Phew. Managed to keep this secret until it was announced. Any time anything big happens, I walk around in an existential torment for ages that I’m going to let it slip. Secret-keeping pro-tip: JUST DON’T TELL ANYONE.
Probably best to cut and paste the press-release.
The newly-exclusive Marvel creator partners with Matt Fraction as the new co-writer of Uncanny X-Men
Marvel is proud to announce that newly-exclusive writer Kieron Gillen (Thor, Generation Hope) will join Eisner-winning, superstar writer Matt Fraction as co-writer on Uncanny X-Men! Beginning with Uncanny X-Men #531, Fraction and Gillen pit the X-Men against what may be their greatest threat yetâ€”the loss of their powers at the hands of the Sublime Corporation, as the malevolent force puts into action its master plan!
“For the last thirty years, Uncanny X-Men has been superhero comics’ truest reflection of the age. That’s what I have to live up to and take it into the future, trying to write the definitive twenty-teen take on the X-Men,” explained Gillen. “Any less is underselling what the book deserves. Co-writing with Matt seems a worryingly natural development, as we were friends, then were working together creating the five lights for Generation Hope. The exclusive is the proverbial gravy. In the words of Ms. Knowles:’ They liked it. They put a ring on it.’”
Fraction added, “As a writer? This feels like Kieron and I have already been working on the book for several months anyway, what with the ‘Five Lights’ story and cueing up what he needed for Generation Hope, so this is a perfectly natural extension of that. As a reader? There’s literally no one else in the world I want to read writing X-Men more than Kieron. He’s great. He’s dangerously great. And he’s dying… Dying TO ENTERTAIN YOU.”
A bold new era for the X-Men begins in December as Matt Fraction and Kieron Gillen join forces in Uncanny X-Men #531!
UNCANNY X-MEN #531
Written by MATT FRACTION & KIERON GILLEN
Penciled by GREG LAND
Cover by GREG LAND
Rated T+ .$3.99
ON-SALE IN DECEMBER
The cover of the issue is over at CBR, which is really neat. Also, pleased I managed to get a Beyonce reference into a press release, which also adds a fun meta-referential end to my Thor run. I’m incorrigible.
As you can imagine, there’s much more to say, but it will keep. In short: Wot The Press Release Sez, Obv.