That’s the premise of Marvel NOW‘s X-Men Legacy series. Written by the psychedelic pen of Si Spurrier (Gutsville, X-Club), X-Men Legacy follows in the footsteps of other C-List character-centric books like Immortal Iron Fist, Hawkeye, and Fearless Defenders by focusing on Charles Xavier’s son, Legion. Formerly a schizophrenic super-villain, Legion has now found his inner peace by entrapping his numerous vile personalities in a brain prison. Yes, brain prison. This out-of-the-ordinary series is one of the most unusual, pleasing reads at Marvel right now, primarily because Spurrier is unafraid to venture into the weird realms of the X-Men universe. The volume one trade paperback features the first six issues as well as a mound of mental distress.
Science = bad.
That’s the prime equation for Jonathan Hickman’s Manhattan Projects. If you picked up the first collection of this psychotic series, you’re well aware of Hickman’s brilliance and the utter depravity of the scientists involved therein. If you didn’t, the basic premise is that the Manhattan Project was a mere cover for what was actually occurring, i.e. time travel, alien encounters, robots, cybernetics, and vast A.I. computer systems. From there Hickman throws in a slew of mentally unstable geniuses like Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Fenyman, each of which are hiding a dark secret, and you’ve got the madhouse pot boiler that is this series. Now, volume two is being unleashed upon the unsuspecting public, this time with more alien disemboweling, evil FDR, and Russian cosmonaut dogs with machine guns. Science = bad, Manhattan Projects = good.
That’s Jonathan Hickman’s mandate for his recent relaunch of The Avengers. Not has crazy as Manhattan Projects, Hickman’s Avengers has been all about expansion. Spinning out of the Marvel NOW relaunch, this first volume of Avengers collects issues one through six, wherein Captain America puts out the call for new members in order to fight back a godly force on Mars. All of this is building up to figuring out the original recipe for the universe. This version of the Avengers moves far, far away from the Bendis era, with grand, epic adventures and huge comic book imagery! Given that Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force) lends his fluid pencils to the affair, this is THE Avengers book to read if you loved the movie!
IDW continues its annual tradition of crossover miniseries where some evil force ventures into the various property universes the company owns. Previously, its been zombies and Cthulhu fighting the likes of GI Joe, Ghostbusters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Transformers (Infestion v.1-2; check’em out!), but this time around it’s the Mars Attacks! martians versus the IDW universe! Mars Attacks IDW includes each of the one-shot volumes released, featuring KISS, Transformers, Ghostbusters, Zombies vs. Robots, and, the best of the bunch, Popeye! Each issue is drawn and written in a style appropriate to the character so, for instance, the Popeye issue looks like a 40s era golden age book being invaded by twisted, murderous aliens. And the only thing standing in their way is a can of spinach and one pissed off sailor! If you never thought you’d see such insane crossovers, your mind will melt when you lay eyes on this trade paperback volume!