Marvel Announces Kieron Gillen as New Sole Writer of Uncanny X-Men


I have to say, I saw this one coming a mile away. I remember when Ed Brubaker had been writing Uncanny for a while, Marvel announced that it would be co-written by Brubaker and Fraction. About three months later, they announced that Brubaker was going off to bigger things, and Fraction would be the sole writer. Then, a year and a half after Fraction took over, he got Gillen as a co-writer. I knew then that he’d be going solo pretty soon, especially after the announcement that Fraction would be writing Fear Itself, and sure enough, here we are! If Gillen gets a co-writer in a year or two, you can be sure that he’ll be heading off to bigger projects a couple of months after the announcement.

Huge congratulations to Kieron though, it’s a hell of an achievement. I’ve been watching his meteoric rise in the comic industry over the last couple of years, and think this gig is well deserved.

As a side note, this means that three of the X-Men titles are now written by British people, with Mike Carey over on X-Men Legacy, and Warren Ellis on Astonishing X-Men. In addition, Simon Spurrier seems to be sneaking his way in too, with a couple of X-Men one shots under his belt. Come on Marvel, give Si a full time gig, we want all the X-men titles to be written by Brits!

From the press release:

This April, red-hot writer Kieron Gillen (Thor, Generation Hope) kicks off an all-new era for the X-Men as the new writer of Uncanny X-Men! Things kick off in Uncanny X-Men #534.1, as Gillen teams up with superstar artist Carlos Pacheco for a special point one issue, a great jumping on point for new readers! When the public finds out that the former Mutant Menace, Magneto, is not only sitting off the coast of San Francisco, but an X-Man – there will be some explaining to do. Then, fan-favorite artist Terry Dodson joins Gillen for an all new explosive arc, beginning in Uncanny X-Men #535! Watch as Gillen and Dodson pit the X-Men against a force they thought they would never see again…inhabitants from BREAKWORLD! With a mission that will strike the lives of star-crossed lovers Colossus and Kitty Pryde, there’s no telling what can happen next!

“When I joined Matt [Fraction] on Uncanny, I believe I said I couldn’t be any more excited. I’ve been proved a shameful liar.” explains Gillen. “I’m even more excited now. When I look at what we’ve got planned, and knowing that I’m going to be writing it, I just lean back in my chair and cackle until my fiancée starts worrying about me.”

Just what does Kieron Gillen have planned for the Uncanny X-Men? And what could the spaceship from Breakworld mean for X-Men and the Marvel Universe? Find out as Kieron Gillen begins his all new X-tenure with three gripping issues in one month starting with Uncanny X-Men #534.1!

Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO
Rated T+ …$2.99

UNCANNY X-MEN #535 & #536
Pencils & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Issue #535 Thor Goes Hollywood Variant by TBA
Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)

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