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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Marvel Announces 'Uncanny X-Men' #1 and 'Wolverine & the X-Men' #1

In an interview with the Associated Press, Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief Alex Alonso announced that once the current run of Uncanny X-Men comes to a close this October, the book will split into two conflicting titles: Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine & the X-Men.

After the events of Schism, the Jason Aaron penned mini-series, the X-Men will be clearly divided into two camps—one behind Wolverine and one behind Cyclops. What is the catalyst that sees Logan and Scott choosing such divergent paths? That’s the million dollar question.

Aaron will guide Wolverine’s team in Wolverine & the X-Men and current Uncanny writer will continue writing the title when it is relaunched in November, albeit with a fractured Cyclops led team.

Here’s my question: why would both teams call themselves X-Men? Sure that is how they have always identified themselves, but at the end of whatever it is that tears this team apart, wouldn’t Charles Xavier also be on one side? Why would the side with the disparate perspective still use his team’s name? Unless of course if Xavier does not survive Schism and Cyclops and Wolverine interpretation of the professor’s mission is what causes the rift.

Schism #1 is scheduled for release on July 13th.

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