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Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again In X-Men Red

This is now an established thing in the Marvel Universe. Anything Robert DaCosta, New Mutants' Sunspot does, has to be heralded as part of Mission Impossible. It began in New Avengers back in 2016, when Ultimate Reed Richards, The Maker, met with President Obama, written by Al Ewing. Back when he was still the President of the United States, just. Seems like another era now, doesn't it?

Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again

Even though he actually wasn't Obama at all. And Robert DaCosta using a Mission Impossible-style rubber mask.

Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again

Mission: Impossible began as a 1966 espionage TV series and ran for seven years, was revived in 1988 for two years and then inspired the series of movies starring Tom Cruise from 1996, and which kept the original theme tune in the heads of viewers, that otherwise may have been lost to just the geeks.

And so today, when Al Ewing is writing X-Men Red, and Abigail Brand is putting the pieces together of her latest betrayal…

Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again

… DaCosta now has a theme tune in the Marvel universe whatever he is doing, whether or not it requires a rubber mask or not. Although it's not just Robert DaCosta's identity that's in question.

Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again

We get Abigail Brand's true name for the first time, Abigail Thanriaguiaxus, a word which did not exist on the internet until right now, but gets an instant translation from the Magic Wise Powerless Arakki. Still not the only identity reveal in this comic, but there's quite a lot of them kicking off in the Xbooks this week…

You know, Marvel had the Mission Impossible license once, with a comic written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by Rob Liefeld, which was edited after being published, over Cruise's concerns over the way he was portrayed. Even though they didn't have the rights to Cruise's image, he insisted that the Ethan Hunt character looked too feminine in two panels, his pose and facial expression,  the print run was pulped and reprinted, though original versions of the comics made it out to the UK, and a legend born.

Al Ewing Is Doing Sunspot And Mission Impossible Again

Maybe Al Ewing is finding a way back into Marvel for Mission Impossible?

(W) Al Ewing (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Russell Dauterman
IT'S ALL LED UP TO THIS! In the blazing ruins of the Autumn Palace, Storm battles for the soul of Arakko! Meanwhile, Abigail Brand and Roberto Da Costa play their last cards-and a sinister hand deals the Ace of Spades. You won't believe where the Brotherhood goes from here…
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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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