A Comic Con Announcement to Rule Them All

We love the movies, but here’s a look at what really excited us at this year’s SDCC!

A Comic Con Announcement to Rule Them All

Posted by Sean O'Brien | July 26, 2017 | Featured, News
Grand Design

We all know San Diego Comic Con is now a cultural behemoth.

From 2002 to 2008 (when Marvel Studios released a little movie called Iron Man), it doubled in size and hasn’t looked back since. Much of that popularity due to the many panels now devoted to Marvel and DC’s bevy of television shows and feature films.

This year was no different.

DC sneak peeking their 5 (!!) TV series on WB and releasing a long trailer for Justice League. Marvel seeing and raising DC’s offering with the sneak peek of Avengers Infinity War, the new trailers for Thor: Ragnarok and The Defenders, the Black Panther sizzle reel that had the cast fired up, and tons of cast announcements regarding Ant Man and The Wasp. Michelle Pfieffer as Janet Van Dyne!

Long gone may be the heyday of actual comic books at SDCC, but this year saw the most exciting comic con announcement take that classic form: Marvel announced Ed Piskor’s mini-series entitled X-Men: Grand Design.

Long gone may be the heyday of actual comic books at SDCC, but this year saw the most exciting comic con announcement take that classic form: Marvel announced Ed Piskor’s mini-series entitled X-Men: Grand Design.

Piskor (of Hip Hop Family Tree fame—if you don’t know, now you know) impressively writes, pencils, inks, colors, and letters each of the six issues in the series! Marvel might even have him stapling some of the issues together.

With the first release starting in December, Piskor’s series of 40-plus page comics (each) unifies the first 280 original issues of X-Men into a single storyline. He says he “saw how the first three decades of the X-Men saga, with its ongoing themes and characters, could be streamlined, shorn of redundancy, deus ex machina nonsense and stuff that completely doesn’t work.”

Piskor sees “Grand Design” as an editing job, as much as a cartooning challenge, maintaining flow while weaving together disparate storylines as though they were meant to be told that way from the beginning.

Piskor sees “Grand Design” as an editing job, as much as a cartooning challenge, maintaining flow while weaving together disparate storylines as though they were meant to be told that way from the beginning. This will be the chance to finally show all those friends, that don’t want to go through over 200 comics, the greatness that is the X-Men. “Grand Design” will be like a much cooler Cliff’s Notes.

Over the years with things like Onslaught, Heroes Reborn, House of M, Messiah Complex, AvsX, X-Men vs. Inhumans and so on—essentially, the X-Men’s past, present and future—have become a muddled mess. I mean, they turned Jubilee into a vampire; how stupid was that??

“Grand Design” will be a breath of fresh air, harkening back to the days of battling other evil mutants and helping save the world from crazy aliens.

“Grand Design” will be a breath of fresh air, harkening back to the days of battling other evil mutants and helping save the world from crazy aliens.

No more retcons.

No more timeline changes.

No more clones, selves from the past, selves from the future. Just tight writing, sans gimmicks.

This IS your daddy’s X-Men, and we cannot wait!

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