Marvel kills off Professor X in latest 'Avengers vs. X-Men'
Spoiler alert if you haven't gone to your local comic shop (or read the headline): It's not quite the death of Superman, but Marvel Comics has killed off Professor Charles Xavier, the leader of the X-Men. After they knocked off Captain America and Spider-Man, it was only a matter of time.
Avengers vs. X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis is having Cyclops do the deed, although he has been taken over by the Phoenix, so it sounds liek a big accident. Marvel editor in chief Axel Alonso told the AP that wasn't the inital plan, but "as the story progressed it became obvious that this had to be the last stand of Charles Xavier." The 11th issue in the series came out Wednesday.
Trotting this out 50 years after X-Men started, Marvel is really turning up the volume in the wake of rival DC's success with its "New 52" initiative. Xavier's death will affect the storylines of this fall's new titles Uncanny Avengers and All New X-Men. Hard-core nerds will already see what they've done with those titles.