The latest X-Men animated series is on its way to American TV January 23rd.
Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle (both of X-Men: Evolution) and Boyd Kirkland (of both X-Men: Evolution and Batman the Animated Series) have returned with a really excellent new animated series for mutant lovers the world over. Rather than develop the characters from scratch (as the Evolution series did) or portray a strange mixture of past story lines rewritten to fit into a new time line (as the fan favorite X-Men cartoon of the 1990′s did), this new series drops viewers smack dab in the middle of the action.
After a devastating attack on the X-Men mansion, Professor X is missing and the team disbands in confusion and sadness. Only after an astral projection of Professor X urges a reluctant Wolverine to ‘get the band back together’ does the team reform. In the intervening year, anti-mutant hatred has grown and the MRD (Mutant Response Division) is apprehending mutants and placing them in camps. It’s up to the X-Men to put a stop to the madness but the cartoon doesn’t end there.
The series will be split into two stories; one following Wolverine’s team and their fight against the MRD while the second part will center on Professor X’s ragtag team 20 years in the future where Sentinels stalk a ravaged Earth.
This is the most ambitious X-Men series to date and thanks to youtube and the early Canadian release date of September I can vouch for the quality of the program as being above par with what we have seen in the past.
The series even has a special sequel episode to the Hulk Vs. movie hitting the shelves on 1/27! I’ve never seen something so well coordinated in my comic reading history. When else was there an animated movie that tied so directly into the weekly series? The only example I can think of is Transformers the movie… and I really don’t want to go there if I don’t have to.
So mark your calendars Marvel Maniacs, because 1/23 is just around the corner!