Yup, I'm behind on these entries. Haven't done a single one for Avengers Arena. Which is well worth checking out! I've just personally been falling behind on my comic reading as of late. The few bits I have checked out on Avengers Arena though have been fantastic. Anyway, this December it seems that X-23 will be making her return to the X-Men under the pen of Brian Michael Bendis!
As shown over on the solicits available from CBR:
ALL-NEW X-MEN #20
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • BRANDON PETERSON (A/C)
X-MEN 50th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT by TBD
• The fallout of X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM continues!
• X-23 is back and kissing… WHO IS THE MYSTERY MAN??!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
December also marks her 10 year anniversary within the pages of Marvel Comics! It seems they'll be ringing her in with a bang too! Err, a kiss. The cover reflects a new costume too! It's not her purple and green Avengers Academy outfit or her Avengers Arena attire! I'm curious how it'll look fully. It does seem to show off an awful lot of cleavage compared to her previous suits and seems highly reminiscent of Kimura's color palette. Mayhaps this is the first sign of her growth to show she could care less about anything Kimura could ever do and starting to fully redefine her own style in the wake of Avengers Arena?
Now onto speculation about this mystery man! I haven't been keeping up with comics as of late as much as I should, but it doesn't look like Hellion with the lack of his prosthetic hands in the silhouette. Doesn't look like Gambit either with the short hair and lack of his trademark trench coat. So who could this mystery man be? A new Marvel hero perhaps to coincide with her Anniversary? A previous young character that's since grown up? A man from the future tied to their Battle of the Atom story arc? Let the guessing commence!
Who is Marvel shipping her with? (I can't believe I just typed that sentence.)
Special thanks to an anonymous comment poster who brought this to light. Thank you whoever you are.