A couple months ago, I was really worried that Marvel was going to kill Strong Guy in their New Mutants comic. It just seemed inevitable. I don’t normally get to have nice things in comics.
But good news! The issue in question came out this week and Strong Guy lived! Isn’t that great?
Of course, somebody else died, so it sucks for fans of that character. But that’s not me. For once, I got what I wanted, and I was wrong earlier. I’m man enough to admit when I’m wrong.
I don’t know this for a fact, but it’s the only conclusion to draw from the latest comic book solicitations: Marvel is going to kill Strong Guy in the June issue of New Mutants.
That’s the cover. Here’s the solicitation blurb:
- FUNERAL FOR A NEW MUTANT!
- Following the tragic events of last issue, THE NEW MUTANTS come together to bury one of their own.
- Can the team put aside their differences long enough to avenge their fallen teammate, or will this loss tear them apart?
- Featuring guest appearances by all your favorite X-MEN characters as they come to say goodbye… Or do they?
So somebody is going to die in an upcoming issue of New Mutants. There are only five members on the team: Strong Guy, Magik, Boom Boom, Rictor and Wolfsbane. Theoretically, any of them could die, but let’s look at the evidence.
On the cover, the skeletons of all the characters are in action poses — except for Strong Guy, who appears to be falling backwards. That’s a pretty big clue.
The second and most important factor is that I like Strong Guy, so of course he’s going to be the one to die. Remember, June is the month when the new Multiple Man comic is going to debut. I’m super excited about that.
But of course, in the same month where Multiple Man returns, his best friend, Strong Guy, has to die. That’s how the universe balances my comic fandom. I’m not allowed to have nice things. Even when the same writer is writing both the Multiple Man comic and New Mutants, and could bring together their reunion. That’s not going to happen.
Within a week of revealing Multiple Man was coming back from the dead, Marvel killed Phil Urich.
I am not allowed to have nice things in comics!
There’s a bunch of fun comics this week! From Detective Comics and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl to the launch of the new New Mutants mini-series! I would have done a Strong Guy Watch for the issue, but I figured Guido being part of a regular series again was enough of a watch!
Comic Book of the Week goes to another phenomenal issue of Mister Miracle! A new baby is born, and I’m growing more and more paranoid about how writer Tom King is going to destroy our very souls by the end!
What did everybody else think of Jessica Jones? If, like me, you weren’t a fan, I highly recommend The Tick on Amazon Prime! Now that was a fun superhero TV show!
Comic Reviews: All-New Wolverine #32, Detective Comics #976, Marvel Two-in-One #4, Mister Miracle #7, New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #30.
For reasons that boggle my mind, the title ‘New Mutants’ remains a frequent flyer in the X-Men franchise. It’s a weird name, right? Even when it was first used, to introduce a new, younger team of X-Men, it was still weird. Like, the X-Men knew a lot of other mutants by the time the New Mutants were introduced. Those kids weren’t even the first team of new mutants to join the X-Men.
But whatever. The title keeps getting used for new X-Men comics, and the next one is gonna feature Strong Guy!
I’m telling you all of this because I’m still engaged in the Strong Guy Watch. I’m pretty sure the rule of having Strong Guy randomly appear in the background of X-Men stories has passed, but I loved the character, so I’m calling him out!
The mini-series will be written by Matthew Rosenberg, with art by Adam Gorham. It’s also going to reunite Strong Guy with Wolfsbane, two parts of my favorite comic book friendship trio. I hope Rosenberg does something fun with that.
Yay Strong Guy! Though I’m disappointed that he lost the beard.
Announced by Deadline out of the blue this afternoon, FOX has hired director Josh Boone to make a New Mutants moving, likely spinning out of the ongoing X-Men franchise. Boone rose to prominence as director of the hugely popular The Fault in Our Stars movie, so he knows a thing or two about teenage drama.
New Mutants was a comic that first launched in the early 1980s as a spin-off of the X-Men. It was about a new class of young mutants at Charles Xavier’s mutant school, and introduced characters like Cannonball, Wolfsbane, Boom Boom, Cypher and a few others, many of whom have not been in the X-Men films yet.
There’s no word yet on characters or plot. So maybe some of those comic book accurate characters will debut, or considering the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse, is set in the 1980s, perhaps this new film will spin off of the teenage mutants introduced in that movie. We’re going to meet teenage versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey and Jubilee, among likely others. So if I had to guess, I bet FOX is going to take those actors (including Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner) and give them their own movie. I highly doubt FOX is going to be too comic book accurate to the original New Mutants title when they can just sign Sophie Turner and her comrades up for another film.
Suffice to say, between this movie, Apocalypse, Deadpool and that supposed X-Force movie, FOX is never, ever letting go of the X-Men franchise. I’m largely OK with that.