Monday, October 17, 2011

Marvel Announces: "It's Coming..."

So Marvel's Cup O' Joe panel at the New York Comic Con (NYCC) was a few days ago, and while talking about various things going on at the company and their future plans, they flashed an image on the screen for about 30 seconds. And boy, was it a doozy.

It was The Phoenix.

The image they flashed seemed to be taken from the background of variant covers from Uncanny X-Men 526, which marked the beginning of The Five Lights storyline. This implies that the next Marvel event will directly involve Hope and her team. 

I for one am so excited for this. If you couldn’t tell from my username (and my about me section), I’m a HUGE Jean Grey/Phoenix fanboy. I’ve been reading Generation Hope almost religiously, analyzing every little panel, trying to spot hints at Hope’s true relationship with The Phoenix. They’ve dropped tiny hints here and there, teasing like the flirtiest prude in the world. Oh how I desired more, and finally, here it is. The promise that all will be revealed, and in a giant event no less!

The team assembled to guide this event is excellent, with almost all having worked for Marvel in the past, and thankfully, Greg Land’s name is nowhere to be found. There are about 3-4 artists, 4-5 writers, so I’m guessing the books involved will be Generation Hope, Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine and the X-Men (Marvel didn’t confirm that this event would involve Jean coming back, but if it does, Wolverine will definitely be involved) and if there's a 4th book it'll be either New Mutants, since they have Nate Grey on the team right now (and Hope has been getting to know him since he's her dad, essentially), or maybe X-Men Legacy since Rogue used to be the liaison between the Gen Hopers and Cyclops, and she seems to have a connection with Hope. 

So be prepared Marvelites, because like the tagline says,

 and it’s gonna be big.

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