Late last year we talked about the announcement of the umpteenth Dawn of X era X-Men title, ‘Hellions.’ With it, came several queries such as its odd roster makeup and the origination of the name.
For those not in the know, the team consists of Psylocke, Havok, Nanny, Orphan Maker, Scalphunter, Empath, Wildchild, and Mister Sinister. Not exactly star-studded. At first glance, this has a lot of Suicide Squad/ Thunderbolts flavor as most of the cast happen to be villains of various levels of celebrity.
Psylocke and Havok are the only true heroes and maybe acting as their handlers ala Rick Flag, while Mister Sinister – currently a member of Krakoa’s Quiet Council – could be the bureaucrat pulling their strings from a safe distance. Not unlike an Amanda Waller or General ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross.
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Not much else is known about the book outside of it being written by Zeb Wells (Savage Wolverine, New Mutants, Nova Ant-Man, Peter Poker the Spectacular Springer-Ham) and illustrated by Stephen Segovia. That is until Wells dropped a teaser image of the Goblin Queen headlined by “She’s back...”
Goblin Queen, originally named Madelyn Pryor – outside of obviously joining some sort of CrossFit club – is a clone created from the DNA of Jean Grey. She’s also Cyclops’ first wife and the biological mother of Cable.
When Jean was presumed dead, Sinister created this woman and inserted her into Cyclops’ life with the intention of the two siring a child – which they eventually did. However, despite being married to Madelyn, when Jean was discovered alive and well, Cyclops left his Alaskan home and family to be with her.
This led to a chain of events that resulted in Madelyn eventually becoming the demonic Goblin Queen. If you want to know more, you’ll have to read the 1980s X-Men crossover Inferno for yourself.
Over the next couple of decades, she’d bounce in and out of relevancy, often as a specter, but also being reincarnated by her alternate-universe-cloned-biological-sort-of-son, X-Man. And then kind of made-out with him… X-Men!
The teaser image displays a very thicc Goblin Queen atop a fiery pentagram with the book’s cast displayed in various sections. Her demonic roots paired with the aptly named title make a handsome set and may now be more interesting than it deserves to be. What do you think about the return of the Goblin Queen? Let us know below.