May 29th, is the release of X-Men #1, with an all female cast. Yet the one thing that stands out most about this issue is the wise move to ignore the fans who suggested the book be named X-Women instead of X-Men.
“An old enemy shows up at the X-Men’s door, seeking asylum from an ancient evil come back to Earth. 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! With an imminent alien invasion and an eons-spanning war between brother and sister around the corner, Storm steps up and puts together a team to protect the child and stop a new threat that could destroy all life in the Marvel Universe!”
The hotly anticipated X-Men #1! Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue & Psylocke redefine what it means to be a Child of the Atom. As women they are the backbone of the X-Men Universe, they are X-Men. People ask why the book is called X-Men and not X-Women, that’s a question I just can’t understand. X-Men aren’t defined by gender, they are defined by the struggle they fight for. Equality, rights, acceptance, the one thing that connects them as a community and race.
Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Rogue & Psylocke represent what you have when you remove those such as Cyclops and Wolverine from the picture. The biggest personalities, the strongest, and the ones with the most morale. They have been there and they aren’t the kind to underestimate when backed against a wall. They have all come a long way and have taken different paths as they fight to continue Professor Xavier’s dream. As much as any other men on the team they have evolved in such a way that they are the agents of their own stories, and their own destinies. This book isn’t having the shining women of the mutants focused for the sake of it, they are the most capable when duty calls. Each of them look kickass and capable in costumes that are cool as well as sensible while keeping a traditional feel to them.
The X-Men are mutants who are trained to use their powers for the benefit of humanity, and to prove mutants can be heroes. The X-Men are heroes and have saved the world more times than the world could ever count. They are the face of the mutant community and their line of defense. When people look at the X-Men, they are supposed to see them as an example for all mutants. There is no X-Women, there are only mutants that fight for the same cause. The X-Men are a symbol of equality, it doesn’t matter who you are or what gender you are, if you fight for Professor Xavier’s dreams you are an X-Men.
Again, X-Men #1 hits shelves this Wednesday May 29th.
And stay tuned!