Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Marvel announces all female 'X-Men' book

Any legit nerd who has spent time in a comic shop in the last decade or so knows that plenty of women read comics - and not just the ones who are trying to become nerd-chick celebs.

So Marvel's launch of an all-female X-Men comic book makes sense, especially since the X-books have had a strong cast of female characters for a long time. Debuting this April, the book will be written by Brian Wood and penciled by Olivier Coipel. It will have a team lineup of Storm, Psylocke, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Rogue. It’s main star will be Jubilee but Wood plans on making all the characters stand-out.

Wood told USAToday.com, "I'm definitely an X-Men fan, but I'm not deep into the world ... I'm not a writer who's been writing it forever, so my natural instinct is to go basic and simple and to its core."

Wood also tells USAToday.com that, when it comes to the 50-year-old title, "Cyclops and Wolverine are big names, but taken as a whole, the women kind of rule the franchise."

-Larissa Mrykalo

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