Marvel makes history with all-female X-Men

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Storm sports the punk rock mohawk.

You’ve no doubt heard about or saw Marvel Comics movies like The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. Well, for 50 years, Marvel has been creating beautifully imaginative universes with all kinds of super-powered and brilliant characters in its comic books.

They’ve also been known to push forward issues of social justice and equality. Their most recent reinvention of the X-Men universe features an all-woman team of superheroes. Or, should we say, superheroines?

The new face of X-Men might make you wonder if we should instead be calling it X-Women.

Many of its characters are already well-known by Marvel fans, like Storm, Rogue, and Kitty Pryde, but this marks the first time they’ve all come together with a focus on girl power. These mutants – normal humans born with incredible genetic gifts – bring their blend of supernatural abilities, intelligence, and confidence to take on bad guys, save the weak, and keep the peace in a world filled with danger.

What’s not new, is having strong female characters in the X-Men universe. Take Storm for example, an iron-willed descendant of African priestesses. Her real name is Ororo Monroe, and not only can she control the weather, she’s served as a leader of the X-Men many times. Her flashy lightning bolts, tough attitude, and caring heart make her a very inspiring female heroine.

Then, there’s Rogue, a rebellious young teenage girl whose ability to absorb the powers of other mutants makes her someone you want to have on your good side! The focus in this new series, however, will be on Jubilee, who can create explosive sparkles from her hands and is one of the youngest, spunkiest members of X-Men. So, if you’re interested in seeing what sort of trouble these ladies will be getting into, check out the new X-Men #1!