X-Men #22: ‘Exogenous’ ends! G. Willow Wilson of Ms. Marvel to take over!


The all-female team experienced a creative team change in X-Men #18 and the story took them into space. Now, the four-part arc, Exogenous, has reached its conclusion and creator of Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson will be taking over X-Men in January with issue 23!

Even though I was excited about Marvel NOW! Making the X-Men consist of only female characters the story started to feel like a mess as it went on. I didn’t enjoy the rushed end to the Arkea arc and Storm’s daughter, Kymera, showing up from the future really didn’t add anything too exciting to Shogo’s story.

Marc Guggenheim, the executive producer of the hit Arrow TV series, took over from issue 18 and I enjoyed his take on the team. I’ve followed his four-issue arc, and though I started liking it at first, the rest of the issues felt boring. I know it was supposed to focus on Rachel Grey and coming face-to-face with the man who ordered the extermination of her entire family, however, I didn’t like Storm being sidelined. Why did Guggenheim have such a powerful mutant in the team only to have her unconscious until the finale?

Now, the ‘Exogenous’ arc has ended and G. Willow Wilson will start her own four-issue arc that takes the female X-Men back to Earth to face a natural disaster that quickly escalates into something very dangerous. Why am I excited about this new development? Have you read Wilson’s Ms. Marvel comic book series? It’s one of the best comic books ever! Check out our Ms. Marvel reviews. Not only that, but the first paperback of Ms. Marvel holds the highest spot in Diamond’s graphic novel chart.

Ms. Marvel has proven that Wilson can write amazing female character and I can’t wait to see how she writes Storm, Psylocke, Monet, and Rachel in ‘The Burning World’. G. Willow Wilson also called Storm an ‘Omega’ Level mutant. We have confirmation about her status, so Ororo fans better rejoice. I’m expecting to see some awesome feats by the Weather Goddess in the up-coming issue.

Have you read X-Men #22 yet? What did you think of Marc Guggenheim’s take on the X-Men? Excited to see how G. Willow Wilson handles things? Let us know!

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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