Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Here come the new X-Women X-Men

Yesterday Marvel made a relatively big splash in the small pool that is comic books by announcing a new X-Men title comprised entirely of X-ladies. The series is going to be written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel. I don't think I've ever read anything Wood has written but Coipel is one of my favorite artists so I'll definitely give the book a try.

This is the second comic with an all female line up Marvel has announced in the last couple month (Fearless Defenders was the other) and it all comes on the heels of the critical success they seem to be having with the Captain Marvel reboot. I've seen varying numbers over how many women read comics (usually from 10-30 percent of the overall readership) so I guess it makes sense that Marvel would reach out to them. Although an argument could be made that girls don't necessarily want to read comics all about girls anymore than guys want to read comics all about guys. Still, a demo is a demo, and Marvel has always been behind DC when it comes to the success of its female heroes.

I'm more excited for the book because it looks to be a throwback to the Claremont stories of the 1980's without actually involving Chris Claremont. Also I'm a sucker for punk rock Storm.


B said...

Judging from all the pictures of women at comic conventions Marvel is just striking while the iron is hot. All those girls in the pictures are die hard comic readers, right?

kevin n. on January 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM said...

to be fair, most of the guys at the big comic conventions don't read comics either.



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