X-Men #1, the newest title in the on-going, legendary, and insanely popular Marvel Comics series, hit stores today and features the first all female team of mutant superheroes in X-Men’s 50 year history. As a franchise already known for strong female characters, X-Women finally getting a book all to themselves with no leading X-Men guy in sight makes perfect sense to us. But we still think writer Brian Wood, artist Olivier Coipel and editor Jeanine Schaefer are real life superheroes for making it happen.
Void of gendered gimmicks, jokes or skimpy costumes (for the most part), but packed with action, the new X-Men #1 ladies only line-up is led by Storm (played by Halle Berry in the X-Men movies) and includes Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke.
After an old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to earth, these six heroines collectively use their “extra” (that’s where the “X” in X-Men comes from) powers true to form… for the benefit of humanity. Meanwhile, Jubilee has come home, and she’s brought with her an orphaned baby who might hold the key to the earth’s survival — or its destruction.
The X-Men of the Marvel Universe were originally created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and first appeared in print in September 1963. Since, the X-Men comics have been adapted into other media, including animated television series, video games, and Hollywood blockbuster films.
The basic concept of the X-Men is that under a cloud of increasing anti-mutant sentiment among humans, Professor Xavier created a haven at his Westchester mansion to train young mutants to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. Since 2011, his school for mutants has been named after Jean Grey, the first female member of the X-Men.
CNN recently spoke with X-Men #1 writer Brian Wood and editor Jeanine Schaefer about this historic moment in X-history. When asked if they originally set out to put together an all-female team, Jeanine said, “This is 100% something I’ve wanted to do in my heart of hearts for years. And when Brian started on X-Men, his team was only women.”
Brian added, “X-Men is so rife with powerful female characters anyway, more so than any comic book universe or group. Our lineup is total A-listers. You can build a team with your eyes closed. All the stars aligned.”
Meet The X-Women of Marvel Comics:
Storm is a mutant with the ability to perceive and manipulate the forces and elements that govern weather. She’s a mainstay and veteran member of the X-Men, tactical field leader, Headmistress of the Jean Grey School, and the former Queen of Wakanda.
Once a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Rogue has become a veteran member of the X-Men. After many years, she has finally gained conscious control of her power to absorb the thoughts, abilities, and memories of others through physical contact.
Jubilee was a spunky mutant teenage mall rat who could release colorful explosive plasmoids and detonate matter at a sub-atomic level.
She was depowered during M-Day and has since then been transformed into a vampire.
Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat, is a mutant gifted with the ability to become intangible and phase her body through solid material. A talented prodigy, she became the “poster child” of the X-Men. Kitty became co-headmistress of the Jean Grey School alongside Wolverine, and now mentors the time-displaced original X-Men.
Rachel Grey-Summers is the daughter of Cyclops and Jean Grey from the alternate “Days of Future Past” timeline. She was forced to become a mutant “hound” and track other mutants before escaping to the present. Rachel has immense telekinetic and telepathic powers, and currently teaches at the Jean Grey School.
Brit beauty Psylocke is a mutant with vast telepathic and telekinetic powers that she can focus into deadly psi-blades. She is a stealthy martial artist, a former fashion model and a prominent X-Man. She leads the current Uncanny X-Force with Storm and is part of her X-Men team.