All Female X-Men

My dad recently sent me this article about the newest X-men series.  The restart of numbering for X-Men.  This team is the first all female x-men team or any Marvel team in an ongoing series.  There have been all female short term teams, though, so it is not an entirely new idea.

I read almost all of the currently printed X-Men comics and I am a bit embarrassed to admit that when I read X-Men #1 it did not even occur to me that they were all women.  They are some of the great female X-Men, too.  The current team consists of Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat and a number of other names), Storm, Rogue, Rachel Grey (Jean Grey and Scott Summer’s daughter from the future), Psylocke, and Jubilee.  The characters alone are probably exciting to anyone who likes the X-Men, but the fact that they are all women is pretty exciting.

Now comes some possible spoilers.  Beware.  It may be interesting to note that the first all women team’s first story centers around a baby.  The team forms in this book in response to a child in trouble.  Admittedly the story quickly develops to consider other issues, such as a technology virus (also identified as female, by the way) threatening Earth.

I wish this team had not formed around a baby.  I will admit that.  However, the story seems like it will really use these character’s strengths.  Rogue has already dropped Kitty to phase into a moving train and Psylocke, as always, has threatened somebody. I am still getting used to Storm after her divorce and AvX, but it seems pretty good.

So, what might this mean beyond a comic full of women (which may have a male character added at any moment)?  Female characters have had their own comics, both continuous and a short series.  Captain Marvel has one going at the moment, for example.  Perhaps this new team indicates the popularity of strong female characters.  Perhaps it is just an indicator of the popularity of these specific characters.  It is hard to tell with just one issue.

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About Tori

I am a graduate student working on my masters in Women and Gender studies. My masters thesis is on the gender nonconformity and ambiguity in modern film.
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3 Responses to All Female X-Men

  1. xmenxpert says:

    Fearless Defenders is actually Marvel’s first ongoing all-female team. Only by a few months, though – issue #5 comes out this week. And it doesn’t have an A-list creative team like Wood and Coipel. (Though an all-female book written by a guy named “Wood” is vaguely amusing.)

    I agree that this series is already great, though. I have a lot of respect for Wood, after his brief run on X-Men last year. The cast is great – all classic Claremazons. Coipel’s an awesome artist, and gives the women character without resorting to any cheesecake.

    I’ve also been adoring Captain Marvel. And Journey Into Mystery, written by Kathryn Immonen, with Sif as the lead. And Red She-Hulk’s been good. Uncanny X-Force is mostly women, and is great. All in all, I’ve been really happy with how Marvel’s using its female characters lately.

    • Tori says:

      I agree. I had forgotten about Female Defenders. I don’t read it. Isn’t it only two, though? That might be why CNN didn’t count it? Either way, thanks for the correction! I should have known better than to trust CNN on comic book history. :-/

      • xmenxpert says:

        Fearless Defenders, as of the most recent issues, has 5 members. Sort of. One of them is a normal human, rather than being a superhero. I imagine the CNN writer either doesn’t follow comics closely enough, or simply forgot about Fearless Defenders, since it’s not a major book with an A-list creative team and iconic characters.

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