A HOPEful Future for Uncanny X-Men

Marvel has released the following teasers for Uncanny X-Men #526 from artist Greg Land. The issue, out at the end of the month, marks the begining of a new storyline by Matt Fraction and artist Whilce Portacio called "The Five Lights." Several longtime X-fans have pointed to the typography and tag line as a callback to Generation X. Janeane Garofalo and Ethan Hawke have yet to issue a public response.



The woman on the left is clearly blue. It is unlikely that she would enjoy combing. I'm no expert on such matters, but she seems to have a slight case of the Apoca-lips. She shouldn't be ashamed though; it happens. There is no cure, but flair-ups can be controlled with the ointments. The other girl is able to have much more fun with her personal grooming, though Phoenixy Cable-eyes would probably make seeing Toy Story 3 in 3D a bit problematic. 

We can assume there is some kind of link to Hope, the little mutant who could, but what is the nature of that link? Will this spin off into a new Generation X series, the first in nearly ten years?

Most importantly, will any of this new generation have pupils?

We'll find out in a few weeks.

UNCANNY X-MEN #526 (MAY100634)
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 7/8/10, On Sale 7/28/10


Thoughts and SpeXulation?

Wait, that doesn't quite work…


  1. That’s just PUNishing

  2. You can put an X in ANY word involving the X-Men.  It always works.  TruXt mXe, PXaul.

    I have not been following the Second Coming story, I have no idea what this is about, but I’m kind of eXcited about it, which hasn’t been true of an X-book for a while.  

    I’m pretty sure that first girl is Jennifer Garner who, if I remember correctly, Greg Land hasn’t traced before.  I’m glad to see him branching out.


  3. Some kind of connection to Generation X? That’s crazy talk. Nobody at Marvel cares enough about Generation X to reference it. 

    It’s a team that’s been wiped off from history more thoroughly than most. Sometimes, I think I’m the only one who liked it.

  4. I love you Paul

  5. Well Someone Did care enough

    b/c that Is the Generation X font.

    There’s your reference.

  6. Generation X, huh?  I always wondered what happened to that series.  I really liked it when it came out, especially since it turned me on to Chris Bachalo’s work.  Some really cool characters, even if the story lines weren’t the best.

  7. Hmmm this makes me more curious about the Second Coming storyline. I haven’t read anything in this storyline because the whole Hope Cable thing was dragged out a little long for my taste.

  8. With Fractions name involved, I have no interest in this.  I’ve decided to stop reading his stuff on X-men ’cause its just not that good.

  9. @ ericmci

    I’m aware. I’m just in disbelief.

  10. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I actually pre-ordered the Second Coming collection on Amazon. An error message popped up reading: "Paul, are you sure? Is this for a friend?" 

    Really liked the first issue, so I look forward to reading the rest.  

    As for this, it’s all Greek. I’m not a NaXive SpeaXer.  

  11. Would like to hear more about the backup story by Heinberg.

  12. It looks like the daughters of Apokolips and Bishop. The eyes are weird though.

  13. @Paul: I think that message pops up for every X-book on Amazon, so your fine. 🙂

  14. When I first saw the blue babe my initial reaction was "Blink!", but I definitely see the Apocalypse thing.  The second girl….maybe ceila reyes , but she’s probably too old if this is a Gen X thing. 

  15. I was a big fan of Generation X back in the day.  Any link to that series won’t get me to buy the current X-Men issues, but it does make me want to re-read the issues that I have.

  16. Why does this sound to me like a Green Lantern rip-off? Five Lights? One Blue girl the other with asorting eye colors? Color me kind of disappointed.

  17. @ SpiderTitan

    That’s a little preemptive, isn’t it?

  18. I’m guessing the 5 lights are 5 new "mutants", nothing remotely GL like

  19. Way to bury the lead! The real story is the back-up written by Allan Heinberg and drawn by Olivier Coipel.

  20. But I have it on good authority that there are only four lights.

  21. So glad Greg Land isn’t doing the interiors.

  22. I don’t know who the black chick in the second picture is, but I’m intrigued enough to speculate on her powers and I like the idea that, like Cyclops, she can project energy beams from her eyes.  Only she’s got heterochromia and therefore has different powers depending on which eye she leaves shut.  Cool?

  23. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, "Who are these people?"

  24. The one on the right looks like she could be "Crux" one of "Cerebro’s X-Men" from a few years back.  If that’s the case then maybe the blue one could be "Rapture?"

  25. Damn you, flakbait! Way to beat me to the joke. 🙂


  26. I think the "five lights" thing has to be a Star Trek reference, right?  (Thank you to flakbait for bringing that up so that I don’t have to make the geekiest comment on a thread where people are getting excited about a font.)  How it ties in to X-Men I have no idea.

  27. I heard the story was going to be called "The Four Tones", but the editors made Fraction change it because, well, comic books don’t make noise.

  28. So there is only like… what 2-3 people from Gen X alive anyways right? Jubilee Chamber and Husk?

  29. @BornIn1142: HEY! I loved Generation X. The Uncanny X-cast podcast delves thoroughly into the entire history of them. The only thing that sucked about the team were the crossovers. They were P-U awful.

    @greendart32: something like that. I’m sure there’s one more that I’m forgetting. No wait. M. It’s Monet (A.K.A. "M"). I forgot about her because I don’t read anything Peter David writes. All of his works have been pretty forgettable IMO.

    @Spider-Titan: PLEASE O PLEASE be wrong! If it turns out you’re right I’m going to have to *gasp* DROP Uncanny, which I haven’t done since the 400’s.

    The five lights reminds me more of Magic the Gathering, which an assortment of x-men with those types of personas would be a great direction for a new team.

  30. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Paul, loved your text.

    It should be noted that the lady on the right has one blue eye and one red-ish one. 3D may still be possible for her. She’ll just have to watch TOY STORY like this.

  31. I thought that was Cecelia Reyes at first but not with the glowy eyes. It does look like Bishop’s daughter from X-Men: The End, though. 

  32. Note to self: no one understands Close Encounters jokes if they can’t hear the doo doo doo doo.

  33. It’s still Uncanny. And it’s still written by Fraction.


    Wake me when it’s finished.

  34. Where is Ron?

  35. There… Are… Four… Lights!


    Is prof X going to get himself kidnapped and brainwashed? 

  36. One more… http://marvel.com/news/all.13071.a_new_generation_of_hope  I’m sticking with my "Cerebro’s X-Men" idea.