Marvel's celebrity supervillains The X-Cellent return this March

The X-Cellent #1 cover art
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Writer Peter Milligan, artist Mike Allred, and colorist Laura Allred's cult classic X-Statix took on a new life in 2022 as X-Cellent, and now in 2023, the revamped team gets another go with volume two of X-Cellent, which will release as a five-issue limited series starting in March 2023.

Following an initial volume of five issues and a giant-size special, X-Cellent is getting a slight shift from 'ongoing' to limited series, with a planned run of only five issues announced in advance this time. Likewise, the title itself gets a slight adjustment to The X-Cellent.

The team originally launched in the '00s as a new, totally different version of X-Force who were the superhero stars of their own reality show. They were soon relaunched as X-Statix, and then in 2019, they were relaunched as the X-Cellent, a team of "celebrity super-villains."

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"Zeitgeist is still on a mission to achieve social media godhood, no matter who he has to kill!" reads Marvel's announcement. "But the spotlight won’t be big enough when the next generation of the X-Statix drop in!

"There are few finer feelings in comics than teaming up again with Mike Allred and creating The X-Cellent, the latest chapter of the strange mutant journey that began with X-Statix!" Milligan states in Marvel's announcement of The X-Cellent.

"Playing with Peter Milligan and our beloved Marvel Mutant creations is always pure comic book bliss!" adds Mike Allred. "And this next arc of The X-Cellent really kicks everything up to ELEVEN!"

The X-Cellent #1 goes on sale March 15. Stay tuned for Marvel's full March 2023 solicitations, which will arrive in two parts this month, starting on December 16.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)