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The Avengers and the X-Men may be coming to blows very soon, but who cares about that when there’s a wedding to plan? Marvel released this teaser on Facebook and Tumblr today, leaving X-Fans with another plot to speculate over.
Astonishing X-Men #51. June 2012.
Written by MARJORIE LIU
Pencils by MIKE PERKINS
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
ON SALE JUNE 2012
If I was the betting kind of girl, I’d say Northstar and his boyfriend Kyle will be tying the knot, considering Jean-Paul’s place on Liu’s Astonishing team and his being only member in a committed long term relationship. If it is them, this is a great step forward for lesbian and gay characters in mainstream comics, especially if Marvel continues to actively promote it.However, if my thoughts on the couple in question are correct, this will not be the first wedding featuring a gay superhero in mainstream comics. That honor goes to Apollo and Midnighter, who were married in Wildstorm’s The Authority series (issue #24). No matter who it is, I’m definitely looking forward to it. Marjorie Liu is one of my favorite writers in comics at the moment, and her run on Astonishing promises to be very good. Not to mention the potential for drama centered around the service, as no fictional wedding can go down without a problem.
If you’ve been paying attention to my Twitter feed and to previous posts on Fannish Potpourri, you’ll know that Marvel’s X-Factor is one of my favorite comics right now. It’s hilariously funny, it draws upon the grandest soap opera tropes which the X-Men are best known for, and it’s written by the masterful Peter David, a long time veteran of the comic universe.
Something X-Factor is known for, and something I feel is one of the strengths of the series, is the relatively quick turnover of artists. Some fans have a problem with it, but I enjoy seeing new and different artists’ take on the characters. With one exception, and I won’t name names, there hasn’t been an artist on the title I’ve hated. Each artist rises to the challenge of portraying the noir sensibilities of this mutant detective agency while at the same time bringing their own style to the book and handling all of the quirks of the Marvel Universe. It’s a lot to juggle, and not many would be up to the task. While I’ve enjoyed most of the artists on the title, I have to point out the incredible talents of one of the newest members of the X-Factor family.
Emanuela Lupacchino started penciling duties on the title with issue #208, which also happened to be one of my favorite titles of X-Factor after being renumbered to fit with a previous run. (Marvel does that a lot. Just roll with me here.) Since then, she’s penciled a number of issues, and all of them have been fantastic. She’s faced a number of challenges, including Asgardian zombies, potential harbingers of the Apocalypse, and were-creatures of every sort, not to mention the eccentric and unique members of the X-Factor cast, but she makes it look easy. Her art is cartoony, yet realistic. Her artwork is full of emotion and movement, two things I find integral for someone drawing for a script written by Peter David.
Check out this video of her sketching a dangerously sexy Harley Quinn.