New X-Men No Longer Coming From Marvel, Little Bird Gets Prequel, JSA Reveals Legionnaire’s Identity | Comic Book Club News For March 19, 2024

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A New X-Men title promised last year is officially not coming from Marvel. Little Bird is getting a prequel from Image Comics. DC reveals the identity of The Legionnaire in the latest issue of Justice Society of America. All on Comic Book Club News for March 19, 2024.


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A New X-Men title is not coming from Marvel.

Little Bird gets prequel.

Legionnaire’s identity revealed by DC.

This is Comic Book Club News for March 19, 2024.

New X-Men Comic No Longer Coming From Marvel:

The past few months have been a flurry of information about how the Krakoa era of Marvel’s X-Men will end, and as revealed last week, how editor Tom Brevoort’s new era of X-Men will kick off. However, we now know one title that will not be coming from the new X-Men line: New X-Men.

Last July at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel released an enigmatic teaser with the text “Who are the New X-Men?” highlighting that we’d find out in 2024 — with a tease in November 2023. And while the title was reminiscent of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s New X-Men, the font came straight from the ’90s Age of Apocalypse crossover.

Sounds intriguing, right? Well, it’s never going to happen, unfortunately. The news was revealed by Brevoort in this week’s newsletter, answering a question about whether the idea got scuttled, or if it transformed into something new, from a reader named Nacho Teso.

Said Brevoort: “Honest answer here, Nacho, is that this would have led into something that Jordan White would have been putting together in the post-Krakoa period had he remained on the X-Line—he had started to develop some thoughts as to where to take things next before we made our editorial switch. So it’s a casualty of me taking over. Sorry about that.”

So there you go! Speculate wildly about what it might have been for the rest of your natural life. Or, you know, go on with your day normally. Either way.

Little Bird Is Getting A Prequel From Image Comics:

Little Bird is getting a prequel. And no, we don’t mean an egg. We mean a prequel to the comic book series Little Bird by writer Darcy Van Poelgeest and artist Ian Bertram.

Titled Precious Metal, the prequel will take place 35 years before one of the most innovative, intriguing books of the past few years. It follows an amnesiac tracker named Max Weaver who teams up with a child with abilities who may be the key to unlocking his memories.

Said Van Poelgeest via press release: “Precious Metal has been the biggest, and most fulfilling, undertaking of my creative career. Returning to the world of Little Bird with Ian Bertram brought on a deeper collaboration than I thought possible, and the results are something transformative—for the work and myself. After nearly five years of immersion and experimentation, I’m thrilled to finally bring this monster of a book to readers world-wide.”

Image plugs that each of the six issues of the miniseries will be double length, with the final page count around 300 pages of story. The first issue will feature a variant wraparound cover by Tradd Moore, and hit stores on June 5.

Legionnaire Identity Revealed In Justice Society Of America #9:

The identity of a mysterious masked time traveler known as The Legionnaire has been an ongoing mystery since DC’s The New Golden Age was released in 2022. And now, thanks to Justice Society of America #9, written by Geoff Johns with art by Mikel Janín, we know exactly who is behind the mask.

In case it wasn’t clear, spoilers past this point. In the issue, The Legionnaire helps the JSA in their fight against another character named The Harlequin’s Son. And at the end of the issue, he takes off his mask to reveal he’s a younger version of Mordru, one of the most powerful sorcerers in the DC universe, and. a long time adversary of both the JSA and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Not only that, but Mordru is asking for the JSA’s help so he never becomes that villain they’ve battled before.

If a young, time-traveling man taking off his iron mask to reveal he’s one of a comic book universe’s big villains and doesn’t want to grow up to be evil sounds at all like Iron Lad revealing himself to be Kang in Young Avengers? Well… Sure. But that comic also came out nearly 20 years ago, and we don’t know how this story will turn out. Particularly since JSA is taking a good long while between issues, which is my villain origin story.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And which came first, the Little Bird, or the egg? That’s what I want to know.

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