Marvel's latest “Next Big Thing” comes in the form of a brand new X-Men crossover called Age of X which has been teased, but now we've got actual information from series architect and writer Mike Carey and X-editor Daniel Ketchum. The mysterious alternate universe story stars characters from across the X-Men's varied generations in a world without X-Men including Hellion, Gambit, Rogue, Magneto and even a brand new character only referred to as X coming together to fight for the very existence of mutant-kind. Kicking off with January's Age of X Alpha and continuing through X-Men Legacy #245-247, New Mutants #22-24 and potentially more books down the line, the project has been a long time coming from X-Men fan and writer Carey who originally thought of the story as a way to bring together all the various generations of X-teams in one project.

“I wanted to do a story that brought all those teams back into the field,” Carey said. “Daniel and I talked about various MacGuffins that would allow us to do that and the more we talked the more we realized we were actually more interested in some of the other story architecture we were creating to enable that situation. So we came up with a different idea and that became Age of X.” Read More...

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R.E.B.E.L.S. & Guardians of the Galaxy: No One Can Hear You

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Three years ago, Jeff Kinney was a cartoonist with the idea of chronicling the life of fictional kid Greg Heffley's adventures through a first-person journal with words and drawings he called Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Now, Kinney's creation has spawned a whole series of books—the fifth and most recent of which, The Ugly Truth, comes out November 9th--, a major motion picture of the same name and even a balloon in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, territory usually held by iconic stalwarts like Spider-Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog. That's not a bad few years' worth of work!

To celebrate the 5 million copy print run of The Ugly Truth, which publisher Abrams claims to be the biggest release of the year, a series of events are planned, from a seven city book tour by Kinney and appearances on television to giveaways and kits for stores to throw their own release parties. The book tour kicks off on November 8th when Kinney makes an appearance at the Barbara Bush Celebration of Reading in Dallas, TX and ends on November 14th in San Diego, CA at the United Through Reading Charity Ball with in-between stops in Austin, Little Rock, Memphis, Nashville and Birmingham. For a full rundown of appearances check out WimpyKid.com. We talked to Kinney the night before his November 5th appearance on CNN's American Morning and CNBC's Power Lunch. The author talked about everything from his hand in creating the parade balloon to his involvement with the first two movies in the Wimpy Kid movie series, plus he gave a few details on the highly anticipated Ugly Truth.

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Hellboy/Fringe: The Edge of Reality

Written and drawn by Mike Mignola

Story: Back in the late 70s, Hellboy had a run-in with a nasty demon possessing reality-altering powers. Just as our hero lays the killing blow, the demon strikes Hellboy with a curse that sends him spiraling through a dimensional rift landing him smack in the middle of Massachusetts, though not the one from his universe. Hellboy is soon tracked down by a young Walter Bishop, who has been studying dimensional science. The two men would compare notes, though Hellboy's world of magic and demons won’t quite jive with Walter's hard science. They don’t have much time to argue as the siblings of the demon Hellboy killed earlier seek him out for revenge. When the dust settles with our heroes victorious, Hellboy convinces one of the demons to send him home in exchange for sparing his life. Hellboy and Walter say their goodbyes, but have no idea that their paths will cross again in modern times when the demon returns, more powerful than ever, in the Fringe universe. Once again, Hellboy will find himself helping Walter out, though this time joined by Walter's son Peter and their associate Olivia Dunham.

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Carnage/Azrael: My Soul To Keep

Written by Grant Morrison
Drawn by Phil Jimenez

On a dark and stormy night, Carnage—the psychopathic symbiote--leaves New York behind to try his hand at killing Gothamites. With Batman off on other business and the other heroes occupied with their own problems, Azrael stands alone against Spider-Man's most dangerous foe with nothing but his flaming swords, Suit of Sorrows and training as a replacement Batman to keep him alive and the city safe, which is no small task because Carnage has a major mad-on and wants to take it out on some fresh blood. As it turns out, Azrael's swords have a surprising effect on Carnage once the hero finally catches up to the mass murderer. Lots of slashing tendrils and scotch marks ensue as this pair duke it out, but don't expect Spider-Man or Batman to show up at the last minute and save the day, though we would like to see those polar opposites comparing notes at the very end.

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Magnus Robot Fighter/Iron Man: Ghost In The Machines

Written by Matt Fraction & Jim Shooter

Drawn by Geof Darrow

Bored with getting his shiny metal ass handed to him in the present, Ultron decides to make a deal with Dr. Doom to jump into the year 4,000AD. Thanks to Doom's tampering, the Avenger nemesis lands in the future of Magnus Robot Fighter. Not wanting another villain to succeed in conquering the future, Doom sends a highly coded distress signal to Iron Man who responds by following Ultron through time. But by the time Iron Man arrives, Ultron has taken control of all robots. Magnus and a few other freedom fighters have been doing their best to fend off the united robot front under Ultron's control, which have been reprogrammed to ignore Asimov's laws of robotics. When Iron Man first shows up, Magnus assumes he's another robot, so the two tussle. Magnus' superhuman strength and martial arts skills work to his advantage and he cracks Tony Stark right out of his armor. Once the two heroes get on the same page, they team up to take Ultron out, but first Stark must build a new armor out of the scraps of his Mark IV and pieces of robots Magnus has busted. Some good old fashioned robotic carnage ensues.

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Uncanny X-Force/Authority: Blood on the Floor

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Written by Rick Remender

Drawn by Frank Quitely

While on one of their many trips through the Bleed, The Authority wind up in the modern day 616 Marvel Universe and find themselves in the middle of a battle between the X-Men and members of the mutant-hating Purifiers in civilian clothes. Thinking that a group of super powered beings are beating up on regular folks, the Authority jump in and a huge brawl ensues. The X-Men barely get away with their lives thanks to Nightcrawler teleporting them out of the battle. Cyclops, not happy with what seems like a new group of superbeings attacking mutants, sends the Uncanny X-Force members after the Authority. One of the more savage battles in the history of comics transpires, with Wolverine going toe to toe with Midnighter, Psylocke and Swift throwing down and everyone else tussling like the down and dirty fighters they are. Eventually, our two teams of heroes reason out what happened and go their separate ways. The Authority offers to help take out the Purifiers and the rest of the X-Men's enemies out of respect for the team, but Wolverine and his squad say “thanks but not thanks,” this is something mutants have to do for themselves. The Authority get in the Carrier and head back into the Bleed while both teams tend to their wounds.

Sure, Authority  #27, dropping this week, will be going on an indefinite hiatus along with the rest of the WildStorm line, but that doesn't mean these timeless badasses can't throw down in some crossover action with the brand new Uncanny X-Force line-up (consisting of Wolverine, Psylocke, Fantomex, the ubiquitous Deadpool and Archangel). That's the beauty of them being able to time travel in the Carrier! This would be a good, old fashioned “misunderstanding leads to two super-teams beating the hell out of each other” crossover which might seem a little obvious, but come on, that's what the people want to see!

We chose Rick Remender as the writer because he's writing Uncanny X-Force and has proven he can do drop down drag out fights better than lots of other cats on the scene. Plus, if he can make this book—which premieres this week—work, then we're guessing he can handle the Authority and their tenuous-at-best relationships. And, really, does it get any better than Frank Quitely drawing anything? He's done The Authority in the past and he drew a good chunk of Grant Morrison's New X-Men so he's familiar with both sets of characters, but the dude's gotten even better on books like All Star Superman and Batman and Robin, so we'd love to see him return to these characters and really flex his muscles. We'd bet someone else's money that this crossover would sell roughly a billion copies.

Welcome to Crossovers We Want to See, a fairly self-explanatory recurring feature in which we pitch the meeting of a pair of characters or teams from different comic companies. Playing editor, we'll dream up writer and artist combinations and basic story points.

Gorilla-Man/Gorilla Grodd: Going Ape (One-Shot)

Written by Jeff Parker

Drawn by Art Adams

Synopsis: Many years ago, while on safari in the African jungle, “Gorilla-Man” Ken Hale stumbles across the fabled, technologically advanced Gorilla City. At first Hale feels like he's found a new home surrounded by fellow talking apes, and he finds a kinship with the city's ruler and hero Solovar, but the sinister Grodd stages a coup and everything goes to hell. Solovar and Hale team up to take on Grodd, but Gorilla-Man finds himself a bit out of his league when the Gorilla City inhabitants bandy about their telepathic abilities and Grodd uses him to attack his new friend. Recalling a technique his former Atlas teammate, Marvel Boy, taught him, Hale breaks free and uses his superior fighting skills and mental blocks to defeat Grodd. Expecting a hero's welcome for his efforts against Grodd, Hale instead is treated as an enemy for his perceived attack on Solovar. Rather than pleading his case Hale walks away, returning to the jungle while Grodd plots his next attack.

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