I was reading through the July 27 issue of Publisher's Weekly as part of my day job, and ran across a write-up of X-Men: Misfits, the Del Rey manga reimagining of the Marvel mutants by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman and Anzu.
The first half of the first line of the review really struck me: "X-Men is renowned for being one of the most girl friendly superhero comics franchises..."
Is it? I'm not trying to be a smart-ass or anything, I'm just honestly curious. I've never been much of an X-Men fan, reader, observer or understand-er, but it's never struck me as particularly girl friendly, or to have a noticeably large female fan base. I suppose there have always been a lot of women on the various X-Men team, after the Giant-Size X-Men team gave the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby version new life, particularly compared to, say the Justice League (where it was Wonder Woman and a bunch of dudes for most of its existence) or The Avengers (originally just Wasp and a bunch of dudes).
The second half of the sentence, by the way, is "so a shojo (girl's) manga 'reboot of the series is not that far-fetched."
The write-up's pretty positive, and after reading it (and seeing the final cover art) I'm looking forward to it a lot more than I was previously (Wolverine: Prodigal really dulled my enthusiasm for this book).
According to PW, the X-Men are "redrawn as supercute boys," Beast as "an adorable human-size badger-like thing," The Hellfire Club is "hilariously reimagined as a parody of Ouran High School Host Club" and, bet of all, "The art is over-the-top shojo parody, with lost of screen tone and flowers."