X-Men: ReGenesis

X-Men: ReGenesis

In the fallout of Schism, Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen and more split the X-Men into two new series!

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By Chris Arrant

The X-Men have fought countless foes from the sewers of New York City to the outer reaches of space, but the challenge that ultimately divides them will come from within. 

After the events of this summer’s X-MEN: SCHISM, mutantkind strikes out in a bold, diverting path as WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN begins in October, followed by the return of UNCANNY X-MEN the following month.

“WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN will have everything I love about the X-Men,” explains series writer Jason Aaron, who will be joined by artist Chris Bachalo. “Big crazy plots, intense character drama, love, sex, anti-mutant hysteria, man-eating aliens, all-new characters, old favorite characters, bizarre space tech, strange transformations, property damage, telepathic shenanigans, Wolverine drinking whiskey, mutants playing baseball. Except perhaps for that last part.” 

The new status quo puts two teams of X-Men at odds with one another, acting as distinct and separate groups with different agendas, members and headquarters. Writer Kieron Gillen takes the flipside to the new mutant situation, carrying over his current work on UNCANNY into the re-launched #1 this November alongside artists Greg Land and Carlos Pacheco.

“To use a word, it'd be ‘pugnacious,’” says the British writer of his cast. “It's an X-Men team in public, operating on a scale we've never seen them act on before. Traditionally, the X-Men have mainly been about problems coming to mutantkind. They fight against foes who want mutants gone; the problem being [that] those victories just maintain mutantkind.” 

“Over the last few years—mainly in the adjectiveless X-MEN book—we've seen the X-Men try and act more like super heroes. The idea being, we act like super heroes, maybe people will start feeling better about us. And it's worked a bit; they're certainly not hated in San Francisco as much as most of the world, but that's a town. That's region-based heroism. To change the world, they have to act on a world scale. That's what they're trying to do. UNCANNY X-MEN is the team aspiring to be the world's premier super team and everything that goes along with it.”

Although they might be trying to win over the world at large, the rival teams will not be playing nice.

“Bad enough to tear apart old friends, to separate lovers, to forever ruin the chances of there being an intramural X-Men basketball league,” Aaron quips on the state of X-Men relations coming up. “Too bad, because Logan, unlike LeBron, has a pretty sweet post-up game.” 

“To quote the Buzzcocks, it's a different kind of tension,” adds Gillen. “[One] team looks at [the other] in an almost paternalistic manner. ‘Okay, you're going to go and do that? Great. It makes it harder for us, but we're going to look after you too.’ For me, the core of the disagreement is about how much of today you are willing to give up for tomorrow. Generally speaking, they think the other team is being profoundly selfish and self-indulgent in the route they're taking.”

Senior Editor Nick Lowe explains that this split is actually the first step into a wider integration between the X-Men and the Marvel Universe. 

“The X-Men have been a pretty separate corner of the Marvel Universe for a long time and we’ve been working to change that and further integrate with the rest of the line,” he says. “This is another step into that. We work really hard for cohesion, most visibly through the creative summits and such, and synergy like this is the product.”

That synergy will be evident with the artists involved, from veteran Bachalo returning to the X-titles in WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, to fellow X-alum Pacheco acting as one of two artists on UNCANNY X-MEN. Pacheco recently illustrated the special Point One issue of the series, but his history on the title goes back much further to early in his career during the mid 90’s. 

“To be honest, this feels like the real X-Men,” says Pacheco. “It’s really as good as they were in the good old days.”

Joining Pacheco on the all-new UNCANNY X-MEN will be Land, who has a unique take on the schism at the center of these books:

“I guess this makes the X-Men as dysfunctional as some of the 'reality show families.’ I suppose anytime you have two strong alpha males in a group, heads will butt so it actually seems like it would have happened long ago. And since there are so many X-Men these days, it makes sense that they go separate ways with separate agendas.” 

Speaking of separate agendas, the dueling personalities of Cyclops and Wolverine mirror—albeit more civilly—between competing series writers Gillen and Aaron.

“Mutual incomprehension,” describes Gillen. “Taciturn hyper-dry Alabama meets hyper-speed Brit-Midlands mumbler. It can only end badly.

“Honestly, I'm in quiet awe of Jason,” he admits. ”When I first started reading his work over with The Other Side and Scalped, I was in awe because of all the big boy writing he was doing there; understated mastery of structure and character and motivation and things which even excellent writers in other ways stumble with. However, I made myself feel less desperately insecure by filing him as "Crime Writer," which is miles away from what I did. Of course, then he came over to Marvel and has gone on to show that he can write pretty much anything. I am a seething cauldron of jealousy.

“I'm just looking forward to going head to head with him. That's all kinds of fun.”

Aaron has his own appraisal of their working relationship, explaining it as “only moderately more friendly as the one between Scott and Logan in SCHISM.” 

“Actually, Kieron and I work great together. It helps that I'm such a huge fan of his work. Maybe I'm a bit biased but between Kieron's work and Rick Remender's amazing UNCANNY X-FORCE run, along with all the other X-stuff in the works, I think it's an exciting time to be an X-Men fan.”

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17 comments
gpalma
gpalma

I have been reading the X-Men (and other Marvel comics) for nearly 25 years. While new storylines that are well-done are always welcome to help freshen up the product, the marketing nonsense that Marvel uses IS NOT! Another #1? Really? With mulitple variants, right? ONLY to return to Legacy numbering when the next editor comes aboard. Seriously... am I the only one who finds this irritating, if not insulting at times. Leave the Legacy numbering alone.

ponymaster
ponymaster

wolverine and cyclops are awesome.

WolfHowlX
WolfHowlX

As cool as Wolverine may be he can never really cut it as a leader. He is a loner and a cool anti hero but that pretty much sums it up for him. I still rathered Cyclops there even though he isn{t much of a stand alone character.

mikejay247
mikejay247

Growing up reading the X-men books taught me that the good guy wins. Wolverine the anti-hero who has killed more people than gun powder versus the good guy in Scott, a hero. Scott always won the girl. Always made a good leader. Though it rarely happens in reality, in the x-men it did. Now it seems Marvel is taking that all away for the money. Sad times.

jameszahra
jameszahra

@dhesi, i agree wolverine is in to many books, i dont think there is much need for him in the avengers books maybe a cameo here and there would be ok, but daken and x 23 are there own books, although they spawned from wolverine they are still completely different characters

eldincal
eldincal

End of Uncanny X-Men my behind! I knew they were gonna be renumbering it!

eldincal
eldincal

I knew it! I knew they were gonna make Wolvie leader of the X-Men!! This ought to be interesting. The cartoon was pretty cool!

stpruitt
stpruitt

@spideronly1, At this point, I will be ready about this over Wikipedia until this whole Wolverine phase blows over. Why are the movie suddenly influencing the comics?@dhesi, I have been saying the exact same thing.On the good side, I love this kind of dark era that Marvel has taken the X-men too. I am quite enjoying everything. Give or take, I could do with Wolverine at this point.

dhesi
dhesi

He has too many lookalikes XR23 and Daken and I am sick of seeing his character in almost every Marvel comics

spideronly1
spideronly1 plus member

@stpruitt, maybe this Schism and this will effect Wolverines roles in those other teams.

whramon
whramon

Oh and I thought X-Men was supposed to be about a divers group of individuals coming together not Wolverine & a divers group of individuals. How can you call it a team book when there is a name in the title.

whramon
whramon

Real original Marvel. Wolverine & The X-Men and Uncanny X-Men #1. Must of thought long and hard on that one. Might as well of called the other series Cyclops and the X-Men.

stpruitt
stpruitt

WOW! Really?! Wolverine and the X-men is going to be an official title. Wolverine is dedicated to like 3 or 4 different teams (not affiliate with the X-men) and now he is going to head a splitting group of X-men. Not to mention, he has his own title where he basically kills people on the side for fun. Okay! Looking forward to the Death of Wolverine real soon.

jameszahra
jameszahra

just seems like they are looking for an excuse to add another x title in...i think this is a great idea, but u would have to drop x men and x men legacy just to keep these new titles strong..

joshtylen
joshtylen

smile when your heart is broken

german1
german1

wolverine off curse bub