The X-Men ‘Blue’ and ‘Gold’ teams were probably the most influential iterations of everyone’s favorite mutants, which has seen many spin-offs such as the iconic animated series and the first movies. Since then, the X-Men have seen roster changes more often than Donald Trump can make new words to add to the English language.
Recently though things haven’t been looking good for the X-Men with Marvel pitting them against the Inhumans, those other guys that are mutants but aren’t, seemingly with the intention to strike them off the roster as they did with the Fantastic 4… probably to piss the hell out of Fox. But Marvel might have changed their game plan though as rising from the ashes of Inhumans vs. X-Men new titles – X-MEN GOLD and X-MEN BLUE – will hit shelves in April 2017!
While they carry the ‘Blue’ and ‘Gold’ titles, the line-ups are quite different which is quite apt as while they were referred to the ‘Blue’ and ‘Gold’ teams in the comics, the comics were actually titled ‘X-Men’ and ‘Uncanny X-Men’.
The X-Men GOLD Team
It all kicks off in X-MEN GOLD #1, as creators Marc Guggenheim (X-Men, Young X-Men) and Ardian Syaf (Green Lantern) bring together the X-Men’s biggest guns for an all-new adventure. Kitty Pryde returns to Earth to find the X-Men in shambles. They survived their war with the Inhumans, but at a great cost. Kitty takes the reigns and assembles a team of the most iconic X-Men to her side – Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Rachel Grey.
The X-Men BLUE Team
Then, Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, Monsters Unleashed) and Jorge Molina (A-Force, Star Wars) bring the time-displaced original X-Men together once more in X-MEN BLUE #1(well.. someone had to do something to keep Cyclops around right?). With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody Xavier’s dream – to foster a world that no longer hates and fears them. But they’ll have help from none other than…Magneto?! Why would these X-Men ally themselves with the man they once swore to defeat? And again… can the former mutant terrorist truly be trusted?
“Following an era where the X-Men were on the back foot, fighting for the survival of their species, we wanted to take a moment to exhale and indulge in the kinds of big, beautiful, colorful stories that portray the X-Men at their best,” says Editor Daniel Ketchum. “It’s a return to form, with spandex costumes rather than body armor, softball games on the school lawn, and the X-Men on a proactive mission to be the greatest heroes of all time—to human and mutant alike.”
It looks like the X-Men are here to stay (and it looks like I lost that $10 bet), and it’s all beginning with RessurXion as kicks off in April when both X-MEN GOLD#1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 come to comic shops and digital devices.