Thursday, June 9, 2011

BREAKING COMIC NEWS: Marvel Relaunching Uncanny X-men (Not a joke)!

No, I'm not drunk. No, I'm not high (too much). This is a real news story that broke on Yahoo this morning. Marvel has announced that this October, Uncanny X-men will end at #544 and be relaunched. This comes just weeks after DC announced that it's relaunching it's entire line with 52 number ones. Now I'm a little rusty on my 12th grade calculus, but 52 against 1 sounds like Marvel is being a bit underhanded. That or they're just hoping to cash in on the whole relaunch fever bit. Whatever the case, it comes off as more of a gimmick than an initiative.

Yahoo News: Marvel's Uncanny X-men Ending in October

Now this isn't coming out of nowhere so it may not be a total gimmick. I've already written about the upcoming Schism event with Marvel. Well that's what prompts this whole relaunch in the first place. Apparently, the divide between Wolverine and Cyclops is so severe that it warrants ending one of the longest running Marvel titles in history. Uncanny X-men started back in 1963 when my parents were barely old enough to shit in toilets. Now they're retooling it like they did the adjectiveless X-men title last year (which quickly fell into mediocrity after the Curse of the Mutants arc). I'm not sure what to make of this. I'll need to get plastered to wrap my brain around it. But here's a snippet of what Nick Lowe said.

"In the last five years or so, the X-Men have been exploring a different angle. A catastrophe reduced the population to a couple of hundred mutants, and no new ones are being born," he said. "This fledgling species was looking at extinction - and the militarized forces of prejudice moved in for the kill."

Cyclops united the remaining Mutants, doing what neither Magneto nor Xavier, aka Professor X, was able to do.

"Everyone has basically gone along with Cyclops, no matter what reservations they had," he added, but now, those reservations are reaching the breaking point, which is the focus of "Schism" and sounding the death knell of the Uncanny X-Men.


  1. so, they will be relaunching to make it more like the movie that is uber successful and getting rave reviews. didn't see that one coming.

  2. Not sure if that's sarcasm, Budd, but even if it is there may be some truth to it. October may be around the time when the First Class movie hits DVD and Blu Ray. So if Marvel wants to cash in, it makes sense to have something like Uncanny to lure readers in. Guess with all the relaunches going on because of DC, nobody is too surprised anymore.

  3. I saw this on the Jean Grey forum and I was really surprised by this. I never expected Marvel to end such a long running series in such a manner, but for them to reboot it? Why couldn't they just keep it going? The X-Men go through a multitude of plots and twists but they manage to keep it going within the same title. That and there are the various X-titles that cross over (Astonishing X-Men, X-Men, etc.) with said title. I'm just thinking maybe because DC is doing their own rebooting of various titles that maybe Marvel sees this as an opportunity to cash in as well?

  4. I was surprised too, but not by much. The recent news about DC has sort of taken the novelty off relaunching a book. I'm sure Marvel could keep the series going, but they're a business. Relaunching a book and ending another brings in money and that's all there is to it. Other X-books have done that like Astonishing. Uncanny is basically the last man standing. It has a great tradition. I hate to see it go. But unfortunately, dollar signs trump tradition.