Yesterday, artist Chris Bachalo confirmed the existence of a Marvel NOW! relaunch of "Uncanny X-Men" written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Bachalo in February 2013. The series was hinted at by a one word "Uncanny" Marvel NOW! teaser last week, and Bachalo stated the relaunch signals a new direction and tonal shift for the book. To further clarify what's in store for the relaunch, Marvel.com has posted an interview with Bendis about the placement of "Uncanny X-Men" and the tonal shift Bachalo indicated.
"Everything in 'Uncanny X-Men' came right out of our story planning for 'Avengers Vs. X-Men,'" Bendis told Marvel.com. "There was a great deal of time where Marvel had asked Jason Aaron and [me] to bring all the elements of the story together. It was during this process that both of us came up with a lot of ideas for the mutants going forward. By this time I knew that I was taking over the X-Men and that allowed me freedom to take his [X-Men] characters into places I probably wouldn't have the guts to [in 'Avengers Vs. X-Men'] if it wasn't my job to clean up the mess so to speak. While we were discussing whether or not it was time for Charles Xavier to die, one of the reasons I was all for it was because it made all of my books so much more interesting."
Bendis' team consists of Cyclops and the remnants of his Extinction Team: Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost. While Bendis states the romance between Cyclops and Emma is finished, readers will get to see the fallout in the pages of "Uncanny."
"The romance is done. They are not together anymore romantically," Bendis said. "It's pretty hard to come back from what they went through in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Things were said, powers were stolen, and as we will discover in the very first issues of 'Uncanny X-Men,' some things happen between them that cannot be taken back."
The writer teased new developments for Magneto, stating "Uncanny X-Men" will be "a very bold, new chapter" for the Master of Magnetism, and hopes to link "Uncanny" with "All-New X-Men" much in the same way he linked "Avengers" and "New Avengers."
"The books will connect thematically and sometimes even story-wise, but you don't have to buy both books to enjoy them," Bendis said. "Hopefully I will make you want to buy and read both books with our stories and our characters. But these books are both looking at mutants and Marvel from their unique point of view. Both of these books' points of view are, in my opinion, very legitimate and very much a concern."
"Uncanny X-Men" #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo hits stores February 2013