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Okay, drug induced megapost incoming. Felt like talking about RessurXion. The foundation, what it's shaping up to be, how I think it's gonna do. I'd tl;dr but too much ground covered.
So I finished off IvX (very meh story with am incredibly predictable ending) as well as the final issues of the 3 x-books (thought they'd all end on 20, but apparently not). Finished X-Men Prime too. So looking to RessurXion, I'm cautiously optimistic
>Time Displaced Original 5 and The SchoolFirstly, my wish has been granted. They finally firmly and clearly established that the "time displaced" O5 (All New X-Men) are NOT from Earth 616 or whatever the mainstream universe is labeled as now. They are in fact from an alternate reality that was possibly destroyed in the wake of Secret Wars. That's why they haven't been able to go home and why space/time hasn't been torn asunder from the countless paradoxes keeping the young og X-Men in the present should cause. They confirmed the theory by going back in time to a battle that they missed via being time displaced the original X-Men still showed up. So now that their presence isn't as mind numbingly nonsensical, and since young Beast even said the universe corrects itself when this shit happens - which means marvel can get rid of them via universe correcting itself at any time - I don't hate them quite as much..
They also moved the Jean Grey School (formerly Xavier Institute) from Limbo to Central Park NYC. Some symbolic gesture to show they "aren't hiding anymore"
>Prime obviously was a vehicle to lay the foundation for the relaunch. Here's where it looks like they're going:X-Men Gold is the new flagship series and clearly taking cues from 80s Claremont X-Men. Kitty Pride leads, Storm is assistant leader (they *almost* did the "muh leadership decisions led the X-Men to war boo hook I quit" cliche). Even the team is pure 80s Claremont with Old Man Logan, Nightcrawler, Colossus, etc. So it's up in the air if this is gonna be a great return to classic X-Men style, or a pile of derivative schlock. With Guggenheim or whatever writing I worry.
X-Men Blue piques my interest. It looks like it's gonna basically be very much like the original X-Factor series, but with the young alternate reality O5. Their new costumes are pretty reminiscent of the og X-Factor uniforms too. That could be neat, but at the end of the day it's still NOT MUH. Interesting to see how Magneto will factor in. Psylocke killed him in the final uncanny but someone who owed him a favor brought him back immediately
Weapon X is basically mutant Suicide Squad. Looks like a government task force went around recruiting former Weapon X subjects like Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth, and Old Man Logan (whose in fucking everything) by force if necessary. They specifically targeted "sociopathic loners" who no one would miss and could disappear for extended periods without people asking why. Whether this agency is Weapon Plus or if they're recruiting the team in order to take on Weapon Plus is not clear.
Gen X is self explanatory. Young misfit team of mutants with "lame powers". Prime didn't really illuminate much here apart from reminding us that Jubilee still exists, is still a vampire, and is still raising that baby. They'll be based at the school, expect a lot of fucking Dawson's Creek teen drama and A METRIC FUCKTON of oh so witty quips and jokes and one liners. Teen shenanigans yaaaay.
Astonishing X-Men is the wild card. No clue what that's about. The team is damn good, we'll see if it works or just amounts to fan service. Fantomex is on that team and his last arc in Uncanny left him going deep into The World to learn its secrets. Got serious villain/morally gray antihero vibes from that, so perhaps Astonishing will involve that. But yeah Gambit, Psylocke, Bishop, Archangel, this could get interesting. Perhaps a sort of X-Force style team?
There still was no indication of where the Cable, Jean Grey, and Iceman solo books are going. I read Cable is gonna be doing the time cop thing, and Jean Grey will have a lot to do with the Phoenix Force. Since young time displaced Iceman is not actually the mainstream og Iceman, this actually calls mainstream Icemans sexually into question. Perhaps they'll cover this in his series, personally I think he should just be bisexual. I see how he's come off as gay over the years, but he still had a lot of serious straight relationships. But I still dunno how he's supposed to carry his own title.
Finally, there's fucking Old Man Logan. Because Marvel knew they couldn't crap out on killing Wolverine, but still were too scared to move forward without him.
When Secret Wars ended it was revealed that Maestro survived the events and is in the main universe, same as Logan. I don't think they've explained what the deal with that is yet. BUT there is a new limited series coming soon pitting Logan and Maestro against each other and it looks like it will answer some questions and set things right with the timelines and universes. Perhaps this is where the real Wolverine finally comes back. Either way, it's probably the end of the "Old Man Logan inexplicably in the present day mainstream time/universe" arc.
>How will the series preformSo we got some interesting concepts, some very derivative concepts, some shit concepts, and some "we need to fix our fucked up multiverse" stories coming up. Prime came out last week, tomorrow comes Gold, then next week Blue and Weapon X and so on.
Predicting Generation X is gonna flop HARD and get canceled quick. Iceman will flounder and try to limp on but ultimately get axed too. They'll probably run out of ideas for Weapon X after a few arcs and end that amicably. Astonishing will be popular and maybe be relabeled as Uncanny X-Men (this is the first time there's been no Uncanny book since they stared using that prefix in the 70s). Cable will get a low key cult following and probably end too soon, Jean Grey will be popular with the "I just pretend to read comics" Internet crowd and go on a little longer than it should. Blue and Gold will eventually get new names and relaunch with new #1s. Gold will do well enough by virtue of being the standard X-Men flagship, Blue has a good writer and may surprise us. Perhaps soon X-Men books will be worth buying again...with the success of Logan, Deadpool, and Legion perhaps they'll be brought back to the limelight in the greater comics universe