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NYCC: X-Men Here to Stay with Black Vortex Event & More

Posted by Sean Hamilton Tuesday, October 14, 2014
X-Men 2015 Comic Events
2015 X-event Black Vortex announced.
Hey Fanboys and Fangirls! There has been a plethora of X-Men-related news out of NYCC this weekend.

To bring some cohesion to this, we thought it best to summarize this and help quash a few rumors along the way.

Marvel is not sitting back on its haunches or resting on its laurels when it comes to the X-Men. Lead X-Men writer at Marvel, Brian Michael Bendis, has been trying to quell rumors of their pending cancellation for months. Recent interviews and Tumblr posts have specifically targeted this topic. Well, it can't be more emphatically clear once you catch up with the NYCC news about the X-Universe.

Jonathan Hickman 2015 Secret Wars from Marvel
Preview art for Secret Wars by Alex Ross
The big events announced so far are the "Secret Wars" and "Black Vortex" crossovers. Both will have unique aspects that involve X-Men. "Secret Wars," as the name suggests, pays homage to the classic event from Marvel and is written by Jonathan Hickman. While the initial art does focus on various Avenger characters, X-Men will definitely be involved. During the Marvel NYCC "Cup O' Joe" panel, Dan Buckley stated, "Every story and every book is working towards 'Secret Wars.'"

"Black Vortex," headed by Bendis, is set to once again combine the Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men in a cosmic adventure. These two series crossed during the recent "Trial of Jean Grey" mini-event earlier this year, and they are set to see a lot more action starting in February 2015. As revealed at the "Cup O' Joe" panel, the main titles involved will be All-New X-Men, Nova, Captain Marvel, Cyclops,and Guardians of the Galaxy and will include travels to every part of the galaxy. When explaining the black vortex, the panel stated " The black vortex is an ancient artifact that unlocks the cosmic potential within everyone.… We'll see these characters wrestle with the decision whether or not to open the black vortex."

Death of Wolverine cover art
Death of Wolverine #4

The end of 2014 and 2015 will also see the fallout of the "Death of Wolverine." With this set to wrap up next week, Marvel will introduce some new perspectives, with multiple series focusing on how life continues in the absence of the iconic character. As announced at the Marvel "Death of Wolverine" panel, both new and existing titles will touch on the subject: solo series Deadpool, Storm, and Nightcrawler as well as Spider Man and the X-Men, The Logan Legacy, Wolverines, Weapon X, and Life after Logan.

As also revealed at the "Death of Wolverine" panel, Deadpool will have an larger ongoing focus through the Marvel universe, with Cullen Bunn set to reprise Night of the Living Deadpool and Gerry Duggan expanding the series further.

Given the detail of announcements and the set up so far for the continuation of comic stories involving the X-Men or characters related to them, it seems that we will not be in short supply for a long time. It is refreshing to see this, and I hope this will help ease some rumors and put to rest doubt about the continued importance of the X-Men to Marvel.

We have so much to look forward to, and we will continue to bring you news, previews, and reviews from X-Men comics. What news from NYCC about the X-Men have you liked? What has surprised you? Was there anything you still hoped would come out? Let us know and leave a comment below.

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