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Marvel Comic's X-Men panel SDCC 2018: Chris Claremont returns to X-Men and more

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Jul 22, 2018

We figured the X-Men comics panel at San Diego Comic-Con would answer some pressing questions that comic fans had about the big tease the Marvel team had been lording over readers. And thanks to morderator (and EIC) C. B. Cebulski, and panelists Sina Grace (Iceman), Seanan McGuire (X-Men Gold Annual), Matt Rosenberg (Astonishing X-Men), and Tom Taylor (X-Men Red), we got confirmation about what that tease is leading to, plus a whole lot more about the upcoming series X-Men Black.

Well, series is a strong word for it. It's more a series of linked, villainous one-shots that all have an undercurrent of Apocalypse.

The books, coming in October, focus separately on Emma Frost (from Leah Williams and Chris Bachalo), Mojo (from Scott Auckerman and Nick Bradshaw), Mystique (from McGuire and Marco Failla), Juggernaut (from Robbie Thompson and Shawn Crystal), and Apocalypse (from Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson).

But the killer announcement here was that Magneto's arc is coming from none other than Chris Claremont, along with Dalibor Talajic. Heavy-hitters all, but it's most exciting to see Claremont coming back to the mutants that helped make his name, back when he wrote the Uncanny X-Men from 1975-1991. (Claremont has returned intermittently to write X-Men comics ever since).

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Then the answer to the tease came: Uncanny X-Men, which has been missing from Marvel's mutant landscape since March of 2017, is coming back this fall, though a creative team has yet to be announced.

Other tidbits from the panel included announcements like the classic costume Logan's wearing in Return of Wolverine, along with his Marvel vs. Capcom-inspired heated claws.

Basically, there's a whole lot of mutant madness coming, and it all looks very exciting.

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