Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Ah, the comic book death! If you’re not familiar with the concept of the comic book death, it simply means characters don’t stay dead for long in any comic book universe. In 1986, Marvel Comics practically invented the trope when it brought back Jean Grey in X-FACTOR #1 after her classic death six years prior in the “Dark Phoenix Saga.” Thirty years later, X-Men characters are on the brink of extinction, and Marvel’s INHUMANS VS. X-MEN kicks into high gear as fans await the epic showdown ending in ResurrXion between the X-Men and Inhumans that catalyzed All New Marvel. First, what makes INHUMANS VS. X-MEN an even more exciting premise than showcasing the clash between the X-Men and Inhumans? Recently, Marvel announced a slate of new X-Men titles that hit stores in spring 2017. There will consequently be three new titles and teams: X-MEN BLUE, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina; X-MEN GOLD, written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ardian Syaf; and X-MEN PRIME, written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ken Lashley. Marvel is dubbing this event ResurrXion — at ComicsVerse, we’re calling this Renaissance X. What does ResurrXion seem to refer to exactly? A resurrXion of the X-Men team who never really recovered from the decimation of mutantkind after the events of HOUSE OF M? Or maybe the resurrXion of characters long thought dead? Which X-Men characters might return from the dead in ResurrXion? These X-Men characters are keen for a return to action in the Marvel Universe, let’s breakdown who Marvel might be considering for the ultimate ResurrXion! 5. Archangel aka Warren Worthington, III [bd_table] First Appearance: THE X-MEN #1 (September 1963) Death: UNCANNY X-FORCE #18 (December 2011) Manner of Death: It’s complicated. Body remains. Psyche is gone. Probability of Resurrection: 20% [/bd_table] As Angel, Warren Worthington, III (aka Archangel) was one of the founding members of the X-Men. That’s one reason our hearts broke for Psylocke in Rick Remender’s UNCANNY X-FORCE when Warren was no more. In more recent times, a teenage version of Warren from the past was recruited by Beast in ALL-NEW X-MEN, introducing the character as he once was to a whole new generation of X-Men fans. Now that teenage Warren from the past has had some time to settle in, even delving into a romantic relationship with X-23 Wolverine, now might be the perfect time for Archangel’s reemergence. 4. Jean Grey aka Phoenix [bd_table] First Appearance: THE X-MEN #1 (September 1963) Death: NEW X-MEN #150 (February 2004) Manner of Death: Interplanetary stroke caused by Xorn pretending to be Magneto who was pretending to be Xorn. Probability of Resurrection: 15% [/bd_table] We’ve been down this road before. The powers that be, having full control over X-Men characters, appear to love to tease the return of Jean Grey. Sure, just like Archangel, a teenage version of Jean Grey is bouncing around the current timeline. As a result, she’s even getting her own book soon! We once thought Jean would make a triumphant return during one of the Sisterhood of Mutants storylines back in UNCANNY X-MEN #511, but it didn’t seem like the right time. We thought maybe Hope Summers was a reincarnation of Jean Grey at the end of the “Messiah Complex” crossover in 2009, but lucky for us, that also wasn’t the right time. And, frankly, the idea of Cyclops holding a newborn baby version of his future wife didn’t quite sit well with everyone. Then, “AvX” happened. Cyclops and Emma Frost, as dominant X-Men characters at the time, seemed prime for some relationship drama. Still, no Jean. Does now seem like the perfect time to bring back Jean Grey? One can never know for certain. But let’s face it: Jean Grey is the personification of the comic book death. She’ll be back soon enough regardless. 3. Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man [bd_table] First Appearance: GIANT-SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR #4 (February 1975) Death: DEATH OF X #1 (October 2016) Manner of Death: Terrigen mists released by the Inhumans. Probability of Resurrection: 50% [/bd_table] Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. You first bored the crap out of us at first before Peter David turned you into a cross between an X-Man and a character in IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA. We saw you walk off into the sunset with your former ward turned girlfriend, Layla Miller and crossed our fingers hoping for the best. We miss you, though. Jamie, we never dreamed you’d turn up in DEATH OF X, much less die alone in issue #0. O.K., let’s get real. It was no doubt a tragic death that gave us the feels, but Jamie Madrox has died before. Here’s to raising a glass in hopes that all the dupes of Jamie that we saw die did not contain the original. As a result of Peter David‘s great writing, there can be no carbon copy of Multiple Man. 2. Scott Summers aka Cyclops [bd_table] First Appearance: THE X-MEN #1 (September 1963) Death: Presumed — DEATH OF X #4? (November 2016) Manner of Death: M-POX. Probability of Resurrection: 90% [/bd_table] In the late 1980’s, my Uncle Mike, who bought all of my comics for me, asked to read X-FACTOR (which back then featured the original five X-Men). I’ll never forget him calling me after reading the first X-FACTOR run. I asked him what he thought, and his first response was, “Cyclops? What a schmuck!” I’ll be honest. I didn’t know what a schmuck was back then, and I’m not 100% on what it is now, either. What I did know was, although I couldn’t put my finger on it, Uncle Mike was right. Whether he exhibited the blind optimism of Ronald Reagan, the chronic depression of Abraham Lincoln (without all that pesky intelligence), or the obnoxious boldness of a much better looking and moral Donald Trump (note: sorry not sorry, I still refuse to call him “president”), we loved to hate Cyclops, and we still do. As one of the most polarizing X-Men characters of all time, can the return of X-Men’s fearless leader be far behind? We think not. P.S. Yes, his teenage self is currently in the X-Men along with teenage Jean and Warren. 1. Professor Charles Xavier aka Professor X [bd_table] First Appearance: THE X-MEN #1 (September 1963) Death: AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11 (September 2012) Manner of Death: While possessed by Dark Phoenix, Cyclops kills Xavier in a psychic battle. Probability of Resurrection: 70% [/bd_table] Finally, we know that after the events of INHUMANS VS. X-MEN, the X-Men will have a massive regathering not seen since the days of “Divided We Stand” and “Nation X.” What on earth could close the chasms that exist between the personal relationships of X-Men characters that could possibly constitute a reforming of the X-Men on such a magnificent scale? Hm, well, we all know a ton of X-Men characters were pissed off when they found out a Phoenix possessed Cyclops killed Charles Xavier. Wouldn’t the resurrection of a certain Charles Xavier possibly turn some frowns upside down and probably usher in a new era of good feelings in the X-Men universe? While I have no doubts it would, I’m going to go on the record and say that I prefer Professor X out of the picture at the current moment. Perhaps his ideologies work best as ideas than they do as a character? After all, even though these are mutants. In conclusion, they, like us, are only human.