(CNN) – Perhaps they could be called X-Women.
For 50 years, Marvel Comics’ X-Men have been known for being ahead of their time in terms of diversity and tackling issues of social justice.
In this week’s “X-Men” #1, the team of mutant superheroes will look a little different than what fans are used to: They’re all women.
Not only is it the first time that an X-Men team has been all female (in a primary “X-Men” title, no less), but Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke join the Fearless Defenders as one of two Marvel female super-teams. Before that, the best-known all-female super teams were DC Comics’ “Birds of Prey,” introduced in 1996, and 1998’s indie book “Danger Girl.”
(Another all-woman team was pitched to Marvel and reportedly rejected, and in 2011, the sole Marvel title with a solo female protagonist, “X-23,” was canceled because of low sales, while “Red She-Hulk” will be canceled as of August).
Never before has a household name team like X-Men been turned over to only women. But the late Professor Charles Xavier’s school has been named after the X-Men’s first female member, Jean Grey, since 2011.
If any existing superhero team were going to be rebooted this way, it would be the X-Men, with its many strong female characters.
CNN recently spoke with “X-Men” writer Brian Wood and editor Jeanine Schaefer about this historic moment in X-history.
for the interview click the link below