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I am now on the fence about X-Men: Schism. The story is taking a terrible turn but I’m going to give it a chance and probably finish it just to see the outcome that will lead to the next X-story now titled Regenesis. Once Uncanny restarts there will be another number one title called Wolverine and the X-Men. Check out the Uncanny teaser, complete with team members only shown in silhouette for dramatic anticipation! Special thanks to IGN for the images!
Good lord where in the hell is Cyclops? If I have to see Emma Frost as the leader of a team of X-men I may have to gouge my eyes out. I’ve about had my fill of Frost, or as I like to call her, Slutty McSlutty-pants. It was cute when Grant Morrison made her a team member back in his X-men days but it’s kind of played out at this point. I was more comfortable with her as leader of the Hellions or Generation X, not a main X-men team. There were definitely rumors of Cyclops possibly being killed during Schism during the San Diego Comic Con, so could this teaser be a hint towards that? Man I hope not. I hate Cyke sometimes but don’t know how I would feel about him not leading the X-men.
Next is the Wolverine and the X-men teaser:
I gotta say I’m not a huge fan of how Wolverine looks in this teaser, but that’s how Bachalo usually draws him so I’d better get used to it if I’m going to read the title. Either way, I’m getting pretty antsy to read the third issue of Schism and see where it’s heading. Will Cyclops die? Will the Schism story get any worse? We’ll see soon enough, but that’s definitely not soon enough. In the meantime, how about everyone’s input on who’s on each team? I can definitely make out Magneto in the Uncanny teaser.
I have to say, I’ve covered Comic-Con before (by covered I mean read about and reported), and while it was always a great place to get news regarding the various superhero movies out there, I am a little floored by the sheer amount of news already out there. And it’s not even at the halfway point. Well, maybe the halfway point.
So what do I have for you today? Panels. A buttload of panels for movies, comics, TV, everything. We already told you about the Dexter panel and showed you the trailer, but here’s a few more, by few I mean a lot, and by a lot I mean settle in and get comfortable. I’ll try to throw some other stuff in here and there as well. I’ll start off with a show we’ve been following pretty heavily here on Grizzly Bomb.
Schism starts off with one theme common in the X-books: Humans hate and fear mutants. Cyclops and Wolverine head off to ask the world to stop the proliferation of various Sentinel programs. Now if you’ve forgotten what Sentinels are, they are big ole’ purple and magenta robots whose speciality is to hunt down and eliminate mutants. In a world where mutants are feared, these Sentinels throughout various countries act as deterrents to mutants the same as nukes do to humans. In the middle of Cyclops’ speech it is of course interrupted by none other than Quentin Quire who I haven’t seen since the Grant Morrison days of the New X-men during the ‘Riot at Xavier’s’ storyline. I actually hated the little turd with a passion but he serves a purpose here, throwing the world into panic against mutants with his antics.
The Schism story so far is decent, though after the reveal on the last page I’m skeptical about where it may be going. You’ll know what I’m talking about when you reach the end. I’m sure by the midway point we’ll see the X-men start to fracture between Wolverine and Cyclops and we will have seen plenty of Sentinel bashing throughout. I’m interested to see how they handle the Hellfire Club in the series and its new leader which is the part I find so ridiculous.
Wolverine had to have been my favorite character in the issue, blowing off a group of students at the beginning of the issue because he’s so exhausted. You would be too if you were on the Avengers and several X-Teams! By the end though he has bought a gift for one of the students he blew off and joins her in eating some ice cream. Cheesy? A little bit, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Overall I give the first issue of Schism a 3 out of 5 bears.
They have me interested to read the next issue, I love sentinels and I never seem to tire of the art of Carlos Pacheco. The points I took away are because of this ludicrous story point involving a young little fell named Kilgore, but maybe more will be revealed in the next issue pertaining to him.
There are just a lot of things that you put together that make the perfect combo. Peanut Butter and Jelly for instance. Then there is Alien VS Predator, Monsters VS Aliens, or Mega Shark VS Crocosaurus. Even Cowboys and Aliens looks to be something spectacular this summer. Staying with the ‘v.s. aliens’ thing we’ve got going here brings me to the next big thing we have coming our way: Dinosaurs VS Aliens.
Not impressed by that? Then you have no soul or you’re a communist. What if I throw the name Grant Morrison in there, does that help? Because the superstar comic book writer will indeed be taking on the duty of plotting out this latest piece of box office gold. (Or crap depending how you look at it.) And not to mention Barry Sonnenfeld, an alien extraordinaire, will be directing! If you don’t remember Mr. Sonnenfeld he is currently working on his third Men In Black movie.
Grant Morrison has made in his mark on comics in everything from X-Men to Batman, and Superman to Animal Man. He has a penchant for the weird in a lot of cases and I would say that Aliens fighting Dinosaurs is pretty effin’ weird. This little snippet from Deadline will help enlighten you on the direction this movie will be going:
While Sonnenfeld has scored his biggest commercial successes with aliens, he’s also a dinosaur fanatic who sparked to the idea of combining them. “Growing up, my fascination was all things dinosaur, and as an adult, I’ve had some success making films about aliens, so this is a dream come true,” said Sonnenfeld, who first met Liquid Comics founder Sharad Devarajan when he wrote a forward for one of Liquid’s graphic novels. “We’ve been trying to do a project ever since.”
The graphic novel will chronicle a secret prehistoric world war battle. When an alien invasion attacks Earth in the age of the dinosaurs, the planet’s only hope is the giants that roam the planet with, it turns out, a lot more intelligence than previously realized.
Holy God I hope these dinosaurs talk and wear battle armor, that would be priceless! I will most definitely be picking up Morrison’s graphic novel if it comes out before the movie just to see what they might have in store. I think Barry Sonnefield has that creative spark to make something such as this an entertaining movie. Sure Men in Black 2 sucked, but you can’t blame a guy for trying to trump something as enjoyable as the first Men in Black.
You’ll see me checking this movie out in theaters regardless of how bad it looks… it’s frickin’ Aliens V.S. Dinosaurs! Next thing will be Robert Kirkman’s (The Walking Dead) Super Dinosaur!