Female comic-book characters don't often get the spotlight they deserve — or when they do, it's a spotlight filled with suggestive poses, as we've seen in The Hawkeye Initiative. This week, women take over saving-the-world duties in Marvel's release of X-Men #1, a reboot of Professor Xavier's mutant hero squad, with a cast exclusively of the XX chromosome.
Editor Jeanine Schaefer and writer Brian Wood chose the "best of the best characters" from the X-Men universe to star in the series: Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. The story begins with the team protecting a child Jubilee brought home who could make or break Earth, while contending with an alien invasion. Just another day on the job, right?
Each purchased paper issue of the book also comes with a code for a free digital edition using the Marvel Comics app on iOS and Android. Read on for an excerpt of the first issue of the all-female X-Men team.