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"Revolution" was the title given to the May 2000 issues of Marvel Comics' X-Men-related comic books, timed to coincide with the publication of X-Men #100. In each series, the "Revolution" issue represented a jump of six months after the previous issue's events. In most cases, "Revolution" also marked an attempt to send each series in a new creative direction, and to this end new creative teams were assigned to the titles. Many characters' costumes were redesigned. Finally, a "Revolution" logo was printed along the right-hand side of each issue.
The most publicized of these changes was the return of writer Chris Claremont to the flagship titles X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, after nearly ten years away. Claremont's fifteen years of X-Men in the 1970s and 1980s are widely considered the X-Men's best, so his return was a huge selling point for Marvel.
Furthermore, three of the "Revolution" issues were launched under the guidance of cult favorite Warren Ellis. Ellis would write several issues of these three series — dubbed "Counter-X " — with hand-picked young collaborators, who would gradually take over more and more of the writing, whereupon Ellis would leave.
The excitement of the event was somewhat dampened by the fact that Marvel's timing was imperfect. Although May 2000 was the target date, some of the series involved had launched with all or part of their new creative teams a month earlier (although the "Revolution" logo was still printed on the May issue). Others, such as Uncanny X-Men, did not join the "Revolution" until June. Furthermore, Claremont stated in later interviews that he had ghostwritten several issues of various X-Men titles before the event.
The event also included nods to early-1990s marketing strategies such as printing variant covers (X-Men #100) and including trading cards (Uncanny X-Men #381).
The included issues, in order of publication, were:
- Cable #79, with new writer Robert Weinberg , almost-new penciller Michael Ryan , and almost-new inker Andrew Pepoy
- Gambit #16, with almost-new penciller Yanick Paquette and almost-new inker Sean Parsons
- Generation X #63, with new co-writers Warren Ellis and Brian Wood , new penciller Steve Pugh , and new inker Sandu Florea
- X-Men #100, with new writer Chris Claremont, new penciller Leinil Francis Yu , and new inker Mark Morales
- Wolverine #150, with new writer/penciller Steve Skroce and new inker Lary Stucker
- X-Force #102, with new co-writers Warren Ellis and Ian Edginton , new penciller Whilce Portacio, and new inker Gerry Alanquilan
- X-Man #63, with new co-writers Warren Ellis and Steven Grant and new artist Ariel Olivetti
- Uncanny X-Men #381 (June 2000), with new writer Chris Claremont, new penciller Adam Kubert , and new inker Tim Townsend
- Magneto: Dark Seduction #1 (June 2000), the first issue of a new mini-series by Fabian Nicieza , Roger Cruz , and Andy Owens
- "The Six-Month Gap", a detailed review of "Revolution" at uncannyxmen.net
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