OK, so we’ve known for a bit now that the Uncanny X-Men title was coming back to print this fall. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, Marvel loves relaunching the X-Men with an entirely new status quo every two years or so. I call it the X-Men Assembly Line. And the next major twist has been announced, kicking off with the 10-part Disassembled.
I’m not all that excited by this relaunch, at least not until we know more about what’s going to happen. I like the general idea, at least. I think the X-Men are long overdue for an overhaul. The fat needs to be trimmed, and I hope this Disassembled thing is that fat-trimming.
You can read more about the whole thing at Marvel.
There are three important things to note, at least as far as I’m concerned:
- Kelly Thompson is indeed going to be a major player in the X-Men franchise. This is awesome news! She’s the excellent writer behind all the great Rogue & Gambit stuff we’ve been seeing.
- The Multiple Man in that picture has the “M” tattoo over his eye. The currently alive Jamie Madrox over in the Multiple Man comic is a dupe who does not have the “M” tattoo over his eye. Could this mean that Jamie Prime will be back by Disassembled? I’m hopeful!
- Where the heck is Strong Guy? I have been dutifully on Strong Guy Watch for awhile now, and I’m disappointed that this is a big X-Men group shot and he’s not hiding in the background somewhere! That’s his thing right now!
Whatever happens with Disassembled, I will at least check it out. Hopefully the rest of you are more excited than I am.
The first issue of the new Multiple Man mini-series arrived today, and my hopes and dreams were answered when Strong Guy made an appearance. It helps that Matt Rosenberg is writing both Multiple Man and New Mutants, of course.
For those who don’t know, Strong Guy and Multiple Man are best pal!
Though you wouldn’t be able to tell from this comic. Despite being features somewhat prominently as a supporting character in this issue, I don’t think Jamie and Guido say more than two words to each other. Guido never even expresses any real excitement that his best pal is back from the dead.
That’s kind of a downer for a super-fan like me, but after reading the issue, I need to learn to chill out and just let this story be told. Hopefully Strong Guy stays in the mini-series.
Strong Guy made it to the wedding of Colossus and Shadowcat! X-Men Gold #30 came out this week, the highly celebrated wedding issue. Strong Guy was prominent on the cover, and considering his risky business over in New Mutants, I was a little worried for him.
But he’s still alive and he made it to the wedding!
That’s his only appearance, his only panel. But he got a seat in the back, is wearing a nice suit and I’m sure he went to all the nice parties. So it’s not that big of a deal, but this is Strong Guy Watch and we watch for Strong Guy wherever he might be! He’s doing great in New Mutants right now, where they mentioned that he got his soul back! Good for him.
And remember, next week is the first issue of Multiple Man! Maybe he’ll show up in that too.
No spoilers for the actual wedding issue. Just know that Kelly Thompson will be writing more X-Men and I’m very, very excited about that!
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!