Marvel just announced the April launch of a new X-Men comic book, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel. There’s an intriguing twist in this series: At this point, the lineup of the team is all-female. The cast includes franchise all-stars like Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Psylocke — along with Rachel Grey, a.k.a. Rachel Summers, a.k.a. “Phoenix, except not the Phoenix you’re thinking of, and also she’s not Phoenix anymore, or whatever.” The cast will also feature Jubilee, a character who positively defines that brief and perfect moment when the ’80s became the ’90s. (See also: Sonic the Hedgehog, MC Hammer, Kindergarten Cop.) Actually, USA Today‘s interview with Wood indicates that Jubilee is the “main star” of the book, possibly because she’s a vampire now, and vampires are so hot right two years ago.

This will be the third main-continuity monthly X-title, alongside Uncanny X-Men and All-New X-Men, not to mention the Avengers/X-Men mash-up Uncanny Avengers. Still, the all-female angle will definitely make X-Men an interesting read. (Though a skeptic might point out that this would have been a great opportunity to hand a big franchise to a female creator, grumble grumble.) The important thing is: The presence of an all-woman X-Men team just increased the chances that Marrow will make a comeback by approximately 15%. Check out the cover below:

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