Kitty Pryde: Simply the Best?

It’s a curious fact that Kitty Pryde’s story begins with editorial mandate.  Jim Shooter told legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont that he needed to introduce a new X-Man – a teenager, to honour the fact that, hey, you know, the X-Men are based at a school – and Claremont and John Byrne worked together to create the character.  Little did Claremont and Byrne imagine that they were creating a character who, this year, would be crowned the best X-Men character by! Continue reading Kitty Pryde: Simply the Best?

How do you solve a problem like Maria (Hill)?

Current Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill has become a true force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Universe.  But she’s building up very hostile relationships with some of the key players in the super-hero world – from the Avengers, to the X-Men, to the Fantastic Four. But with the X-Men, she might be in real trouble… Continue reading How do you solve a problem like Maria (Hill)?

The Road to the Secret Wars

Finally, the truth behind ‘Secret Wars‘ is emerging!  A true homage to the original series, Marvel’s latest video gives us a good idea of what’s in store… 

The core concept was designed by Jonathan Hickman, and every one of the many teaser images is its own story slotting somehow into the greater whole.  This promises to be epic!

But how did we get here?  What build-up is going on?  What threads are hopefully going to be tied together?  According to Axel Alonso, every book in Marvel is heading for this event.  So in this post I’m going to identify some things that are clearly part of it – and also a few that really seem like they’re going to be… Continue reading The Road to the Secret Wars

Psylocke’s Fall From Grace

I’m sure it has to be happening somewhere.  Somewhere, in some dark corner of the world, a handful of men and women are gathering.  They sit in a dark circle, and one by one they confess the truth.  One of these is a beautiful woman with unusual purple hair; in spite of her Japanese features, she speaks with a British accent.

“My name is Betsy Braddock,” she admits to her fellow addicts, “And I’m a killer.” Continue reading Psylocke’s Fall From Grace

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