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God Loves, Man Creates Sequels...

Let me confess: not once have I picked up a copy of Xtreme X-Men. I've always respected Chris Claremont as the guy that got me hooked on X-Men in the first place, but I've just never been able to find a place in my budget for the book.

Next month, I may have to. Not only has Marvel put Igor Kordey on the book, but they're doing a sequel to what the best X-Men story ever written. Clearly, director Bryan Singer agrees with that assessment, because he used God Loves, Man Kills as a starting point for the structure of X2.

In the original graphic novel, The X-Men find themselves up against a charismatic religious leader named William Stryker. Convinced that mutants are a scourge on humanity, his zealous followers have begun murdering mutant children, while Stryker himself prepares a device that will "out" all mutantkind.

Notable not just for its stunning art by Brent Anderson, God Loves, Man Kills also marks the first time Claremont broached the possibility that Magneto just might have a point. Sir Ian McKellen's portrayal owes quite a lot to the characterization from this graphic novel.

So just in time for the release of the film, Xtreme X-Men #25 will debut both Kordey and the first chapter of God Loves, Man Kills II. Why on Earth Marvel has let the first one lapse out of print is completely beyond me. There's one copy left on Amazon.com, for about $40.

Here's Marvel's press release:

It's official. As has been previously reported on the Internet comics news sites in the last month, artist Igor Kordey IS the newest regular penciler of Chris Claremont's X-TREME X-MEN, and Kordey begins his run with the special "GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS II" story arc beginning in May's X-TREME X-MEN #25.

NAMOR artist and former X-TREME penciler Salvador Larroca will provide covers for the five-part storyline.

"In addition to being one of the most dynamic storytellers in comics, like any great artist Igor is extremely versatile, expertly tailoring his work to needs of the story he's illustrating," said Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Igor's been blowing everyone here away with his new style and interpretation of this important event in X-Men history, the sequel to
arguably the one of the greatest graphic novels ever published, and inspiration to next month's X2 blockbuster.

"Igor Kordey fans are going to want to check out what's turning into some of the best work of his career, and current X-TREME X-MEN fans are going to have the pleasure of enjoying the work of yet another great artist."

Xtreme X-Men #25 goes on sale May 7th, with #26 currently scheduled for a release on May 28th.

And don't forget, of course, that X2 opens May 2nd.

Derek McCaw

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