ALL-SIMILAR, NOT-REALLY-DIFFERENT MARVEL

MUTANTS AND INHUMANS

And I’m ending this post, which is already much too long, with the scoop on the X-books and the I-books. Fans of the X-Men have long feared what they perceive to be Marvel’s gradual marginalization of the group in favor of the upped profile of The Inhumans, for whom Marvel owns movie rights. Let’s just say that there continues to be no evidence to support this claim.

Both before and after Marvel became all new and different, there were two Charles Soule Inhumans books. No change there. And the only new I-book is Karnak by Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino,which is excellent. But don’t get used to it. Ellis will only be around for about six issues.

In the X-world, we do have a few books that are dead and don’t appear to be coming back: Magneto, Cyclops and Storm are both cancelled, and nothing seems to be replacing them. But Wolverines is being replaced by All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan, the former of which is off to a great start and the latter will continue to have Andrea Sorrintino as the artist. She did the Secret Wars tie-in, and it was the best looking Marvel book of the year.

For team books, Uncanny, All-New ,and X-Men are replaced by All-New and Amazing X-Men. Three down to two. But that’s not a conspiracy—they did the same thing with The Avengers.

Deadpool continues to be written by Gerry Duggan. He must have naked pictures of Stan Lee or something.

And just because I couldn’t find anywhere else to put it, Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo hit a home run with the Secret Wars series Weirdworld. It’s coming back, with Del Mundo, but without Aaron. He’s replaced by the always mediocre Sam Humphries. Oh well. That saves me $4/month.

Pull list: Karnak, All-New Wolverine, and Old Man Logan. Before the reboot, I just read the Bendis X-books—but I was already getting tired of them—so this is a win.

Whew. That was a lot. What do you all think?

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