By Joe Glass, Bleeding Cool's Senior Mutant Correspondent
Marvel have decided to release more details (barely) to Entertainment Weekly, about the changes to X-Men coming as part of Spring's ResurrXion.
So what is new?
The first major addition is that there will be a standalone primer issue called X-Men: Prime, that will be illustrated by Ken Lashley and feature stories by all the writers of the new series', laying the foundations and planting seeds for the new titles.
The article then breaks down each book, so I'll do the same, but really only bother with the ones that actually reveal anything new or interesting about the title. So if you don't see the title, we basically didn't really learn anything new.
We get some sense of why the Original Five work with Magneto in this series, as apparently humanity is no longer considering mutants so much of a threat. As Mark Paniccia says,
"Magneto sees that as an opportunity he wants to seize. He makes a deal with them to take down anyone who's going to pose a threat and disrupt the chance to have a peaceful, if not, neutral relationship with humanity."
It's not clarified if 'see mutants as less of a threat' is meant to mean because their numbers are so depleted, or because humanity has lived with mutants for so long now that the fear and hate is easing? Either would be an interesting thing to explore, to be honest.
We also learn that the team will not be staying as just the Original Five, with hints of the new member being in the very first issue, and it's implied it will be another female character, as Paniccia points out,
"As far as Jean goes, she's the only woman on the team right now."
We basically have it confirmed now that it will be viewing the Phoenix Force as a threat, and that Jean will be looking to fight against the Phoenix, and not become its host.
I guess saving the Earth a bunch isn't enough to make people think of anything other than the Dark Phoenix storyline, huh.
We're told we can expect a classic villain from the original Generation X series to be a threat in the new series, as Daniel Ketchum teased,
"One of the villains is actually from the original series because we wanted to make sure we paid homage to the predecessors."
Now, if they mean an original villain from that original series, then it's most likely Emplate, as the majority of other villains used in the original Gen X were primarily existing creations that maybe hadn't been seen in a while. Emplate has recently returned again too AND has existing history with new team member Bling!, so it's quite likely that he will continue to be a threat.
And that's about it. The other titles don't really have much more revealed about them, other than what is pretty obvious: X-Men Gold is classic superhero stories, Weapon X and Cable are darker titles etc.
Hopefully, as we get closer we'll learn if there are more books yet to be announced or teased, and if any existing X-Titles will continue alongside the new books. And hopefully some more art from the new series too.