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I Love Everything About the Hellfire Gala!

The build-up to the Hellfire Gala on Krakoa kicked off this week with the release of a guide book, showing off everybody’s outfits and giving us a rundown of what to expect. We’ve known about this gala for a while now, and we’ve seen a lot of the outfits, and I just wanted to gush about how much I love this whole dang thing!

The X-Men hosting their own version of the Met Gala, complete with ludicrous outfits, is everything I want from X-Men comics right now.

The Dawn of X/Reign of X era has been largely hit and miss for me so far. I love the idea in general, of mutants living on Krakoa and pushing this ‘nation’ idea to its fullest. I love the good mutants and evil mutants living together in harmony. I’m perfectly happy with the resurrection stuff. I absolutely love the Crucible and all the thought behind it. I’m excited to see what Nightcrawler explores in the new Way of X series. I’m chomping at the bit for a business-focused series with X-Corp.

And I love the idea that Jumbo Carnation came back to life so that he could design insane but gorgeous gala outfits for everybody for a big crazy party! Just look at this outfits!

And even my boy Multiple Man gets an outfit! From what little we’ve glimpsed so far, it looked as if Madrox was going to be wearing his old costume to serve as waiter. But the new guidebook finally unveiled his fancy look!

Not just Multiple Man, but everybody is getting a look!

And I just want to show them off! I’m loving this whole thing, I’m loving these outfits. I only wish Marvel and their artists had time to go through and give a fancy outfit to every single freakin’ mutant that ever lived!

Where’s the Maggott design?! Give us a Maggott outfit!

But I digress. I just wanted to gush about my excitement for the Hellfire Gala and the lengths Marvel has gone to for all these beautiful outfits. And that’s to say nothing about the idea of electing the members of Krakoa’s first official team of X-Men! I love that idea as well.

Can’t wait for this whole big party to begin!

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Polaris Wins the X-Men Vote!

Turns out, Polaris is far more popular than I had any idea! And it turns out that Marvel was going to reveal the winner of the X-Men vote today!

I didn’t expect to get an answer until the Hellfire Gala itself. But huzzah for these fun little comics. Zeb Wells wrote the strip, with art by David Massini and Rachelle Cheri.

Polaris and the new squad will be part of an X-Men comic written by Gerry Duggan this summer, with art by Pepe Larrazz. I was hoping Jonathan Hickman would be writing the comic, but I’m sure Duggan will be fine.

Congrats to Polaris and her apparently many fans.

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A Bunch More Good X-Men Also Did Not Get Picked

This week, Marvel has been rolling out more and more of these short strips about the X-Men characters who did not get voted on for membership in the new X-Men roster. I was mostly disappointed that Strong Guy did not make the cut. But there’s also Marrow and Armor.

And Tempo and Boom Boom.

And Sunspot and Cannonball.

C’mon, voting public! Nobody voted for Marrow, Armor, Boom Boom or Tempo? Those all would have been exciting choices for a the flagship X-Men team! We could have had some real shakeups!

Instead, the only remaining candidates are Polaris, who is already starring in X-Factor, and Banshee, who I would be fine with. I’ve always liked Banshee, and he’s been dead for a good long while. Having him back on an X-Men team would be pretty fun.

We’ll find out the winner at the Hellfire Gala in June!

Zeb Wells wrote all of these shorts, with colors by Rachelle Cheri and art by Emilio Laiso on the first one, Nico Leon on the second one and Diego Olortegui on the last one. These were all super fun! And, again, highlight the need for an X-Men anthology book that explores these minor characters on Krakoa. I think that would be fun!

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Strong Guy is Not Going to be in the X-Men, You Cowards

Strong Guy has lost the vote for membership in the X-Men. That’s garbage. It was audience choice! We voted! And you people failed him! How incredibly disappointing. Marvel let us know with this fun mini-comic ahead of the Hellfire Gala.

At least the mini-comic is funny. And it features both Strong Guy and Multiple Man! That’s a major plus in my book. Still, what a disappointment. I should probably be upset with myself most of all. I didn’t do enough campaigning and glad-handing.

Also, did Jumbo Carnation not come up with one of those gorgeous outfits for Strong Guy? Or Is that sleeveless tuxedo what Jumbo came up with? Double also, they’re using Multiple Man as a waiter but didn’t get him any sort of party outfit at all? Just his classic uniform? This is the Hellfire Gala, people!

This great little mini-comic is by Zeb Wells, Mike Henderson and Rachelle Cheri.

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