colleague betrays them, sometimes committing unspeakable atrocities.

And then you have the opposite: a moment when a villain begins a path of redemption, allying with the heroes they have so often fought.  And this is what has just happened: as a consequence of ‘AXIS’, Victor Creed – the savage Sabretooth – has actually become an Avenger.

Done well, these are some of the most powerful stories a comic-book writer can pen.  Today, I’m going to cast my eyes to a handful of examples, and ask a simple question: how do you write the about-turn well? Continue reading So Sabretooth’s an Avenger…

Time Travel – the greatest threat to the X-Men?

“Most people get their time travel logic from “Back to the Future”.  That is good.  That is great, I love that.  But there are other philosophies of time travel that we are hinting at from “Age of Ultron” all the way through that are worth exploring, that bring us much more interesting storytelling; scarier storytelling.  Some of it will be revealed in the “All-New X-Men” and “Uncanny X-Men” annuals with Eva, who – as you see from the solicitations – will be traveling throughout the Marvel Universe, both past and future.  She will see things and find things out about time travel, about herself, about the Marvel Universe that will affect her personally and reveal things about the nature of the world that will frustrate the hell out of or excite many readers.”

Brian Bendis, October 2014 Continue reading Time Travel – the greatest threat to the X-Men?

The End of X-Life as We Know It?

For an issue that Bendis promised would change everything (and not in that overused marketing way), I really feel like Bendis made good, as far as this issue goes, on that promise. With all the persistent fan rumors, that Marvel were going the New 52 route, and Bendis’ denial of all that, i felt safe in my belief that a reboot would not happen. Bendis, you crafty so-and-so, it appears you may have just commenced with a soft reboot of at least the X-Universe.

See below jump for bullet by bullet run down. BEWARE, SPOILERS BELOW.

Continue reading The End of X-Life as We Know It?

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