Good news, everybody! Strong Guy has been spotted in Age of X-Man! He’s not one of the main characters, and he’s not even an active character, but I kept my eyes peeled and there he was!
In a picture. One of those classic past-class pictures of the X-Men on the walls of the X-Mansion. Madrox is there, too!
That is from The Marvelous X-Men #1. I doubt we’ll see much more of Strong Guy.
The original purpose of Strong Guy Watch has passed, but seeing Guido show up in the background was too good to pass up. Currently, he’s one of several X-Men trapped by the Phalanx. Hopefully somebody saves him eventually.
I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that Strong Guy isn’t dead. The final issue of New Mutants – Dead Souls came out this week, and Strong Guy is still alive!
The bad news is he spent several years in Hell, so he’s been abnormally aged. But he’s now got a badass long beard.
The bad news is also that the issue ends with Strong Guy and most of the New Mutants being taken over by some new evil version of Warlock. I think?
I dunno. It’s a weird place to end a mini-series, since I don’t think the continuation of this story has been announced anywhere. So I’m not entirely sure what happens next.
The good thing is, though, that Strong Guy is still alive. So to speak. That’s mostly what I care about.
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!