It’s Finally Business Time This May With Marvel’s ‘X-Corp’

by Tony Thornley

One of the most highly anticipated X-Men spin-offs is finally hitting stands this May, and it’s bringing some of Marvel’s top talent with it. This is X-Corp: We’re simply superior.

First announced nearly 18 months ago, in the first months of the Dawn of X X-Men relaunch, fans had nearly given up that the story would actually see the light of day. However, Tini Howard, Alberto Foche, and Sunny Gho are introducing us to the super-corporation to end all super-corporations in May. Despite the delays, we’ve gotten glimpses of X-Corp over the last year and a half plus, from the structure of the fictional conglomerate, to its value, to hints of how co-CXO’s Angel and M run the operation.

Said Howard, “Hello! Some of you have been waiting a while for this book, and I’m the one to blame. I first pitched this story because I absolutely love the weird corporate world within Marvel Comics – specifically books like New X-Men, All-New X-Factor, and the history of what the X-Corporation was before. But in a new mutant era of gates and deals, X-Corp’s ‘corporate embassy’ is a bit obsolete – and I refuse to sell you guys anything I wouldn’t buy myself.

She continued, “We shelved the book for a time (I had X Of Swords on my plate immediately after) and decided that X-Corp existed quietly in the background, there for us to debut when we had the right story to tell, the right public offering to make, if you will. Empyre: X-Men gave me a chance to test-drive some of the earliest concepts – Angel and Monet as dual CXOs, Jamie Madrox by their side, and the cleaning-up of some of Charles Xavier’s portfolio. Since then, I’ve reworked the book entirely – and you’ll know exactly why you’ve waited until now to see what they’re up to. I’ve got a corporate past myself, and it’s all going into this book. X-Corp: We’re Simply Superior.” 

Foche shared in Howard’s enthusiasm. “I´m very happy to contribute to the awesome X-Men comic universe and specifically with this series,” Foche said. “Tini’s scripts are intense and have a flair that I appreciate. I hope everybody enjoys reading this comic as much as I had making it!”

As a longtime corporate worker-bee, I’m personally excited to see what Howard and Foche have in store for the series. We’ve already seen the evil side of these super corporations with Alchemax and Roxxon in series like The Mighty Thor, Immortal Hulk, and Amazing Spider-Man. It’ll be fascinating to see a potentially benevolent super-corp, especially one not run by Tony Stark.

This also marks Warren Worthington’s first role as the lead of an X-book in over fifteen years (since the much maligned Chuck Austen run of Uncanny X-Men) and Monet’s first lead role since Generation X was cancelled twenty years ago. Interestingly enough, both characters have a monstrous alter ego (Archangel and Penance respectively) that will sure to be explored as they both appear on David Aja’s striking cover.

Pick up X-Corp this May from Marvel Comics.

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