Straight up: Excalibur was really my entry point to the whole X-franchise. I started reading from the very earliest Claremont/Davis issues and loved it. My fandom was split between everyone’s favorite, Kitty Pryde, and this uniquely dressed hottie:
Ah, the last great Phoenix costume.
For those not in the know, that is Rachel Summers a.k.a. the second Phoenix. And well before her latest terrible costume redesign (and renaming as Marvel Girl).
If you do not know her, her backstory is very, very complicated. From Wikipedia:
Rachel Anne Summers (also known as Rachel Grey) is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine created by writer Chris Claremont and artist/co-writer John Byrne for Marvel Comics.
In her first appearance, the character’s surname was not revealed; later publications and retcons further expanded Rachel’s backstory to involve central characters of mainstream continuity. Rachel’s parents are alternate future counterparts to the X-Men Cyclops (Scott Summers) and Jean Grey-Summers from a harsh dystopia. In this context, her “half” brother Cable, and paternal uncles Havok and Vulcan, are all very powerful mutants.
Rachel was designed to have inherited her mother’s vast telepathic and telekinetic talents. She also inherited her mother’s original code name Phoenix and later Marvel Girl was in homage to Jean Grey. Although the character is considered unique to the Marvel Comics “multiverse”, her name has been used to designate the mother of Marvel characters Hyperstorm and Dream Summers in respective timelines.
A cool costume got even cooler thanks to IIF artist David Aja.
I’m not going to lie to you here. I’m a huge fan of Iron Fist. I loved him since I first discovered him (after his “death”) in an issue of The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. He had everything my 10 year old self liked: a cool costume, a cool name and abilities straight out of all the ninja shows and movies I loved.
I’m a huge Superman fan. I always have been, ever since I was a little boy. He is by far the best super hero out there. It’s also no wonder why, Superman was the first.
So naturally I was worried and excited at the same time when D.C. announced the reboot of their entire universe. I thought, “Hell are they mad?”. Then I saw who was writing it. Grant Morrison, the grand architect of the Batman books for the past four years. If Morrison could do for Superman, what he did for Batman, then you would have a solid title right?
The answer so far is yes. Action Comics Vol 2. No. 1, took the Man of Steel back to his roots. Superman when he was created, was not a god, he was, as the name puts it, a super man. He had the strength of 20 men, could leap tall buildings in a single bound. I like this Superman, he’s not unobtainable, hell he’s even relate-able. Not that I always had a problem relating to him.
I don’t mean relating to him in the sense of having super powers. I mean the loneliness. Superman is the original of the species now. The last son. I’m sure they’ll introduce later on more Kryptonians. At this moment, Superman’s personality fits with the tea party and the occupy movements. He wants social justice, and I think that’s something we can all want.
So will the man of steel become that god in the new DCU? The answer is yes, if you’ve read Justice League no. 1 or any of the other Superman family of books. So we’ll just have to wait and see how he becomes the Man of Steel we all knew and loved.